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The CMDA Student Pulse Podcast features relevant and engaging conversations on the intersection of life, medicine, and faith. Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) is a ministry on over 280 medical and dental campuses and is committed to helping healthcare students to not just survive in life, but rather THRIVE with a PURPOSE.
31 Episodes
Reimagining Medicine

Reimagining Medicine


Ray Barfield is a Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books.Currently, he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School. Ray is Married to Karen Barfield, an Episcopal priest. They have two children, Micah and Alexandra, and one grandson named Crew.
Student Survival Guide

Student Survival Guide


Chris Zalesky, MD shares about the resource he is creating, The CMDA Student Survival Guide. He is currently serving as a CMDA National Resident Representative. He attended Wake Forest University for his undergraduate education. After Wake Forest, he attended Emory University School of Medicine. While in Atlanta He was active in his local CMDA chapter. During his medical studies, he took a year to pursue a Master's in Clinical Research. Currently, training has taken Chris to Cincinnati, Ohio where he is completing an Emergency Medicine Residency. Chris is excited to support, encourage, and pray for residents across the country.
Jake Morris, MD shares about a talk he gave to graduating medical & dental students about how to stay steadfast & resilient during residency.
Val Tramonte, MD, speaker at the 2018 Remedy Conference in Orlando, FL, concludes his message about doing harm by sharing the wrong message when trying to witness to people about Jesus Christ.
Val Tramonte, MD, speaker at the 2018 Remedy Conference in Orlando, FL, shares about doing harm by sharing the wrong message when trying to witness to people about Jesus Christ.
Guests Allan Harmer, Grant Hewitt, Akeem Walker & Michael McLaughlin discuss ways to spiritually flourish during your professional healthcare training.
Ken Jones discusses his book "If I Should Die Before I Live: Sorting Out What Matters Most". Ken Jones (PCC) has been a member of CMDA’s field staff since 2004, serving as area director for the San Francisco Bay Area and Redding from 2004-2015. He now serves as the Director of Coaching for CMDA, and is a Professional Certified Physician Life Development Coach.
Dr. Bill Griffin, DDS discusses his heart and ministry toward dental students and shares about his new devotional material that can help dental students (and all healthcare students) grow in their faith in Christ.Bill Griffin, DDS lives in Virginia with his wife Linda and their two children. Bill is a graduate of the Medical College of Viriginia and currently has a private practice in Newport News, City Center Dental Care. (
Dr. Shaun Jester shares about the mistakes he has seen med students make repeatedly as they enter their 3rd year of Med School.
Dr. Jay Lynch received his BA from the University of Virginia and MD from Eastern VA Medical School in 1984. In 1991 he returned to the UFCOM and has served in multiple roles during this tenure including, course director in Oncology (20 years), program director for hematology/oncology (13 years), section chief of hematology/oncology at the VAMC and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions. In 2006 was honored by the University of Florida as one of 5 Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He was co-founder with his wife of the Christian Study Center at the University of Florida and serves as its board president. He and his wife Laura, have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
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