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FaithRX Webinar Promo #3

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 17, 2021 / Comments Off on FaithRX Webinar Promo #3

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Serving in the Midst of COVID

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 17, 2021 /

Trish Burgess, MD discusses with various team leaders the changes involved with GHO Teams going out to serve during the COVID pandemic.

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A Moment on Rounds

By Al Weir, MD / August 17, 2021 /

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel…” (Romans 1:16, NIV).

I walked into his room with five residents behind me on teaching rounds. We gathered around his bed, and I leaned over to ask of his symptoms. He reached up and touched the cross on my lapel. “I like that,” he said. “I am not depressed. I’m not sad. God is in control.” “I agree with you all the way,” I responded. “Whatever this is, God has you safe in His arms.” The house staff watched in silence.

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FaithRX Webinar Promo #2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 12, 2021 / Comments Off on FaithRX Webinar Promo #2

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Free Speech: What are your rights?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 12, 2021 /

Robert P. George joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the future of right of conscience and free speech on college campuses.

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Free Speech: What are your rights? More Today edition

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 12, 2021 /

Robert P. George joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to continue the discussion of the future of right of conscience and free speech on college campuses.

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Redemptive Treatment of Healing Professionals

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 12, 2021 /

Some systems have treated healthcare professionals with clinical skill loss in an almost punitive manner. Aside from careless incompetence, abandonment of patients or grossly unprofessional behavior, this is inappropriate, damaging to the professionals and harmful to society.

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Be Careful

By Al Weir, MD / August 11, 2021 /

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer…” (1 Peter 3:12, NIV).

I called to tell him his cancer had continued to improve with immune therapy. He was certainly happy about that, and then he said, “You know, I asked God to put something on me to make me turnaround from the way I was living and set me right. Looks like He’s done that with this cancer. You gotta’ be careful what you pray for.”

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

The 20,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today filed objections with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed Title X family planning program rule that would “gut conscience protections,” according to CMA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeffrey Barrows.

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Working in Light of Eternity

By Elizabeth Flaherty / August 10, 2021 /

Throughout dental school, I have been actively seeking a rhythm of work and rest that honors the Lord, serves my patients and allows me to truly rest. This became of paramount importance to me because, if I’m honest, I knew this was something I had failed at for a large portion of my life. During college, I watched one of my roommates and best friends observe the Sabbath every Sunday. Blake would be running out the door with a picnic blanket and a football in her hand as I was cramming in last-minute studies for the week ahead. It was not that I never took breaks, but I could never bring myself to take off an entire day every week. Since elementary school, I had always strived for perfection in my work, so it was no big change for me in college to stay up late, wake up before the sun, incessantly check off to-do lists and barely enjoy the feeling of finishing one test before moving on to study for the next one. Looking back now, I realize how much of that striving was actually rooted in fear—fear that my future rested entirely in my own hands, fear that this is what was required for my life to be of value and, ultimately, fear that my ability to serve in the future was based entirely on my performance now.

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On the Side: August 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 10, 2021 /

“I’ll just sleep while it’s red,” I reasoned. At the time, this made perfect sense to my sleep-deprived brain. Happily, I woke up a few seconds later with my foot still on the brake and the traffic light now a lovely shade of green. I thought I was the only intern this had ever happened to, but I soon learned my husband had once had a similar experience. After a different long night on call at the hospital, he had been awakened at a green traffic light by the horn of the driver behind him!

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CMDA 2021 Servant of Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 5, 2021 /

Dr. Andrew Sanders joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his Servant of Christ award and ministry.

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On Faith and Love

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / August 5, 2021 /

My recent contributions to this blog have explored some of the issues I have wrestled with throughout the turmoil of the last year and a half—namely, how faith has impacted the church’s response to issues, and where we have strayed from biblical truths in our responses. I have wrestled with faith and politics, faith and freedom and faith and fear. But the overarching issue, I think, in Christians’ response to recent—and, in fact, any—world events is love. There are only two things that Scripture tells us explicitly identify the Christ-follower: their fruit and their love. Jesus Himself said that all men would know we are His followers if we have love for one another (John 13:35). In fact, He repeatedly commanded that we love one another (John 13:34, John 15:12, John 15:17). And the rest of the New Testament tells us more than 20 times to love one another.

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CCM – Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on CCM – Missions

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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CCM – Mentoring

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on CCM – Mentoring

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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CCM – Meetings

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on CCM – Meetings

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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FaithRX Webinar Promo

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 3, 2021 / Comments Off on FaithRX Webinar Promo

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Still Fixin’ Things

By Al Weir, MD / August 3, 2021 /

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).

He was doing well with his cancer, so we chatted about his life, “You know, I was just like those other fellows doing drugs and lying on the sidewalk outside the feeding center. One day when I didn’t do drugs, I went to the home of one of my church ladies and told her, ‘Do you know I do drugs?’ ‘You do drugs? You need to give it to Jesus. He’s still fixin’ things.’ And Jesus did, right there. I started praying and I felt this hand on my shoulder. I looked around and saw an image. Then I looked again, and it was gone. And my need for drugs was gone as well.”

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The Truth About Natural Medicine pt.2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 29, 2021 /

Dr. Walt Larimore joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss further his new book The Natural Medicine Handbook – What is Safe, a Waste of Money, or Actually Works.

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Escaping Death

By Nicole D. Hayes / July 29, 2021 /

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12, ESV).

If deception counts on anything for its success, it is a mind that has a willful blindness to the truth. A mind created by God who thinks they can be their own god. But how does the created presume to know more than its Creator? Such a mind relies on its own understanding and denies any semblance of truth to justify its decisions. Unfortunately, such thinking is blinded and uninstructed, leading to destructive ends as indicated in Proverbs 14:12.

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Failure Matters

By Al Weir, MD / July 27, 2021 /

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you’” (Mark 16:7, NIV).

I was driving back from a satellite clinic when her daughter called. “The ambulance is taking my mom to the emergency room. She’s really sick.” Before I reached the hospital, my patient died of septic shock. This wasn’t supposed to be. I had never seen a patient die with the treatment I had given her. Later that day I combed through the chart to see if I had made mistakes. I could find none, but I asked Risk Management to send the chart out for peer review. I loved this patient and her daughter. I know of nothing I did wrong, but somehow either the decision I had made to treat her, or the way in which it was carried it out, or the underlying disease itself was responsible for her death. Three days later, I am awake at night, grieving over her daughter’s great sadness.

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Transhumanism: Special DTS Episode

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 26, 2021 /

This special bonus episode of  CMDA Matters with Dr. Mike Chupp features Fazale “Fuz” Rana as we discuss the new world of human enhancement technologies and transhumanism, their promises, potential and pitfalls.

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The Truth About Natural Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 22, 2021 /

Dr. Walt Larimore joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book The Natural Medicine Handbook – What is Safe, a Waste of Money, or Actually Works.

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One Person at a Time

By Amy Givler, MD / July 22, 2021 /

I have a soft spot for public health. True, I’ve been a family physician for 32 years, and have touched many people’s lives, but decisions made by public health practitioners have an outsized impact on health.

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What Are You Afraid Of?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 21, 2021 /

David Stevens, MD share about the fears we face in life and how we serve the One who overcomes our fears.

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Lee Bridgeman, DDS – Many Gifts, One Goal

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 21, 2021 /

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Katie Musser, DMD – From Resident to Preceptor

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 21, 2021 /

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Be Open to God’s Surprising Will

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / July 20, 2021 /

If you had asked me my third year of dental school where I would be in five years, I would not have told you Memphis, Tennessee. I’m from Texas, and I’m one of those Texans who felt like they would always be in Texas because, as the catchy song goes, “God Blessed Texas.” At the same time, I felt God called me to do dentistry for a specific purpose. When looking at my options in Texas, everything felt like it would just be something to do but not what God was calling me to. I’m still not proficient at seeking God’s will, but I was even less proficient then. The Lord had to drop an opportunity right in my lap for me to think outside of what I thought was possible. He had me open an email from CMDA that I almost ignored, and I read a description of the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program that pulled on all the heart strings of what God used to lead me to dentistry. It described working in urban community clinics in Memphis, Tennessee to serve patients with the spiritual love of Christ and physical healthcare through dentistry. It also offered discipleship and a call to expand this vision beyond Memphis to other underserved settings in the U.S. and abroad.

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Flipping the Ruler

By Al Weir, MD / July 20, 2021 /

“But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30, NIV).

Work and family have always been the time consumers in my life, thank God. So, when I chose a sport for health, I chose running. It was the one thing I could do at 5 in the morning and still get to work by 6:30 or 7, not knowing when my day would end. When I reached 53, I started running long distances. When I turned 70, I decided to run my last marathon, just to prove I could. Last week, just west of Chicago, I did so with my daughter as she ran her first. It was 20 degrees warmer than a marathon should be, and I was miserable the whole way, and slow. After I stumbled across the finish line—my daughter fresh and me a dishrag—I discovered I had run the fastest time of any man 70 or older and would get a medal. Later I discovered I also ran the slowest time of any man 70 or over, being the only man over 69 who had run. I was both first and last.

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The Problems with Evolution

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 15, 2021 /

Jeff Barrows, MD share about the Problems with Evolution in his continuing Apologetics series.

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Faith Gender

New Documentary Released on the Rush to Reassign Gender

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / July 15, 2021 /

In keeping with their history of producing eye-opening documentaries taking highly controversial societal trends head on, The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) recently released a film on gender affirming therapy titled Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? Running just under 52 minutes, the feature presents activists, healthcare professionals, educators, parents and the patients themselves—among others—regarding “the medical and surgical transitioning of children.” The guests exhibit varied points of view, and they include members of both CMDA and the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds).

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Missionary of the Year 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 15, 2021 /

Dr. Jim Radcliffe joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his life of service in Papua New Guinea and being named 2021 Missionary of the Year during the CMDA National Convention.

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Who is Pulling on Jesus’ White Coat?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 13, 2021 /

Rev. Dean and Dr. Cheryl Cowles share about their work at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya while sharing about Jesus healing the hemorrhaging woman and Jairus’ daughter in Luke 8.

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Rocks in Shoes

By Al Weir, MD / July 13, 2021 /

“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23, ESV).

He was thin, and one could tell his life had been hard. His wife had been murdered in 2012, and he had suffered multiple accidents with persistent pain from his injuries. He had no one in his life to help him, and now with advanced cancer he had come to me. After my evaluation and recommendations, I asked, “Do you have a church that might give you support?” “No church,” he said. “I don’t believe in God, or at least don’t know if He exists. If there was a God, you’d think He’d give me a break.” He paused, “I’ve really got nothing left to live for.” I held out my hand, “You’ve got one friend here to live for.” And I knew my hand required more than just being his doctor.

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On the Side: July 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 10, 2021 /

I love genealogies. Thanks to my beloved Grandpa Sam, I have a detailed genealogy going back to 1690 on my father’s side. It traces our family’s journey from the Isle of Mull in Scotland to the East Coast of the U.S., and eventually to Colorado. Looking at its 300-plus years of history, I wonder who these ancestors were and what they were like. If each one could tell their story, what would it include? I do know one fought in the Revolutionary War, and one had 18 children!!! I also know that none of them had any clue that their great-great-great…granddaughter would be writing this from a laptop computer in Palm Desert, California.

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5G Heart: Guard Your Heart

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 8, 2021 /

Mike Chupp, MD shares the final message in his 5G Heart series on Connecting to the Father with a message about Guard Your Heart from Proverbs 3.

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From Darkness to Sight

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 8, 2021 /

Dr. Ming Wang joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his book, Darkness to Sight, and how he came from China’s cultural revolution to become a surgeon in the States.

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New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms October 19, 2017

Real Regulation of Human Embryo Experiments

By David Prentice, PhD / July 8, 2021 /

As we expected, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) issued its revised guidelines on stem cells and embryo experiments at the end of May 2021, and as expected, the ISSCR recommendations are rife with proposed experiments on young human beings. The new guidelines discard the 14-day limit on human embryo experiments in favor of no limits whatsoever, and they allow virtually unrestricted manufacture of human-animal chimeras of any type, as well as creation of genetically altered human embryos and lab constructed human embryo “models.” Very little is left in the category of “currently not permitted.”

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What a Difference a Huddle Makes

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / July 6, 2021 /

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, we’ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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Lessons Learned During Season of Suffering

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 6, 2021 /

Bert Jones share how 2020 went from being the year of vision to the year of collision and the lessons he learned during a season of suffering.

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Unexpected Choice

By Patti Giebink, MD / July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Unexpected Choice

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

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The Uncounted

By Al Weir, MD / July 6, 2021 /

“He [Paul] was accompanied by Sopater, son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia” (Acts 20:4, NIV).

I wheeled him into the exam room myself, as he had no one else to help him. After my evaluation I noted his Vietnam veteran Marine cap. “You’re a hero to me for what you’ve done for our country,” I said. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” he replied. “Twelve of my buddies didn’t make it back. When they brought the Vietnam Memorial replica to town, I went out to find their names. Not one of them was listed. I asked what was going on, and they asked me when I had served in Nam. I told him ‘62 to ‘63. They explained that the list had only been started in ‘65. ‘It was not a war before then, only a conflict,’ they said. My buddies gave their lives for our country, and they were never even counted.”

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In The Blink Of An Eye: Choosing God’s Promise Over The Moment

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 5, 2021 /

Most people understand the importance and power of having a completed will or trust in place. Through your will, you can provide for the needs of your loved ones and give meaningful support to CMDA and the other causes close to your heart.

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Top 3 Estate Plan Sticking Points (And How to Get Un-Stuck)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 5, 2021 /

Most people understand the importance and power of having a completed will or trust in place. Through your will, you can provide for the needs of your loved ones and give meaningful support to CMDA and the other causes close to your heart.

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Leaving Your IRA to CMDA: A Smart and Simple Way to Give

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 5, 2021 /

Many people make the mistake of leaving their IRA, 401(k) or other retirement funds to family, and then giving entirely different gifts from their will to charity. In most cases, this is the exact opposite of what should happen.

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Walking Away

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

George Courtney shares from Luke 17 about the 10 lepers healed by Jesus and the one who came back to thank Him.

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Theology Lessons from Jamaica

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Bill Griffin, DDS shares about the lessons he has learned on his multiple mission trips to Jamaica.

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Choose Your Own Adventure Story

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Tom Grosh shares about the adventures in ministry and life as a CMDA Regional Director.

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Fine Tuning the Universe

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Jeff Barrows, MD shares about the incredible number of things that had to be exactly right for life on Earth to exist and the Creative Hand behind it all.

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Light of the World

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Sam McGuinn shares about the Light of the World and our responsibility to bring the love of Jesus to all those around us.

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Expectant & Effective Prayer

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

David Stevens, MD shares about the power of prayer and what we should expect from it.

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Mandi Morrin shares about getting out of our comfort zones to take time to see and discover what others around us are going through.

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Strange & Winding Road: Personal Testimony

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Grant Hewitt shares about his journey of faith and the strange but wonderful path he discovered as he followed the Lord.

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The Ultimate Physician’s Plan for Health & Healing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2021 /

Dr. James Marcum joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss physical and spiritual healing from the Ultimate Physician.

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Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings? September 14, 2017

Human-Animal Chimeras and Scientists Deluded by a God Complex

By Jonathan Imbody / July 1, 2021 /

The battle in Congress over human-animal chimera experiments highlights the gulf between communists and Democrats and Republicans on the distinctions and boundaries between humans, animals and God.

A Chinese-led research team injected human stem cells into monkey embryos and let the chimeric creature grow for 19 days before killing it. As avowed atheists, Chinese Communists do not believe that God created each of us human beings in His image, with inestimable worth incomparable to the animals He created, each “after their kind.”

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Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

To assist selected dentists in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

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Slate

By Al Weir, MD / June 29, 2021 /

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:16, NIV).

Doctors are really good diagnosticians, but not always at home. My wife is an incredible home manager and a servant to many people she loves, including outsiders in trouble. Last week she drove 400 miles to help my son and his wife pack up to move, then she returned with their 12-year-old dog, Slate. When they reached home, the dog developed severe polyuria and polydipsia—leading to incontinence, mopping and Lysol. Yesterday I came into the kitchen to find her crying. I diagnosed her tears as emotional strain caused by a woman she was helping in prison ministry, now multiplied by the huge work of caring for my son’s sick dog. I diagnosed, “I’m so sorry you are having to deal with Slate on top of everything else.” Wrong; she wasn’t crying for herself but for the dog’s suffering. I said, “It doesn’t help to cry.” For which I got the look. I then recovered, “It’s good that you love the dog enough to cry for him. Let’s do something about it.” We spent the rest of the day ordering a portable outdoor fence, tracking down a doghouse, picking up doggie diapers and setting up a vet visit for Monday. At the end of the day, my servant wife was tired, but her floors were dry, and her tears were gone.

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Unexpected Choice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 24, 2021 /

Dr. Patti Giebink joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to promote her first book, Unexpected Choice, and share her story of leaving the abortion industry and becoming pro-life.

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SOCE Reduces Suicidality in a New Study

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 24, 2021 /

What if another study came to print asserting that sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) constituted harmful stressors to sexual minorities? What if a published letter to the editor in the same journal exposed gaping holes in the assessment? What if a reanalysis of the original study “in the strongest representative sample to date of sexual minority persons” revealed polar opposite findings: SOCE “strongly reduces suicidality” and that restrictions on SOCE may “deprive sexual minorities of an important resource for reducing suicidality, putting them at substantially increased suicide risk.” Now that would be something! And these things happened!

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Trapped

By Al Weir, MD / June 23, 2021 /

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8, NIV).

I reached the hospital this morning at 6:30 a.m. and walked to my usual elevators. A crowd was gathered where service men were trying to pry open an elevator door. I wondered at the presence of the crowd but was in a hurry, so I walked around and climbed the stairs. About 20 minutes later a secretary from the medicine office called me and told me that one of our doctors had been stuck in the elevator that morning and was in the emergency room. I immediately went to check on her. I found her crying in fear over her recent experience: trapped in that small space, the elevator jerking up and down, no way out, absolutely believing she might die.

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The Center for Well-being – The Next Chapter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 23, 2021 /

Healthy Doctor episode 30

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But God: Finding the Silver Lining

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

I remember early on hearing in the news about a virus causing problems in China. It wasn’t long before we heard news of it spreading. As it began to spread, we were busy planning for March, our busiest month of mission trips. We send the most teams in the month of March, which gives mission opportunities for various schools during the annual spring break period. We sent our first two teams out before countries began closing their borders. While these two teams were still out of the country, we began cancelling our remaining trips. First it was for the month, then it became two and on through the summer. Before we knew it, we had cancelled every single remaining mission trip scheduled throughout the remainder of 2020—all as a result of COVID-19.

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Facing the Virus Overseas

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

When COVID-19 began sweeping around the globe in early 2020, career healthcare missionaries were faced with the option of staying in their countries of service to weather the storm or evacuating back to the United States before the borders closed. Without sufficient quantities of protective equipment for staff members, would rural mission hospitals be able to survive the pandemic? In countries where the medical infrastructure is limited at best, would there be enough resources? What about food and other supplies to help to meet the day-to-day needs if the airports closed?

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The Dr. John Patrick Bioethics Column: How do we push back on the hubris of secularism?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

You have never seen and will never see a multi-cultural patient. Every patient inhabits a cultural story of meaning, even though they are often unaware of this fact. The blue-collar neighborhood where I grew up lived by Judeo-Christian ethics. Though almost no one went to church, they did send their children to Sunday school as a kind of visceral acknowledgement of needing something more. Many of you remember when a blue-collar argument on morals would end when someone said, “The Bible says….” That doesn’t happen anymore, and that is the triumph of secular power.

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Lessons Learned in the COVID-19 Field Hospital

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

When 2020 started, I had a plan. A plan to follow God’s leading to serve on a mission trip in Southeast Cambodia. Like everyone else, those plans were completely changed when the pandemic hit.

But God.

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Courage through the Crisis: Stories from the Frontlines

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

More than a year ago, we watched as New York City and the surrounding area became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis when the pandemic initially broke out in the United States. At this year’s CMDA Virtual National Convention, we shared stories from several CMDA members from the area whose lives and work in healthcare were impacted by the virus.

As we consider how COVID-19 has changed our world and our profession in healthcare, these stories share how God has worked in and through our members during this crisis.

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CMDA Today – Summer 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA Today – Summer 2021

In this edition of the new CMDA Today (formerly Today’s Christian Doctor), a group of CMDA members share their stories from serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, hear how our members had courage through the crisis as they served in both short-term and long-term missions during the pandemic.

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Avoiding the Cliffhanger: How Your Will Reveals What Matters Most

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

Cliffhangers might be an amusing way to end a novel or sitcom, but it’s hardly the way to conclude your own life’s story.

Yet, this is exactly what will happen if you don’t complete or communicate your estate plans. Your loved ones will face the ultimate “cliffhanger.”

Without completing and sharing your will or trust, your family will be burdened with uncertainty about how you wanted your belongings to be distributed. They won’t have any clarity about the provisions you wanted to make for your family or for the causes close to your heart.

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Knowing the Will of God

By Steven Willing, MD / June 17, 2021 /

How do you ascertain God’s will for your life?

This is one of the greatest existential questions asked by followers of Christ, the young in particular. It is also one of the most profoundly misunderstood.

We may be taught that there is a divine roadmap for our lives, known to God yet unknown to us. We desire to know it for two reasons. First, we seek to please God and be good stewards. Second, we believe following his divine plan will maximize our earthly joy and blessing, but He offers no objective way of knowing it. What then, does that say about God? He created a divine master plan for us to follow, but we have to pry it out of Him? What sort of God would do that, and why? What if we make the wrong decision?

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CMDA Mentoring

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 17, 2021 /

Dr. Clifford Lau and Victor Hsiao join Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how they have been impacted by Christian mentoring relationships within the healthcare field through CMDA.

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Over-blessed

By Al Weir, MD / June 16, 2021 /

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48b, NIV).

I was riding to church this morning with my wife driving and Christian music on the radio. It was a beautiful day, and I was grateful for the blessing of it when I began to think of the sweet Christian friend whom I had visited the day before with a new brain tumor, and then to the five friends I had lost to death this year with families left behind. I began to feel guilty that my life has been so blessed and so protected from great tragedies. It isn’t fair that I and mine are doing so well when so many others suffer so much.

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True Humility in Jesus

By Tracy Liang / June 15, 2021 /

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, we’ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable students and residents to participate in mission rotations here in the United States, working with marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations in a Christian healthcare setting.

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Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable non-white students and trainees to participate in mission rotations outside the United States.

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Healthcare Coaching & Leadership Development

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2021 /

Dr. Steve Sartori and Reverend Bert Jones join Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how the CMDA Center for Well-being began and what the future holds for the center and its new director Rev. Bert Jones.

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Identifying Healthcare Professionals Who May No Longer Be Able to Care for Patients

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 10, 2021 /

As Christian healthcare professionals, God has granted us the high privilege and responsibility of serving others through healthcare. Part of this responsibility is that of maintaining clinical knowledge and skill in order to provide high quality care to our patients. If we lose some of our skills due to trauma, physical or mental illness, or due to normal aging, this may not always be optimally possible.

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Eric – Test Page

By Eric Willingham / June 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Eric – Test Page

Membership Donate Now Website Terms & Conditions Toll Free: 888-230-2637 Frequently Asked Questions Member Search Directory Missions Global Health Outreach Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions Medical Education International Healthcare for the Poor Ministries Dental Association Student Life Resident / Fellow Find a Chapter Women Physicians in Christ Side By Side Commission on Human Trafficking Medical…

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Teaching Healthcare Professionals in a Global Setting – CHSC

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Teaching Healthcare Professionals in a Global Setting – CHSC

Healthcare professional education is the new frontier of medical missions. Do you teach or are you planning to teach in an international medical school, residency, or other healthcare training program? This workshop will help you provide quality academics while navigating cultural considerations.

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Matching Gift 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Matching Gift 2021

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Evidence

By Al Weir, MD / June 8, 2021 /

I sat on his bed, my arm around him. I had once been his doctor, but he called me to come as friend. He is a deeply devoted follower of Christ who was going through a rough time in his illness, thinking that he soon might be leaving this world. “I have been so blessed by such a wonderful wife and children. Knowing that my children love the Lord is such a blessing.” Though he probably has some time left on this side of glory, I attempted these words to comfort him: “You surely have been blessed in this life, but the blessing does not stop here. All of us are going to be together for all times with the Lord and with those we love, once this little speck of time we know as life has passed.” “I hope so,” he said. “I surely hope so.” I added, “The evidence is overwhelming. Besides that, the Lord Himself is here to assure us.”

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R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – Medium

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 / Comments Off on R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – Medium

Share in your support for CMDA’s Racial, Reconciliation, Equity, and Diversity (R2ED) committee by wearing this quality black T-Shirt.

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R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – Large

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 / Comments Off on R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – Large

Share in your support for CMDA’s Racial, Reconciliation, Equity, and Diversity (R2ED) committee by wearing this quality black T-Shirt.

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R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – X-Large

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 / Comments Off on R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – X-Large

Share in your support for CMDA’s Racial, Reconciliation, Equity, and Diversity (R2ED) committee by wearing this quality black T-Shirt.

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R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – 2X-Large

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 / Comments Off on R2ED 2021 T-Shirt – 2X-Large

Share in your support for CMDA’s Racial, Reconciliation, Equity, and Diversity (R2ED) committee by wearing this quality black T-Shirt.

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On the Side: June 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 /

The snowstorm out my window made a rainbow of white as we towed our 23-foot travel trailer down the mountain pass. We hoped all would stay in order: truck first, trailer second. Ironically, in those white-knuckle moments, I was telling my medical man what the Lord had been teaching me recently—to hold loosely.

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SOGI Challenges & Change Allowing Therapy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2021 /

Dr. Laura Haynes joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the difference between conversion therapy and change allowing therapy and the danger of gender affirmation.

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Trust in Public Health

By Jonathan Imbody / June 3, 2021 /

WND recently published my op-ed designed to highlight the benefits of trusted doctors and faith-based organizations communicating on public health issues. I also noted what I considered to be several significant failures of government public health messaging.

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A Word About…Choices

By Ken Jones / June 1, 2021 /

I spend more than a little time in my role as a professional coach talking to Christian healthcare professionals. I talk to some of them over coffee in the town where I live; I talk to others on the phone or perhaps on a Zoom call. As a pastor and coach who sort of specializes in coaching Christian healthcare professionals, I have the privilege of spending quality time with some of the brightest people on the planet. I’m always humbled by that opportunity, and I take my responsibility as a coach very seriously.

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The Scarlet Thread

By Al Weir, MD / June 1, 2021 /

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come…” (Mark 13:35, NIV).

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Ethical Implications of Stem Cell Research

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 27, 2021 /

Dr. Francis Collins joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss modern breakthroughs in stem cell research and the creation of Chimeras.

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The World in Need

By Amy Givler, MD / May 27, 2021 /

When John Donne wrote “No Man Is an Island,” he was lying on his sickbed, thinking, perhaps, it would be his deathbed. When he heard the church bells tolling for a person recently deceased, it got him thinking. His life­—everyone’s life—was diminished by the death of that unknown person. We are all connected.

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How Generous Christians Save Taxes

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2021 /

Savvy Giving Options You Should Know

Care to know a secret?

Generous Christians just like you are giving to CMDA in savvy ways that have tremendous kingdom impact AND reduce their taxes!

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The Cure for Your Real Estate Headaches

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2021 /

Reduce Taxes and Burdens by Giving Property

Sometimes the cost and hassle of owning real estate outweighs the benefits your property once offered.

Can you relate to any of these ownership headaches?

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The One Thing that Keeps Us from Gloating

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2021 /

For many, the iconic, self-made millionaire is the epitome of American life. The familiar, if not trite, mantra goes something like this: “Work harder than everyone else now and collect your millions later.”

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On Faith and Fear

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 25, 2021 /

During a recent urgent care shift, a young welder presented with a metal foreign body in his eye. If you work in emergency medicine, urgent care or ophthalmology, or if you weld yourself, you are already aware of this occupational hazard. I was not aware of it prior to starting work in urgent care, but I must admit that it makes any dreams I may have had of learning to weld, thereby empowering myself to do more of my own home repairs, much less attractive. Tiny hot flecks of metal landing on the human cornea quickly embed themselves and become difficult to remove. Left there for a few days, they begin to rust, leaving a small rust ring on the cornea after the metal itself is removed—a rust ring which then has to be removed with a tiny drill called an eye burr.

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169 Pounds

By Al Weir, MD / May 25, 2021 /

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the son of God, God lives in them and they in God” (1 John 4:15, NIV).

Her husband was my patient, and we were discussing her role as his caregiver. “I walk 10 miles a day,” she said. “I used to weigh 280 pounds and I am now down to 111.”

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Them Before Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 20, 2021 /

Katy Faust joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how our modern culture has put adult desires above the needs of children and how it affects them.

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TCMDA Matching Gift

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 19, 2021 / Comments Off on TCMDA Matching Gift

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Learning from Others

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / May 18, 2021 /

What has your experience with mentorship been like? I have had the privilege of being both mentor and mentee with the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program. It has been a wonderful experience learning the different ways mentorship can happen. Before going through the program, my idea of mentorship was very unimaginative. All I really heard about was people finding a good match for an associateship so you could have someone teach you all their wisdom and experience as you grew into who you were as a dentist. While that is a great way to be mentored, I have realized mentorship comes in many forms.

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