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How Do I Know if I’m Gay or Not?

By Walt Larimore, MD / June 6, 2012 /

I’ve had the opportunity to have a number of young male patients, who during their teen years, have felt attracted to other guys and have begun to wonder if they might be homosexual. I think it’s very important to point out that it’s completely normal and extremely common to be attracted to other guys when you are a teen. In fact, most young men feel closer to other guys than they do girls.

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WPC Pulse – June 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2012 /

Lately, I have felt like one of my teenagers as I have been given the same meal everywhere I turn for spiritual food. “God’s POWER is made perfect IN your WEAKNESS.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (NIV 1984).

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The Marriage Viewpoint

The Marriage Viewpoint

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2012 /

George MacDonald, mentor to C. S. Lewis, penned these words many years ago: “The highest calling of every husband and wife is to help each other to do the will of God.” While most of us would wholeheartedly agree, we struggle to apply this principle to the unique challenges of medical marriages. Few professions have the myriad of obstacles facing a vibrant marriage that a medical career brings. At the same time, medicine is a vocation with great potential benefits—both to the couple and the lives they touch—as God works through their union. How crucial it is for us to focus on helping each other be all God has intended for us to be as individuals and as a couple.

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TCD Summer 2012

Staying Connected to Today’s Medical Family

By Omar Hamada, MD, and Tara Hamada, MD / June 1, 2012 /

In some ways, things have radically changed since the “Leave it To Beaver” and “My Three Sons” concepts of the traditional family from the 1950s. Yet, in other ways, things have remained the same. Regardless, many challenges are being waged against the traditional American family today. With each passing day, the slow but steady advance of tangible threats grows. While some of these threats are easily recognizable, others seem to run under the radar as insidious characteristics of our culture that are eventually accepted as normative. These affect the medical family just as much as they do any other family.

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WPC Pulse – May 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2012 /

I grew up in a Christian home and I don’t remember life without Jesus. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and I attributed it to a God-ordained calling on my life.

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Joy

The Supernatural Joy of the Lord

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2012 /

This edition’s Impact Story is brought to you by Mike O’Callaghan, DDS, a CMDA dental member practicing in Michigan. Mike has led several GHO short-term mission trips and serves on the Dental Advisory Council. He recently published two articles: one was on the topic of short-term mission trips and other titled “Human trafficking and the Dental Professional” was seen in the most recent edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association. ADA members can view the article online here or in JADA print form.

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WPC Pulse – April 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 1, 2012 /

I think many of us are called upon by our churches and community to speak on various topics. That is my assignment for this month at my church’s annual women’s retreat. It is always a challenge to think of what to say, or better yet, what God would like me to say.

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WPC Pulse – March 2012

By Amy Givler, MD / March 1, 2012 /

What is it to be a leader? I don’t see myself as a natural leader, but whether I like it or not, my job makes me a leader. As a doctor I am leading each of my patients to a life, we both hope, of better health.

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WPC Pulse – February 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 1, 2012 /

Have I become too consumed with self? With my own agenda? With my own struggles through this medical journey?

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WPC Pulse – January 2012

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 22, 2012 /

I’m guessing (and hoping) that I’m not the only one…not the only WIMD-er who sometimes runs into identity issues with being a woman doctor/dentist…not the only one whose kids’ friends can’t remember to call her “doctor”…not the only one whose patients sometimes express their concern about whether or not I’m old enough or practiced enough (or male enough?) to take care of them…not the only one whose kids have been told by someone “only boys can be doctors.”

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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

By Walt Larimore, MD / July 1, 2011 /

I knew I needed a mentor. I was busy with my career as a physician — too busy for my family. My priorities were out of whack. I needed someone who would encourage me and keep me on track. So I asked the pastors who came through the hospital, “Who’s the one layperson you know in this area who looks most like Jesus?.”

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TCD Winter 2011 2

Rest for Your Soul

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 2011 /

It was a heavy burden to bear and my soul was weary. I was accused of malpractice in the death of a three-year-old child I had cared for in the emergency room of our local rural hospital. Although I felt confident I had handled the patient as well as anyone could have, I had not communicated very well with the family. The parents spoke little English and I had no time to explain what even I did not understand as we performed invasive tests which culminated in a code and resuscitation. I arranged a life flight to the referral center and the family rushed off into the night on a six-hour drive to the tertiary care center. Tragically and unexpectedly, the toddler deteriorated and died from a rare disease.

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TCD Summer 2010

The Divine Invitation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2010 /

When I decided to become a doctor at eight years of age, it is because I believe I was called to do so. Now, twenty-four years later, I know it was a calling. It has to be. Under no circumstance would anyone follow this course unless it was due to a divine invitation. At least this is how I felt after a recently troublesome time in clinic when I learned the importance of praying for the children and families God has placed in my life.

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Making Truth-Telling Your Practice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 30, 2010 /

Sixty years of hiding the truth taught this doctor a very hard lesson.

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TCD Fall 2008

Physician as Employee: Is This What I Signed Up For?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 1, 2008 /

Healthcare has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. Theories abound as to the various causes and their effects – with managed care, the Generation X work ethic, and increased numbers of women in medicine being three commonly cited reasons for the decline of the traditional “family doc” who made house-calls and whose work hours were 24/7 as needed and the steep increase in the “physician shift worker” who figuratively clocks in and out and leaves his pager behind when he is off duty. Managed care brought financial pressures to bear on physicians in solo practice. Generation X brought a tide of newly graduated physicians whose definition of balance was quite different from that of their parents’ generation.

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Joy Cometh in the Morning

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 30, 2008 /

I still don’t know how I made it through the remainder of the day, or how my shak­ing hands were able to suture the next patient’s laceration. Instantly, the joy was gone from my life.

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Malpractice Pain

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 20, 2007 /

The pain of a malpractice suit can test your limits, threatening all you hold dear. For some, th is experience is devasating-personally, relationally, professionally-regardless how the case is resolved.

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Feeling the Passion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 2, 2003 /

I reported early for my shift in the emergency department as a nurse was fin­inshing her coffee at the front desk. Thumbing throught the morning newspaper she stopped and said, “Hey Pat, I didn’t know you were getting sued!”

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So You’ve Made a Mistake: Now What?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 30, 2002 /

A Christian physician pours her heart and soul into her practice. Christ is the model, the Great Physician, who healed both body and soul.

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The Journey: A Spiritual View

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 30, 1997 /

Much has been written about the subject of malprac­tice, but very little attention has been paid to the emotional and spiritual impact of a suit on the life of the physician who is sued.

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Understanding Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 5, 1997 /

Here’s what often causes lawsuits and what you can do to avoid themFor doctors, nothing is more sobering than receiving notification that you are being sued.

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Fear of Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 15, 1996 /

Because a malpractice suit can be personally devastating, it is essential that we share our concerns and fears to avoid the nameless, unreasoning, and unjustified terror that can paralyze our mission to be light in a darkened world.

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The Relationship of the Ongoing Malpractice Crisis

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 1994 /

Israel was a spreading vine He brought forth, fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

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A Thorn in the Flesh

A Thorn in the Flesh

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 10, 1988 /

I worked in a lumber yard while in college, and a number of times I got slivers in my hands. The slivers were often so irritating that I would be consumed with the thought of removing them, and at times I would have to stop work to rid myself of the irritation.

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Physicians Can Heal the Hurt

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 29, 1977 /

Malpractice rises before the physician as an imminent bar­rier to his life work. The issues of malpractice touch him as a self-employed businessman, as a professional and as a person.

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Is the Law to Blame?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 29, 1977 /

As a lawyer presenting his case to physicians, I feel a bit defensive. The attitude of many people in our society is reflected in a recent bumper sticker – “Support your local lawyer, send your son to medical school.”

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Opinion Letter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 29, 1977 /

I do not carry malpractice in­surance. Originally I decided not to carry it simply because I could not afford it. Now, how­ever, I practice uninsured as a matter of principle.

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Morality in Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 25, 1977 /

The malpractice crisis has been with us for three years. In 1974 insurance premiums jumped by nearly 200 percent, and each year since then they have risen higher.

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