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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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On the Side: March 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 3, 2020 /

My life hasn’t always been busy. My husband’s residency, for example, was not a busy time for me. He, of course, had an overloaded schedule, but I had left the workforce and entered life as a stay-at-home mom. Difficult? Yes, beautifully difficult. Rushed? Not so much.

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Blocking Our Prayers

By Al Weir, MD / March 3, 2020 /

When you cry out to God in prayer, do you invest your life in that prayer and put legs on your plea, or do your actions interfere with God’s answer to that prayer?

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Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020—This month, James Alan Avery, MD, a palliative care and hospice physician from Virginia, released a new book focused on discussing marijuana from an objective and scientific view.

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Mental Health Advocacy for Gender Dysphoric Youth

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 27, 2020 /

British general practitioner Sally Howard wondered in The BMJ, “…the significant majority of children do resolve their gender ID in favour of their natal sex by adulthood. Where is the advocacy for the mental health needs of that majority?” Where, indeed.

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Resident Gift Membership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Resident Gift Membership

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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Emmaus Driveway

By Al Weir, MD / February 25, 2020 /

Now, I don’t know if this kind stranger was Jesus in a different form, or an angel, or just a man working in Jesus’ name, but Jesus was certainly present in Spirit on that driveway, lifting Jerry to his feet.

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The Importance of Definitions

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / February 20, 2020 /

Definitions are important for what they say—and for what they do not say. Consider the definition of human trafficking. “Trafficking in persons” (TIP) is defined by the U.S. Department of Defense as “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel persons to provide labor or services or commercial sex. TIP involves exploitation of all types. TIP can include elements of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for the purpose of exploitation.” The U.S. Department of State declares, “Human trafficking deprives millions worldwide of their dignity and freedom. It undermines national security, distorts markets, and enriches transnational criminals and terrorists, and is an affront to our universal values. At-risk populations can face deceitful recruitment practices by those bent on exploiting them for labor or commercial sex….” Interestingly, there is no mention of exchanging human beings for money as a definition of human trafficking, yet it seems that buying and selling humans would qualify as “human trafficking.”

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Letting Go

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / February 19, 2020 /

“Then Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the LORD had done for Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians…And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening…So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people…will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself’” (Exodus 18:9-18, NKJV).

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VIE Post-Event Evaluation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 18, 2020 / Comments Off on VIE Post-Event Evaluation

Membership Donate to CMDA VIE Post-Event Evaluation Website Terms & Conditions Toll Free: 1-888-230-2637 Frequently Asked Questions Member Search Directory

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Pursuing Joy

By Al Weir, MD / February 18, 2020 /

Most of us seek joy and peace in our lives. Many of us seek Jesus so that we might find these sometimes-illusive treasures. Sometimes we might even make Jesus a means to an end, using Him for the good He can bring to our lives: good such as eternal life, peace, joy, delivery from troubles, etc. Certainly, Jesus is the way to such treasures.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 17, 2020 / Comments Off on ThemeNcode PDF Viewer [Do not Delete]

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 13, 2020 / Comments Off on dc-modal-form-speakers
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Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 13, 2020 /

On October 27, 1997, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Many Americans were shocked and dismayed at this development. Over time, more and more people have accepted physician-assisted suicide, and it continues to gain momentum.

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Dental Membership Offer

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Dental Membership Offer

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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Anxious Thoughts

By Al Weir, MD / February 11, 2020 /

We know depression is a true biological illness, related both to environmental stressors and chemical reactions within our brains. Most of us have been through periods of depression; some suffer a great deal from prolonged episodes of such illness and require medications and counseling to allow us to function well within our professions.

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WPC Pulse: February 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / February 7, 2020 /

My roses bring forth their last straggly bloom right around Thanksgiving, but already, in Northern California, by mid-January, they have what we call growing points, tiny buds on old stalks. Time to prune! My good friend Lana gave me a new purple (her favorite color) rose to plant in honor of my mom. It already has growing buds.

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Disassembling the Abortion vs. Childbirth Safety Myth

By Jonathan Imbody / February 6, 2020 /

The abortion industry launched a lawsuit after the state of Louisiana passed Act 620, which required “that every physician who performs or induces an abortion shall ‘have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is located not further than thirty miles from the location at which the abortion is performed or induced.’” To many observers, such a requirement obviously would help protect women who experience adverse events from an abortion.

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On the Side: February 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 4, 2020 /

I have spent the majority of my adult life trying to be perfect. That is a terrible admission to make, but those who know me will say it’s true. Never able to relax, and hardly ever able to lean back and rely on Jesus to be good enough for me.

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Hell, I Guess

By Al Weir, MD / February 4, 2020 /

I’ve been pretty good in all the big things, much better than most. People who watch me would agree, most of the time. I’m kind to patients, usually pleasant with co-workers, rarely curse, faithful in marriage and donate generously to those in need.

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Let’s Talk Strategy: Tackling Student Loans

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 3, 2020 /

If you’re reading this, you already know this is a big and extremely relevant problem for the vast majority of dental and medical graduates under the age of 45. It’s not uncommon these days to graduate dental school with $300,000+ in debt. Heck, I have friends who graduated with close to $500,000 in debt (and when I say friends, I may or may not be referring to myself). This isn’t news.

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The Misuses of Professional Medical Journals

By Mike Chupp, MD / February 3, 2020 /

I came across two journal articles in November that grabbed my attention. One was in The Lancet, while the other was in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS), which is my general surgery specialty’s journal. These articles further opened my eyes to the pollution of medical science by political ideologies. Some of you may be thinking, “Hey, Chupp, where have you been?!”

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June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 28, 2020 /

This case addresses the constitutionality of abortion facility safety regulations. It is essential, therefore, that this Court understand that abortion, as currently practiced in the United States (and other developed nations), is often the occasion of medical mishaps, even serious injuries and deaths.

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A Mouthful of Jesus

By Al Weir, MD / January 28, 2020 /

George is a friend and a patient who now sees Jesus face to face. The other day from his hospital bed, his wife and daughters noticed a big smile, after which they saw George lick his lips. They asked George if he was okay, and he answered with a grin of joy, “I just got a mouthful of Jesus.

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If the Lord Wills; or, “Lord Willing”

By Amy Givler, MD / January 23, 2020 /

How does a Christian measure the substance of a life? By what was accumulated? Not hardly. At least no serious Christ-follower is going to pick that answer. What about by influence? Now that is something that may resonate. By influencing others, we carry on our earthly work beyond our lifetime.

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Welcome Letter

By Eric Willingham / January 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Welcome Letter
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Welcome Letter

By Eric Willingham / January 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Welcome Letter
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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Resources

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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Feeling Low

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

I sometimes feel pretty low. I might be the only one…but I’m guessing not. Emotions are a part of what it is to be human, right? So, I imagine all of us feel down at one time or another. For me, the first couple of weeks after the holidays are always a down time. Something about coming off the merry-go-round of activity, fun, people, parties, food, drinks and general busyness, taking down the decorations and returning to real life. This year, those feelings were compounded by sending two kids back to college and then being in bed for a week with the flu (despite my flu shot!). What a return to reality.

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Authenticity

By Al Weir, MD / January 21, 2020 /

This was the first time I had met his son-in-law. He came to the clinic along with his two young children to support his father-in-law in his severe illness. He was tall, with a red beard, a New England accent and a California tee shirt. The first thing he did was reach out his hand and say, “Let me first say to you, thank you for wearing your faith on your collar.”

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Help Me See What I Cannot See

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 20, 2020 /

“Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV 1984).

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on About Us

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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Greater New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Greater New York City

CMDA Greater New York facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with like minded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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Death?

By Al Weir, MD / January 14, 2020 /

Today I told two people that it would be futile to continue the fight against their malignancies and that their lives would likely be measured in weeks. The first man told me, “It’s all good. I’m going home.” The second young woman said, “I’m at real peace.” Her husband then clarified, “She’s like a child on the edge of the pool, jumping with arms outstretched for her Daddy.”

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WPC – TRI

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 13, 2020 / Comments Off on WPC – TRI

Women Physicians in Christ is an outreach ministry to provide resources for Christian women physicians and dentists to integrate their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

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Will Anyone Consider the Ethics of Genetically Engineered Humans?

By David Prentice, PhD / January 9, 2020 /

The story of the gene-edited babies birthed in China continues to reverberate around the world. To review, the Chinese scientist He Jiankui disclosed in late 2018 that he had used gene editing tools to create genetically-modified human embryos, and he then gestated the embryos to birth. He discussed his experiments on the twin girls at an international genetics meeting co-sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. While most of the scientific community condemned the experiments, some of the outrage seemed feigned. Nonetheless, in the months following his announcement, there were calls from leading scientists and ethicists for a global moratorium on human heritable genome editing and wide-ranging discussions on the ethics of manipulating the human genome. Over 60 global leaders wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, saying “We write as scientific, industry, and bioethics leaders who are committed to translating the promise of gene editing into medicines to help patients in need, to express our views strongly condemning the recent reports of the birth of CRISPR-edited infants in China and to urge you to take action.”

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Group letter to Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Group letter to Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

As you know, several U.S. jurisdictions have passed legislation giving doctors immunity from civil and criminal liability for assisting the suicide of persons diagnosed with terminal disabilities. Tragically, in these jurisdictions and for this class of persons, and for them alone, suicides are now facilitated by physicians, usually with no psychological assessment or other medical treatment, typically with no consultation with family and loved ones, and in every case without the interventions and protections provided as a matter of course to all other suicidal persons.

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On Failure and Beauty

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / January 8, 2020 /

Justin Whitney Earley’s epilogue to “The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction” provides timely insights for beginning a new year.

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 8, 2020 / Comments Off on About Us

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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Fighting for Your Marriage While Separated

By Linda W. Rooks / January 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Fighting for Your Marriage While Separated

A home ripped apart by one spouse leaving reverberates with a host of unanswered questions. Simple answers don’t exist—heartrending complexities do. In the midst of the turmoil, reconciliation may seem out of reach.

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American Restoration

By Timothy S. Goeglein / January 8, 2020 / Comments Off on American Restoration

The key is for Christians to engage with the culture, not flee from it, to be the salt and light that will renew it from within. That engagement must take place especially at the local level, where real spiritual and cultural transformation occurs. If America returns to its spiritual foundations, the tumultuous times we live in will be nothing more than a bumpy detour in our nation’s history.

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WPC Pulse: January 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / January 7, 2020 /

It reminds me of how I need to keep growing in my faith, to let the Holy Spirit show me what stands in the way of hearing His voice and letting His fruit be more and more evident in my life. As I think of my New Year Resolution ( I keep having the same one each year because of lack of progress—to arrive early to events, not five minutes late) or my words for the year (release and receive), it brings me to God’s Word and how Jesus handled a very busy schedule.

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Scars and Chains

By Al Weir, MD / January 7, 2020 /

My friend, Carl, stopped me after Bible study to share a recent encounter. Carl had recently endured a multivessel CABG with significant complications that almost took his life. “I was in a rehab group—you know, the psychology part where they discuss stress. The man next to me wore a hat that labeled him a Christian. He described his anxiety to the group, ‘My greatest cause of stress is this scar on my chest.’

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On the Side: January 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 6, 2020 /

After training for a few months, I met some of my dearest girlfriends for a Side By Side reunion weekend in Minnesota a few years ago. We ran a 10K together, and by “together” I mean we were all either IN the 10K or the sister-5K but our paces were varied, so the together part was definitely at the beginning and the end.

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How CMDA Made an Impact in Washington in 2019

By Jonathan Imbody / January 2, 2020 /

Since CMDA opened its Washington, D.C. federal public policy ministry office in 2000, God has opened doors for influence that have far exceeded all that we could ask or imagine. The following few highlights of last year (organized by months, with the most recent first) illustrate how God is using this ministry to advance kingdom values in our government.

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Augusta

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Augusta

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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Islam

By Al Weir, MD / December 31, 2019 /

I just arrived home after attending a Muslim prayer service for the wife and child of a friend. His wife died tragically one week before birthing their first son. The service was simple with a few additional prayers in Arabic after the third prayers of the day at 5 p.m.

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It’s All about the Will

By Al Weir, MD / December 23, 2019 /

I belong to an accountability group for personal witness. For some reason this week I was asked to speak to medical students for a series called Inspire, meant to encourage first and second year students to seek joy in their future careers. God overwhelmed me with the understanding that I should share my faith in Christ with them, even in this fully secular setting.

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The Power of Community

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / December 19, 2019 /

I recently returned to work from my maternity leave and was reflecting on what I learned from the time off. The thing that stood out to me most was how incredible it was to have community in my life with family and with the church body. They helped my husband and me in so many ways with our children as we transitioned into life with a newborn and a toddler. Seeing how God used these people to help us in this time of life also showed me how I had taken for granted the encouragement He’s given me in my working life through community as well.

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MAiD in Canada

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / December 19, 2019 /

Free trade between Canada and the United States has been a reality since the 1980s. Thaddeus Pope, on his Medical Futility Blog, recently posted a video that shows a Canadian female physician who obviously wishes to export a dangerous idea to her southern neighbor. Although Canada does not hold the corner on the market of assisted suicide or euthanasia, Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) in Canada is not an import we need in the United States.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – December 2019 – #2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 19, 2019 /

In this podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp is joined by Dr. James Avery about his new book, Marijuana: An Honest Look at the World’s Most Misunderstood Weed. Next, he interviews Dr. Gene Rudd about Encore, a new CMDA ministry.

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Marijuana

By James Avery, MD / December 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Marijuana

For anyone stuggling with an addiction, attempting to live in recovery, or seeking to understand the mind of an addict they love, Dr. Jantz’s newest book is a lifeline. In it he helps readers answer tough questions..such as Am I an Addict?

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Policy Over People

By Al Weir, MD / December 17, 2019 /

They called me from the church today. One of the homeless women staying there had developed a painful rash. I drove over, documented an acute H. Zoster infection and wrote the prescription for acyclovir, prednisone and a few hydrocodone. Later today I had fallen asleep on the floor at home and awakened to spot a text from my friend who was helping the homeless that weekend.

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CMDA Matters

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 16, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Matters

Christian Doctor’s Digest is the premier audio resource for Christian healthcare professionals. Hosted by CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens, it is an audio magazine released six times each year to all of our members. It includes a variety of interviews with experts in various fields pertaining to Christian healthcare professionals.

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Ethics of Immigration

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 12, 2019 /

Yesterday I attended a seminar at our hospital entitled “Immigration Ethics.” I was hoping to be enlightened on this complicated topic. Unfortunately, the only messages I got were that immigrants are people, too, and we should be humane in dealing with them. I heartily agree with these two points, but the issue is complex and entails a number of points on which many people cannot agree. One major question in discussing this is whether we are referring to legally documented or undocumented immigrants. Most of us are grateful for the legal, highly skilled immigrant engineers, scientists and physicians who make our lives better in many ways.

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“She’s in My Hands”

By Al Weir, MD / December 10, 2019 /

The following email was sent to me as a matter of prayer: “In April, my wife was found to have a large frontal lobe GBM. Her last MRI showed diffuse recurrence despite radiation and Temodar. She has decided to enter hospice care. She is incredibly at peace. She tells everyone that very soon she will be healed when she is in Glory. I’m not near as strong as she is, and have been ‘frustrated’ at my inability to help her. I think we, as physicians, feel that we have to ‘do something’ about everything. Saturday morning, I had a sitter for her, so I could do some errands.

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WPC Pulse: December 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / December 7, 2019 /

As we gather with families over Christmas and start out the New Year, I think of God the Father who “let His wrath go” that we deserve for our sin and sent His Son Jesus to take that wrath upon Himself. I think of the many people He met in his three years of ministry where He let things go, like with the Samaritan woman, the woman caught in adultery or the prostitute who washed His feet with her hair.

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CMDA Court Cases: Good News and Bad News

By Jonathan Imbody / December 5, 2019 /

This month’s blog provides updates on two Christian Medical & Dental Associations federal lawsuits. The following case updates are information and help for healthcare professionals who have experienced discrimination on the basis of their faith and conscience.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – December 2019 – #1

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 5, 2019 /

In this podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp interviews Dr. Eric McLaughlin, a family medicine missionary physician, about his book Promises in the Dark: Walking with Those in Need Without Losing Heart. Next, he is joined by Dr. Peter Saunders, the Chief Executive of the International Christian Medical & Dental Association.

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Healing the Scars of Addiction

By Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D / December 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Healing the Scars of Addiction

For anyone stuggling with an addiction, attempting to live in recovery, or seeking to understand the mind of an addict they love, Dr. Jantz’s newest book is a lifeline. In it he helps readers answer tough questions..such as Am I an Addict?

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Grace is Greater

By Kyle Idleman / December 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Grace is Greater

Americans feel the culture changing around them, and they fear that their beliefs will soon be marginalized as a form of bigotry. Others, younger Christians in particular, are tired of the culture wars, and they wonder whether courtroom battles are truly worthwhile, or even in line with the teachings of Jesus. Luke Goodrich offers a reasoned, balanced, gospel-centered approach to religious freedom.

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Regardless of the Opposition

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

Last year I read a book by Os Guinness entitled Impossible People. I read something that really set me back on my heels:

“The truth is that the world, as Christians have known it for many centuries, has gone—gone and gone for good…gone so decisively, any simple return or reclamation is out of the question—Christian culture warring has been in vain” (p. 45).

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