The Society of Saint Gianna Molla, Physician (Lat. Societas Sanctae Ioannae Mollae, Medicae), is an association of medical students at the Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine operating as a chapter of the nationwide Catholic Medical Association. The Society seeks to promote catechetical opportunities on Catholic historical, ethical, and moral applications to medical practice. In addition to its educational mission, it stands to provide Catholic guidance and support to medical, pre-medical, and allied health students whether in their prayer lives, academic lives, or career ambitions.
The Society of Saint Gianna Molla, Physician, takes its inspiration from an Italian saint of the twentieth century. St. Gianna Molla was a pediatrician, whose witness of obedience to Christ and her unwavering moral discipline came to be challenged with a difficult and complicated pregnancy. Rather than be tempted by offers of abortion, she persevered and opted for life-sparing measures for the child she loved even more than herself. Her daughter—Gianna Emmanuela—was born successfully, though St. Gianna herself died of an infection a few days after the birth. Today, Gianna Emmanuela is a practicing physician in Italy, carrying on her mother’s legacy and serving as a witness to physicians.
The Society stands on three pillars:
For inquiries and information, please contact: Esteban Esquivel, MS1, Director of Internal Affairs for the Society of Saint Gianna Molla, Physician at firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership is open to any student in the Health Sciences Center (Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health), as well as interested pre-medical, pre-allied health students.