First Do No Harm: Caring for the Weak and the Poor
Do you feel drawn to help heal the sick? Are you endeavoring to work in the field of medicine? How could you serve God as a doctor? Blessed Pope John Paul II said that, “Christ’s preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them.” As a family physician in Tacoma, Dr. Gill has practiced medicine for many years, caring for a countless number of patients and teaching medical students and residents who rotate through his clinic. In this session, Dr. Gill will answer your questions about the medical field and discuss some of the rewards and challenges of being a Catholic doctor in our modern culture, including current ethical issues such as prenatal screening and conscience rights. As a member of an annual medical mission to Honduras for 4 years, he will also inspire you to use your talents to help those living in less privileged countries.
Dr. Alan Gill is a family physician who has been providing care for people of all ages, including delivering babies, for 22 years. He trained at the University of Michigan and completed his residency at the University of Missouri. He initially worked with the Blackfeet Tribe in northern Montana, and then practiced in Fulton, a small town in rural Missouri. Since 2000, he has practiced and taught in a family medicine residency program in Tacoma. He has a special interest in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. He goes on an annual medical mission trip to Honduras with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish.