"As an RN, I try not to club vulnerable patients or their families over the head with my atheism. If they are asking questions about the practitioner's beliefs it is usually because they are feeling very vulnerable and in need of emotional…"
"As far as an atheist group at a school, what I ended up doing at my own was just registering one so I can show up to activity fairs and let people know we're there. Really it's just a funnel to get people aware of or involved with…"
"I think that there should definitely be an organized atheist presence in medical and nursing schools. I wish I had known of one in my area when I was in nursing school. While the curriculum at my school was rigorous in enforcing…"
"That's excellent news, congratulations JK! Sounds like your presence there is really valuable so please do keep us updated. The discussion function (and keeping it open to everyone) I think will be very productive.
Also, I made…"
"Maybe we should encourage people to thank medical workers for their training and dedication. Then if they say "Jesus/Odin/etc. helped me do it" you can tell them that you give them more credit than they give themselves.
Some time ago I sought input on this forum on starting atheist groups for students in medical professions (medical, nursing, pharmacy, etc. students). People on this forum and elsewhere in the medical community agreed that there was definitely a need to have an official student org presence counterbalancing the religious groups that are often part of life in these programs; at the same time there are reasons it would be difficult to do. Those reasons are: 1) the reason we all would give,…See More
"We have a lot of people on here so why don't we start giving locations and roles? If you're somewhere that you feel insecure about identifying yourself too clearly, give only as much as you like. I'm Michael Caton, second…"
"I would agree with DSE that a fundamentalist probably isn't an effective practitioner. That said, I know 1-2 dozen out theists at my institution (all three Abrahamics) and in every cause I would take my future children to them with a…"
"(NOTE FOR ASPIRING PRE-MEDS - SEE *****'S BELOW) Hi Nealie, I'm glad there's been so much interest and feel bad that I haven't been able to follow up this discussion! Thanks for your prompt, because now I have a reason to…"
Have you got an update on this issue? I would also like to start a group at my uni. The medical campus is quite separate from everything else which would make a med student focus easy.
I have a few concerns about how the…"
Yes, Rational Thought is indeed affiliated with us. Our entire affiliated group listing, along with all of our affiliated groups in California, can be seen at http://centerforinquiry.net/oncampus/groups/.
I look forward to staying in…"
"Hi Dan - I haven't set about doing so in earnest because I want to get the opinion of a few secular professors I admire before I do anything. We do already have two atheist groups on campus, though neither are specifically for med students, and…"
"Rachel and Mike,
My name is Dan Riley and I'm a field organizer with CFI On Campus -- http://centerforinquiry.net/oncampus/. We are currently affiliated with over 200 student groups throughout the world, all of which can be seen at…"
Welcome to this friendly meeting place with atheist freethinkers who recognise that fictional gods and crafty religions have always been used to deceive and control vulnerable superstitious people including defenceless children;
----and how tragic and inexcusable it also is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and longer.