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Two courageous Families Fight for Our Freedoms at Supreme Court

By Jonathan Imbody / April 8, 2014 /

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against women obtaining birth control of choice paid by their employers. This op-ed piece by CMA’s VP for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody was recently published by FoxNews.

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Religious Freedom in Healthcare: Navigating the New Era

By Jonathan Imbody / June 1, 2011 /

The U.S. Supreme Courtā€™s decision to negate the votes of millions of citizens and unilaterally mandate same-sex marriage nationwide threatens to undermine centuries of First Amendment protections, including conscience freedoms for faith-based healthcare professionals.

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Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Care [Part 1] – The Basics

By Walt Larimore, MD / March 1, 2015 /

About 25 years ago, while sharing an early morning cup of coffee with my dear friend and practice partner, family physician John Hartman, MD, he asked, ā€œWalt, how come we donā€™t bring our faith to work with us more often?ā€

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Membership Survey Results

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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The Two Diagnoses

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 6, 2018 /

There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier’sĀ message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to todayā€™s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 7, 2020 /

Over the last two years, CMDAā€™s dental outreach has developed into a two-pronged approach, ministering to traditional private dental professionals and also those seeking to serve the underserved, both domestically and internationally. Vice President for Dental Ministries Dr. William ā€œGriffā€ Griffin focuses primarily on engaging with our dental members, while Vice President for Dental Education Dr. Jeff Amstutz is developing general practice dental residency programs to equip dentists in ministering to the poor in the name of Jesus. Both aspects of CMDAā€™s Dental Ministries have been made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Pete Dawson, who we seek to honor in this article, as we trace the Lordā€™s guiding hand over the last decade.

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Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / October 28, 2018 /

Californiaā€™s AB2119 should not be law. Signing the bill is a triumph of ideology posing as science. Human beings should be affirmed, not false identities and sexual confusion.

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What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

Changing Hearts about Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Richard Johnson, MD / June 1, 2010 /

Dr. Richard Johnson shares his experiences providing testimony in New Hampshire to stop the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in this article from the summer 2010 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby(ies)!

By Jeffrey Keenan, MD / September 1, 2015 /

Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2015
After lots of prayer and planning, the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) opened its doors in 2003 with a vision to become a leader in embryo donation and embryo adoption. Now, just 12 years later, they are celebrating the momentous arrival of their 500th baby and the NEDC is the leading comprehensive non-profit embryo donation program in the U.S., with more pregnancies through embryo adoption than any other like-minded program.

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What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / June 1, 2011 /

This article from Dr. Robert Orr published in the summer 2011 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor focuses on the arguments against legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. It also includes a special tear-out section to help you in protecting life.

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Bracing for Battle and Joining the Fray: State Legislative Campaigns Reach New Levels

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 1, 2013 /

An article in the summer 2013 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor that outlines CMDA’s efforts in state grassroots public policy campaigns.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 2, 2020 /

It has been said that the best way to learn about our future is to look to our past. A historical reflection on the actions of those who have gone before us can both guide us toward monumental successes and deter us from repeating colossal mistakes. A glance to history may reveal progressive social and technological advancements, yet it also affirms that the basic principles of a manā€™s heart remain unchanged. As Proverbs reminds us, ā€œThere is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to deathā€ (Proverbs 14:12).

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Has God Indeed Said…? A Biblical Perspective on Sexuality, Part 2

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / December 1, 2011 /

Part 1 of the series dealt with pre-marital sex, the biblical model of sexuality, porneia, adultery and polygamy. As a correction to the section regarding porneia in Part 1, it should have stated that forbidding fornication ā€œ. . . came from the Tanakh (the Old Testament)ā€ rather than ā€œ. . .came from the Tanakh in the Old Testament.ā€

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Letter to Senators – Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 19, 2015 /

Coalition letter to Senators Enzi and Lee recognizing the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 21, 2016 /

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to ā€œdo no harm.ā€

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Disciple Making Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 10, 2019 /

We just need someone to help us find our way,ā€ the patientā€™s wife pleaded as she sat at the head of the table in our procedure room nearly four years ago. She was facing away from the surgical field where I was working meticulously on her husband to suture the vas deferens together using microsurgery under the Zeiss surgical microscope hanging above the table.

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Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

In this article published in the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Aaron Burch takes a look back at the foundation of CMDA’s Psychiatry Section and a look ahead to its future.

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Burnout at the Broom Tree

By Stan Haegert, MD, MPH / January 10, 2019 /

I had no idea what burnout was until it happened to meā€¦twiceā€¦on two different continents. Actually, I knew what it was the second time, and I felt like I should have known better and seen it coming.

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Professionalism in Healthcare: Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 /

Sexual conduct between a doctor and a patientā€¦is strictly forbidden. In ethical terms, itā€™s a never event. In a legal sense, it can be a crime. Physicians know itā€™s a line that canā€™t be crossedā€”itā€™s a prohibition as old as the Hippocratic Oath.ā€

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Remedy: Healing for the Nations

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Remedy: Healing for the Nations

In this article from the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Stevens introduces Remedy, CMDA’s new medical missions conference.

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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

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

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Presidential Executive Order Protects Vulnerable Newborns

By Jonathan Imbody / October 1, 2020 /

A Presidential Executive Order (EO) signed on September 25, 2020 by President Trump recently mandated care for vulnerable newborns while highlighting the need to enforce protections to prevent the intentional neglect of babies born with significant challenges.

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HHS Mandate Terms Unacceptable

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 1, 2013 / Comments Off on HHS Mandate Terms Unacceptable

CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens said, “This latest version of the contraceptives and sterilization mandate remains unacceptable. Since when does the government get to pick and choose which groups will get to enjoy First Amendment protections? Our founders intended the First Amendment to protect every American’s freedom to act according to one’s conscience. They didn’t specify that only groups deemed religious will be afforded this protection; freedom of conscience applies equally to all Americans.”

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Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

“The Court simply reaffirmed that the First Amendment’s protection of peaceful speech and assembly is a cornerstone of this nation,” explained CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens. “Hopefully such decisions will begin to address the alarming growth of coercive assaults on the free speech of anyone deemed not politically correct by the government.”

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CMA Doctors Hail Supreme Court Mandate Ruling, Decry Ongoing Targeting of Faith Community

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 30, 2014 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Hail Supreme Court Mandate Ruling, Decry Ongoing Targeting of Faith Community

The 15,000-member Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based doctors’ organization, today praised the Supreme Court’s ruling in two Health and Human Services (HHS) Obamacare mandate cases but noted “increasing attempts by the government to coerce the faith community.” CMA had outlined the medical aspects underlying religious objections to the HHS Obamacare mandate in its friend of the court brief in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell.

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Faith Prescriptions: Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 8, 2021 /

Introducing a new video-based teaching program from CMDA to equip healthcare professionals to share the love of Christ with their patients and colleagues

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Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 18, 2019 /

I attended my first CMDA National Convention in April 2012 and heard devotional speaker Luis Palau make this statement: ā€œBig doors open on small hinges.ā€ He explained how seemingly small events in our lives may serve to open big doors that God intends for us to walk through in order to enjoy incredible blessings that follow. A small hinge in my life was a letter Dr. David Stevens wrote to me after I had served at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in early 1988 for two months during my fourth year of medical school.

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Transgender and Sexual Orientation

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Transgender and Sexual Orientation

Latest information on the transgender movement. The transgender debate is becoming an all-encompassing topic in the United States and has begun an all-out assault on the Christian worldview. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture is moving with such intensity and speed that Christians and Christian healthcare professionals are getting overwhelmed knowing how to respond appropriately.

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Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking is most commonly defined as:

Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
A victim does not need to be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within these definitions.
There are several types of human trafficking including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, debt bondage among migrant laborers and child soldiers. Human trafficking occurs in every part of the world, from less developed countries to more developed countries. As such, it is a crime under U.S. and international law. Victims can be any age, any gender and from any economic standing in life.

CMDA offers continuing education for healthcare professionals to learn more about human trafficking and how to provide healthcare to victims. To get started, visit www.cmda.org/tip.

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Dental Association Bloggers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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"Choose, You Lose" Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional October 5, 2017

“Choose, You Lose” Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional

By Jonathan Imbody / October 5, 2017 /

Affordable Care Act architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl advocate barring from medicine all physicians who would decline a patient’s demand for morally controversial services such as abortion. However, a “patient comes first” rule turns medicine into a patient dictatorship with no checks and balances.

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

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

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The Point Blog – April 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 11, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – April 2013

In this edition of The Point: Assisted suicide bill set aside, for now, Plan B One-Step without age restriction, and First state personhood amendment.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

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

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

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Crisis in Nicaragua

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

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

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 1, 2016 /

So began Dr. Ann Tsenā€™s journey from clinical practice to a nontraditional career. She is not alone in her dissatisfaction with some aspects of medical practice and her search for an alternative career path. Many physicians at varying stages of life are finding themselves considering alternative career pathsā€”often, much to their own surprise.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD / April 22, 2020 /

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

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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By DĆ³nal P. O'MathĆŗna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

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Courage through the Crisis: Stories from the Frontlines

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 21, 2021 /

More than a year ago, we watched as New York City and the surrounding area became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis when the pandemic initially broke out in the United States. At this yearā€™s CMDA Virtual National Convention, we shared stories from several CMDA members from the area whose lives and work in healthcare were impacted by the virus.

As we consider how COVID-19 has changed our world and our profession in healthcare, these stories share how God has worked in and through our members during this crisis.

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Duplicatability

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 1, 2010 /

I look across the table as Ashley* tells me that there are things no one knows about her, and that her Christian friends would never accept her if they knew . . . that she canā€™t really believe that God can accept her, since He knows. For some reason, she decided to share them with me.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

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

ā€œReligious groups need not apply.ā€ That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named ā€œHuman Rights Policyā€ since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care

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

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

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Summary of Court Briefs and Cases

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

Current Summary of Court Cases

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The “H” in Hospice Stands for “Hope”

By James Avery, MD / December 5, 2018 /

When I asked him if there were any other hopes he had at this stage of his life, he just shrugged and said, ā€œNope, all my hopes are in you guys ā€“ the medical profession.ā€ He died three weeks later tragically clinging to tomorrowā€™s news.

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Christian Reflections on Dementia

By John Dunlop, MD / June 1, 2006 /

Betty had served God well for years as a missionary in Africa. She was a strong believer and had a passion for the glory of God. At 80 she began to lose things and had difficulty remembering recent events. By 83 she was no longer able to care for her invalid husband and was placed in a nursing home. For the last five years of her life she sat and babbled incoherently.

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Apologetics Series: Should Physicians Take Life?

By Robert Martin, MD / March 1, 2008 /

ā€œNo one should force their morals on anyone else. Itā€™s my body. Euthanasia is the most merciful alternative. Legislating morality involves religion, a violation of the separation of church and state.ā€

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Johnson Amendment in the Final Tax Bill

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 14, 2017 /

A letter to congressional leaders from a coalition of organizations regarding the Johnson Amendment and the tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).

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Preachers of Righteousness

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 1, 2008 /

I never planned to be a ā€œpreacher of righteousness,ā€ as Peter described Noah in 2 Peter 2:5. It all started a few weeks after I became the CEO of CMDA in 1994. The most common comment from graduate members in those days was, ā€œCMDA was great when I was in training, but what does it do for me now?ā€

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 /

My favorite part of medicine is the moments I spend in direct patient care and in talking with specialists about patients. All the rest of it I find pretty unsatisfying. I feel limited by my inefficiency as well as pretty painful hand arthritis, so I had mixed feelings about the prospect of increasing my hours doing medicine after my kids were launched.

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Interview with an American Ninja Warrior

Interview with an American Ninja Warrior

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 /

In 2015, Richard Shoemaker, MD, an emergency room physician living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found himself in the national spotlight while competing on American Ninja Warrior. On this NBC show, competitors battle through a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country.

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Why Human Bioenhancement Technologies Are a Bad Idea

By C. Ben Mitchell, PhD / November 1, 2008 /

Human beings are almost obsessive innovators. Homo sapiens (knower) is by nature Homo faber (fabricator). Thank God He has made us so. Life without what Michael Novak has called ā€œthe fire of inventionā€ would be nasty, bloody, and brutish. Medicine and biotechnology are two spheres where innovation is especially rewarded. So it is no surprise that we contemplate the possibility of human biological enhancements.

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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 2, 2020 /

ā€œCreate in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.ā€
ā€”Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

Many things have been laid bare this year. In late 2019, a novel Coronavirus referred to as SARS-CoV-2 originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China spread to the United States becoming a global pandemic. By mid-July of this year, there were close to 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, with around six million active cases affecting more than 200 countries. In the United States, there have been more than three million COVID-19 cases (with more than one million recovered) and more than 500,000 deaths. We would soon learn that African Americansā€”who make up 13 percent of the U.S. populationā€”disproportionately comprise U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, with many having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Income and wealth inequalities also tend to create greater disparities within communities of color, making access to adequate healthcare and healthy living an elusive and unaffordable necessity.

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Health Care Conscience Rights Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2015 /

Letter to Congress regarding HR 940, urgent need for the “Abortion Non-Discrimination” provisions of HR 940 insuring that government agencies receiving federal health funds cannot force those involved in the provision of heath care to be complicit in the taking of human life, or discriminate against them because of their convictions.

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Tennessee Amici Curiae Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 23, 2015 /

John Jay Hooker vs. the State – Brief to uphold the fundamental values of the State of Tennessee, the history and tradition of this State and Nation, and universal, enduring notions of human dignity and to reaffirm Tennessee citizens’ intereste in life, safety, sound public policy and medical integrity.

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Coalition Letter on FADA Vote

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 26, 2015 /

We, the undersigned, representing hundreds of thousands of Americans, want to thank you for your commitment to securing religious freedom protections in the aftermath of the Supreme Courtā€™s Obergefell decision redefining marriage across the country.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 1, 2020 /

The question of suffering is a big one in depression, since suffering can lead to depression, and depression itself is suffering. We are fortunate to live in a society that is largely insulated from suffering, compared to other places and times where people have had to grapple with the daily reality of illness, death, poverty or war. As a consequence, we are fearful of any kind of suffering.

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Joint Letter on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 18, 2015 /

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Medical Association, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, World Vision (US), Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, we respectfully submit the following comments on the proposed OCR regulations on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities.

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Alabama Amici Curiae Against Late Term Abortions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 6, 2019 /

The Stateā€™s interest in safeguarding maternal health is particularly compelling when abortions are contemplated or performed later in pregnancy. That interest is implicated in so-called ā€œdismembermentā€ abortions, a procedure that can take place only after the first trimester when the unborn child has limbs and organs to dismember.

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Coalition Letter: Values Provisions To Consider For The FY2017 Appropriations Bills

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 12, 2016 /

We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, strongly support the inclusion of new provisions, which promote values issues in the upcoming Appropriations bills for FY2017. While it is essential to protect provisions in current law that positively affect policy on matters of life, family, religious liberty, and other values issues, merely keeping the status quo is not sufficient in a culture, and under an Administration, that regularly attacks the values of the people we represent.

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Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 13, 2016 /

SB1564 is on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, ask him to veto this bill which threatens healthcare access, drives compassionate healthcare professionals out of Illinois, will burden the already challenged state budget with civil rights litigation costs, cause damage to the doctor-patient relationship and threatens a protection guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I donā€™t remember my first patientā€™s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: ā€œLook, listen and feel.ā€ A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, ā€œLook, listen and feel,ā€ was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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Conscience Protection Act letter to Congress

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 12, 2016 /

Letter supporting legislation to protect healthcare right of conscience.

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Living the Word

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / January 10, 2019 /

Iā€™ve heard people say, ā€œThe Scripture jumped off the page at me.ā€ Or Iā€™ve heard them say, ā€œIā€™ve read that before, but this time it just ā€˜spokeā€™ to me.ā€ Indeed, I have had the same experience as well. God often speaks to us through a phase in life or a particular circumstance along with His Word. And then sometimes we see the Bible come to life right before our very eyes!

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FEMA Coalition Letter to President Trump

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 17, 2017 /

Coalition letter of religious and community leaders in support for S1823/H.R. 2405, the “Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017.” This legislation would ensure fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters.

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Engage Your Community through Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 /

Every year, thousands of physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other volunteers give up their precious time and money to serve the underserved in healthcare. Why would they become involved when they know there will be no monetary benefit and, frankly, many of those served are ā€œunhygienicā€ and unappreciative of their efforts?

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Strengthening the Doctor-Patient-God Relationship

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

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

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Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Dr. Rachel B. DiSanto shares how she learned how to stand up for Christian principles in the fight against physician-assisted suicide in this article published in the spring 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Washington, D.C.ā€”May 2, 2019ā€”The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association, the largest national association of faith-based doctors, lauded a conscience law-enforcing rule finalized today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a protection for both patients and doctors.

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Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

By Jonathan Imbody / May 2, 2018 /

his is the eighth in a series of on conscience in healthcare, by Jonathan Imbody, Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association and Director of Freedom2Care. To find more from the series, visit www.cmda.org/thepoint or freedom2care.blogspot.com.

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Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

Washington, DC ā€“June 5, 2019–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today voiced strong support for the administration’s move to stop taxpayer funding of the use of fetal tissue, from elective abortions, for research purposes.

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Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

Washington, DCā€”March 6, 2019–The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based medical association, today joined a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The brief defends Indiana’s statutory requirement that women receive the benefit of ultrasound information when considering an abortion procedure.

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Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

Washington, DC – February 22, 2019: The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) in a statement today enthusiastically welcomed a final new rule that will govern tax funds awarded for family planning purposes under the Title X program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based association of doctors, today condemned New York’s new law allowing abortions up until delivery and Virginia’s similar legislation as “medically unnecessary” and “morally bankrupt.”

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Scholarship | GHO Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | GHO Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Predictions

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 9, 2018 /

In medicine, patients and families want to know diagnoses, therapies, risks, benefits and side effects of proposed treatment options. At times the thing they most want to know is what is likely to happen to themselves or their loved ones based on possible interventions. This, however, may be the most difficult answer to give people.

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DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

Ethical Issues in Healthcare | Nanotechnology bioethics (nanoethics) | Using the Bible in Bioethics | Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 21, 2016 /

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to ā€œdo no harm.ā€ The state agencies are construing Vermontā€™s assisted suicide law as requiring them, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option.

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WPC – TRI

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Augusta

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

CMDA Augusta provides a variety of programs, support, training, and ministry opportunities to Christian healthcare professionals in the Augusta, GA, and surrounding communities of the Central Savannah River Area.

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William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 11, 2019 /

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD, is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and an expert on disorders of the autonomic nervous system. At Mayo Clinic in Florida he chairs the Ethics Committee and leads the Program in Professionalism & Values. The neurology department chose him as teacher of the year in 2015. At CMDA Dr. Cheshire chairs the Ethics Committee.

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Scholarship | Naomi Kim Medical Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Naomi Kim Medical Missions

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the
underserved.

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Summer Ministry Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Summer Ministry Opportunities

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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DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 11, 2019 /

DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. He is a member of CMA and the Paul Tournier Institute speakerā€™s bureau. He is the Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St Jamesā€™s Hospital Ethics Committee in Dublin.

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Walt Heyer

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 10, 2019 /

Walt Heyer was a husband, father and corporate executive who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 42, going from man to woman.

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Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

To assist selected dentists in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

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Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

Women Physicians and Dentists 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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Healthcare for the Poor

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Healthcare for the Poor

CMDA collaborates with Christian Community Health Fellowship in providing healthcare for the poor in the United States. We initiated this strategic partnership to maximize our efforts by drawing from the strengths of each organization. For more than 30 years, CCHF has provided networking for students, medical professionals and people interested in Christian community development. The purpose of CCHF is to live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. The organization was established to provide focus on the need and the “how to” in caring for the poor.

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The VIE Poster Session FAQs

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

Membership Donate Now VIE Poster Session FAQs Can I submit more than one abstract? No, at this time we are only allowing one abstract per person. How do I prepare my poster? Your poster must fit a 4′ x 4′ space. Posters may be 3′ x 4′ (vertical), 4′ x 3′ (horizontal), or 4′ x…

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Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

By Jonathan Imbody / October 4, 2018 /

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody shares about a recent conference he attended with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious freedom and how that impacts CMDA student chapters around the country.

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A Thorn in the Flesh

A Thorn in the Flesh

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

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

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WPDC Virtual Conference Student Social

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 8, 2021 / Comments Off on WPDC Virtual Conference Student Social

October 2, 2021
Come join students from across the country as physicians and dentists share their wisdom from walking with Christ in their careers. Register here tinyurl.com/WPDCstudentsocial.

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Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

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

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

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Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

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

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

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Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

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

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

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

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

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

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Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

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

Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020ā€”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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CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 19, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

Washington, D.C., November 19, 2019- Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and CMDAā€™s Commission on Human Trafficking achieved victory in their response to the D.C. City Councilā€™s proposed bill to decriminalize prostitution in the nationā€™s capital.

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CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 6, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

Christian doctors and nurses are on the frontlines serving people in need. Driven by our faith, we welcome and care for everyone, especially the underserved. We care for homeless and migrant communities, prisoners living with HIV, and victims of gang violence, sex trafficking, opioid addiction and deadly epidemics. But our service is threatened by lawsuits brought in New York, Washington and California, which challenge commonsense conscience protections for healthcare professionals of faith. Religious healthcare professionals of all religions must be free to continue providing compassionate care without being forced to perform procedures, such as abortions, that would require them to violate their most deeply held beliefs.

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The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 8, 2019 / Comments Off on The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

April 8, 2019 ā€“ Bristol, Tennessee ā€“ A draft statement by the American Nurses Association regarding a nurseā€™s role when a patient requests physician-assisted suicide corrupts the role of a nurse. The nursing profession has a historical record of assisting patients with comfort, increasing and/or sustaining quality of life, seeing lifeā€™s intrinsic value and providing holistic family support, not aiding in the death of their patients.

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