MEDCON 2020 | Benedictine College


Dates: March 27-28, 2020

Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus concerns, MedCon 2020 has been CANCELED. We will refund any registration fees we have collected. Please contact us with any questions.

Welcome to all current and future physicians, nurses, & healthcare workers! We are excited to join together to celebrate our community, provide personal support tools & educate one another on how to embrace Catholic principles in the Medical Profession!


At Benedictine College

1020 North 2nd Street
Atchison, KS 66002

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Networking Opportunities for Attendees:

  • Friday evening icebreaker and reception
  • Saturday lunch with physicians by specialty or geographic region
  • Saturday dinner with physicians by specialty or geographic region
  • Saturday evening Trivia Night on student/physician teams

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Thomas McGovern at


Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Attention Nursing Students: Two panels just for you!

  • “What to Expect as a New Graduate Nurse”
  • “Nurse Practitioner Programs: What to Expect”

Friday Evening, March 27

5:30 p.m.Daily Mass (Optional)
Guadalupe Chapel, St. Benedict's Abbey
5:00 p.m.Dinner and Check-in
Dining Hall
6:00 p.m.Arrival/Check-in (if not at dinner)
Ferrell Academic Center
7:00 p.m.Welcome
McAllister Board Room, Ferrell Academic Center 4th Floor

Stephen D. Minnis, President, Benedictine College
7:10 p.m.Choosing your Medical Specialty and Profession: Insights from your Temperament, Spiritual Gifts, and Flow
Murphy McPhee Auditorium, Westerman Hall

Presenter: Dr. Tom McGovern
8:10 p.m.Ice-Breaker Event
McAllister Board Room and O'Malley Lounge, Ferrell Academic Center 4th Floor

Dr. Sheryl Beard
9:00 p.m.Social Time
O'Malley Lounge, Ferrell Academic Center 4th Floor
10:00 p.m.Evening Concludes

Saturday, March 28

7:30 a.m.Mass for MedCon Attendees
Guadalupe Chapel, St. Benedict's Abbey
8:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:45 a.m.Session I (Plenary)
Beginning of Life Panel (Natural Family Planning, Contraception, Infertility Treatment, etc.)

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Scrafford
Panelists: Drs. Sheryl Beard, Gerry Malnar, Jody Elson
9:45 a.m.Break
10:00 a.m.Session II (Breakouts)
Nurses Session: What to Expect as a New Graduate Nurse
Pre-Med Student Session: Medical Student Panel - Choosing Med School, Interview Tips, Lifestyles, Financing

Moderator: Dr. Marci Moffitt
Medical Student Panelists: Alec Hampton (KCU Kansas City), Kylie Hampton (KU Wichita), Maggie McCann (Creighton), Julia Hemman (KU Wichita)
Medical Student Session: Resident Panel - Interviewing/Choosing Residency, Lifestyle Changes

Moderator: Dr. Cliff Arnold
Panelists: Drs. Eric Anderson, Sarah Carlson, Scott Cooper
11:00 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.Session III (Plenary)
End of Life Panel - Palliative and Hospice Care, Euthanasia, Extraordinary Means, etc.

Moderator: John Morris, Ph.D.
Panelists: Drs. Ann Smith, Catherine Powers, Mike Boland
12:15 p.m.Lunch
Dining Hall
1:30 p.m.Session IV (Plenary)
Gender Dysphoria
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Session V (Breakouts)
Nurses: Nurse Practitioner Programs: What to Expect

Kirsten McGuire, MSN, APRN, FNP-C 
Men in Medicine

Moderator: Dr. Tom McGovern
Panelists: Drs. Jonathan Scrafford, Al Oliva, Mike Boland, Dave Hilger 
Women in Medicine

Moderator: Dr. Jenn Johnson
Panelists: Drs. Marci Moffitt, Sheryl Beard, Michelle Stanford, and Mrs. Kylie Hampton
3:45 p.m.Break
4:00 p.m.Session VI (Plenary)

Moderator: Dr. Tom McGovern
Panelists: Dr. Al Oliva (Pornography), Dr. Tom McGovern (Opioid Epidemic), Dr. Cliff Arnold (General Addiction Questions)
5:00 p.m.Wrap-up/More Opportunities

Dr. Tom McGovern
5:15 p.m.Dinner
Dining Hall
7:00 p.m.Trivia Night Social
Dining Hall
10:00 p.m.Conclusion


Clifford Arnold, MD, MA

Dr. Cliff Arnold

Dr. Arnold is a Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate (Great Books) and Master's (History and Philosophy of Science) degrees, and graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Before and during medical school he lived in a Catholic Worker homeless shelter for four years and was a middle school and high school teacher for three years, among other things. He and his wife, Cecilia, have been married for three years and have three amazing kids. They live in the Kansas City area.

Michael Boland, MD

Michael Boland, MD

Michael Boland, MD is a board certified neurosurgeon in private practice in St. Louis, MO. A graduate of Benedictine College with degrees in Philosophy and Chemistry, he attended medical school and completed a Pathology fellowship at the University of MO-Columbia. During his time at Mizzou, he helped establish a student chapter of the Christian Medical Society. He completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan where he met his wife Debra. After training, they moved to St. Louis and have established themselves in the ministry of their church Ascension Catholic. Together they have four children and one granddaughter. Dr. Boland is the Chief of Surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. He has been involved in multiple pediatric neurosurgery missions to Guatemala and actively supports Village of Hope, an orphanage just outside of Guatemala City, through his partnership with Lifesong for Orphans. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Benedictine College.

Jennifer Johnson, MD, FAAP

Jennifer Johnson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Johnson is a pediatric urgent care specialist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School and did her post-graduate work in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She is currently the Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Director of the Urgent Care Division at Children's Mercy.

Johnson serves at the Assistant State Director, Kansas, for the Catholic Medical Association and is the Vice-Chair, Provisional Section on Urgent Care Medicine, for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also the chair of the Communication Committee and Editor of the newsletter for the Society of Pediatric Urgent Care.

She and her husband, Steve, have been married for 21 years and have two children, ages 17 and 14.

Thomas W. McGovern, MD

Thomas W. McGovern, MD

Dr. McGovern is a specialist in Mohs surgery at Fort Wayne (Indiana) Dermatology Consultants. Outside of his work at the medical practice, he serves on the national board of the Catholic Medical Association, chairs the annual CMA Leadership Training Meeting, is the chair of MedCon 2020, and gives presentations at numerous events around the world. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in medical literature and has authored chapters for a major dermatology text, Bolognia’s Dermatology (chapter on Botanical Dermatology) and The Textbook of Military Medicine (chapter on Plague).

After attending the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in July 2017, McGovern and two physician colleagues started the weekly Catholic Medical Radio Show & Podcast Doctor, Doctor. He has also written 14 discussion-based catechesis courses based on the writings of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

McGovern is a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, serves on the Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN) Board of Trustees, and is an active member of the Fort Wayne Legatus chapter. He and his wife, Sally, have been married for 27 years and have seven children.

Marícela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH

Marícela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH

Dr. Moffitt completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She completed her residency at this facility in Internal Medicine and served as chief resident. She joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS – now Valleywise Health)  in 1990 and has held many academic and administrative positions including Director of Medical Education and Director of Academic Affairs.

During her tenure at MIHS she was elected president of the Medical Staff and served as a medical staff officer from 1998-2003. She has been the Director of the Doctoring Curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix since 2007. Currently, she practices at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix as a Hospitalist.

Moffit is a past president of the Catholic Medical Association and has served the CMA's Bylaws Committee and Young Member Advisory Committee. She has also been a CMA State Director (Arizona) and Regional Director (Region X). She is a physician member of the Livanta Board and serves on the Phoenix Diocesan Bioethics Board.

She and her husband, Robert, have been married for 37 years and have three adult children.

Alfonso Oliva, MD, FACS

Alfonso Oliva, MD, FACS

Dr. Oliva is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has earned a Certificate of Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand. He is in full time private practice with Plastic Surgery Northwest in Spokane, Washington, where he is a senior partner. He has subspecialties in microsurgical breast cancer reconstruction and surgery of the hand. 

He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1982. His surgical training began by completing a full residency in General Surgery at University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital. He then completed a second surgical residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Fellowship in Microsurgery and Surgery of the Hand at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco.  

Oliva currently serves as chair of the Membership Committee of and a board member of the Catholic Medical Association. He also serves on the boards of Healing the Culture, Walk for Life Northwest, and the Washington State Medical Association.

He and his wife, Charlotte, have been married for 38 years and have four adult children and 10  grandchildren.

Catherine A. Powers, MD

Catherine A. Powers, MD

Dr. Powers has been a physician for the past 36 years, specializing in Pediatric Anesthesiology for 28 years and Hospice & Palliative Medicine for the past eight years. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1983. She received a Healthcare Ethics Certification from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2014. She is a member of the Archdiocesan Ethics Advisory Council of Northeast Kansas, under the leadership of Archbishop Joseph Naumann who is current Chairman of the US Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee.

She also serves on the National Board of Ladies of Charity Caregiving, Inc. and is a board member of the Little Sisters of the Poor of Kansas City, Missouri. She holds memberships in Catholic Medical Association, as well as several hospice & palliative medicine organizations.

She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 41 years. They have four married children & eight grandchildren.

Jonathan Scrafford, MD

Jonathan Scrafford, MD

Dr. Scrafford is a native of Wichita, Kansas, where he graduated from Bishop Carroll High School. He attended Stanford University for his undergraduate degree and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School where he also completed his residency. Today he works in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Via Christi Clinic in association with Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association and serves as a Guild Officer in Wichita.

His and his wife, Diane, have been married for 10 years and have six children.

Michelle Stanford, MD

Michelle Stanford, MD

Dr. Stanford is a board certified Pediatrician. She graduated from Colorado State University with honors in Biology. Michelle then attended the University of Colorado Medical School before completing her Pediatric Residency at The Children’s Hospital, Denver. While at The Children’s Hospital she served as Chief Resident.

She worked for Children’s Hospital for 4 years after completing her residency until she opened a private practice. She has taught medical, pediatric resident, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. She currently serves on the board of the National Catholic Medical Association as secretary.

She lives in Colorado with husband and three children.

Medical Student Panelists

Alec and Kylie Hampton, Maggie McCann, Julia Hemman

From left to right: Alec Hampton, Kylie Hampton, Maggie McCann, Julia Hemman

Alec Hampton

  • Med School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Undergrad: Newman University (Wichita), BS in Biology
  • Current: OMS-1 (DO candidate)

Kylie Hampton

  • Med school: University of Kansas-Wichita
  • Undergrad: Newman University (Wichita), BS in Biology
  • Current: MS3 (MD candidate)

Maggie McCann

  • Med School: Creighton
  • Graduate: Stanford
  • Undergrad: Thomas Aquinas College
  • Current: MS-2 (MD Candidate), Years 3 PhD Candidate
  • Paul Ramsey Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Culture studying the ethical use of new scientific technologies. 

Julia Hemman

  • Med School: University of Kansas-Wichita
  • Undergrad: Benedictine College
  • Current: MS-3 (MD Candidate)
  • President, CMA Student Chapter, KU-Wichita.

Area Accommodations

Atchison, KS

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Weston, MO

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St. Joseph, MO

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Kansas City

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Kansas Bed & Breakfast Association

Platte City, MO (near KCI Airport)

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