Catholic Medical Association (CMA)

Welcome to the CMA website for UA COM-P students! 

Mission Statement: 
The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) is a national organization that attempts to unite physicians from all backgrounds who seek like to learn more about the Catholic faith and its place in medicine. Our student chapter of the CMA aims to provide an inclusive environment with a similar mission; to educate medical students from all backgrounds about the Catholic faith and its place in medical education and our future practices as physicians. We seek to do so through lunch talks, discussion panels, and regional CMA meetings, open to all. We also hope to work with other interest groups on campus to provide unique and diverse opportunities that engage medical student’s curiosities and answer questions they may have about the place of faith in medicine.


Although I have been in medical school for a few years now, I still find myself sometimes thinking how my faith will affect my future as a physician and what role it plays in medicine. I urge you to come to some of our events, any of our events, or simply email me for a chat to discuss anything related to catholicism - whether you are catholic or not. I am excited for some of the events we have planned, and hope you will get a lot out of them as well! 



Haig Aintablian, MS4  (
Matthew DiLizia, MS4  (
Raafat Kuk, MS4 (

Faculty Advisor

Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P

Dr. Moffitt graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1986. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine and has practice Medicine for 26 years in Arizona. She obtained a Masters degree in Public Health in 1994 at the University of Arizona. Her research interest include Tuberculosis and medical education.

She is currently holds the academic rank of Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Doctoring Curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix where she teaches communication and physical exam skills to medical students. She is a part-time Hospitalist at the VA Hospital in Phoenix. 

She has served on the 1st Way (a crisis pregnancy center) Board of Directors; The HOPE Mobile Ultrasound Unit Board; The national Catholic Medical Association Board (President 2012.) She currently serves on the Phoenix Diocesan Medical Ethics Board; The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix Board. She teaches with her husband in the RCIA program at Corpus Christi parish. She is married to Dr. Robert A. Moffitt who is in deacon formation; they have three children. 

Club Activities for 2016

Weekly Monday Meet-Up
Hosted By: Christian Medical Society (CMS) and Catholic Medical Association (CMA) 
When: Every Monday at 8 am 
Where: HSEB cafeteria.
Why: To talk, pray, and otherwise prepare for the week ahead.  
Anything else?: It's completely casual, and anyone is invited!

Monthly Guild Meetings  
When: Second Monday of every month
What: Confession starts at 5pm. Followed by Mass at 6:30pm, dinner and speaker after this
Where: Please contact Nuria for details, usually in different locations in the valley. 

Catholic Physician Panel 
When: Fall 2016 
Why: To hear from physicians who have been practicing medicine along with their faith 

The Guild Retreat
When: September 23 - September 25 
    *scholarships are available
More information: Contact Dr. Moffitt at:

Catholic Medical Association Conference 
WhenOctober 13-16
    *scholarships available 
Where: Washington, D.C. 

White Mass
When: October 15, 2016
Keynote speaker: 

For information on other news/events, please join our email list!

If you are new to the Phoenix area

Looking for a Catholic Church? 
You may want to check: 
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish 
Diocese of Phoenix

Looking to meet catholic medical students from other states?
Think about applying to become a CMA member:

Associated Websites:

Catholic Medical Association:
Catholic Physician's Guild of Phoenix:
Diocese of Phoenix:
National Catholic Bioethics Center: