37th Annual CMDA West Coast Winter Conference

January 23, 2020 – January 26, 2020

Cannon Beach, Oregon

The 37th Annual CMDA West Coast Winter Conference, at the Christian Conference Center, offers CMDA members and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline. The combination of informal didactic sessions, group discussions, Q & A and plenty of free time for Saturday afternoon family activities, creates a refreshing investment for professional and personal renewal. This year ‘Renewal’ will be the focus of our entire weekend.

For the second year, we will begin with a pre-conference day. The CMDA Center for Well-Being staff will speak at 730pm on Thursday night, January 23, and twice on Friday morning, January 24. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the Cannon Beach and Oregon Coast. The response we received last year both in attendance and feedback after the conference was so positive that we will do it again. Our rationale is that many of who have the freedom to add an extra day would want to enjoy the Cannon Beach and Oregon Coast – since some of you have to travel such a long distance to get here. We realize that many of you are unable to come for this pre-conference day because of your work, school and/or children, but perhaps someday you will.

The main conference will begin at 8 pm on Friday night, January 25, as usual.

The conference center staff offers an excellent children’s program for all ages, taking expert care of your little ones up through high school, though some of your high schoolers might enjoy the main sessions. Children often ask their parents to return to this conference because they want to attend the children’s program. Eric, the children’s program director, has been leading this wonderful service for many years.

Registration Information

CMDA Member – Physician/Dentist $150
CMDA Member – Retired/Missionary/Military/Resident/Fellow $100
CMDA Member – Associate Healthcare Professionnal $75
CMDA Students* $85
Spouse of Physician/Dentist/Retired/Missionary/Military/Resident/Fellow/AHP $25
Spouse of Student * $85
* STUDENTS ONLY This registration fee covers your lodging and meals
Non CMDA Members add $50 to registration above
One Child $25
Two Children $50
Three or more Children $50
Children of Students $0
Early Day Professional (Jan 23) $40
Early Day Spouse (Jan 23) $40
(both in additon to professional registrations above)
Day Attendees – no lodging no meals $25
(In addition to professional registration above)
Continuing Education – CMDA Member Free
Continuing Education – Non -CMDA Member $135
Exhibitor Fee $50

Venue Information

Our annual attendance has never dipped below 170 people and has jumped as high as 300. This venue, Cannon Beach, OR which boasts the third largest monolithe Seastack in the world, Haystack Rock, and a flat, delightful, walkable, three mile sandy beach provides the perfect place to get away and enjoy the Oregon Coast, rain or shine. And usually, January is provides a window of remarkable weather for this event. Google Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach and look at the beautiful vistas. The town of Cannon Beach boasts many artists, good food and activites including kite flying for all levels, three miles of flat sandy beach for walking and running, and several other beach towns with historical sites to view.


The four staff members of our Center for Well-Being will join us for this weekend.

Ken Jones is the Director of Coaching for CMDA. He is an ordained pastor and a certified Physician Life Development Coach. In addition to teaching and developing courses on coaching for CMDA, he spends significant time coaching doctors across the United States every week. He has written four books and numerous articles on topics ranging from parenting and spiritual life to leadership development and marriage issues. His most recent book is entitled, “If I Should Die Before I Live.” He and his wife Randee have three sons and six of the most amazing grandchildren on the planet. He loves to read, write and watch…St. Louis Cardinals baseball.   





Dr. Steve Sartori is Director of the Center for Well-being at CMDA. He is a certified life and leadership coach who helps doctors and other healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has served as CEO of a private group practice, chief of staff at two hospitals, faculty member for a family medicine residency program and chief medical officer for a community health center. He has served as a board member and treasurer of CMDA, and has participated in mission trips to Romania, Jamaica, Thailand, Kenya and Swaziland. He is married, with two adult children, and enjoys traveling and sports. An avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, he can sometimes be seen wearing a cheesehead.





Dr. Ann Tsen is a Certified Physician Life and Leadership Coach and a board-certified internist. She is a founding member of the CMDA Life and Leadership Coaching ministry and serves on the advisory council for the Women Physicians in Christ ministry. She has also served as campus advisor for the local CMDA student chapter along with her physician husband. She has experience in practicing medicine and using coaching in a variety of settings, including domestic and international missions. She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest, photography and long beach walks. She is passionate about helping women in medicine move forward in their personal and professional lives.






Dr. Stan Haegert is Associate Director of the Center for Well-being at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). A board-certified family physician, he is passionate about helping healthcare professionals learn to care for themselves while serving others. Stan and his wife Deb served as medical missionaries in The Gambia, West Africa. Stan’s experience of burnout, recovery and return to the mission field has given him a strong desire to help others learn the rhythms of work and rest that Jesus so perfectly modeled. Stan received an MD from Michigan State University and an MPH from the University of Michigan. Stan and Deb recently moved to Colorado to be closer to their two adult daughters, son-in-law and grandsons. When not singing 70’s music in local coffee houses, Stan is usually looking for a good game of chess.


Thursday, Jan 23
0300pm Registration
0600pm Dinner
0730pm Session 1 – The Road to Well-being: Describing the Destination – Dr. Steve Sartori
Friday,   Jan 24
0730am Prayer in meeting room
0800am Breakfast
0900am Session 2 – Mutant Values: Beliefs That Fuel Burnout – Dr. Stan Haegert
1015am Session 3 – Trust Your Compass: Managing Moral Distress – Dr. Steve Sartori
1130am Session 4 – Change and Transition: Leveraging the Opportunity – Dr. Ann Tsen
1230pm Lunch – Free afternoon
0300pm Registration for MAIN CONFERENCE
0600pm Dinner on your own – check at registration desk for restaurants
Main Conference Begins
0800pm Welcome & Worship
0830pm Session 5 – The Road to Well-being: Designing a Map – Dr. Steve Sartori
Saturday, Jan 25
0730am Morning Prayer
0800am Breakfast
0915am Worship
0945am Session 6 – Rhythms of Shalom: Sabbath and Service – Dr. Stan Haegert
1100am Session 7 – The Road to Well-being: Negotiating For Change – Dr. Haegert & Dr. Tsen
1230pm Lunch
0130pm Afternoon free time
0500pm – 0600pm Bob Staton, Ron Blue & Co.
0600pm – 0800pm Dinner
0800pm Talent Night
1000pm Student Meeting
Sunday, Jan 26
0730am Morning Prayer
0800am Breakfast
0930am Session 8 – Coaching: Prescription for Burnout – Ken Jones, PCC
1100am Worship Service
1230pm Lunch & Leave

Continuing Education

Dr. Steve Sartori, MD, ACC; Dr. Ann Tsen, MD, ACC; Ken Jones, PCC; Stan Haegert, MD MPH

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Open the attached pdf Welcome Letter for more information about credits for Dentists and other healthcare professionals, course objectives and schedule.

Detailed CE Information


Event contact:
Jane A. Waldecker