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Practicing Catholic Medicine is a podcast dedicated developing community, encouraging conversation, and discussing top-notch medical care that respects the dignity of all our patients. I interview Catholic healthcare providers and invite them to share the challenges, joys, and all the in-betweens of being Practicing Catholics, Practicing Medicine.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Practicing Catholic Medicine is a podcast dedicated developing community, encouraging conversation, and discussing top-notch medical care that respects the dignity of all our patients. I interview Catholic healthcare providers and invite them to share the challenges, joys, and all the in-betweens of being Practicing Catholics, Practicing Medicine.

    14. Counseling, Motherhood, and Faith, with Lisa Gormley, LLC, MA, LPC

    14. Counseling, Motherhood, and Faith, with Lisa Gormley, LLC, MA, LPC

    Episode 14 is with Lisa Gormley (LLC), MA, LPC. Lisa provides beautiful insights into what it’s like on the other side of the counseling session, to be the counselor. She has some excellent thoughts on what it means to honor your healthcare license while practicing ethically and as an authentic Catholic.

    We chat about:

    - Complicity and scrupulosity versus being present to another and approaching with a listening ear first

    - Motherhood and mental health in pregnancy and post-partum period

    - Integrating therapy and Catholicism

    - The “pray it away” culture and its damaging implications



    We reference/check out:

    - Lisa’s public Instagram profile @TheCatholicTherapist, and www.thecatholictherapist.org

    - Lisa’s Instagram group @catholiccliniciansnetworking- join for a community of healthcare professionals!

    - Lisa’s podcast, Mission Mind & Heart

    - The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

    - The Catholic Guide to Depression by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

    - Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly



    I hope you enjoy!

    - Catie

    ** The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guests are our own and do not represent those of our employers. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs. This podcast is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please see your healthcare provider for any healthcare needs.**

    • 1 hr 1 min
    13. Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Compassion, and Singleness, with Marissa Mullins, APNP

    13. Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Compassion, and Singleness, with Marissa Mullins, APNP

    Episode 13 is here with a fantastically fun conversation with Marissa Mullins. Marissa worked as an ER nurse for many years, and just graduated with her Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner.

    I was eager to talk with Marissa because we share a mutual friend in Claire, the host of the Catholic Feminist Podcast. Marissa was on TCF several years ago (listen online here), and I knew she would be a great guest for PCM.

    In this episode, we chat about:

    · Marissa’s experience as a travel nurse in the ICU, and as an emergency department nurse


    How she navigated the more challenging days in the ED, including processing trauma and setting appropriate boundaries
    The gift and  experience of anticipatory grief, and the importance of honesty in the reality of diagnoses
    Her decision to pursue a degree as a FNP and the different roles nurse practitioners can have
    Masters versus Doctorate NP programs
    Singleness in late 20s/early 30s and what people who are single want their married friends to know
    Not comparing crosses with others

    We reference:


    The book Boundaries,  by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and her work on grief
    Brew City Catholic
    The Blessed is She podcast

    I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed talking with Marissa!

    In Christ,

    Catie

    **The usual boring disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guests are our own and do not represent those of our employers. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs. This podcast is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. **

    • 1 hr 3 min
    12. Not Your Grandma's Rhythm Method: A Conversation With Marquette Method Instructor Louise Boychuk, BScN RN

    12. Not Your Grandma's Rhythm Method: A Conversation With Marquette Method Instructor Louise Boychuk, BScN RN

    Did you that there are non-hormonal, peer-reviewed, evidence-based, ways to prevent (and achieve) pregnancy that are all about helping women know their bodies better, can also help to achieve pregnancy, and recognized by the CDC? In episode 12, I’m talking with Louise Boychuk, a registered nurse and instructor of the Marquette method of natural family planning. 

    This is NOT your grandmother’s rhythm method of old. This is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based, non-hormonal approach to avoiding (AND achieving) pregnancy. Natural Family Planning (NFP), also known as Fertility Based Awareness Methods (FABMs) in the scientific community, refers to methods that use signs from a woman’s body to determine when she is fertile (and, also importantly, when she is most likely not fertile). Methods can use a variety of different biological markers, from cervical mucous, to hormone levels in urine that can be tested at home, to body temperature, and more.

    This is easily one of my favorite topics, most notably because I used to be ardently opposed to what I thought the Church taught on sex and marriage. As you’ll hear in the episode, up until my early 20s, I thought the Church was crazy when it came to its teaching on sexual ethics and not using contraception. My (wrong) understanding was that the Church just wanted women to be, as the old adage goes, “barefoot and pregnant”, forever and ever.

    (FYI-To all of those who are currently in that scenario, I see you, I hear you, I get you, and I hope you’ll hang in there with me through this post and this episode.)

    Enter a good friend, a lot of reading, holy priests, wonderful speakers, and a 2-year stint as a Catholic missionary. I was led on a journey that to joy at discovering the truth of how insanely awesome God’s design for sex and marriage is, and we're going to dive into that in this episode. These teachings aren’t in place because the Church thinks sex is bad, it’s because the Church knows sex is so good, and sacred, and important- it needs to be treated as such!

    Here’s the TL;DR version of the Church’s teaching on sex and marriage: Sex is meant to be both unitive and procreative. Unitive meaning that it brings a man and woman closer together emotionally, physically, all the things. Procreative in that it’s open to life, so no barriers, either physical or chemical. Abstaining from sex during fertile times to avoid pregnancy for just reasons is still in line with the church’s teaching because there is no use of something to purposefully block fertility. As Louise says in our episode, “Marquette method does not equal opposed to life, it just equals good science.” 

    Many providers aren’t aware of the evidence (cue my eyeroll when I read through my discharge paper work after having my baby and under the ‘Birth Control’ section, my OBGYN wrote ‘rhythm method’), the good news is that there is peer-reviewed evidence-based journal articles. As you’ll hear in the podcast, the information is slowly disseminating, and even the CDC updated their public information regarding FABMs to more accurately provide pregnancy prevention statistics. It’s our job as practitioners to get the news out there.

    We chat about a lot, including:

    ⁃ The science behind NFP (specifically the Marquette Method)

    ⁃ The effectiveness of various NFP methods at avoiding pregnancy

    ⁃ How NFP fits in with Church teaching

    ⁃ Joys and challenges of being an NFP instructor

    ⁃ How to become a Marquette instructor (you have to be a healthcare professional, which is perfect for the listeners of this podcast!)

    I also have a lot of resources that I mention that won't fit in this show notes space, so visit www.practicingcatholicmedicine.com for a lil blog post that expands on this and for links to all the things. 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    11. The Role of a Registered Dietician, and Experience in a Senior Care Facility, with Ann Kruse, RD

    11. The Role of a Registered Dietician, and Experience in a Senior Care Facility, with Ann Kruse, RD

    Season two is underway! It has been too long. Since I last released an episode, I gave birth to a little girlie, Lucy, in December. She is seriously such a delight and is babbling and smiling away.

    In this episode I talk with my friend Ann Kruse, a registered dietitian working in a long-term senior care facility. This episode was recorded last summer, long before “social distancing” was a buzzword and when we could meet up with friends any time we wanted. Enjoy a podcast NOT about COVID!

    We discuss:

    o The wide scope of practice for a registered dietician

    o Ann’s experience working in a long-term senior care facility

    o The relationship between food and faith.

    o Newlywed life

    We reference:

    o A Love-Letter Life By Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

    o One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulweiler

    o Ann’s website, A Dietician's ANNalysis, where she talks about all things dietetics and nutrition

    o This article, which talks about emotionally healthy ways to process emotions during this pandemic

    As always, the views expressed by my guests and myself are not necessarily those of our employers, and this podcast is not meant to intended to replace medical advice from a licensed provider. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical concerns.

    Stay healthy and God bless!

    • 49 min
    10. Pediatric Oncology Nursing and Consecrated Virginity, with Andrea Polito

    10. Pediatric Oncology Nursing and Consecrated Virginity, with Andrea Polito

      Episode 10 is officially here! I chat with Andrea Polito, a registered nurse in pediatric oncology AND a consecrated virgin. This episode also marks the end of Season 1! Practicing Catholic Medicine will be taking a short break as I gather more interviews and continue to make the podcast even better! I will let you all know when the next season starts.

    Before I met Andrea, I had no idea what it meant to be a lay consecrated virgin. She explains the rich history of the vocation and her call to it. This episode is perfect for anyone in those “discerning” stages- whether it’s discerning a job, a vocation, or a big move. I especially loved Andrea’s advice on looking for Christ, and remember that He moves in the ordinary, seemingly mundane parts of life! You can read an article written about Andrea's vocation here.

    Andrea is a nurse in pediatric oncology, a field with high-highs and low-lows. I especially wanted to share this episode in May because six years ago this month by cousin’s young daughter Kayleen passed away from childhood leukemia after a long, hard-fought battle. If you’re looking to support children and families with childhood cancer, I cannot recommend enough her legacy foundation, which you can read more about here. Another wonderful organization that I was blessed to volunteer with is Camp Wapiyapi, a summer camp in Colorado that is FREE for children with pediatric cancer AND their siblings! 

    Andrea and I chat about:

    - Her passion for the field of child cancer care

    - Resiliency in an emotionally straining field

    - Her vocation as a consecrated virgin, including what it means to be a consecrated virgin and how she discerned this call (she was definitely not expecting it!)

    We reference:

    - The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

    - The Ball and the Cross, by GK Chesterton

    Enjoy!

    -Catie

    * A reminder that the views expressed in this podcast are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers, and that this podcast is not meant to replace medical care. Please see your medical provider for any medical concerns. *

    • 1 hr 5 min
    9. Life as a New PA, with Hannah Wilson, PA-C

    9. Life as a New PA, with Hannah Wilson, PA-C

     Episode 9 is with Hannah Wilson, a physician assistant (PA) working in outpatient general pediatrics.

    This was actually the first interview I recorded for the podcast, way back in the summer of 2018. Hannah is a good friend of mine and fellow PA who is from my husband’s hometown. I saw Hannah grow as a PA, from just starting out to now being over a year in as a very competent provider. Our interview focuses primarily on life in the first year of work in healthcare, but I think it’s a great episode for everyone regardless of where they are at in their career. 

    We talk about:

    - How to overcome the doubt in your abilities as a provider in that first year, including how to draw strength and how to continue learning as much as possible to best serve patients

    - The role of PAs and the scope of their practice

    - Advice for new grads applying for jobs, including what to look for in a practice

    We reference:

    - He Leadeth Me, By Walter Ciszek

    - The Silence of St. Thomas, by Josef Pieper

    - A River Runs Through It,  by Norman MaClean

    Enjoy!

    - Catie

    * A reminder that the views expressed in this podcast are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers, and that this podcast is not meant to replace medical care. Please see your medical provider for any medical concerns. *

    • 48 min

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Austin Ave Mary ,

Brilliant

I am a married Catholic PA-S right now and this podcast has given me hope that our Lord has indeed called me to this profession and that He shall provide me with all that I need to succeed and to glorify His Name! Keep up the great work! Ave Maria!

Liz Escoffery ,

So delighted to see season 2!

I’ve devoured every episode of this podcast. Keep up the great work of putting this podcast together and having great guests.

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So much wisdom!

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