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Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Physician

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / June 1, 2020 /

To speak of artificial intelligence (AI) conjures dazzling images of an electronically reconfigured future managed, if not dominated, by calculating, thinking, autonomous machines. Realistically, AI has the potential to deliver numerous useful benefits to medical practice, especially as progress in medical science and healthcare delivery rely increasingly on digital technologies to store and analyze huge data sets. The health information in the human genome and the scientific content of medical journals, for example, exceed the capacity of the human brain to recall, interpret or keep up with exponential advances. AI promises to bridge that gap. Proponents are calling AI the fourth technological revolution following the neolithic transition to agriculture, the industrial revolution utilizing mechanized production and new sources of power, and the digital revolution based on computer processing of digital information.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2020

In this edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, we focus on having courage in the COVID-19. In includes resources to help healthcare professionals during this difficult time, as well as some of the information that would have been available at the 2020 CMDA National Convention.

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Do You Actually Have A Soul?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2020 /

As healthcare professionals, we know our patients have brains, we know they have hearts. We know these exist because we can see them and study them. They are physical, they are material. But is there a part of us that is immaterial, or is this just a lie we’ve bought into? If so, how can we possibly know it?

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Thinking of Ultimate Things

By Amy Givler, MD / May 28, 2020 /

After 10 weeks of avoiding people, I realize how much I miss them. People, that is. I always thought I disliked crowds, but now I find myself missing crowds also. People bring me pleasure. People are precious.

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Just Add Water DVD: Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics | Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ever Justified?

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Just Add Water DVD: Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics | Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ever Justified?

Dr. Orr describes a four-quadrant method of reasoning, first introduced by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in “Clinical Ethics,” with application of biblical principles and doctrines included in the decision-making process.

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Carpe Diem Redeemed

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Carpe Diem Redeemed

In Speaking the Tooth in Love, Dr. Adam Algam describes the joys, excitement, and trials of life in the Middle East. Seeing things through Eastern eyes greatly enriches his understanding of scripture passages that originated in this ancient context.

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Dietz Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Dietz Scholarship

Medical Education International is a short-term missions program that provides academic teaching and clinical training while spreading the gospel to doctors and students in hard to reach countries.

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Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

Washington, DC—May 26, 2020 – Christian Medical Association physicians (CMA*, www.cmda.org) received support from states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts who recently filed legal briefs in a case regarding a federal conscience protection rule for health professionals.

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Purpose in the Pain

By Al Weir, MD / May 26, 2020 /

He died today after a short bout with cancer. I stopped by to share my sorrow with the family. They were gathered in the den, actually fairly cheerful, sharing stories of their dad and husband, glad to be together as a normally scattered family. The wife said, “You know, we have been talking about whether it would be better to die suddenly, being hit by a bus, than the way he died.” One daughter piped in, “I’ll take the bus.” “But really,” the wife continued, “We had time to be together, time we would not have shared, scattered around like we are. We did things that were important.”

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Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

Bristol, Tennessee — May 20, 2019 — Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist from Dallas, Texas and his wife, Janis, received the Christian Medical & Dental Associations 2020 Servant of Christ Award at their home with a group of CMDA members and leaders participating electronically.

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WPC Pulse: May 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 21, 2020 /

How’s your patience holding up? Mine is running a bit thin, and it’s hard to hear this pandemic might go on another year before it’s “over.” My heart goes out to those who live alone and rarely go out. And we lift up in prayer those on the frontlines working endlessly to save as many as they can. We must also include those who have no work and fearing the future, hoping it might improve soon.

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Specialty Sections Graduate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Specialty Sections Graduate

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® has several blogs available with articles dating back several years on a wide range of healthcare topics and issues.

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Graduate Page

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Graduate Page

Being a member of CMDA has lots of great benefits, but the greatest benefit of all is helping to further His kingdom as we change hearts in healthcare. If you aren’t a member of CMDA, we would love to have you join us!

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Lessons from the Epicenter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 /

Last weekend I had the opportunity to join InterMed NYC, a network of Christian physicians and trainees in the tri-state area, to check in with CMDA students and residents and learn about the needs of their community.

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The Polarizing Pandemic

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 21, 2020 /

We are living in a highly polarized society. Disagreeing opinions have very little overlap, making compromise difficult. People talk more than they hear, and they hear more than they listen. People rally and argue and protest, but they rarely build bridges across the divides. Political candidates represent the extreme ends of their party’s platform, and those in the middle are accused of being weak on issues. Opinions on social media are strongly worded and leave no room for useful discussion. Family members have broken fellowship over the Trump v. Clinton election. Friendships are strained over differing definitions of social distancing. The world we live in is broken, and people are afraid. Fear, in fact, is the most insidious form of brokenness. It penetrates the very marrow of our character and changes our motivations. The values and ideals we hold dear are corrupted by fear such that we no longer act based on what we believe, but rather out of avoidance of what we fear.

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Dental Graduate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Dental Graduate

CMDA’s Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

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Faith in Times of Uncertainty

By Sam Molind, DMD / May 19, 2020 /

COVID-19 has upended our routines, but the spirit-filled life remains as accessible as ever. I am, by God’s grace, optimistic. Ask the people who know me best, and they’d all agree I tend to find the sunniest take on nearly everything, sometimes to the point of annoyance.

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Kole

By Al Weir, MD / May 19, 2020 /

I received an email this week from one I had not communicated with in 24 years. He asked me to call him and I did. His name is Kole Akinboboye, and 24 years ago he was a family medicine resident training at our mission hospital in Eku, Nigeria. I reviewed my diary of those mission years and discovered the very last entry: “I misdiagnosed a man with minimal symptoms and a rigid, non-tender belly. He went into shock the next day and in surgery was found to have infarcted his entire small bowel. There was no way he could live. When the patient awoke from his anesthesia, Dr. Akinboboye sat with him and told him about Christ. Before he died, the man accepted Jesus as his Savior.” This young doctor I had trained so long ago is now practicing in Nigeria in his own hospital and sharing Christ through his ministry.

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Immunizing Conscience

By David Prentice, PhD / May 18, 2020 /

Ethical considerations should have a priority place in science and medicine. Promoting sound bioethics promotes confidence in doctors and scientists and their work, among peers, the public and policymakers. This is certainly seen in the recent ethically-guided decisions around federal funding of research with fetal tissue from elective abortions. Ethical guardrails help focus precious research funds on projects with best chance of success and benefit for all. Even in a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, illumination of the ethical vs. unethical proposals can educate and serve to focus attention and resources on the paths that will benefit all.

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Finding Precedent, Perspective and Our Place in the “Unprecedented”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 14, 2020 /

Renowned British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge once said: “All news is nothing more than new people experiencing old things.” Over the last weeks accumulating into months, the word “unprecedented” has quickly become a favorite and frequently used description of the COVID-19 times we are living in.

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Mary/Martha/Mission/Me

By Al Weir, MD / May 12, 2020 /

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV 1984).

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Dentistry Chose Me

By Nicole D. Hayes / May 11, 2020 /

Those words spoken by Kwame Achampong, a third year Howard University College of Dentistry student and new CDA chapter president, were surprising to hear. After all, at the age of 20, he founded a non-profit called Project Dental All, “whose purpose is to educate children on the importance of oral health maintenance and empower them with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.”

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Signs in the Window of Your Life

By Ken Jones / May 11, 2020 /

A loyal customer might look at a sign like that and wonder, “Will the new management know my name, or what I like, or even who I am?” And a potential new customer might wonder what went wrong with the previous management that would result in ‘new’ management being needed?

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I Was Just Thinking …

By Ken Jones / May 11, 2020 /

As he began his conversation with me, he said, “I hope I’m not disturbing you. But, since I saw your door open, and it looked like all you were doing was thinking, I wondered if I could share something with you?”

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Prayer for 2020 Montgomery County National Day of Prayer Breakfast – May 7, 2020

By Nicole D. Hayes / May 7, 2020 /

Thank you for this new morning and new day you have gifted to us. Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning.

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Speaking the Tooth in Love

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Speaking the Tooth in Love

In Speaking the Tooth in Love, Dr. Adam Algam describes the joys, excitement, and trials of life in the Middle East. Seeing things through Eastern eyes greatly enriches his understanding of scripture passages that originated in this ancient context.

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Downcast: Do Real Christians Get Depressed?

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / May 7, 2020 /

Since the time of Job, people have struggled with depression. Depression isolates, as it causes sufferers to withdraw from others. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding depression often reinforces the isolation. Not only do others stigmatize those who are depressed, but depressed individuals often believe these misunderstandings about themselves and experience shame. This shame arises from ignorance and misunderstanding about the nature of depression.

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An Approach to Outpatient Screening, Treatment, and Community Health Outreach during the Coronavirus Epidemic in New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 5, 2020 /

Beacon Christian Community Health Center (www.beaconcchc.com), in conjunction with personnel from South Korea and Europe, created a first-of-its-kind comprehensive outpatient protocol at the start of the height of COVID-19 cases in New York City.

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A Touch of Compassion

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / May 5, 2020 /

Emergency appointments are a big part of our duties and schedules at Christ Community Health Center where I work in Memphis, Tennessee. We have a walk-in day once a week at four out of our five clinics, and we also take several walk-ins on other days at each of our clinics. So, transitioning to only emergencies did not feel too weird, it just made our schedules lighter. During this pandemic, I’m thankful we as dentists can provide much-needed emergency services to treat pain, keep people out of the emergency room or give someone a quick-fix to hold them off until they can have more work done.

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A Foolish Hope

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 5, 2020 /

He called me on my cell and asked if he could come to see me today. My clinic was light due to the virus and he was welcomed. I’ve known him for a few years as a patient and as a brother in Christ. He had a few symptoms to discuss but mostly wanted to talk. After settling into the chair beside my desk, he placed his cap in his lap and asked how long he might live, given the status of his illness. “I’m not afraid of my own death,” he said. “But I want to be sure to spend my last days well. I have people I need to see. I want to give them hope.”

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.

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On the Side: May 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2020 /

Let’s face it, I would never be “voted off” the island. I tell my kids this all the time, and they are smart enough to agree with me. Mostly it’s because I can cook, but also because I’m good in a crisis and have a working knowledge of first aid. My husband says that out of our entire family I would be the one person voted “Most Likely to Survive if Dropped Alone in a Wilderness Area.” He actually tells people that I don’t think a campfire is big enough, unless it can be “seen from space.”

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Keep FDA Safety Requirements and Nix Telemedicine Abortions

By Jonathan Imbody / April 30, 2020 /

Seeing the pandemic as an opportunity to pump up profits from abortions, the abortion industry and its advocates in state governments are lobbying to loosen abortion-related FDA safety requirements.

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Be Contagious | Leading Through the Crisis

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 29, 2020 /

He does not recall where he may have been exposed. While he works in a medical setting, every precaution was taken from the time (and perhaps a little before) it became a common mandate. Could it have been in the community?

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Better than Good

By Al Weir, MD / April 28, 2020 /

We were all tired from the over-work, telehealth, glasses-foggy-from-breathing-through-masks, legitimate-fear and frantic-colleague life. I passed by my partner’s office, concerned for his emotional well-being. I knew he and his wife were having to alternate staying home with their kids because daycare was cancelled. He never showed his fatigue, but I was concerned.

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Medical Conscience Rights, Part 1

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / April 23, 2020 /

Per Alliance Defending Freedom: “Freedom of conscience means you are free to carry out your moral duty without fear of government coercion or punishment.”

Also, it need not be faith-based to count. Conscience is conscience, and these rights protect our atheist colleagues as they do us. Canadian philosopher Edward Tingley explains that conscience rights protect those who object to the norm of what even a majority thinks is right, and they apply when (1) a cogent claim can be made that (2) grave wrong is done. The claim of wrong needs only to be serious and defensible.

Conscience rights exist precisely to protect someone who disagrees with majority consensus. They specifically protect unpopular opinions. The objection needs only to be serious and defensible.

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Despite the Authority of Scripture, there are those who are confused on this issue and from that confusion (combined with political correctness) there are professionals guiding individuals through the process of hormonal treatment (as normal) and very tragically, even surgical interventions.

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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Whereas modern medicine has made available technologies that can prolong life, medical science alone cannot answer questions of whether life-sustaining technologies should be used in particular circumstances or whether such technologies are consistent with patients’ goals of care, values, and beliefs about health, life, and death.

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Gifts and Miracles: My Unexpected Journey into Addiction Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

When I entered my family medicine residency, I had a cohort of marijuana-smoking pregnant women to care for. They drove me crazy. Many nights I would come home to my wife and tell her, “If I ever really hate myself, I will figure out a way to treat adolescent, obstetric addiction.”

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The Mountaintop

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Burnout is the current buzzword in healthcare, the subject of endless articles and editorial commentaries. Fatigue, depersonalization and cynicism characterize this happiness-ruining and career-destroying disease, which has reached epidemic levels among healthcare professionals across the country.

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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

Same-sex sexual expression is sinful, but what about same-sex attractions? As a new Christian, I had defined attraction to be equivalent to tempta¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinful—because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

In the closing months of 1989, a brutal civil war erupted in Liberia and soon engulfed the small West African country. At the time, T. Abraham Browne was in high school, and the senseless killings forced him and his siblings to flee for their lives to escape the bloodshed. They reached a refugee camp where Abraham would spend the next 10 years.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2020

In this Spring 2020 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor; After Ebola, Confronting the Trauma, Addressing Same Sex Attractions, Mountaintop experiences, Gifts and Miracles of Addiction Medicine, and CMDA’s Statement on Advance Directives.

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Crisis in Nicaragua

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / April 22, 2020 /

It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—a late night phone call from a team leader is usually not a good sign. That one phone call set off a chain of events that impacted our ministry in ways we could not have imagined.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD / April 22, 2020 /

Our marriage has also been a journey. An adventurous one. When Ron and I first started out as a married couple, we were sure we were on the right path. Each of us thought we had the best possible traveling companion.

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The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 22, 2020 /

Most people can do one or two of these things, but very few people can do more than that. I have always found this idea intriguing as my family and I considered how to budget the money we have been given. But it leaves out something very important we can do with our extra money, doesn’t it? We can give it away.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Peter E. Dawson, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

“I have been richly blessed by God, and I have a burning desire to do what I can to bring His message to anyone who will listen.” —Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2019

In this Winter 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, A biography of Peter Dawson, DDS, the Crisis in Nicaragua as told by Trish Burgess, MD, the Lure of Money, by Autumn Galbreath, MD, Marriage Maintenance by Patti Francis, MD, and CMDA’s new statement on Recreational Marijuana.

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The Coronavirus Show Us Who We Really Are

By Bryan Stoudt / April 22, 2020 /

Today, I’m writing with a reflection in a small effort to help us profit from this trying time. There are many lessons we could take away, but here’s one that’s smacking me in the face.

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The Lord is Risen Indeed

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / April 21, 2020 /

“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us…and opened the Scriptures to us?’…‘The Lord is risen indeed…” (Luke 24:31-34, NKJV).

“The Lord is risen indeed.”

On Sunday morning, March 29, after two weeks of “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” I read the 24th chapter of Luke’s Gospel. It all fell into place. Life had changed so much. So much had disappeared—quick trips to the convenience store, meetings with dentists, friends dropping by and dinner out. Life had become both still and different. Busy-ness no longer drowned out worry. There were no distracting deadlines to offer escape from relational struggles. Reflecting back, for two weeks the quiet had given way to a still small voice and the still small voice had been wrongly identified as the insight of an uncluttered mind. Luke’s telling of the walk to Emmaus cleared up that confusion for me.

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CMDA Heartbeat Mug

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 20, 2020 / Comments Off on CMDA Heartbeat Mug

LIMITED quantity available of these recently made, handcrafted pottery mugs with the Christian fish symbol and the CMDA heartbeat. Order yours before it’s too late!

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Christian Healthcare Professionals and Coronavirus: A Global Ministry During a Global Pandemic

By Michael Kee-Ming Shu, MD / April 20, 2020 /

Since the start of 2020, our world has seen a viral pandemic sweep through and ravage countries and nations. COVID-19 and its medical sequelae has uprooted and deeply impacted mankind, regardless of the assembly of the human race—the young and the elderly, the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor. Many are speaking out and also searching for answers amidst what some people fear as God’s judgment on His people.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2020 /

“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – MED

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – MED

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – 2XL

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – 2XL

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – XL

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – XL

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – LG

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – LG

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – SM

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – SM

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Be Prepared. Not Scared.

By Tim Lawton, MD, MS (Human Nutrition), FAAFP / April 14, 2020 /

As a board-certified family physician and hospital medical director with over 25 years experience in emergency, hospital and nutritional medicine, I want to encourage you to do everything you can to stay as healthy as possible during this devastating epidemic.

As the U.S., state and local governments and healthcare professionals labor tirelessly in compassionate and effective efforts to protect American citizens from the spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus, governments in certain countries instead are reportedly exposing persecuted religious groups to the threat.

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A Good Samaritan

By Al Weir, MD / April 14, 2020 /

Our lead caregiver is Mohammed, a compassionate, wonderful Afghan man who has been serving the poor and sick in the most difficult areas of Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Mohammed is a devout Muslim.

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On the Side: April 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 10, 2020 /

One of the perks of moving around the country is that we have added a beautiful cast of friends to our family. We often joke that the “writer” of our family sitcom thought the cast needed to be jazzed up a bit when he brought certain characters into our storyline. We love the variety of loved ones who are brought to live life alongside us!

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An Uncommon Guide to Retirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 9, 2020 / Comments Off on An Uncommon Guide to Retirement

What am I going to do with my retirement? People talk about retirement like it’s supposed to be an endless vacation. But what if, like the majority of those facing retirement, you can’t afford such a luxury? Or what if you just want something more from retirement? Some advocate for no retirement at all. But you’ve worked for decades, and a rest and reprieve do sound appealing. What should you do? Does God have a purpose for your retirement?

Yes, He does. Learn how to discern what it is by taking an uncommon approach. Jeff Haanen looks biblically and practically at the need for rest and purpose in retirement.

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COVID-19 Ramblings and Reflections

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 9, 2020 /

The world is caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has changed our lives, and it will continue to change the lives of people all over the world for years to come. Schools, churches, businesses, restaurants, sporting events and entire countries are closed or are placed under lockdown. Shelter-in-place, an old term, unknown to most, is now widely used, and it affects, by some estimates, more than half the country. At any hour of the day or night, one can find the most up-to-date tallies for morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and around the world. This led me to three observations.

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United in Isolation

By Tracy Liang / April 7, 2020 /

I noticed that rather than being disheartened, our group proved more hopeful, active and responsive than before.

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Our Royal Positions

By Blake Baer / April 7, 2020 /

The advance of COVID-19 interrupted the education of medical students across the country. I was pulled from third year rotations. Although I’m not qualified to speak about medicine with much credibility.

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WPC Pulse: April 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / April 7, 2020 /

Last week I came home from the office, still needing to chart, needing to be on a Zoom meeting and seeing SO many emails in my inbox from every hospital and medical organization I belong to, telling more about TODAY’s COVID-19 changes in what we should be doing and worrying about. I was overwhelmed!

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CPR in the Times of COVID-19

By Christine C. Toevs, MD / April 7, 2020 /

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is universally applied in cardiac standstill, unless a physician order is given to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR). CPR is the only procedure that can be performed without a physician order; a nurse cannot give aspirin, start an IV or feed a patient without an order. However, CPR is the automatic default when the heart stops. This universal application has created several ethical issues, and the current pandemic now has us questioning if CPR should be the automatic default.

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Why is Apologetics Important?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 7, 2020 /

When somebody asks me why I am a Christian, I give them two reasons.

Reason #1: Because I met Jesus and He radically changed my heart (my personal testimony).
Reason #2: Because there is excellent objective evidence that Christianity is true.

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A Healthy Fear

By Al Weir, MD / April 7, 2020 /

Our lead caregiver is Mohammed, a compassionate, wonderful Afghan man who has been serving the poor and sick in the most difficult areas of Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Mohammed is a devout Muslim.

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Day of Prayer and Fasting

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 6, 2020 / Comments Off on Day of Prayer and Fasting

Courage in the Crisis – A Day of Prayer and Fasting with CMDA.

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Coronavirus Archive

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Coronavirus Archive

Friday, March 15 is Match Day for 2019. The graduate medical education community represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program or NRMP releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States.

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Coronavirus Response Reveals Character of Governments

By Jonathan Imbody / April 2, 2020 /

American novelist James Lane Allen wrote, “Adversity does not build character; it reveals it.” The response by the governments of countries around the world to the COVID-19 Coronavirus is revealing the fundamental character of those governments.

As the U.S., state and local governments and healthcare professionals labor tirelessly in compassionate and effective efforts to protect American citizens from the spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus, governments in certain countries instead are reportedly exposing persecuted religious groups to the threat.

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In the Midst of Uncertainty

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / March 30, 2020 /

It happened so quickly, it seems. One moment it was business as usual: reviewing lab cases, getting ready for boards, opening our practice doors for patients to arrive, joking with staff and colleagues throughout the day and planning to attend the next mission trip, church service, conference, wedding or other event. It feels as if we all became affected at the same time. In an instant those jokes were replaced by concern as dental boards were put on hold, our office closed to routine dental care, we became unemployed or we put some of our staff on unemployment to keep the practice afloat in the midst of uncertainty. Our plans got cancelled one by one, our normal way of life crumbled. It’s now challenging to find one broadcast, social media post, YouTube video, email or conversation that does not mention “virus,” “pandemic” or “COVID-19”.

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Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD / March 26, 2020 /

I’ve been a family doctor in the same location for 30 years, so many of my patients have been with me a decade…or two…or three. Following people through their life stages has been a joy. We’ve grown older together. I’ve been acutely aware of this in the last two weeks as I’ve called patients to reschedule them. I’ve wanted to call them myself to make sure they don’t need anything, because I’d rather they avoid any medical facility for the next six months.

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Share a Devotional

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 26, 2020 /

CMDA has provided this online forum to share devotionals for encouraging and uplifting a community of members and believers.

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Share Your Prayer Requests

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 26, 2020 /

CMDA has provided this online forum to express your prayer requests to a community of members and believers who can pray for you and bring you encouragement.

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My Story | by a Healthcare Professional Working in a Central American Country

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 24, 2020 /

Of course, everything is a bit on hold right now. So far I’ve only seen an official count of two cases of the coronavirus documented here, and so we’re several weeks behind most of you. The country has had a bit of a different approach to the virus.

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A Beacon in New York City

By Steve Noblett / March 24, 2020 /

According to the New York Times, New York State has roughly 5 percent of coronavirus cases worldwide, and New York City, a disease epicenter, has over 25 percent of all COVID-19 patients in the U.S.

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Gentle Nudges

By Al Weir, MD / March 24, 2020 /

Are we aware of God’s Spirit when He nudges? He nudges us when He wants to act through us for His purposes. When I responded on this occasion, my sweet patient was able to open up his grief and connect it with his faith.

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Call for all Elective Abortions to be Suspended

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 23, 2020 /

As representatives of over 30,000 physicians who practice according to the Hippocratic Oath, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), the American College of Pediatricians, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons decry the call to continue elective abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and others which falsely characterize elective abortion as essential healthcare.

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Summary of Court Briefs and Cases

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 23, 2020 /

Current Summary of Court Cases

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An Encouragement by a Family Medicine Physician

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 21, 2020 /

I’m working the respiratory screening clinic at our critical access hospital/clinic. Personally, this medical crisis has actually acutely resolved my feeling of burnout.

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A Guide in the Middle of COVID-19

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / March 19, 2020 /

My 21-year-old son attends university in Scotland. Scotland is a beautiful country filled with some of the loveliest people I have met in my travels. They are warm, friendly and willing to help a stranger, even if you can’t always understand what they are saying to you. Those thick Scottish brogues can be difficult! Just sayin’.

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Redirecting

By Dr. Susan Vitalis / March 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Redirecting

The human body holds endlessly fascinating secrets. The resilience of skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles―your physical being is knit according to a pattern of stunning purpose. Now Gold Medallion winners Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image have been completely revised and updated to offer a new audience timeless reflections on the body. Join renowned leprosy surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and bestselling writer Philip Yancey on a remarkable journey through inner space―a spellbinding account of medical intervention, pain and healing, and the courage of humanity. Discover here the eternal truths revealed by our seemingly ordinary existence. The human body is a window into the very structure of God’s creation and a testament to God’s glory.

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Fearfully and Wonderfully

By Philip Yancey / March 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Fearfully and Wonderfully

The human body holds endlessly fascinating secrets. The resilience of skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles―your physical being is knit according to a pattern of stunning purpose. Now Gold Medallion winners Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image have been completely revised and updated to offer a new audience timeless reflections on the body. Join renowned leprosy surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and bestselling writer Philip Yancey on a remarkable journey through inner space―a spellbinding account of medical intervention, pain and healing, and the courage of humanity. Discover here the eternal truths revealed by our seemingly ordinary existence. The human body is a window into the very structure of God’s creation and a testament to God’s glory.

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Is it Time to Relegate Routine Opioid Prescriptions to the Oral Surgery Archives?

By Sam Molind, DMD / March 18, 2020 /

The first introduction to opioids for teenagers and young adults is often in the dentist’s office when they are prescribed pain medications following oral surgery. However, because opioid prescriptions may be associated with subsequent opioid abuse in this patient population, alternative therapies for managing acute dental pain may be warranted.

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The Moment

By Al Weir, MD / March 17, 2020 /

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more” (Revelation 21:1, ESV).

I sat in a chair and watched her daughters and granddaughters lying around her on a king-sized bed as my mom wavered between earth and heaven. They stroked her in love and sang verse after verse of solid Christian songs like “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” I sat in wonder at the moment and place, like we were on a bridge between this life of touchable-being and the untouchable eternity that now I could reach over and grab. There was not so much the presence of one reality and a wish for the other, but an absolute truth of both, not so much like we were telling Mom goodbye and watching her cross the bridge—but more like we were walking across it with her, kissing her on the other side and handing her off to Jesus.

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From a Physician on the Frontlines

By Amy Givler, MD / March 16, 2020 /

For years and years the media has tended to sensationalize every little thing, which is making it very hard to hear the voices that are sounding a REAL alarm. We doctors don’t tend to be alarmist.

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CMDA Syringe Pen

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 12, 2020 / Comments Off on CMDA Syringe Pen

Show your support for CMDA with this cool pen. You will definitely start a conversation. The solution is red with the CMDA logo in white.

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Ethics, Science and Ethical Science

By David Prentice, PhD / March 12, 2020 /

Should ethical considerations have a place in science and medicine? Should ethics reviews be a standard part of science proposal reviews? Some scientists have said one reason they don’t consult ethicists or think about the ethical implications of their research is because ethicists usually say “no” to new technologies or because ethics is arbitrary. But what they are really avoiding is the necessity of setting rational limits on science, thinking they can thereby avoid any limits on their work. Limits that protect all human beings—even nascent human life—are neither arbitrary nor irrational. Such limits offer essential protections against abuses that could actually tarnish the image and standing of science, and limits also provide us opportunities to appreciate our shared humanity. These limits are not barriers but rather channels to move the scientific endeavor onto more productive ground. Science and ethics are not diametrically opposed approaches. In fact, in most cases the two walk hand in hand, enjoying each other’s company and benefitting from the shared journey.

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Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Resources

A program designed to serve domestic and international healthcare missionaries in their work as well as aid in the recruitment and retention of career medical missionaries. CMM also assists students with scholarships and overseas rotations.

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Coronavirus

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Coronavirus

Friday, March 15 is Match Day for 2019. The graduate medical education community represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program or NRMP releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States.

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The Watchman

By Al Weir, MD / March 10, 2020 /

I had come to believe that praying for God to guide me in my witness and waiting on Him to tell me when to speak was God’s best path for Christian witness. I followed these principles intentionally with my friend, and he never heard the gospel from my lips.

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February 2020

By Eric Willingham / March 9, 2020 / Comments Off on February 2020
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Storms

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / March 9, 2020 /

One of the worship songs this morning at church was “Peace Be Still” (featuring Lauren Daigle). I had never heard it before, but it stirred up various thoughts I’ve had and set them together like puzzle pieces. I have many times been like the disciples or Peter in the midst of “storms.” I’ve been dismayed that, from my perspective, Jesus could be asleep while something so crazy is happening in my life. I have also been in seasons where things are so great and then, all of a sudden, I realize I’m out on the water and freak out and let myself sink. Both times, Jesus has been with me, just like He was with them. Merciful Savior, asking me how I could doubt because He was there the entire time and is more powerful than any storm.

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WPC Pulse: March 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / March 7, 2020 /

I don’t know about you, but the only thing in all my conversations, whether it be at work, home or with friends and family, is about COVID-19. As I’m winging my way across country from San Francisco International Airport to Raleigh to visit my new grandson, who was born March 10, am I possibly bringing the virus with me?

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Culture Clashes Require Courage

By Jonathan Imbody / March 5, 2020 /

Barna research has reported that “Half of Christian pastors say they frequently (11%) or occasionally (39%) feel limited in their ability to speak out on moral and social issues because people will take offense. The other half of pastors say they only rarely (30%) or never (20%) feel limited in this way.”

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Finding Freedom

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / March 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Finding Freedom

Spiritual warfare surrounds a young girl as she falls prey to a wicked man in her home, eventually leading to her exploitation in unspeakable evil. Meanwhile, a teacher struggles against those same forces of evil as he strives to complete God’s calling to start a specialized restoration home for sexually exploited girls.

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