One of the most common reasons healthcare professionals give for not joining or renewing their membership is that they do not have time to be involved. Membership does not obligate you to participate in any of the ministries of CMDA. These ministries are there when or if you need them, either serving you or serving others.Read More
In the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, I wrote an article about burnout stealing joy in my personal and professional life. I am thankful the Lord brought me out of that low place. He has continued to work on helping me understand what I initially wrote:
“Joy is not a feeling of happiness; it is a daily commitment. According to Psalm 51:12, joy stems from understanding our worth in Christ and what we receive through His salvation. Joy starts with having the humility of a child that Jesus talks about in Matthew 18:4. Joy continues through an obedient life and trials that lead to perseverance according to James 1:2-3.”Read More
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
—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 Americans—who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population—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.Read More
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.Read More
We just need someone to help us find our way,” the patient’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.Read More
I stepped out of the door into the crisp, fresh air on the early morning of December 1, 2021 and started the short walk to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. As the sun rose on this historic day, I looked back at the group that accompanied me.Read More
Paul was accused of seditious behavior—disturbing the peace, turning the world upside down—simply for speaking publicly about Jesus, and he was imprisoned for it. The Christian community, particularly evangelicals, have largely avoided turning the world upside down.Read More
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.Read More
Over the last two years, CMDA’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 “Griff” 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 CMDA’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 Lord’s guiding hand over the last decade.Read More
I know what it is like when the “cure” doesn’t come. At the age of 17, I made a careless dive into shallow water and broke my neck between the fourth and fifth cervical level. For years I prayed fervently to regain the use of my hands and legs, but that healing never came.Read More
Washington, D.C.—May 2, 2019—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.Read More
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV).
I’ve worked with him for years, through his aggressive cancer, allogeneic transplant, now doing well except for lung damage from the graft versus host disease. He always brings me homemade beef jerky that I hand off to those who love it. Today he had a special request: “I need a letter to go to the Philippines.” He had met a young lady online and had been online dating for four months, now planning to marry her there and bring her home to the U.S.Read More
Washington, DC –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.Read More
Washington, DC—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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable students and residents to participate in mission rotations here in the United States, working with marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations in a Christian healthcare setting.Read More
This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable non-white students and trainees to participate in mission rotations outside the United States.Read More
Christian Medical & Dental Associations of Atlanta (CMDA Atlanta) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel.
CMDA Atlanta’s vision is to strengthen and equip doctors, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment as well as the transformative power of the gospel.Read More
We are dedicated to serving as a Christian voice on today’s current healthcare topics by speaking for our members to the government, media, church and public. Our Washington Office links our members with Congress, the Administration and policy organizations in Washington, D.C.; presents life-honoring perspectives through the national media; and publishes resources on vital issues.Read More
To introduce diverse health care students to Christian medical missions allowing them to not only become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries, but also to obtain the skills to participate, in training and mentoring the next generation of missionaries in the name of Jesus.Read More
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.Read More
MedSend awards grants to repay student loans owed by healthcare professionals while they serve as healthcare missionaries in medically underserved areas of the world. Three times each year, the MedSend board reviews completed applications for healthcare professionals headed for career missionary service.Read More
This fund is for the support of individuals who are exploring a commitment to the medical mission field or those already medical missionaries. Typical grantees include premedical or predental students who have made a commitment to the healing professions, medical or dental students who have a committed Christian faith or physicians in residency who are exploring the possibility of a short term or long term commitment to mission work.Read More
Through CMDA’s Department of Continuing Education, you can earn continuing medical and dental education credits at a variety of CMDA events around the country. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for healthcare providers.Read More
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of CMDA. It is the final policy making body for all matters. The Board interprets and applies policies of the organization and establishes guidelines for the Chief Executive Officer and staff. It is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget with the Chief Executive Officer, supervises financial officers, and gives an accounting of the organization’s finances at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives.Read More
Bristol, Tennessee — May 20, 2019 — Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist from Dallas, Texas and his wife, Janis, received the Christian Medical & Dental Associations 2020 Servant of Christ Award at their home with a group of CMDA members and leaders participating electronically.Read More
Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020—This month, James Alan Avery, MD, a palliative care and hospice physician from Virginia, released a new book focused on discussing marijuana from an objective and scientific view.Read More
Washington, D.C., November 19, 2019- Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and CMDA’s Commission on Human Trafficking achieved victory in their response to the D.C. City Council’s proposed bill to decriminalize prostitution in the nation’s capital.Read More
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.Read More
April 8, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – A draft statement by the American Nurses Association regarding a nurse’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 life’s intrinsic value and providing holistic family support, not aiding in the death of their patients.Read More
April 4, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – We applaud the newly issued announcement of the reformed Title X rule released by the Department of Health & Human Services which expands care to patients by offering an increase in comprehensive care locations and services provided.Read More
March 19, 2019–Bristol, TN–Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) calls on legislators across the U.S. to vote against the growing number of expanded abortion bills that have shocked our nation! Like New York’s Reproductive Health Act, the bills proposed in Vermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois and Virginia allow abortion without limits…Read More
Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.Read More
And so begins a New York Times article about the recent JAMA Internal Medicine analysis of physician pay disparities. The central message of the analysis is that women in healthcare, on average, earn $20,000 less per year than their specialty-matched male colleagues.Read More
As organizations representing over 25,000 medical professionals, we would like to correct the errors and assumptions of the recently released joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH).Read More
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 year’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.Read More
“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”
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.”Read More
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 don’t remember my first patient’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: “Look, listen and feel.” 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, “Look, listen and feel,” was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.Read More
To speak of artificial intelligence (AI) conjures dazzling images of an electronically reconfigured future managed, if not dominated, by calculating, thinking, autonomous machines. Realistically, AI has the potential to deliver numerous useful benefits to medical practice, especially as progress in medical science and healthcare delivery rely increasingly on digital technologies to store and analyze huge data sets. The health information in the human genome and the scientific content of medical journals, for example, exceed the capacity of the human brain to recall, interpret or keep up with exponential advances. AI promises to bridge that gap. Proponents are calling AI the fourth technological revolution following the neolithic transition to agriculture, the industrial revolution utilizing mechanized production and new sources of power, and the digital revolution based on computer processing of digital information.Read More
Same-sex sexual expression is sinful, but what about same-sex attractions? As a new Christian, I had defined attraction to be equivalent to tempta¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinful—because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.Read More
You have never seen and will never see a multi-cultural patient. Every patient inhabits a cultural story of meaning, even though they are often unaware of this fact. The blue-collar neighborhood where I grew up lived by Judeo-Christian ethics. Though almost no one went to church, they did send their children to Sunday school as a kind of visceral acknowledgement of needing something more. Many of you remember when a blue-collar argument on morals would end when someone said, “The Bible says….” That doesn’t happen anymore, and that is the triumph of secular power.Read More
As you know, several U.S. jurisdictions have passed legislation giving doctors immunity from civil and criminal liability for assisting the suicide of persons diagnosed with terminal disabilities. Tragically, in these jurisdictions and for this class of persons, and for them alone, suicides are now facilitated by physicians, usually with no psychological assessment or other medical treatment, typically with no consultation with family and loved ones, and in every case without the interventions and protections provided as a matter of course to all other suicidal persons.Read More
When I contracted COVID-19 on March 18, 2020, it was so early in the outbreak of the pandemic that my illness sent shock waves of fear through Inland Vineyard Medical Mission and Free Clinic where I serve as director. Everyone on our team was worried, including our student workers. How would we keep our team safe? And how would we still treat our patients? For most of our patients, we are their main source for both food and medical care. Where would they go if we suddenly shut our doors?Read More
When COVID-19 began sweeping around the globe in early 2020, career healthcare missionaries were faced with the option of staying in their countries of service to weather the storm or evacuating back to the United States before the borders closed. Without sufficient quantities of protective equipment for staff members, would rural mission hospitals be able to survive the pandemic? In countries where the medical infrastructure is limited at best, would there be enough resources? What about food and other supplies to help to meet the day-to-day needs if the airports closed?Read More
Sent home, shut in isolation, studying in our bedrooms, trying to survive our first year of medical school, and we weren’t even at school! When the four of us entered medical school in the Detroit, Michigan area in fall of 2020, it certainly trumped any expectations we had.Read More
On a CMDA Matters podcast in March 2022, CEO of International Christian Medical & Dental Associations (ICMDA) Dr. Peter Saunders and Ukraine Medical Outreach (UMO) President Dr. Jim Peipon shared with CMDA CEO Dr. Mike Chupp about how they responded to the medical needs created by the war between Russia and Ukraine.Read More
Disciple-making Physicians — Do you long to see God work through your medical practice? We are the largest vasectomy reversal practice in the U.S. We plant God’s field for new birth in body and spirit. We train physicians spiritually and medically. If you proficiently enjoy simple skin suturing; if you want to make disciple-making disciples of Jesus among your patients; and if God is calling you to this work, we can train you in this medical ministry to fulfill the Great Commission. Come join us at our Warwick, Rhode Island location. We are also eager to talk with medical students about future clinic locations. Contact email@example.com.
Website: https://www.thereversalclinic.com/Read More
About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP TRIP PREPARATION Are you planning to go on a Global Health Outreach trip but do not know what to expect? These tips will give you a glimpse of what a week with a GHO team is…Read More
The purpose of the Fellowship of Christian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (FCPRS) is to encourage, educate and challenge members to engage in a deeper, more fulfilling walk with our Savior, equipping us to impact the lives of others with the gospel.Read More
The Christian Medical and Dental Associations of South Central Pennsylvania (CMDA South Central PA) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating, and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel. CMDA South Central PA’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.Read More
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.Read More
CMDA Houston’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.Read More
To provide financial assistance for future medical, dental and other students to participate on their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience; enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental needs in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved and to train and mentor the next generation of missionaries in the name of Jesus.Read More
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I was visiting a patient in the rehab center who had undergone a knee replacement. He was fine except for the slow pace of rehab. His wife was there, vivacious, energetic, appearing far younger than her stated age, which I will not share. I asked her how they had met.
“We actually met in church,” she shared. “You know, I am older than he. When we started dating, he wouldn’t tell me how old he was. I called the church office to find out, but they wouldn’t tell me either. By the time I found out he was five years younger, I was already in love, and the rest is history.”
What difference does age make anyway?
Quite a bit, actually…Read More
Sugar cane-sweet, juicy. Anyone familiar with the taste will salivate at the mention of the word. During our years in Kenya, a fresh stalk of sugar cane trumped all other treats as far as our children were concerned. Eagerly they watched us cut away the tough outer layer with a sharp knife.Read More
It’s been 30 years, but I can still recall his look of disappointment. James was a medical student who had looked up to me when I had surrendered my life to God’s call for international healthcare missions. It hadn’t worked out. We hadn’t lasted. Back after two years in Nigeria, seeking a career like other doctors who had never heard the call, I had let him down.Read More
I’ve read a few articles lately about how short-term teams are negatively impacting children in orphanages, how shoddy building projects mock underemployed communities, how quick-fixes can cause long term damage.Read More
There is so much need, and so much help that you can provide by partnering with people in an intentional and thoughtful way. Thanks to all of you that have blessed me and our hospital in the last 4 years by doing just that, and for those of you who will come to places just like ours.Read More
It was October 1997 and I was spending a semester studying abroad in Australia. I was at a church service, where a group who had just returned from a trip to Namibia was speaking. I listened to their presentation and was struck by how “meaningful” it all seemed, and how, by contrast, what I was doing (studying civil engineering) was not.Read More
Bryan & Sharon Stoudt serve with CMDA in the Metro Phoenix Area. They enjoy helping Christian healthcare students and professionals thrive (not merely survive), and together have four (mostly) fantastic children. In their spare time, Bryan enjoys staying active and roasting coffee, while Sharon has a passion for all things French.Read More
November 6-9, 2023
Healthcare missionaries are blessed with UNIQUE opportunities and face UNIQUE challenges. If you are planning on medium or long-term healthcare missions service, and plan to leave for the field within the next five years, you SHOULD NOT MISS THIS!
The Mission of the Neurology Section is to raise awareness among neurologists, neurology health professionals, neurology residents, fellows and medical students of the great need for neurological care—domestically and globally—and through their response to those needs, to share the gospel.Read More
The mission of the CMDA Family Medicine Section is to motivate, educate and equip Christian Family Physicians and Family Medicine Residents to show the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ to our patients and their families, our colleagues, communities, and the world we called to serve in His name.Read More
Christian Physical Rehab Professionals (CPRP) is a specialty section of CMDA. We are here to encourage, support and build up Christian Physical Rehab Professionals CPRP spiritually and professionally. We’d love to share more about our purpose, beliefs and what we offer.Read More