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The purpose of this blog is to stimulate thought and discussion about important issues in healthcare. Opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of CMDA. We encourage you to join the conversation on our website and share your experience, insight and expertise. CMDA has a rigorous and representative process in formulating official positions, which are largely limited to bioethical areas.

Who Do You Believe, and Why?

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | August 10, 2023

When we are attempting to think rationally in appropriate syllogistic lines, for us to draw accurate conclusions from news items we see on television, in the news and on social media, the information we receive as the input to our process must be accurate, and to a great extent must be complete.

Who Counts? Bioethics, Biomedicine and Exploitation of Nascent Human Beings

By David Prentice, PhD | July 24, 2023

What defines our humanity and what it means to be a human being? Put another way, who counts? Every human life has value, no matter the age or stage of development, size, genetic or acquired characteristics or circumstances of the individual.

Becoming Patients Ourselves

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | July 20, 2023

How and when did we become cynical and emotionally unengaged with our patients? And what can any of us do to fix it?

Are You Visiting People in Their Quicksand?

By Nicole D. Hayes | June 29, 2023

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5, ESV).

Teaching Points from the Educator Award

By Andrè Van Mol, MD | June 22, 2023

At the 2023 CMDA National Convention my wife Evelyn and I were honored, blessed and quite humbled to receive the 2023 Educator of the Year Award. This all happened under the watchful eye of Princeton’s Professor Robert George, whom I have admired for years (and no, I did not go full fan boy and embarrass CMDA, but we did talk privately a while). I was given a few minutes to share some thoughts which I am now offering you, my colleagues.

Courtesy: Quillette, 2018

The Psychology of Wokeness

By Steven Willing, MD | June 20, 2023

The cultural phenomenon known as “wokeness” is grounded in human pride, and it is expressed through moral absolutism, moral grandstanding and the will to control.

Understanding the Mifepristone District Court Ruling

By Steven A. Foley, MD | June 5, 2023

As an OB/Gyn, I would like to understand why the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) came out against the ruling in Texas by Judge Matthew Kaczmarek regarding Mifepristone in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine vs. FDA. ACOG says it is safe and effective in all their talking points, and it says that it is healthcare. According to Webster’s Dictionary, healthcare is “the maintaining and restoration of health by the treatment and prevention of disease especially by trained and licensed professions.”

Control is an Illusion

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 1, 2023

We have no real power to change others. We can point them toward truth, we can pray for them and we can show them rational and emotional reasons to change; ultimately, any growth on their part must be motivated by their own desire and decision to change.

Vulnerable Brains: Marijuana, Adolescents, and Schizophrenia

By Amy Givler, MD | May 25, 2023

I’m not grieving—I welcome growing older. Age has its advantages: Fewer emotional roller coasters, for one. For another, I’m better able to articulate my thoughts. And my body hasn’t betrayed me (yet).

An Orchestra of Garbage

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | May 23, 2023

In a recent sermon, I learned about a fascinating organization called the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. A children’s orchestra outside of Asuncion, Paraguay, the Recycled Orchestra plays on garbage.

Brain Death Revisited: Are the New Recommendations Too Much, Too Fast?

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | May 8, 2023

Until there were ventilators, and until organ transplantation became a therapeutic reality, the designation of death was based solely on cardio-respiratory criteria.

Top Ten Myths of the Sexual Revolution: Part 5

By Steven Willing, MD | April 22, 2023

In the final installment of the series, we critique the argument that deviations from normative heterosexuality are a part of God’s design and hence morally neutral.

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