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On the Side: October 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 7, 2019 /

Paddington and Winnie, I know them well. As a mom, I’ve read a few chapter books aloud and these bears, Paddington Brown and Winnie-the-Pooh, are two favorites. And what’s not to like? The epitome of their problems revolves around honey and marmalade. As I read, I have confidence it’s going to be okay. Chapter after unfolding chapter, everything is hunky-dory.

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“I’ve Got This.” Al Weir, MD December 11, 2018

First Things: Scripture Before Phone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / October 6, 2019 /

“Once we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we don’t, we will turn to the world looking for love. And that order makes all the difference.” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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National Poll: Faith-based Health Professionals Care for All but Need Conscience Protections on Moral Issues

By Jonathan Imbody / October 3, 2019 /

Faith-based health professionals care with compassion and respect for all patients, but they will leave medicine rather than violate their conscience if forced to participate in morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions.

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September 2019

By Eric Willingham / October 2, 2019 / Comments Off on September 2019
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July 2019

By Eric Willingham / October 2, 2019 / Comments Off on July 2019
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A Deeper Faith Al Weir, MD May 21, 2019

Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp is joined by Dr. Ruth Haley Barton, the CEO of the Transforming Center, about her book, Pursuing God’s Will Together. Next, he interviews Barney Davis, Jr., MD, a general psychiatrist, about the importance of sabbath and rest.

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Dementia

By Al Weir, MD / October 1, 2019 /

“…There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4, NIV 1984).

I try to visit her twice a week, but sometimes only make it once. My mom is suffering from severe dementia and requires round-the-clock attendants. She can barely carry on a conversation and, when she does, it is often like, “I haven’t seen Mother in a while. How is she doing?” … with her own mother gone for 30 years; or, “Where is Bud?” … about our dad, who has been with the Lord for four years. My goal when I visit is to bring a moment of joy into her mental chaos, to produce a smile or a bit of laughter, even if she doesn’t understand.

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Resisting the “Siren Song” of the Smartphone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 30, 2019 /

“Our spiritual DNA longs for presence. But how often are our phones the reason we are around each other, but not present with each other?” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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Doing More By Doing Less

By Amy Givler, MD / September 30, 2019 /

Faith-based health professionals care with compassion and respect for all patients, but they will leave medicine rather than violate their conscience if forced to participate in morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions.

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The VIE Poster Session FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 25, 2019 / Comments Off on The VIE Poster Session FAQs

Membership Donate to CMDA VIE Poster Session FAQs Can I present more than one poster?  No, at this time we are only allowing one poster per presenter. When is the poster session? The poster session will take place on Friday, April 17. Where is the poster session? The poster session will be located in the…

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Waiting

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 24, 2019 /

Waiting…I’m terrible at it. My guess is I’m not the only one. In fact, among an audience of healthcare professionals, I feel certain the terrible wait-ers make up the majority. We are generally goal-oriented, focused, committed, get-her-done sort of people. Just the sort of people for whom waiting is an agony.

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Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants

FCPA – Donate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Donate

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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Life Happens at the Table

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 24, 2019 /

“Anything worth doing sucks you in. If I have an important meeting or a big deadline, I wake up thinking about it, and all I want to do is get to the office to focus on it. Breakfast easily gets sacrificed on the altar of either my nervousness or my hunger for productivity….”

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FCPA – Mission Trip Matching Grant

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Mission Trip Matching Grant

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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Power

By Al Weir, MD / September 24, 2019 /

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15, NIV 1984).

A resident I know who loves the Lord and is dedicated to following God’s will for life told me his story at a conference recently: “In order to complete the mission God has for my life, he showed me I needed to travel far away to a city where I know no one. I learned recently that the period of time required there would cost me $5,000, money I do not have. I prayed, exasperated, for God to help me with the cost and help me get there. The next day, I was visiting a house church where people prayed for me and for God’s will in my life.

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Polling

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Polling

Key Findings 2019 Survey.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019—The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org) the nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, today released findings of a national survey showing that conscience-protecting laws and regulations help protect patient access to healthcare while addressing rampant discrimination against faith-based health professionals.

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CMDA Statement on Medical Marijuana

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 /

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on “medical marijuana” with both an inherent belief that the Bible is the Word of God–that it speaks into our time and culture and that God gave us his creation to use to its fullest potential—and with the incorporation of scientific evidence which provides a window into the truths about God’s creation.

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HHS Protects Conscience Freedoms

By Jonathan Imbody / September 18, 2019 /

Conscience-guided healthcare professionals and students received a healthy dose of positive federal policy advances in the last few months. CMDA played a role advocating on behalf of our members in each of the following federal policy reforms that relate to conscience freedom, gender issues and abortion.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Featuring Drs. Joshua and Hannah Evans

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 /

: I became involved with CMDA during my second year of medical school. God was working in my life at that time through several events, and in CMDA I found a welcoming, loving, supporting group of friends who loved the Lord and encouraged me in my spiritual growth.

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Human Trafficking and The Morning After Pill: Do They Go Together?

By Janie Christine Ogle, DO / September 18, 2019 /

What choice will you make when you come to a fork in the road? Will you choose to stand up for what you believe, or will you stand by and conform to the world around you? When I was a medical student, I pondered when the time would come where I had to make that decision and if I would remain faithful to my belief.

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When “Cure” Doesn’t Come: Finding Deeper Healing

By Joni Eareckson Tada / September 18, 2019 /

I know what it is like when the “cure” doesn’t come. At the age of 17, I made a careless dive into shallow water and broke my neck between the fourth and fifth cervical level. For years I prayed fervently to regain the use of my hands and legs, but that healing never came.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2019

In this fall 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Joni Eareckson Tada shares her journey of trusting God and finding purpose when “cure” doesn’t come. Plus, you can earn up to three hours of continuing education credits, learn more about how your conscience freedoms are being protected and more.

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A Prayer for Current Healthcare Professionals

By Bill Melone / September 17, 2019 /

A healthcare professional? Receive this prayer. Not a healthcare professional? Join pastors, partners in ministry, friends, family and students in praying for current healthcare professionals with whom you are connected.

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FCPA – Mentorship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Mentorship

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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FCPA – Leadership Requirements

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Leadership Requirements

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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When It’s Our Time

By Al Weir, MD / September 17, 2019 /

“However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16, NIV 1984).

I love my brother’s wife. Tonight, I sat in their home surrounded by their children and told her she had an aggressive cancer. When I returned to my home, my son called and told me his infant daughter has suffered head trauma and had a bleed in her brain. This was a bad day for those I love.

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FCPA – Leadership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Leadership

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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FCPA – History

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – History

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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A Prayer for Future Healthcare Professionals

By Bill Melone / September 12, 2019 /

A student? Receive this prayer. Not a student? Join pastors, partners in ministry, friends, family and current healthcare professionals in praying for future healthcare professionals you are connected with and/or are studying at a school in your area.

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Actually Making Better Human Beings

By David Prentice, PhD / September 12, 2019 /

There continues to be a push to “make better human beings” using genetic modifying technologies. This includes the use of gene editing enzyme tools such as the much talked about CRISPR-Cas system, as well as large scale heritable genetic technologies such as creation of three-parent embryos. As discussed previously, one aspect of gene editing has a very positive aspect: actually attempting to treat patients with genetic conditions and other maladies. Those clinical trials include potential treatments for cancers, sickle cell disease and even the first in-body gene editing to treat blindness. These are truly therapeutic trials, attempting to alleviate diseases in affected patients.

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Habits Always Frame Our Day

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 11, 2019 /

“Our lives are something like a jasmine plant, and our days and weeks are something like the trellis. At best, we’re made to grow upward, blossom beautifully and fill the earth will all the rich fragrance of God’s uncountable glories.”

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About the Atlanta Chapter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on About the Atlanta Chapter

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Atlanta

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Atlanta

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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2020 CMDA National Convention

2020 CMDA National Convention – Psychiatry Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on 2020 CMDA National Convention – Psychiatry Section

The Psychiatry Section will host a banquet for fellowship and encouragement on Friday evening and host a psychiatry seminar tract on Saturday afternoon. This will be a great time for worship, fellowship, encouragement, professional stimulation and CME credits. See the main CMDA National Convention information link for speakers, schedule, and registration.

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Worthy of Glory

By Al Weir, MD / September 10, 2019 /

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…” (Revelation 4:11, NIV 1984).

We had a terrible time getting his myelodysplasia under control. With the first cycle of decitabine he developed bleeding and sepsis. Now, he was seated before me, doing much better. “You know, those days in the hospital were good for me,” he said. “I just spent my time focused on the Lord. I never even turned on the television.” He then added, “I want all of this I’m going through to glorify God.”

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Dental Mission Manual

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Dental Mission Manual

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. II

By Bob and Diane Meyer / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. II

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. I

By Bob and Diane Meyer / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Truth Teeth & Travel Vol. I

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Three New Regs and two CMDA Court Cases Aim to Protect Faith-centered Professionals

By Jonathan Imbody / September 5, 2019 /

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Freedom2Care (our center for freedom of faith, conscience and speech) recently submitted official comments on three federal regulations that significantly impact faith-based organizations and conscience-guided health professionals. We also have engaged in court cases, described below, related to two of these regulations.

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Our Habits Form Us

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 4, 2019 /

Your mission might stand for one thing, but your habits might stand for something entirely different. Usually your habits win…Our habits form us. They form our identities, they form our loves, and thus they form our whole lives.” — Justin Whitmel Earley

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On the Side: September 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 4, 2019 /

When Wade and I were going through our pre-marital counseling, our beloved minister had us take a personality test. It was more than just our thoughts on ourselves, though. I had to fill one out on Wade, and he me. We had to have several friends fill out the test and mail them in, and then all the results were sent to our minister who carefully went through a weekend retreat with us and two other couples to discuss how our unique personalities would affect our relationship, our interactions with each other, our view of the world. It was amazing. And a bit jarring.

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Overcomers Al Weir, MD December 4, 2018

Christian Doctor’s Digest – September 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp interviews author and physician Dr. Walt Larimore about his new book, Fit Over 50. Next, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Drs. Timothy and Maureen Gaul, the leaders of Medical Education International’s teams to Macedonia. Finally, Vice President for Campus & Community Ministries Bill Reichart interviews Dr. Ron and LeAnne Blackmore about their recent trip to Macedonia.

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About the Richmond Chapter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on About the Richmond Chapter

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Richmond

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Richmond

CMDA Richmond facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with likeminded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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How to Share with Patients in Despair

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 3, 2019 /

I have a handful of patients every month who mention all the pain and brokenness around them when asked what prayer requests they have. Sometimes it’s directly in their lives, and sometimes they are just overwhelmed by all the hopeless stories on the news and the anger people have at each other over different things.

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Count the Cost: and Spend It

By Al Weir, MD / September 3, 2019 /

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them…He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me…’” (Mark 10:13-14, NIV 1984).

It was 1984 and the occasion was our daughter‘s sixth birthday. My father had become very concerned I was working so hard. Up to 60 to 80 hours a week. It was good work. Comprehensive patient care including spiritual care. Teaching residents, students and fellows in our teaching practice. Performing nationally recognized peer-reviewed, community-based studies. Faculty appointments at 10 medical schools. All was good.

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Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / September 1, 2019 /

Talking about Jesus while ignoring the way of Jesus has created an American Christianity that is far more American than it is Christian. Paying all our spiritual attention to the message of Jesus while ignoring his practices has not only led people like me into devastating life crises, it has also created a country of Christians whose practical lives are divorced from their actual faith.

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God at Work in a New Season of Ministry

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / August 29, 2019 /

For those whom I have not yet met, my name is Thomas B. Grosh IV. I am a child of God who has been serving as a full time ambassador of Christ for over 20 years. For most of this time I ministered to college students and faculty with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. InterVarsity / USA was instrumental in the Lord calling me to follow him and in my own discipleship, even the focus of my studies in higher education.

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Faith, Mental Illness and Psychiatry

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 28, 2019 /

Is mental illness a spiritual issue (the result of sin), or is mental illness a medical issue? Is a person with mental illness struggling spiritually or are they physically sick? Is a Christian supposed to have mental illness? Can’t God cure mental illness?

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Excellence

By Al Weir, MD / August 27, 2019 /

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV).

It was difficult to recruit a surgeon who would work with her, given her eccentricities and wavering decision-making. Finally, she was forced to proceed; her abdominal pain predicted an impending disaster. I visited her the day before the planned procedure and asked her how she liked her surgeon. At 80 she could get away with her reply, “If you bought him for what he was worth and sold him for what he thought he was worth, you would make a fortune.”

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Reinforcing Children’s Sexual Identity: A Review of Ellie Klipp’s I Don’t Have to Choose

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 22, 2019 /

Parents have asked if I could recommend any books to safeguard young children against trans-ideology. Their concern is well founded. Pro-trans indoctrination is ubiquitous, its repetition tireless and rebuttals are punished. The educational system from pre-K right on through, television, print, social media and much of the web broadcast the siren song of gender fluidity and trans identity.

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 1

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 22, 2019 /

“…To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11, ESV).

Everywhere I go I carry a little brown NIV Bible. This particular Bible possesses significant sentimental value to our family. Firstly, it is the Bible my father used during my wife’s and my wedding. In between the pages are love notes from my wife, drawings from son, an ultrasound of my daughter, our wedding vows and other cherished memories that are all used as bookmarks. Furthermore, inside the cover is a note written by my father. This note details some of his emotions regarding his role as a first-time officiant of our wedding. Despite his fears, he found comfort in the fact that his role was ultimately “all about God.” In other words, it was a moment for God’s glory and our glorification of Him. That is the ultimate message that will be discussed in this blog series.

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Why Do You Follow Jesus? July 24, 2018

A Mother’s Plea

By Al Weir, MD / August 20, 2019 /

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).

Janice died last week. I had visited her daily in the hospital until her discharge but was unaware of her death at home. During her stay, in spite of her suffering, her chief concern was for her son and daughter who were not walking with the Lord. I promised to pray faithfully for them, and I do. Today, when I discovered her death and called her husband, he reminded me how their two kids came to be. Many years ago, when radiation was needed to cure her malignancy, I had advised Janice to consider having her ovaries moved out of the field of radiation, so that someday she might conceive. She agreed; her malignancy was cured; the children are now grown and beautiful and wandering away from Jesus.

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Birmingham

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Birmingham

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Keeping Your Eyes Open

By William Roger Matkin / August 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Keeping Your Eyes Open

This book is a compilation of stories, metaphors, insights, and personal experiences not organized around a particular theme. Throughout his 41 year career as a minister to students, the author had numerous opportunities to speak and write. Often the inspiration came straight from the humdrum of daily living and the various arenas that defined his life as a husband, father, minister, carpenter, fisherman, hunter, and gardener. The author leans heavily on his admiration and respect for the Scripture drawing parallels between Biblical truth and everyday life lessons.

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About the Birmingham Chapter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2019 / Comments Off on About the Birmingham Chapter

CMDA Birmingham’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Introducing Our New CEO

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Introducing Our New CEO

Effective September 1, CMDA is excited to announce that Dr. Mike Chupp is CMDA’s new Chief Executive Officer.

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

Who is Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / August 15, 2019 /

Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte is trained in pharmacy and biochemistry and is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, in the Gene Expression Laboratories. He has been at the Salk Institute since 1993. He also held a position in Spain during 10 of those years. He helped found the Barcelona Regenerative Medicine Center (CMRB), a stem cell research institution, in 2004. He left the CMRB director’s post in 2014, citing lack of funding and support from the government. Of the center’s 21 projects, he took 18 with him, for they were his intellectual property.

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A Temporary Inconvenience

By Al Weir, MD / August 13, 2019 /

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11, ESV).

There was an open mike and I was compelled by His Spirit to speak. “As a rule, I don’t attend the funerals of my patients, and I have never spoken at one. But I have been so blessed to walk with Mark and his family through their struggle. I hope that all of you have watched them. This is the way that followers of Christ do this.”

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

Abuse in Scientific Research

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 8, 2019 /

Scientists are often viewed as highly ethical, curious seekers of truth. In many cases, this is true. Unfortunately, in pursuit of “truth” some researchers cross important ethical lines, possibly rationalizing their crimes, in a utilitarian manner, as a means to better healthcare for the greater populace.

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On the Side: August 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 6, 2019 /

By now, some of you have just finished your first month in a new job, which also may have meant a new home and a new city.

I empathize. My husband and I moved 3 times in 6 years in between med school and career. Each location seemed more remote and further away from family than the last. Finally, we reached the exotic location where we would live for the next 30 years; Lincoln, Nebraska. When we got here, we told our real estate agent that she was our best friend in town. (She was the ONLY person we knew in town!)

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Fit Over 50

By Walt Larimore, MD / August 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Fit Over 50

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

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Hemiparetic Mercy

By Al Weir, MD / August 6, 2019 /

“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10, NIV 1984).

I went by the rehab facility to deliver his Christmas present. Since he was confined to a wheelchair with poor vision, I thought a CD with audiobooks might improve his sanity. He was eating lunch at the time. After we had talked a few minutes, he said, “Oh, I forgot.” He then bowed his head and prayed, “Dear God, thank you for this cup of mercy.” Since his thoughts are sometimes slightly jumbled, I assumed this was his way of saying grace over lunch. And then he raised his head, looked me in the eyes, and asked, “Did you get your cup this morning?”

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Follow the Lord

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 6, 2019 /

As you practice your faith, the words “follow the Lord” are often heard and shared. The direction of the Lord does not have a yellow brick road. The words are meant to send you to prayer and develop your sense of discernment. As a dentist, dozens of people will ask you to follow them. These requests are loud and clear and often do have a yellow brick path. Some follow their golden paths before them. God blesses each of us with guidance, and for some it is easy to determine the guidance because many of us in the dental profession can use wise counsel and success to guide our steps. There are roles in every community for successful dentists. I respect the best in my community and love all my colleagues for their shared commitment to excellence. The dangers of greed and ethical challenges are to be lifted up to the Lord likewise to turn our steps to bless those around us. We are guided by the Lord’s work in our hearts, often to avoid missteps as often as we discover blessings.

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In Memory of Dr. Pete Dawson

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 5, 2019 / Comments Off on In Memory of Dr. Pete Dawson

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® Student Chapters from around the world.

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Engage before they come for you

By Jonathan Imbody / August 1, 2019 /

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) member and OB/Gyn physician Dr. Regina Frost appears to be a modern-day Queen Esther, taking a courageous stand for the faith as did the Biblical heroine. Dr. Frost is the face of Christian doctors in a high-stakes federal lawsuit to protect the new federal conscience protection rule from legal assault.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens interviews Dr. Den Trumbull about his book Loving by Leading. Next, he is joined by Dr. Mike Chupp, CMDA’s new and incoming Chief Executive Officer.

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Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

Bristol, Tennessee, July 31, 2019 – Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has appointed Jamey Campbell as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the nation’s largest faith-based association of healthcare professionals headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee. Jamey has more than 25 years of experience in communications and development, serving for the last decade at CMDA as the Vice President for Stewardship Development.

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67 Days Al Weir, MD July 30, 2019

67 Days

By Al Weir, MD / July 30, 2019 /

“‘…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6, NIV 1984).

I walked into the room and saw a young woman I had never met sitting next to my patient. “This is my daughter,” he said. I remembered something about his daughter from our previous conversations and greeted her. “67 days,” he said, softly at first so that I did not understand. Within my silence he spoke more clearly, “67 days.” Our past conversations came back clearly. On our last visit, his greatest anguish was not for his illness, but for his daughter addicted to drugs. She was now 67 days free from them. “I certainly prayed for you,” I told her. “It’s all because of Jesus,” her father said.

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Student Chapters

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 29, 2019 / Comments Off on Student Chapters

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® Student Chapters from around the world.

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Person-First Language

By Amy Givler, MD / July 25, 2019 /

Words are important. The words I use to describe my patients, even if I am only thinking those words and not speaking them, affect how I feel about them and how I treat them. I’ve known this for a long time, so I work hard to guard both my thinking and my speech as I care for patients. I don’t consider myself prone to making snap judgments about people based on their appearance—that is, I don’t see myself as biased.

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Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2019 – Today, a coalition of medical organizations released a public statement condemning recent statements on abortion and conscience protections made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association. The letter calls on this “Group of Six” to respect their position and represent all physician members in their public statements.

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Abiding in Albany

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 24, 2019 /

As the director of a healthcare ministry in one of the largest medical communities in the world, I am constantly thinking through obstacles and evaluating the goals we wish to accomplish as the ministry develops. One of the biggest hurdles that I’ve encountered in this ministry is time. In my experience, the healthcare student and provider schedule is often jammed with events and activities. Constantly, they are confronted with new challenges where they are forced to expend voluminous amounts of energy to accomplish their tasks.

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Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 24, 2019 /

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, KJV).

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As Best I Can Al Weir, MD December 26, 2018

Step by Step

By Al Weir, MD / July 23, 2019 /

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6, ESV).

We all have different methods in our daily intercessory prayers. I pray geographically for those I know around the country. Some folk stay on my geographic list a long time and I hear nothing from them. I was praying for Ken yesterday morning as I have been for many years. Not hearing from him for months and receiving only an answering machine message when I called, I asked the Lord, “Please let Ken call me today since I cannot reach him.” Sure enough, Ken called this evening, and the reconnection was made—and God told me, “Continue.”

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End of Life Issues

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 22, 2019 / Comments Off on End of Life Issues

As a Christian healthcare professional, have your colleagues ever looked down at you for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill? Or have you ever been punished for maintaining your religious beliefs instead of believing in evolution? Or have you ever been harassed by an attending trying to force you to perform an abortion?

If you’ve experienced any type of hostility or discrimination like this, then you know how important it is for healthcare workers to protect their right of conscience. Right of conscience is defined as the right to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.

Healthcare professionals are being pressured and discriminated against by employers and colleagues because of their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. Almost one in four faith-based professionals state that they have been discriminated against by employers, educators or others in the healthcare system. Nearly two out of five have been pressured to violate their beliefs by referring, writing a prescription or doing a procedure.

Abolishing the right of conscience is dangerous. It’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and every patient. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 faith-based doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses, 95 percent of them said they would quit medicine before violating their conscience.

CMDA is committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight to protect the rights of medical professionals. We’ve compiled a great number of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important it is to maintain the right of conscience.

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Why Do You Follow Jesus? July 24, 2018

We Must Never Forget Lest We Become Lukewarm

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / July 18, 2019 /

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath shares about visiting Poland, what she does to prepare for a trip to another country and how what happened in Auschwitz pushes her to think about suffering for Christ and her desire to pursue Christ above everything else.

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On the Side: July 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 16, 2019 /

Our new home is not exactly a new house. It has been standing here for almost 100 years. Never having owned an old home, I was concerned about the home inspection prior to our closing. My girlfriend looked at me and said, “Relax. That house has been standing forever. It is fine.”

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The Scattering Job Al Weir, MD July 16, 2019

The Scattering Job

By Al Weir, MD / July 16, 2019 /

“He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how’” (Mark 4:26-27, NIV 1984).

Jerry is a follower of Christ who was recently recovering in a rehab facility that also housed a nursing home. At dinner he was regularly seated next to two men who had difficulty with cognition. One was 103 years old and had a “fetish for sweets.” The other ate grilled cheese sandwiches for every meal. Speaking of his life as a Christian witness in that venue, Jerry told me, “How in the world could I hope that my witness would be of any value when these men were suffering from such dementia? It was impossible!”

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Columbus

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Columbus

There are extreme pressures and challenges that we face as we pursue a vocational life in healthcare. CMDA is a Christian spiritual resource, supporting and connecting practitioners and students in healthcare in Central Ohio.

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Connect, Communicate with, Walk Alongside

By Matthew Montgomery, MD / July 15, 2019 /

Our newly formed South Central Pennsylvania CMDA Chapter certainly upholds these ideals. One function of the South Central chapter is connection with the national organization and its many resources, meetings, and conferences. However, as a local group, we also can help connect, encourage and inspire each other with our walk with Jesus in healthcare on a much more personal level. We intend to facilitate this through this through this blog, small local get togethers in the various towns in the area, and Lord willing, a larger event for the whole region. The students at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine have been a focus for CMDA is the region, appropriately so. We hope to continue this but also to expand this to practicing colleagues in the region.

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Newsroom Archives

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Newsroom Archives

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® News Releases

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The Dream Al Weir, MD July 9, 2019

The Dream

By Al Weir, MD / July 9, 2019 /

Our view of Tirana was magnificent from the 25th floor of the Plaza. The international scientific speakers had completed their presentations and the Albanian doctors were discussing among themselves. These bright physicians were as knowledgeable as those who had presented this fantastic new science but had no way to use that science due to their diminished resources. They have been my friends for many years and one of them spoke, “This is great to hear, but for us it is just a dream.” Then another took the microphone and chastened his discouraged colleagues, “Yes, but we insist on the dream.”

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New York V. HHS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 3, 2019 / Comments Off on New York V. HHS

Membership Donate to CMDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT:     CMDA Enters Major Rights of Conscience Federal Suit. The most important legal case that CMDA has been involved in affecting the very future of faith-based professionals in healthcare. UPDATE: CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections Read News Release Rights of Conscience: “……

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Administration Moves to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

By Jonathan Imbody / July 3, 2019 /

By implementing a new policy promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Trump administration has moved to stop taxpayer funding of the use of fetal tissue, from elective abortions, for research purposes.

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Believing God Al Weir, MD July 2, 2019

Believing God

By Al Weir, MD / July 2, 2019 /

“He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:40, NIV 1984).

I settled into a chair in the hotel lounge away from the crowd so that I might catch up on my email, with some real anxiety over the news that email was bringing me. Earlier in our mission I had prayed that each of us might be ready for God’s work of interruption. Just so, an Albanian medical student saw me sitting there alone and asked, “Are you busy?” As he sat down, he reflected on an earlier talk I had given and asked, “Which level of happiness are you experiencing?” As we talked, I asked him about his own faith experience. He described, “I am a Christian. My mother is a Christian who believes. My father is a Christian who does not believe. I am more like my father.”

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – July 2019

Christian Doctor’s Digest – July 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Tyler VanderWeele to talk about the link between religious upbringing and health. Next, Senior Vice President Gene Rudd interviews Dr. Ron Bryce about his book Fingerprint of God. Finally, listen and learn more about Dr. Bill Griffin, CMDA’s new Dental Director.

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Scapegoating the Church for LGBT Suicide and Stigma

Scapegoating the Church for LGBT Suicide and Stigma

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 27, 2019 /

Health statistics for people who identify as GLBTQ+ are recognized as poor compared to the general population. Finding causation for those negative statistics in stigma and the religious groups that allegedly promote it is the ideological zeitgeist. California Assemblyman Evan Low just introduced non-binding resolution ACR-99 Civil rights: lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, which states, “The stigma associated with being LGBT often created by groups in society, including therapists and religious groups, has caused disproportionately high rates of suicide, attempted suicide, depression, rejection, and isolation amongst LGBT and questioning individuals;” and it isn’t the only time “religious groups,” “pastors” or “religious leaders” are mentioned in the text condemning “conversion therapy.” It’s conceptual and factual error and ultimately hurts sexual minorities. Blame shifting does that.

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A Deeper Faith Al Weir, MD May 21, 2019

Preaching to Myself

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 26, 2019 /

Like most of my writings, much of what I have to say is me preaching to myself. Recently I have been struck by several encounters with patients who were either very irritated or irritating. Either way, what should our response be? When someone is being demanding or has unrealistic requests and is upset when we cannot fulfill them? Or maybe they are just plain rude? What do we do?

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