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ACP Maryland Chapter Volunteerism Committee

Member Volunteer Profile
December 1, 2011
Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, MD, FACP

Volunteer Activity/Web site: www.bg-cma.org/g, Catholic Medical Association – Baltimore Guild (BG-CMA)
Contact Address: Baltimore Guild-Catholic Medical Association (BG-CMA), 7160 Natures Road, Columbia, MD 21046
For Past and Upcoming Events: www.bg-cma.org/calendar.htm#startt

To Inquire into BG-CMA and what they do:Complete a BG-CMA Interest Form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

To register for the Guild, download their Registration Letter (RTF format) and then send a completed Registration Form (RTF format) to the address shown in the Form! ALL new members are Welcome!

Dr. Marie-Alberte Boursiquot is serving her third term as President of the Baltimore Guild-Catholic Medical Association (BG-CMA). She is also a Regional Director for Region III and has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association since the 1990’s. In addition, she serves as the Case Report Editor for the Linacre Quarterly, the oldest known journal on medical ethics established in 1932, which as Case Report Editor entails having cases published of ‘medical miracles’ used to advance canonizations. She was an integral player in helping to establish the Baltimore Chapter, founded by Dr. Louis Breschi, as a Guild in 2006 with the approval of Cardinal William Henry Keeler who was then the Archbishop of Baltimore. Dr. Boursiquot was recently elected to serve on the national Board of the CMA.

The mission of the local Baltimore Guild is to provide physicians with spiritual and educational support to practice Medicine in alignment with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, help properly form consciences, provide opportunities for fellowship with like minded physicians and other health care professionals, and serve as a resource for referrals for patients often requesting a Catholic physician. The organization provides members with forums for dialogue on a multitude of issues concerning Catholic doctrine such as abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and stem cell research, to name just a few. Nationally, the Catholic Medical Association has over 1,000 members, and the Baltimore Guild has over 80 participating members.

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) originated from the first Catholic Physicians Guild in Boston in 1912 began by His Eminence William Henry O’Connell, Archbishop of Boston. The idea of the Catholic Physicians Guild spread throughout New York City, to other cities of the eastern US, and by 1932, the National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds was established under the leadership of Dr. Rendrick as the unification of seven existing guilds. In 1997, the name of National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds (NFCPG) was changed to the CMA to reflect the fact that its membership consisted almost entirely of individual members.

Under Dr. Boursiquot’s leadership, the Baltimore Guild has won the Outstanding Guild Award, which was presented at the recent Phoenix conference, for an impressive range of projects serving medical students, their archdiocese, and the public, including:

  • hosting three to five presentations throughout the year;
  • working with their archdiocese to begin an annual medical ethics symposium for Catholic professionals (the 2011 event was the third annual symposium);
  • establishing an active medical students chapter at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and starting a second student section at Johns Hopkins University this fall;
  • reaching out to local clergy; and
  • maintaining a Web site and publishing a newsletter.

The Medical Student Sections under Dr. Boursiquot’s leadership have been successfully established at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and most recently at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. These Medical Student Sections can be very informative and helpful for students of all disciplines due to the many ideological conflicts and questions which arise in medical training and caring for patients. At the Student level, Rev. Michael DeAscanis and local physicians meet with the students for monthly "Lunchtime Chats on Bioethics" which provides a comfortable and open setting to discuss faith and its application and effect on the practice of medicine. Dr. Boursiquot feels it is especially important for students to be exposed to organizations such as the CMA early in their training and career in medicine due to the many ethical dilemmas encountered in medical training and intrinsic to the doctor-patient relationship, as well as the impact of a physician’s personal beliefs on the practice of medicine.

Please see the BG-CMA Calendar for prior and current conferences.

World-renowned ethicist Dr. Edmund Pellegrino delivers an annual ethics presentation and there is an Annual White Mass honoring St. Luke, patron of physicians, celebrated by the Archbishop of Baltimore. A luncheon follows where this year former JAMA Editor-in-Chief, Catherine DeAngelis, MD delivered an address on medical professionalism.

Their annual spiritual event was held on December 3, 2011 at Saint William of York Catholic Church and was an Advent Retreat for Medical Professionals and Medical students, open to spouses as well. Fr. Michael DeAscanis, STL served as retreat master and the one-day retreat included spiritual conferences, celebration of the Mass, an opportunity for Eucharistic adoration, confessions and quiet meditative prayer.

This is a physician led organization which proudly extends its membership to medical students, members of the allied health professions including nurses, dentists, physician assistants, and members of the clergy.

CME credits are available to registered physician members for the educational meetings throughout the year through St. Agnes Healthcare, Inc., and CEUs will soon be available to nurse members.

Dr. Louis Breschi is a former past President of the National CMA, Dr. Dan Finkelstein currently serves as secretary of the guild and Dr. Damian Birchess currently serves as Treasurer of the BG-CMA.

Page updated: 01/12/12

Contact Information

Stephen D. Sisson, MD, FACP,
Governor, Maryland Chapter

Maryellen Woodward
920 Trinity Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Chapter Administrator
Office: 410-332-8444
E-mail: mew4work@aol.com