March 16, 2018

Annual medical conference to be held at Marian University on April 13-14

The Indiana Catholic Medical Association will host its annual conference this year at Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3200 Cold Spring Road, in Indianapolis, from 6 p.m. on April 13 through 4:40 p.m. on April 14.

Called “MedCon2018,” the conference is intended for all current and future physicians, nurses and health care workers. The purpose of the conference is to provide support tools, and to educate on how to emulate Catholic principles in the medical profession.

A keynote address on “Addiction: Genesis and Treatment” will be offered by Dr. Jeffrey Berger of Lake Orion, Mich.

Student-focused presentations include “How to Stay Catholic through Medical School and Training,” “What I Wish I Knew About Medical School When I Was in College” and “What Specialty Fits Me Best? Insights from Flow, Spiritual Gifts and Temperament.”

Topics of interest to physicians, nurses and students include physician-assisted suicide, extraordinary care, sharing the faith at work, the empathic physician, conscience and cooperation with evil, Catholic healing for burnout, treating undocumented immigrants, counseling unborn patients, and NFP, contraception, and Plan B.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. on April 14 in the Marian University chapel.

In addition to engaging and interactive presentations, the conference allows opportunities to establish strong relationships with fellow health care professionals, and provides networking opportunities for professionals and medical, pre-medical and nursing students.

The cost, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $60 for medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy, $40 for health professionals, $20 for students, and free for clergy and religious. Add $30 to each price to participate in a Saturday evening offsite dinner.

Walk-ins are welcome, although breakfast and lunch are not guaranteed, as those who pre-register will hold priority for meals.

Limited housing is available for out‑of‑town students.

(To register, go to For questions, contact Dr. Thomas McGovern at

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