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Should Clinicians Incorporate Positive Spirituality Into Their Practices? What Does the Evidence Say?

By Walt Larimore, MD / February 16, 2002 /

Most of the rhetoric decrying the incorporation of basic and positive spiritual care into clinical practice is not based upon reliable evidence.

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The Stem Cell Revolution

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 1, 2001 /

“Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into a variety of tissues. This means, through careful engineering, stem cells could be used to repair a damaged brain or heart, rebuild a knee, restore injured nervous system connections, treat diabetes and much more. That’s the potential power of stem cells, and the reason the University of Minnesota is investing greatly in its Stem Cell Institute – the first of its kind. The Institute today will change medicine as we know it tomorrow.”

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Strengthening the Doctor-Patient-God Relationship

By Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP / June 11, 2001 / Comments Off on Strengthening the Doctor-Patient-God Relationship

The physician-patient relationship is the cornerstone of medical practice, an essential ingredient in the restoration and maintenance of health. As a researcher, clinician and teacher, I have spent much of my career studying, implementing and modeling the healing effects of the physician-patient relationship, seeking to maximize its benefits in the care of patients. My first research studies at Yale University addressed patients’ perceptions of physician performance, in which I documented that patients ultimately cherish “TLC”—time, listening and caring.1-3 Patients desire and welcome treatment by doctors who show the willingness to listen to their concerns and the heart to care for them as individuals.

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A Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook

By David B. Biebel, D.Min / June 1, 2001 /

Depending on your practice, within the foreseeable future any number of patients are going to pause on the way out of the exam room, hand on the doorknob, to ask one question or another about alternative medical therapies. For example, one patient might want to know what you think of the “hallelujah diet,” which her friend believes to be divinely inspired.

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Treasures of Darkness by Ken Hekman

Treasures of Darkness

By Ken Hekman / May 29, 2001 / Comments Off on Treasures of Darkness

Adversity may be part of everyone’s experience. For most of us, it is just something we endure–to get through. But Ken Hekman took a different approach when faced with one of life’s most profound sorrows, the sudden death of his firstborn, a teenaged daughter.

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Medical Ethics by Robert D. Orr, M.D., C.M., & Fred Chay, DMin, PhD

Medical Ethics

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / October 27, 2000 / Comments Off on Medical Ethics

You can survive and flourish spiritually during medical or dental training – BUT, you can’t do it alone. Medical and dental ethics are about “doing the right thing.” Sounds simple, but it’s not. Most medical and dental schools include the study of ethical issues in their curriculum because of the recognition that modern healthcare generates lots of “should we?” questions. However, the healing professions have become thoroughly secularized in the past few generations and students of all ages, in all of the healing professions, need a sound Christian foundational understanding of how to answer such questions. This book is written to help Christian medical and dental students as they begin to struggle with what is right and wrong in healthcare. By, Robert D. Orr, M.D., C.M., & Fred Chay, DMin, PhD.

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More Than Meets the Eye by Richard A Swenson, MD

More Than Meets the Eye

By Richard Swensen, MD / October 6, 2000 / Comments Off on More Than Meets the Eye

Is God simply watching from a distance or are His hands guiding our every move? In this book, Swenson draws on his medical and natural science background to examine and reveal God’s majesty.

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Spiritual Issues & Choices in Dentistry by William C. Forbes, D.D.S., M.Div., (editor) and Richard G. Topazian (editor)

Spiritual Issues & Choices in Dentistry

By William Forbes, D.D.S., M.Div. / September 18, 2000 / Comments Off on Spiritual Issues & Choices in Dentistry

How is the Christian faith best incorporated into the dental school experience and dental practice? How does it impact one’s professional and personal choices?

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Testimony of Christopher Hook, M.D.

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 7, 2000 / Comments Off on Testimony of Christopher Hook, M.D.

Testimony offered by Christopher Hook, MD about physician-assisted suicide before a U.S. Senate Briefing regarding the Pain Relief Promotion Act.

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Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / June 1, 2000 /

A generation or two ago, when medicine was primarily low-tech, a majority of patients died quickly of acute illness, usually in their own homes, cared for by families, neighbors, and church friends. But things have changed. Now, 90 percent of North Americans die slowly from debilitating disease (organ failure, malignancy, dementia, etc.).

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Testimony of Senator Gordon Smith

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 25, 2000 / Comments Off on Testimony of Senator Gordon Smith

Testimony offered by Senator Gordon Smith from Oregon opposting physician-assisted suicide before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver by William Peel

Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver

By William Peel / December 1, 1999 / Comments Off on Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver

You can survive and flourish spiritually during medical training! But you can’t do it alone. This Bible study will help you shape your heart while you are sharpening your medical skills.

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Testimony of Richard M. Doerflinger

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 24, 1999 / Comments Off on Testimony of Richard M. Doerflinger

Testimony offered by Richard M. Doerflinger about physician-assisted suicide before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding the Pain Relief Promotion Act.

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Preparing for a Career in Medicine by Kent Shih, MD

Preparing for a Career in Medicine

By Kent Shih, MD / December 1, 1998 / Comments Off on Preparing for a Career in Medicine

A Christian’s Guide to Getting Into and Surviving Medical School Do you know a young person who is contemplating medicine as a career? This would be an excellent gift for them, so they can see what will lie ahead if they continue on this path.

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The Journey: A Spiritual View

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

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

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Understanding Malpractice

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

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

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Fear of Malpractice

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

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

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The Relationship of the Ongoing Malpractice Crisis

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

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

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Cross-Cultural Conflict by Duane Elmer, PhD

Cross-Cultural Conflict

By Duane Elmer / January 21, 1994 / Comments Off on Cross-Cultural Conflict

Whether at home or abroad, communicating with people of other cultures is difficult. It requires new ways of thinking and interpreting the world. When conflict arises, as it often does, the issues become even more confusing.

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Let’s Build Our Lives by Daniel E Fountain, MD

Let’s Build Our Lives

By Daniel E. Fountain, MD / June 4, 1990 / Comments Off on Let’s Build Our Lives

This is a book which will help church leaders begin a community development program. Pastor Simon nurtured eleven church members through the process of becoming development facilitators, integrating spiritual and physical development in their towns and villages.

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A Thorn in the Flesh

A Thorn in the Flesh

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

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

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Physicians Can Heal the Hurt

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

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

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Is the Law to Blame?

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

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

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Opinion Letter

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

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

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Morality in Malpractice

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

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

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New VP of Dental Ministry-Bill Griffin, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 1970 /

David Stevens, MD welcomes the newest member of the CMDA staff, Vice President of Dental Ministries, Bill Griffin, DDS.

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Archived DMD Vol. 1 – Peter Dawson, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 1970 /

Peter Dawson, DDS

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Archived DMD Vol. 2 – NOMAD Pro

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 1970 /

NOMAD Pro

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Archived DMD Vol. 3 – Jim Greely, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 1970 /

Jim Greely, DDS

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Archived DMD Vol. 4 – Dianne Glasscoe Watterson

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 1970 /

Faith in the Dental Practice

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Jesus MD by David Stevens, MD with Gregg Lewis

Jesus M.D.

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 27, 0203 / Comments Off on Jesus M.D.

Join Dr. David Stevens as he takes us on “rounds” with the Great Physician

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Faith Prescriptions Seminar

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Faith Prescriptions Seminar

December 4, 2021
Faith Prescriptions is a video series produced by the Christian Medical & Dental Associations designed to encourage faith conversations with our patients on a variety of topics. This seminar is an interactive introduction to the material and will empower you to appropriately and effectively minister to your patients’ spiritual needs.

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2022 CMDA Northeast Winter Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on 2022 CMDA Northeast Winter Conference

January 14-16, 2022

Northeast Winter Conference at the Sandy Cove Conference Center North East, Maryland. Our theme this year: RECONNECT.

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2022 West Coast Winter Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 14, 2021 / Comments Off on 2022 West Coast Winter Conference

Main Conference
January 21-23, 2022
Extra Day
January 20, 2022
The 2022 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference at the Cannon Beach (Oregon) Christian Conference Center offers all healthcare professionals and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline. The combination of informal didactic sessions, group discussions, Q & A plus plenty of free time Friday and Saturday afternoons creates a refreshing investment for professional and personal renewal. The theme Together Again! will be the focus of our entire weekend.

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CMDA Marriage Enrichment Weekend – Galveston, TX

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 2, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA Marriage Enrichment Weekend – Galveston, TX

January 21-23, 2022
For female healthcare professionals and their spouses only.
The effects of today’s healthcare professions have taken its toll on marriages. Increasing time pressures, fiscal burdens, continuing education requirements and countless demands have made building strong marriage relationships all the more difficult.

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Israel Tour & Jordan Extension – February 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Israel Tour & Jordan Extension – February 2022

February 8-20, 2022
An eye-opening tour for first and second timers alike! This tour combines the basis of Old and New Testament together with features of Modern Israel as well.

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503 Coaching for Change, Transition and Transformation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 4, 2021 / Comments Off on 503 Coaching for Change, Transition and Transformation

January 11 – February 15, 2022
Healthcare professionals function within the context of a volatile, uncertain, complex, and rapidly changing environment, with burnout becoming all too common. Coaching is a powerful skill that can help. This online course is designed to equip participants with the mindset and skills to help colleagues, patients and others deal with change, navigate the uncertainty of transition and achieve transformation.

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GPS Retreat Galveston 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 4, 2021 / Comments Off on GPS Retreat Galveston 2022

February 17-20, 2022
Join us beachside for fellowship, worship, fun and learning together in a small group setting of women physicians led by WPDC facilitators.

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GPS February 2022 – Florida

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2021 / Comments Off on GPS February 2022 – Florida

February 17-20, 2022
Grasping Power Through Surrender (GPS) Event for female physicians and dentists.

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REMEDY22

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 11, 2021 / Comments Off on REMEDY22

February 26-27, 2022
Less than 5% percent of Christian healthcare students and residents will leave the US to do career medical missions. This means that >95% of Christians preparing for careers in healthcare will practice some form of medicine inside the US.

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Pre-Field Orientation for New Healthcare Missionaries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Pre-Field Orientation for New Healthcare Missionaries

March 1-5, 2022
Join fellow outgoing healthcare missionaries and veteran missionary faculty for what could be the most valuable four days you’ll spend in preparing to leave for the field. Medical training and sending organizations do a great job laying the groundwork, but preparing well to step into life as a healthcare missionary presents unique challenges and opportunities. This gathering will provide you with tools, knowledge, and relationships that you’ll find to be invaluable as you assume your new role on the mission field. Don’t miss it!

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Greece Tour: In the Footsteps of Paul, May 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2021 / Comments Off on Greece Tour: In the Footsteps of Paul, May 2022

May 7-16, 2022

This Tour is now full.
Please email Kim Hodge at kim.hodge@cmda.org to be added to the waiting list.

An exciting tour filled with culture, biblical teaching, and fellowship. Even if you have been to Greece before, our tour will open new insights into the Apostle Paul and how his ministry got started in Europe.

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2022 CMDA National Convention

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2021 / Comments Off on 2022 CMDA National Convention

April 21-24, 2022
The premier convention for all Christian healthcare professionals! This convention provides great opportunities for you to transform as you fellowship with Christian healthcare professionals, learn about current health and social issues, renew your faith through worship and network with exhibiting organizations. You don’t want to miss this event!

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Italy Tour: May 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Italy Tour: May 2022

May 15-23, 2022 Main Tour, Optional Extension May 23-26, 2022
Come join us on the road that leads to Rome. We begin the journey in the north at Venice and travel south through Florence to Rome. And for those staying for the optional extension, we will go further south to visit Naples, Pompeii, Castel Gondolfo, and more.

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Voice of Christian Doctors Media Training

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Voice of Christian Doctors Media Training

August 12-13, 2022
It is imperative that we have well-trained Christian healthcare professionals ready to speak out on healthcare and bioethical issues that are affecting our culture. This two-day training is designed to teach participants how to use the media as an educational tool and to sharpen skills as CMDA media representatives.

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Women Physicians & Dentists in Christ (WPDC) 2022 Annual Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Women Physicians & Dentists in Christ (WPDC) 2022 Annual Conference

September 15-18, 2022
Escape to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, a hotel retreat adjacent to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve. Nestled among 26 acres featuring hundreds of palms and a succulent courtyard that is a nod to the California desert.

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