Worth the Cost?


How God transformed a medical student who happened to be a Christian into a Christian who happens to be a doctor.

  • Author: Jack Tsai, MD
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Press
  • ISBN: 978-1939267719
  • Release Year: 2013


How God transformed a medical student who happened to be a Christian into a Christian who happens to be a doctor.

Adapted from the book: I had known I wanted to become a doctor way before I became a Christian in high school. After I accepted Christ, I went happily off to college, majored in physiological science like a good little pre-med, and researched and volunteered my way into medical school. In medical school, I just looked for Christian things that I should do. So, I started volunteering at the free clinics, as well as going down to Mexico on weekend mission trips. I was a medical student who happened to be a Christian.

Then I met Dr. Nick Yphantides, a mentor who would change the trajectory of my medical career. This was a guy who could have done anything he wanted. But he was also a devoted Christian who loved the Lord, and was convicted by God to serve the indigent poor of San Diego. Because of that, he chose to go into primary care and spent the first decade of his career on the front lines serving exclusively patients without insurance. In Dr. Nick I found a Christian who happened to be a doctor. He understood that God’s heart beats for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized. For Dr. Nick, medicine was simply a means in which to carry out that heart.

About the author: By day, Dr. Jack Tsai, a graduate of UCSD School of Medicine, is a family physician at a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the medically underserved of Long Beach, California. He is also part-time staff at the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine residency program where he trained. By night, he is pursuing a MA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology. He serves as an English Ministry leader at South Bay Evangelical Christian Church and lives with his wife in Torrance, CA. For more information visit:

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