Being a doctor is a calling. For Catholic Doctors this calling is also a reflection of their faith.
While the challenges of being a doctor are known to many, they include; many years of education; often followed by large debt; followed by long hours in a residency program; and then seeking a way to utilize their education and gifts. The greatest challenges usually come when all that they can do is still not enough.
For some on the outside it may seem like a great way to make a living – but for most doctors it is much more about helping people live, and live their lives to the fullest.
If you have ever listened to a surgeon gleefully recall a challenging case with a good outcome; or an OBGYN whose smiling face says that she has delivered yet another new life into the world; or an Emergency Room doctor at the end of his evening, both exhausted and exhilarated; or seen the pediatrician who seems to glow in the presence of the newborn, and who still wakes in the middle of the night because a parent is meeting her at the hospital, or the dentist who volunteers his time every chance he gets… then you have met a doctor who is called.
Mission Doctors Association believes it is important to recognize a Catholic Doctor whose faith informs their professional life. For some it has been activities in their own community, for others it has been through their international mission work.