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Unpacking Short-Term Dental Mission Trip Involvement – Greg Griffin, DMD

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

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Timeless Principles of Dental Practice Management – Scott Bedichek, DDS, MS, ThM

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

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Another House Call

By Al Weir, MD / March 23, 2021 /

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).

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One Year of COVID-19: Lessons Learned

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 18, 2021 /

Reverend Dr. Ko joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the pandemic, the church and what the future will look like post-COVID-19.

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On Faith and Freedom

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / March 18, 2021 /

Freedom. It’s an important word to us in the United States—arguably the most important word to the founding of our country.

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Dental Student Ministries

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

PULSE episode 42

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Journeying Toward a Life of Significance

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / March 16, 2021 /

“You want to be a dentist?! Ohhkayyy Doc, you’re going to be so successful!” I heard some variation of this comment countless times while pursuing my studies of becoming a dentist. Today when I introduce myself in a non-medical setting, I casually say I work in dentistry. If the conversation progresses further, the individual may learn I am a dentist. Then they are wowed by the fact that I am so young to be a doctor, they assume I am successful and often comment on how proud my family must be given my success. Of course, the inevitable question of, “When are you going to open your practice?” comes along, as if to suggest there is yet another layer of success to be attained.

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A Friend Who Prays

By Al Weir, MD / March 16, 2021 /

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16, NIV).

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Common Psychiatric Consequences of Human Trafficking on Children and Adolescents and Their Medical Management

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

Human Trafficking affects numerous children and teens throughout the world. One of the significant health consequences of this are mental health problems. Of note are high rates of anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) identified in multiple studies of trafficked children. Full medical care of these individuals therefore will entail screening for the symptoms of mental health disorders. Treatment should involve therapy as much is available in the areas where they are recovering and learning to return to normal life. Medications can be considered for these mental health diagnoses as well with care taken in prescribing for children and teenagers. This article gives a framework for primary care professionals to establish mental healthcare as part of their management of children and adolescents who have been through human trafficking.

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ETHICAL VACCINES: Ready for a shot in the arm?

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

With millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses already plunged into American arms and hundreds of million more doses on the way, can healthcare professionals confidently receive the vaccines themselves and also recommend them for patients?

While responses to this question often involve important emotional factors that need to be addressed, this article focuses on three rational considerations: safety, efficacy and ethics.

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Seeing the Big Picture of Bioethics

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

I like history, and so I don’t like bioethics. Why? Because I consider it to be a deceptive word used to make people feel good when they should be afraid. And because it took medical ethics out of its privileged position of being solely concerned with the only creature made in the image of God and secularized it.

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First Fridays at the Mortons

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

My husband and I had just moved from Michigan to Texas for my first year of medical school at the University Health Science Center San Antonio. We walked up to the door of a house we had never visited, hand-in-hand wondering what the evening ahead would hold, with unfamiliar people, in this unfamiliar part of the country. As we arrived at the front door, we could hear the sounds of conversation mixed with laughter inside, along with the delicious aroma of cooking pizza tantalizing our taste buds. Another couple our age greeted us warmly while handing us an apron, sending us toward a buzzing kitchen to begin creating our “couple pizza” for the pizza bake-off contest! Wow! It was a Texas size welcome.

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My Hour Has Come!

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

“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”
—John 12:23

Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection were the fulfillment of multiple Old Testament prophecies, and they coincided with a time period of unbridled harshness and brutality. Death by crucifixion, as described by Martin Hengel, was “a barbaric form of execution of the utmost cruelty” and as “the supreme Roman penalty.”

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Membership Survey Results

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

Every five years, the CMDA Board of Trustees goes through a cycle of comprehensive strategic planning. This well-thought out process has guided and directed the organization throughout the last 25 years, as it focuses on better meeting the needs of our members and providing ministry to those we serve around the world.

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CMDA Today – Spring 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA Today – Spring 2021

We are excited to release the new CMDA Today, formerly Today’s Christian Doctor. In this edition of the magazine, you can learn more about the ethics of the COVID-19 vaccines. Plus, get a firsthand look at the recent CMDA member survey, earn continuing education credit on the topic of human trafficking, learn how to start a local ministry and more.

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Caring for Medical Missionaries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 14, 2021 /

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A Word About Persistence

By Ken Jones / March 11, 2021 /

I have discovered one of the great joys in life, I think: the joy of watching my grandkids grow up. My wife and I have six, four girls and two boys. Seems like I never get tired of hearing about their latest accomplishments or adventures. And this week, as one of them started high school, I remembered a scene I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

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Human Bioengineering: Made in the Image of Whom?

By David Prentice, PhD / March 11, 2021 /

While COVID-19 has consumed the attention and energies of the world for the last year, other bioethical and scientific challenges have not gone away and are set to burst back to the forefront this year. Significant advances were made in 2020 to move away from the antiquated science using human fetal tissue from abortion and toward development of modern techniques and biological models that do not use fetal tissue. However, a resurgence of research using trafficked aborted fetal body parts is likely with the new White House Administration. Calls have already been made to gut the current ethical regulations on federal funding of fetal tissue research. The drumbeat for taxpayer dollars to pay for experiments using fetal organs and tissues from abortion continues, trying to make use of the crisis to justify unethical research, e.g., making humanized “lung-only mice” to investigate COVID-19. In the meantime, adult stem cells have made “mini-lungs” in the lab that faithfully model normal lungs, and they are already being used to study COVID-19 infections and therapies.

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Redeeming COVID-19

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 11, 2021 /

Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath and Philip Yancey join Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about how God is redeeming COVID-19 for His purposes.

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Tell Him to Come!

By Al Weir, MD / March 9, 2021 /

My three-and-half-year-old grandson in Alabama was just released from the hospital after four days of misery. Forgive the picture, but he was so constipated that he was throwing up.

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Serious Concerns Regarding Our Medications in the United States

By Sam Molind, DMD / March 8, 2021 /

When mission teams were going to China, it was always important for us to understand the cultural, political and power structures in the countries we were serving.

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Library

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Library

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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Three Questions to Help You W.I.N. in Life

By Ken Jones / March 4, 2021 /

How’s it going? How did you “do” today at navigating the, no doubt, dozens of things you had to do? Those generic, innocent questions we use in everyday life as we interact with others rarely invite deeper reflection in those we might be asking. “Fine,” is probably the most common response we get when we ask someone else how they’re doing.

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Seeing the Purpose Behind the Virus featuring Drs. Greg and Ali Tsai

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2021 /

CMDA members Drs. Greg and Ali Tsai live and practice medicine in Manhattan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis when the pandemic initially broke out in the United States. Greg is an ENT physician, while Ali is an OB/Gyn who works part-time with a homeless shelter.

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The “Equality Act” will erase your religious freedom and medical judgment

By Jonathan Imbody / March 4, 2021 /

The U.S. Congress has taken one step closer to ending religious protections—and medical judgment for health professionals—on gender issues, by passing the Equality Act by a largely partisan vote in the House of 224 – 206.

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Countering COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2021 /

Dr. Jeff Barrows joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the safety, efficacy and ethics of the COVID-19 vaccine in the wake of vaccine misinformation.

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Book of the Month

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Book of the Month

Will technology usher in a new future or have we gone too far? Unprecedented developments in bioengineering, biotechnology, and biomedicine breakthroughs that could improve the lives of people with debilitating diseases and injuries can also serve as stepping-stones to technologies that can enhance human beings and alter human nature, raising fears about how biotechnologies could be misused. Should we discourage advances in biotechnology and bioengineering that can be used for human enhancement? Or should we take control of our own “evolution” and usher in a posthuman age? Is there another option? In Humans 2.0, authors Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Kenneth Richard Samples open a window to the new world of human enhancement technologies and transhumanism their promises, potential, and pitfalls.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

Bristol, Tenn.—March 2, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement in support of vaccines and conscience protection.

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On the Side: March 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 /

The season of Lent has begun. Raised in the Baptist church, Lent wasn’t something that we celebrated, but I have always thought it was a beautiful way to prepare for Good Friday and Easter.

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Vaccines and Conscience Protection

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 /

It has been over a year since the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in the United States. Due to this pandemic’s effects, our society has experienced limitations in personal freedoms to a level we have never known. Social interactions and work environments have been changed by social distancing, masks, hospital and nursing home visitation restrictions and working from home. Freedom of movement about our communities and the nation has been limited by “stay-at-home orders” and mass travel restrictions. The availability of vaccines provides a sliver of hope but also raises many questions. Issues our society must address include prioritizing equitable vaccine distribution and the potential for coercive mandates on vaccine use.

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Coronavirus Vaccine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Coronavirus Vaccine

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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Our Greatest Adventure

By Al Weir, MD / March 2, 2021 /

“…for death is the destiny of everyone…” (Ecclesiastes 7:2, NIV).

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Dental Association Bloggers

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Dental Association Bloggers

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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CMDAstudentministries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDAstudentministries

CMDA Student Life is a network of campus chapters helping students live out the character of Christ on their campuses. We now have more than 300 campus ministries, representing 90 percent of the nation’s medical and dental schools. We are here to help you THRIVE with a purpose during your healthcare training.

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Therapy Bans, APA Talking Points and Counseling Choice

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 25, 2021 /

A multitude of states, counties and cities have banned “conversion therapy,” usually for minors only, with efforts underway to issue a national ban for all through the so-called “Equality Act” (HR 5). Yet, “conversion therapy” is a misrepresentative, maligning and summarily ill-defined term employed as a jamming tactic to capitalize on an allusion to implicitly forced religious conversion while stigmatizing and intimidating any therapist who would engage in change-allowing therapy. It implies coercion and suffering, neither of which are true of modern change-allowing therapy (aka SOCE for sexual orientation change efforts). Modern SOCE therapists uniformly view old aversive techniques (think shaming, electric shocks, etc.) as unethical and ineffective. Tellingly, no state or municipality enacting a therapy prohibition has yet to ban aversive practices, only counseling that allows clients to explore their potential for change of SOGI (sexual orientation, gender identity). Why not ban aversive measures too, if abuse is really the issue?

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Embryo Adoption @ NEDC

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 25, 2021 /

Dr. John David Gordon joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to share his testimony of God leading him to the National Embryo Donation Center and the good work they do to preserve life.

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By Carl R. Trueman, PhD / February 24, 2021 / Comments Off on The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity.

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Better Tomorrow than Today

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / February 24, 2021 /

“Preach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.” We’ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how we’re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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Center for Well-being | Podcasts

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Center for Well-being | Podcasts

The CMDA Center for Well-being helps Christian healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence. Listen to our Healthy Doctor Podcast.

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Thank a Resident Video

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Thank a Resident Video

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

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

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

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When Will I Learn?

By Al Weir, MD / February 23, 2021 /

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, perseverance; and to your perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV).

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Christians and Conspiracy Theories

By Steven Willing, MD / February 18, 2021 /

“You can’t handle the truth!”

That classic line from A Few Good Men from Colonel Jessup in the witness stand became a waving flag for many. It is enticing to think we own the truth, and that those who can’t “handle” it are naïve, weak or cowardly. Delivered to perfection by Jack Nicholson, Jessup hammered a wedge between truth and fantasy, and of course we all know which side we’re on, don’t we?

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Racial Healthcare Disparities

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 18, 2021 /

Omari Hodge, MD discusses the concept of Racial Healthcare Disparities and how Christians in healthcare should seek change to healthcare disparities related to race and ethnicity.

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COVID-19 Fact or Fiction?

By Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Bioethics) / February 17, 2021 /

A growing proliferation of blog posts, podcasts and online videos presenting confusing information regarding COVID-19 has increased over recent months. Many of these controversies are propagated by physicians speaking to large church audiences. In this blog post, I will address the most common disputes.

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God Jobs

By Al Weir, MD / February 16, 2021 /

“No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds” (1 Timothy 5:9-10, NIV).

He was recovering from an unexpected severe toxicity from a new cancer treatment. Just beginning to make urine and platelets again. We talked about his illness and then talked about his life. “I’ve got this neighbor,” he told me, “who cuts my yard. My yard is twice as big as his, but he cuts it. And he doesn’t just cut it, he manicures it and mows it twice a week—for a year now. He began back when I first got real sick. When I got better, I told him I could take over, but he wouldn’t let me. ‘God told me to do this, so it’s mine,’ he said. Before I got sick, we hardly knew each other.”

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Let Us Be Healers

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 11, 2021 /

This is a non-partisan site, and this is a non-partisan blog. I have not posted opinions supporting any candidate anywhere, and I will not do so here.

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Critical Race Theory & Christianity

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 11, 2021 /

Dr. Omari Hodge joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about critical race theory and how Christian healthcare professionals should approach the issue of racism.

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You Could Help Reverse an Abortion!

By Eric F. Hussar, MD / February 10, 2021 /

Like me, you probably entered the medical field because you wanted to help people who were in significant need, facing challenges, and for whom you could have a substantial positive impact. You may have gone in with the goal to save lives. In healthcare, we have the privilege of helping people at some of their most vulnerable points, while also being a light shining into their darkness. For many women, that moment arrives for them after they have taken mifepristone (RU-486) with the intention of ending their pregnancy.

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Shame in Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 9, 2021 /

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Earning the Right to Be Heard

By Tracy Liang / February 9, 2021 /

“Preach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.” We’ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how we’re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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A Buddhist Funeral

By Al Weir, MD / February 9, 2021 /

“And whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:26a, NIV).

I had never been to a Buddhist funeral. The deceased was the father of one of my new fellows. When I arrived, my fellow greeted me and asked if I wanted to light some incense for her father. I said I would, out of respect for him and love for her. I placed the first incense before a picture of young Buddha. I did not bow to him as those before me but placed a burning stick into the small gravel bowl in respect for a great philosopher. The second incense I placed before a picture of the deceased and bowed my head asking God for blessings on his family.

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Judeo-Christian Values

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 4, 2021 /

Rabbi Yaakov Menken joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about the common ground between Orthodox Jews and Evangelical Christians and the Biblical mandate to promote life.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate, Protects Medical Judgment and Conscience

By Jonathan Imbody / February 4, 2021 /

A federal court has provided protections for physicians committed to following medical evidence and conscience convictions regarding the transgender and gender-questioning patients for whom they care.

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“The Race Marked Out for Us…”

By Al Weir, MD / February 3, 2021 /

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1, NIV 1984).

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On the Side: February 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 2, 2021 /

As I have said in the past, “As wives of doctors, we are the people, who take care of the people, who take care of everyone else.” Since 2020 has now mercifully drawn to a close, I think it’s okay for us to take a moment to look back and take stock of how we are doing and think about what we need to do going forward to help take care of ourselves.

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Campus Chapter Constitution

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Campus Chapter Constitution

Membership Donate Now About Student Life Connect Grow Student Pulse Podcast Online Resource Portal Webinar Series The VIE Poster Session Doing the Right Thing Christian Friendly Residences Student & Resident Life Blog Student Life Apparel Lead Campus Leadership Training National Leadership Opportunities Regional Leadership Opportunities Leading Your Campus Chapter National Student Community Go Global Health…

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The Purpose in Pain

By Amy Givler, MD / January 28, 2021 /

When my husband and I worked at a mission hospital in Kenya for six weeks in 2013, we ate dinner every evening with another volunteer doctor, an orthopedic surgeon. We often discussed the use of opioids, or rather, the seldom-use of opioids in Kenya. After a U.S. surgery, he said his patients would receive opioids round the clock in the hospital, and they’d go home with a prescription for 30 to 60 pills. Yet here, patients’ pain was managed with non-opioid pain medications, and nobody was prescribed opioids after discharge.

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Serving the Marginalized at Lawndale

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 28, 2021 /

Dr. Daisey Dowell and Rev. James L. Brooks join Dr. Chupp on CMDA Matters to discuss their work serving the marginalized at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, IL.

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Schindler Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Schindler Scholarship

Dr. Robert and Marian Schindler Scholarship – Provides $1200 to help fund senior medical students, residents and/or fellows to teach on a short term mission trip with CMDA’s Medical Education International mission arm.

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Sunday Shopping

By Al Weir, MD / January 26, 2021 /

But we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NASB).

Maston was recovering from a severe cardiac insult, aggravated by his heavy alcohol history. The alcohol was now behind him, but it had left a wake of debris that included his inability to drive. I had supported him through his struggle and am his friend. He’s on my daily prayer list for people who need to know Christ. I pray each day that he will love and follow Jesus. He called today and asked if I could take him shopping for groceries and household goods. It was Sunday, and I was off. It made me angry, but I agreed.

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A Word About…Remembering

By Ken Jones / January 25, 2021 /

A few years ago now, our youngest son Simeon left home to attend Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Like countless parents who watch their kids step into the world and out from under wings of mom and dad, we had some not-too-uncommon concerns, I suppose.

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Policy Versus Politics: A Retrospect and Prognosis

By Jonathan Imbody / January 25, 2021 /

A physician member of CMDA recently asked me for a perspective on the tragic temporary takeover of the U.S. Capitol and the role of politicians before and after that tumultuous event. The physician’s email began, “I’m so saddened by this incident and so appalled….”

I’ve been asked to share the response to that physician more widely, so my edited response is below, followed by some thoughts on public policy ministry, the last four years and the next four years.

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Upside-Down-and-Backwards: Reflection and Challenge on Inauguration Day

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 21, 2021 /

My grandfather was a deeply gracious man. A Southern gentleman to the core and pastor of a large church, he was loving and compassionate toward everyone he met, and he was also uniquely talented at making each and every person with whom he interacted feel loved and heard. He truly cared, and he had an amazing ability to communicate the depth of that concern. In the 40 years I knew him, I never heard him raise his voice or speak a harsh word, with one dramatic exception. So it’s no surprise that the story of Granddaddy, hospitalized and delirious after major surgery, raising his voice at Gran has gone down in family lore. His agitation at her that day was so great, and so perplexing. He was intensely frustrated with her driving, despite the fact that he been in the hospital and nowhere near a car for days. He finally burst out, in his resonant Southern voice, “You insist on driving upside down and backwards just to irritate me!” Needless to say, it did not ease his distress when the entire family burst into laughter. But some things are just so funny you can’t control yourself.

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Anniversary of Roe v Wade

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

Dr. Donna Harrison joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about the anniversary of the ROE v WADE decision and her work with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Convicted of Apathy

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / January 19, 2021 /

Have you been frustrated or angry with anything in the last year? Maybe a better question would be, “How many times have you been frustrated or angry in the last year,” because it was a doozy. Over the course of 2020, God helped me wrestle through a lot of those frustrating things. I thought I’d grown past the point of letting the continued craziness get to me. I recently realized, however, that though I have grown spiritually this year through handling difficulties in my life and the world around me, I have also become apathetic at times as well. I realized my decreased response to bad news wasn’t necessarily maturity but born apathy of being tired of it all. God convicted me of this reality when someone was giving me a news update last week. I just nodded and tuned them out, because in my mind it was just more bad news, and I didn’t want to know more because I didn’t want to have to think about it.

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It’s Not the Same

By Al Weir, MD / January 19, 2021 /

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8, NIV).

His belly was still swollen, but his pain was better. He lay there reviewing his life as I stood at his bedside. “You know I was the first one in my family to graduate from college. I was rising in the insurance business. I had a nice office and they were grooming me to move up the corporate ladder. I really cared about the people I served. You see, I was a minister, too. One day my boss came and told me, ‘We know that you’re looking both ways. There’s the way we think and the way they think. It’s not the same. You’re going to have to choose.’ I didn’t change my convictions, and after a while I resigned.”

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Orthopedic Surgery Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 18, 2021 /

Mike Langford, MD shares about the GHO Orthopedic Surgery teams to Honduras as well as the impact that mission trips have had on his life.

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Building a Clinic in Africa – Dr. Caren Abraham, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 18, 2021 /

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CMDA Student and Local Ministry Groups – Rev. Bill Reichart

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 18, 2021 /

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Peer Support

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 18, 2021 /

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MEI Macedonia Service Options and Expansions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on MEI Macedonia Service Options and Expansions

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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Serving on the Margin

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 14, 2021 /

Dr. Scott Keller joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about serving the most diverse square mile, in his refugee ministry Grace Village.

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On the Side: January 2021

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

The May Day pictures from my daughter’s fourth grade moving up ceremony are some of my favorites. The girls are dressed in matching white dresses with ribbons around their waists and flower crowns in their hair. Those flower crowns alone made them appear angelic. But the fact that those little friends had skin tone ranging in every color made the photos seem like a little slice of what heaven will be. In hindsight, I was feeling pride about that. I thought we had found the way to move race relations forward in this next generation. I thought we had reached a better place—these girls cared far more about what they had in common than the skin tone that might otherwise separate them. Oh, what I was feeling was definitely pride bordering on smugness in the ease with which this could be “fixed.”

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DTS Webinar

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 12, 2021 / Comments Off on DTS Webinar

Join us for this quarterly webinar series as CMDA joins together with The Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary to discuss topics important to today’s leaders in healthcare and in the church. Hosted by Dr. Darrell Bock, each webinar includes a panel of experts to discuss topics such as the beginning of life, vaccine development, how COVID impacts the church and more.

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Poblano Pepper Pork

By Al Weir, MD / January 12, 2021 /

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV).

Yesterday was unusual for me in a good way. It was Saturday, a day I usually catch up with charts, or complete work for board meetings, or visit friends who need companionship. But yesterday, after my morning run, I spent the entire day at home with my wife. She wore me out digging up bush stumps in the backyard. And then we decided to cook together. I found a recipe for Poblano pepper pork chops, and she found a recipe for a mushroom antipasto. I asked her to show me how to do it right. We shopped together, prepared and cooked, and then we eventually invited her older sister to join us for the experimental meal. When I lay down to sleep last night, my body was tired. I had worked hard that day, but my spirit was rested and refreshed.

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CMDA Statement on Capitol Violence

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 7, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA Statement on Capitol Violence

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations was shocked and appalled on January 6th by the rioters who attacked and invaded our nation’s Capitol while Congress was in session. We strongly condemn these acts of violence and lawlessness, specifically under the pretense of any righteous endeavor or the banner of Christ’s cross.

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Eternal Eyes

By Tyrous David Ward, DDS / January 7, 2021 /

“…Fear God and keep his commandments…” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NIV).

In the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ gave the Sermon on the Mount, and in Matthew 6:22-23, He teaches about the importance of keeping our eyes healthy. As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light” (Mathew 6:22, NIV). When reading that passage, I could not help but imagine what the collective eye of humanity witnessed during 2020. It is true, that year generated and continues to generate great despair, fear, worry, frustration, anger, hopelessness, sin and all the like. Although the above verse is a part of a passage that teaches on money, there is more to these verses. There is a heart condition which is rooted in the greatest commandment. That commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). It is this principal that can help us work through seasons like last year and keep our eyes on eternity.

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Navigating Vaccine Ethics

By Jonathan Imbody / January 7, 2021 /

CMDA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeff Barrows and I recently wrote a piece for The Public Discourse, “Is Receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Ethical?” that suggested principles to consider as we navigate ethical issues related to COVID-19 vaccines. I’ve included brief highlights below; more from the original article and also new observations will be published in an upcoming edition of CMDA Today (previously known as Today’s Christian Doctor).

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Faith-Based Investing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 7, 2021 /

Dr. Finny Kuruvilla joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to Faith-based investing.

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Already Won

By Al Weir, MD / January 5, 2021 /

“If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one…” (Hebrews 11:15-16, NIV 1984).

I decided to visit him at home to discuss the facts around his recently discovered cancer. Michael is a friend whom I have not seen in a while. I was amazed at his smiles and lightheartedness. The first thing he told me was that he had twice been able to use his illness to witness for Christ, “I called my life insurance broker and told him to get plans ready to distribute the funds to my wife and children.” My broker told me, ‘That’s terrible! Are you really dying?’ I told him, “What do you mean terrible? This is what I’ve been living for!”

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Transformative Trust

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 31, 2020 /

Dr. Sartori from CMDA’s Center for Well-being produces a monthly podcast called The Healthy Doctor. This is a great resource for taking care of our healthcare professionals. If you enjoy this episode, you can find more at cmda.org/wellbeing.

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Our Duty to COVID-19 Patients

By Eric F. Hussar, MD / December 30, 2020 /

You see a 68-year-old male with diabetes and hypertension in the office for coughing, body aches and recent loss of taste and smell, whose symptoms started about three days ago. His pulse oximetry is 95 percent, and the lungs are clear. A COVID-19 test is run and comes back positive. He asks what can be done to decrease his risk for going to the hospital or even death. Unfortunately, you tell him, there are no easily accessible outpatient treatments for COVID-19, and you recommend he use over-the-counter treatments to help his symptoms and to let you know if he is getting significantly short of breath. There are times like this when we in the primary care realm can feel helpless or like there’s not much we have to offer for patients. But is this truly the case for COVID-19?

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“Even If He Does Not…”

By Al Weir, MD / December 29, 2020 /

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your Gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18, NIV 1984).

As program director for an oncology fellowship, this week I welcomed five new fellows into their three-year training program. Two weeks before they started, one of the new fellows was Facetiming his 36-year-old brother in India. While they were speaking, his brother suffered a heart attack and died. This Friday I received word from another starting fellow. Her previously healthy father had suffered a brain hemorrhage and would be hemiplegic and aphasic forever, if he lived. (He did not.) And, as a backdrop to these tragedies, the 19-year-old son of a local pastor dove into a shallow pool last week and is now paralyzed.

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Spiritual Warfare

By Sam Molind, DMD / December 28, 2020 /

The problem for many Christians is that they have no concept they are living in a war zone. Too many Christians trudge half numb through this life oblivious to the perils all around them.

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Unshakable Hope

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

Dr. Mike Chupp speaks in Chapel at CMDA about participating in the work God is doing around us.

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UK High Court Rules Puberty Blockers Experimental, Minors Cannot Consent

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

In a stunning decision with international implications, the United Kingdom’s High Court ruled December 12 in Bell vs. Tavistock that puberty blockers (PB) and cross-sex hormone (CSH) use in gender dysphoric minors was experimental and should not, in most cases, be given to children under 16 without court order, adding that such petitioning was also advisable for 16 to 17 year olds. They clarified that the consent issue was not about the breadth and depth of information the minors were given, but that “There is no age appropriate way to explain to many of these children what losing their fertility or full sexual function may mean to them in later years.”

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Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth

As a physician and minister, Dr. Sleeth shares his personal and professional experiences with depression and suicide, challenging Christians to become part of the solution. With sound medical principles finding their rightful place beside timeless biblical wisdom, Hope Always offers the practical and spiritual tools that individuals, families, and churches need to help loved ones who are stressed and struggling.

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A Home to Get To

By Al Weir, MD / December 22, 2020 /

“Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’” (John 14:23, NIV 1984).

It was a one-half mile walk from clinic to car. Halfway there in the 95-degree heat, I passed an elderly man moving slowly on a walker in the opposite direction. Unkempt and unclean, he asked me how far it was to the emergency room. I pointed the quarter-mile direction and he responded, “I didn’t know it was that far.” I told him I could get my car and take him if he would wait, and he agreed. When I helped him out at the ER, I offered him $20. “You can use this for a taxi to get you back home.”

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Human Flourishing & Gene Editing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 17, 2020 /

Dr. Henry Williams joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his book review of Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing (Parens and Johnston, eds., 2019, Oxford University Press).

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Marriage: Past, Present and Future

By Steven Willing, MD / December 17, 2020 /

What is the state of marriage in Western society? How did we get there? What are the implications for the worldwide body of believers?

We began this series in June discussing a report from a study committee of the Presbyterian Church in America calling for a biblically based and scientifically valid sexual apologetic. Across a vast range of hot-button issues, beliefs about human sexuality create the greatest divide between Christianity and the secular community. Within the church there is persuasive evidence that sexual issues are a major contributing factor to declining church participation and membership. Let’s turn our attention now to the issue of marriage.

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Christian Medical Association encouraged by U.S. actions to enforce conscience freedom law in healthcare, focus on international women’s health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association encouraged by U.S. actions to enforce conscience freedom law in healthcare, focus on international women’s health

Bristol, Tenn.—December 2, 2020— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement showing physician support of ethical vaccines. CMDA joins in this statement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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It Don’t Matter

By Al Weir, MD / December 15, 2020 /

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1, NIV 1984).

Recently returned from a doctor’s vacation, all my kids and grandkids in a beach house on the Gulf Coast. Had a wonderful time. In the old days, one-week vacations were really rough, requiring two days to wind down, two days of relaxation and then the three days of growing stress, looking toward all the work pile-up I would face when I returned. I do it differently now and take about one hour each day on my computer to keep up, thus relieving the pressure of being so far behind when I resume my work. I’m not recommending my solution to anyone, but on the drive back from Florida, we passed the sign of a dining facility named “It Don’t Matter.” I thought about my workload in the week ahead and felt relaxed enough for the sign to describe my future.

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Christmas Light for the Darkness

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / December 13, 2020 /

2020 will go down as a year to remember, a year many want to forget. But this Christmas season, let’s commit to renewed adoration of our Savior.

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My Continued Education in American Racism

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 10, 2020 /

In my most recent blog, I wrote of some of my personal efforts to educate myself about racism in America, as well as improve my service for Christ to His world. While I do not ascribe to the tenets of critical theory, and I believe America has made significant progress in combatting its racist tendencies, I affirm the work of Dr. Omari Hodge and the new R2ED Committee he is leading for CMDA. I think it is important and necessary for our moral growth as a nation and our spiritual growth as Christians that we examine these issues and act appropriately.

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Instilling Spiritual Resilience into Residents

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

Dr. Duininck joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss how to instill spiritual resiliency into medical residents.

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ER Medicine, Humanity, and Writing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 9, 2020 /

Healthy Doctor episode 25

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