CMDA 2019 Midwest Fall Conference

October 11, 2019 – October 13, 2019

Norton Shores, Michigan

The 2019 CMDA Midwest Fall Conference, at the Maranatha Bible Conference Center, offers CMDA members and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational speakers and receive continuing education credit while enjoying the scenic eastern shores of Lake Michigan.  The combination of informal didactic sessions, group discussion, and plenty of free time for family activities, creates a refreshing investment in professional and personal renewal.

In a world where men and women are constantly told that they are not different, our presenters, Walt (MD) and Barbara Larimore, authors of His Brain / Her Brain will demonstrate what all of us instinctively know – men and women are different, and these differences, when understood, can contribute toward a more satisfying marriage, family, and professional life.

Combining the latest brain research along with their experiences in over three decades of marriage, medical practice, counseling, teaching, and the study of timeless principles, Walt and Barb Larimore will explain how the unique design of each sex, particularly the unique brain and hormones of males and females, results in different habits, tendencies, and nuances of thought and action.

For the past few decades, it has been ideologically fashionable to insist that these behavioral differences are minimal and are the consequence of variations in experience during development before and after adolescence. Evidence accumulated more recently, however, suggests that the effects of sex hormones on brain organization occur so early in life that from the start the environment is acting on differently wired brains in boys and girls. Such effects make evaluating the role of experience, independent of physiological predisposition, a difficult if not dubious task.

The biological bases of sex differences in brain and behavior have become much better known through increasing numbers of behavioral, neurological and endocrinological studies. These differences are so profound that geneticist Anne Moir, PhD, and journalist David Jessel begin their book Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women with this provocative assertion:

“Men are different from women. They are equal only in their common membership in the  same species, humankind. To maintain that they are the same in aptitude, skill or  behavior is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie.” (Anne Moir and David Jessel, Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women [New York: Dell, 1992], 5.)

As our 2019 Midwest Fall Conference speakers, Walt and Barb Larimore will offer guidance in how to understand the unique brain blueprint that influences the behavior of the male and female. Walt’s blend of insightful scholarship generously sprinkled with humor and wit will educate, challenge, and assist both practitioner and spouse in understanding how these differences affect our perception of the world, how we process information, how we communicate with one another (and how we don’t!), and the differences in how men and women approach sexuality.

The Larimore’s will show how differences between the male and female brain can complement each other toward more productive marriages and families and professional relationships. Participants will enjoy lively group discussion, new ideas ready to be applied to one’s life and practice, and new friendships. Practitioners will find this new research particularly helpful in enhancing the patient / doctor relationship and in recommendations for how to reduce relational stress in patient’s families and in one’s personal life.

Offering 6.5 Category 1 Credit CE

Venue Information

Maranatha Bible Conference Center is located amid the dunes of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, near Muskegon, Michigan.  Maranatha offers nearly 100 acres of family enjoyment.  During our Saturday afternoon free time, you may take advantage of tennis, volleyball, the indoor gym with exercise room, or take a leisurely hike through the woods or along the Lake Michigan beach.  For more information, see the Maranatha website @:

Accommodations will be in the Maranatha Lodge and Family Condos offering hotel lodging for even large families!  All CMDA sessions will be held in the Family Life Center.  Adults will be in the spacious, Michigan Room, while a nursery for infants and toddlers is next door. (If there is sufficient interest, a program for pre-school and elementary aged children will be offered.)  Sorry no teen program.  Parents are encouraged to make other arrangements for their teens or have them join in the CMDA sessions).  Meals will be served on the lower level of Maranatha Lodge, just steps away from the Family Life Center.  Simply an unforgettable weekend!


Maranatha Bible Conference Center

4759 Lake Harbor Rd.

Norton Shores, MI 49441 • Ph: (231) 798-2161 •


From Grand Rapids, MI:  I-96 West to Exit 4 (Airline Rd at Fruitport). Take Airline Rd South to Pontaluna Rd.  Turn Right (West) on Pontaluna Rd (follow signs to Hoffmaster State Park). Road curves Right (North) at Park and becomes Lake Harbor Rd.  Continue North 2 miles on Lake Harbor Rd. to Maranatha Bible Conf. Ctr. on Left.

From US 31 (North or South):  Exit at Pontaluna Rd. Take Pontaluna Rd West (follow signs to Hoffmaster State Park).  Road curves Right (North) at Park and becomes Lake Harbor Rd. Continue North 2 miles on Lake Harbor Rd to Maranatha Bible Conf. Ctr. on Left.Special Needs:

If participants need special accommodations due to a disability or for an alternative form of course materials, please contact the MW Office at (317) 257-5885 at least 14 days prior to this program.  CMDA’s Department of Continuing Education fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations.

Your CMDA Hosts:

Allan Harmer, Th.M., D.Min., is the Midwest Regional Director. Allan’s responsibilities with CMDA comprise an eleven-state area (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin), over 5,000 members and includes: supervising 24 full and part-time staff, leadership training among student leaders and campus advisors on over 90 medical and dental campuses; planning continuing education events; community ministry development; writing and producing resources; organizing and leading conferences and meetings; and personal counseling among doctors and students. Allan’s doctoral emphasis: leadership, culture and organizational change.

Karen Harmer, B.S.

Karen assists with conference details and registration. She is a former elementary and pre-school educator and held elected office for over twenty-years on her local School Board. They have four grown children, nine grandchildren and reside in Noblesville, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis.


Walt Larimore, MD, has practiced family medicine for nearly 40 years. He currently serves as an Occupational Medicine Physician at UCHealth and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in America, and the International Health Professionals of the Year. Dr. Larimore graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in the top 5 of his class with AOA honors. He did his Family Medicine residency training at Duke University and was named in the top 10 family medicine residents in the U.S. He completed a Queen’s Teaching Fellowship in England before practicing four years in the Smoky Mountains and then developed a teaching practice in Central Florida for 16 years. In 2001, he was named Vice-President and Physician-in-Residence at Focus on the Family for four years, before becoming the Medical Director at Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs. He has been named America’s “Outstanding Family Medicine Educator” by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and he and Barb were named “Educators of the Year” by CMDA. Dr. Larimore is also a visiting professor at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa and the co-author of CMDA’s The Saline Solution and Grace Prescriptions. He has published nearly 1,000 articles in numerous medical and popular publications and has written or co-written 32 books, among them: Fit Over 50; 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People; Workplace Grace; Alternative Medicine and four novels.

Barbara Larimore taught middle school while putting Walt through medical school and residency. She then concentrated on bringing-up their children, Kate and Scott (who are now married) and helping Walt set up medical practices in North Carolina and Florida. For over 40 years, Barb has served as a Bible study teacher and mentored women. She and Walt have two grandchildren and love leading a Marriage Mentoring Ministry at their church in Colorado Springs and co-wrote the best-selling book, His Brain, Her Brain. She and Walt have been married 45 years. If you ask Barb how many grandchildren she has, she says, “Not enough!” If you ask her about her main job now, she says she “carries a big stick to keep Walt in line!”


Friday, October 11th
Dinner in route
7:00 Registration
7:30 Welcome / Introductions
8:00 Walt (MD) & Barb Larimore: Gender Differences in Perception

Free Time / Retire

Saturday, October 12th
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Conference Resumes
9:15 Walt (MD) & Barb Larimore
Gender Differences in Processing
10:15 Break
10:45 Walt (MD) & Barb Larimore: Gender Differences in Communication
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Free Time
6:00 Dinner
7:15 CMDA Community Update
7:45 Walt (MD) & Barb Larimore: Gender Differences in Sexuality
9:30 Family Fun & Marvin’s Trivia Session
Sunday, October 13th
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Conference Resumes
9:15 Walt (MD) & Barb Larimore
The Science & Theology of Gender Differences
10:30 Break
10:45 Worship & Praise
11:15 Prayer
12:00 Lunch & Conclusion

Continuing Education

Continuing Education:

Through this conference healthcare professionals will understand the profound differences in the male and female brain. This new knowledge will equip practitioners to evaluate brain related differences, improve patient health and well-being and improve healthcare delivery in the clinical setting through a greater understanding of gender differences. The healthcare professional will also benefit personally through a greater understanding of how the differences between the male and female brain contribute to greater family well-being through improved interpersonal skills.

Accreditation – 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 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dental Credit – Christian Medical & Dental Associations Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2022. Provider ID# 218742. 6.5 Lecture Hours Available. No prior level of skill, knowledge, or experience is required (or suggested). Course designed for physicians and dentists and other healthcare professionals.

Educational Objectives – At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the structural and functional differences between the male and female brain.
  2. Discuss new research supporting the unique differences between the male and female brain.
  3. Describe how these specific differences can apply to male and female behavior.
  4. Strategize how to apply this knowledge to personal and professional relationships.
  5. Identify principles to improve the quality of patient care.

Continuing Education Fee: Complementary for CMDA members (non-members add $130/person)

Special Needs:

If participants need special accommodations due to a disability or for an alternative form of course materials, please contact the MW Office at (317) 257-5885 at least 14 days prior to this program.  CMDA’s Department of Continuing Education fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations


Janie Waldecker  – Midwest Region Administrative Assistant

Email: / Phone: (423) 844-1060