Medical Students

Medical students are CIR’s main audience. Since 2015, CIR has helped over 40 students who want to practice according to their consciences, to successfully match into their specialties. Meet a coach from CIR today for individualized, entirely free coaching on getting into med school, getting through med school, getting into residency, or getting through residency, by emailing

CIR is not affiliated with any faith tradition, but some resources from faith traditions are included as explanations for readers with relevant beliefs.

Key Texts:

  1. Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). Position Statement: Double Effect. 2005. Full text here.
  2. CMDA. Position Statement: Moral Complicity with Evil. 2004. Full text here.
  3. Alliance Defending Freedom. Healthcare Handbook. Full text here.
  4. Medical Matins Blog. Tips on Getting Through OB/GYN as a Med Student. Non-affiliate link.

Tips from a Catholic on surviving the OB/GYN rotation here.

Key Abstracts:

  1. Kalinowski K, Buskmiller C, Ward DG. Reproductive Services and Conscience-Based Refusals in Obstetrics and Gynecology Training. Linacre Q. 2021 ePub ahead of print. Abstract here.
  2. Wicclair M. Conscience-Based Exemptions for Medical Students. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2010 19(1):38-50. Abstract here.