Faith In Medicine

17 Apr, 2011

This episode aired on April 17, 2011 and is now available as a free download on our iTunes page!

In this episode, our team investigates the application of faith in medical practice.

Featured Guest: Dr. David Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, (CMDA). In addition, as the former medical director for Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Stevens led medical teams into war zones in both Somalia and Sudan.

Dr. Stevens has previously appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NBC Nightly News, BBC-World Television, CNN and National Public Radio.  As a medical missionary, Dr. Stevens has witnessed the power of faith in medicine.  He discusses the use of the psycho-physiological model of medicine in the United States in comparison to the religious model on which many other countries have based their medical practice.

Faith is seldom discussed in medical education, which presents an interesting problem.  When patients ask their physician about faith-related issues, most have very little preparation for handling the situation unless faith is of central importance to them personally.

Hosts John Corker and Adam Deardorff — in addition to special guest Peter Hountras MS4 — lead the discussion with Dr. Stevens and delve into the roles of faith in both the patient’s and the physician’s life.  Since mental well-being is of critical importance to the overall health of the patient, faith and spirituality often play important roles in medical treatment, particularly in end-of-life scenarios.

To learn more about the CMDA, visit their website at www.cmda.org.

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