Dear brothers and sisters,


We close a complex and turbulent 2016 and enter an uncertain 2017. It is this backdrop where the CMDF engaged the sensitive subject of ‘Ethical Issues at the End of Life’ and also reflected on what really matters in our vocation as medical professionals during our annual dinner ‘Effort, Efficacy & What's Enough'. 

The CMDF embarked on a regional focus in 2016 as some of us actively engaged with ICMDA in SE Asia through a new initiative called SEAchange. CMDF Indonesia has been a wonderful and inspiring partner in SEAchange.

2016 was busy. The increasingly noisy world can crowd and invade the quiet of our inner space. Bound by our covenantal relationship, we must get back to the core of discipleship and mentoring, walking alongside each other at our workplace so that our inner space can flourish in Christ. 

In the coming year, we want to encourage all of us to keep a look out for each other, catch a simple time of prayer with one another or just have coffee together at our workplace. We want to see God at work in 2017!











From The Chaplain's Desk


Numbering Our Days


Received news on 9th December, 2016 that Thomas Oden, a Methodist scholar who had fought to return the church to classical Christianity, had passed away. Maybe I am at that age where key figures in your life are passing away but one gets the feeling that 2016 is a year that many people you know, either from afar or personally, are passing on, from rock luminaries like David Bowie, to dear friends like Soo Ewe Jin. The list is a long one. These reminders of death, though sobering, and sometimes sad, may not necessarily be a bad thing. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us:

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:2 NIV)

At first glance the above statement seems morbid. On further reflection, there is much truth here. Proverbs says: "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Proverbs 90:12 NIV)." The NLT is very clear: "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."

We live in a death denying age. We live as though we will live forever. Even those of us in the medical professions who are reminded of mortality often, may be numbed by fatigue and the pace of modern life and see our years speeding by without any real reflection on how we are living.

The awareness of our own mortality should not be a cause of fear. Followers of Jesus especially know what awaits us after death and know that the Lord knows when is the best time for us to enter the stage of life and when is the best time for us to exit. Awareness of our mortality should awaken us to the fact that we must live intentionally and wisely. Soon 2017 will be upon us. It will be one more year closer to whenever we are to leave this world. Our lives are not our own. It was bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6: 19 - 20). How then should we live?

Christmas time and year end is usually a noisy and busy time. Let's create some space and time to reflect on the year passing and ask the Lord for His orders and directions for the year ahead. Let us be wise.


Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

Honourary Chaplain










CMDF Re-dedication Service 2017


Date: 12 January 2017
Time: 6:30pm (Welcome/Registration), 7pm (Worship & Devotional)
Venue: St James' Church
Address: 1 Leedon Road, Singapore 267828

Chaired by Dr Tan Lai Yong
Speaker: Dr Aymeric Lim


Note: There is very limited parking facilities in the church. Those driving should come early and park in nearby multi-story car parks. Nearest MRT station: Holland Village


Please RSVP for catering purposes at: admin@cmdf.org.sg


Tan Lai Yong

Dinner 2

Dinner 3

Dinner 4

Photos by Dr David Tay

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CMDF Annual Celebration Dinner 2016
Effort, Efficacy & What's Enough

The Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship held its annual celebration dinner on 5 November 2016. By dusk, some 240 doctors, dentists, pharmacists, medical and dental students, and other guests had arrived at the NUS Guild House in good spirits, expecting an evening of exhilaration and reflection.

The dinner’s focus was “Effort, Efficacy and What’s Enough”.

Why this theme? Explained endocrinologist Dr Lee Chung Horn, who was the evening’s emcee: “We realised, during our planning meeting, that we’d not featured a topic about the beginnings of lives in health care before. We’d only had messages about lives in mid-point, or at the end of faithful careers in medicine and dentistry.

“For example, we’ve had missionaries tell us their stories, or senior doctors, but their wisdom is almost always a look back. What do work- burdened, young doctors feel when the only view they have is a look forward?” Indeed the vista is now different.

From its start in 1973, the CMDF has weathered change. In particular, the arrival during the last decade of young doctors and dentists and students has revitalised the fellowship and spurred a re-examination of its programs.

Accordingly Dr Tan Lai Yong, who delivered the evening’s message, drew everybody’s attention to the point of beginnings. Dr Tan reminded us that our lives are influenced by many beginnings: choosing what to study and give our lives to, deciding what to give up, determining what principles to live by.

With his trademark, folksy style, Dr Tan shared stories from his life, at one point, summoning his daughter Amber to narrate a Chinese folk legend. Dr Tan Lai Yong, who is Senior Lecturer at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and director of outreach and community engagement at the College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS, spent 15 years in Yunnan, South China, crossing cultural barriers and finding ways to teach health and hygiene to the humble, the poor, the disabled.

Dr Tan talked about work and effort, and the importance of knowing when we have fallen short, and when we have done enough. His theme that our lives are a journey filled with transition and relocation was also explored in “The First Year”.

The latter was an original short film that played to dinner guests before his message. In it, three young doctors – one intern and two residents - spoke candidly about their experiences of the first year. Joshua Tan, Farook Ahmad and Joshua Lee’s escapades and struggles struck a chord with many people who recognized the emotions as their own, both distantly and recently.

At the dinner were health care guests from China, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia and Nigeria. A large turnout of students from Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Duke- NUS School were also present, many for the first time.

Said Dr Roy Heng, a medical officer from Tan Tock Seng Hospital who also attended the dinner for the first time: “At first, I was a bit afraid which consultant I would meet. Thankfully there was a good mixture of students as well. “I’m really glad to discover there is a Christian community within the medical profession. I studied overseas and didn’t know about the CMDF’s work. I think students are encouraged when they realize there’s a support system out there. When young doctors meet to share common experiences, they build good friendships!" - Dr Lee Chung Horn


ICMDA Meeting

South East Asia ICMDA Regional Meeting


Dr Goh Wei Leong, Dr Tan Hun Hoe, Dr Matthias Quake, and myself had the privilege of joining the inaugural regional CMDF meeting held in Bogor, Indonesia.


This was concurrent with Kamp Medis Nasional Alumni (KMDA) which is a 2-yearly conference held by the CMDF and iFES of Indonesia for Christian doctors, dentists and nurses, from 9th to 12th September 2016.


It was a good and vibrant start to the new regional southeast asian chapter of ICMDA for which we named "SEAChange".


Two interest groups projects were formed to kickstart this regional collaboration, "Creation Care" as well as "Disaster Relief". Through this regional collaboration we hope to provide a platform for gathering material and human resources for projects, as well as sharing ideas for more effective medical work in the region.


For more information about this new exciting collaboration, or if you're interested to get involved, please email admin@cmdf.org.sg, we would love to hear from you! - Dr Linus Chua







Be A Volunteer!

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We are looking for Dermatologists who are willing to extend a hand for our migrant workers once a month in our clinic.

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