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Ziklag

Ziklag

By Al Weir, MD | March 23, 2017

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.

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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who in 1999 joined the staff of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to help administrate a medical education mission outreach called Medical Education International (MEI). While working with the Christian Medical Association, he was asked by the U.S. State Department in 2004 to research the health consequences of Human Trafficking. From 2005-2008, he compiled and submitted an annual report to the Director of the State Departmentā€™s -Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking of Persons. This research resulted in the article Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional published in the May 2008 Southern Medical Journal.

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Thrive

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 29, 2022

Join Dr. Mike Chupp, Dr. Bill Griffin and Pastor Bert Jones from CMDA headquarters on a multi-city tour for an engaging event highlighting CMDA resources Faith Prescriptions and Bridging The Gap along with an in-depth overview of the expanding, impactful ministry of CMDA across the nation.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 1, 2017

Iā€™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.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 4, 2017

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.

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Greater New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 16, 2020

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

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Scholarship | Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation Medical Students & Resident Program

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 12, 2019

Do you have a passion for medicine and a calling to help those in need? Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation offers scholarships to qualified medical students and residents who have a strong interest in gaining valuable clinical experience while serving on an international or domestic Christian medical mission trip.

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CPR in the Times of COVID-19

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

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

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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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Vaccines and Conscience Protection

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | 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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Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

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

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD, is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and he is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Momentand Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

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AndrƩ Van Mol, MD

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

AndrĆ© Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in private practice. He serves on the boards of Bethel Church of Redding and Moral Revolution (moralrevolution.com), and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatricianā€™s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality.

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Joy

The Supernatural Joy of the Lord

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 1, 2012

This editionā€™s Impact Story is brought to you by Mike Oā€™Callaghan, DDS, a CMDA dental member practicing in Michigan. Mike has led several GHO short-term mission trips and serves on the Dental Advisory Council. He recently published two articles: one was on the topic of short-term mission trips and other titled ā€œHuman trafficking and the Dental Professionalā€ was seen in the most recent edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association. ADA members can view the article online here or in JADA print form.

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On the Side: June 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 3, 2021

The snowstorm out my window made a rainbow of white as we towed our 23-foot travel trailer down the mountain pass. We hoped all would stay in order: truck first, trailer second. Ironically, in those white-knuckle moments, I was telling my medical man what the Lord had been teaching me recentlyā€”to hold loosely.

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Go to God First

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | November 3, 2020

To reduce no-shows and late cancellations by getting three critical matters right from the start and to get them in the appropriate order.Ā  Otherwise, who knows what will happen.Ā 

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Ministry and Dentistry: No-Shows and Late Cancellations

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | October 20, 2020

To reduce no-shows and late cancellations by getting three critical matters right from the start and to get them in the appropriate order.Ā  Otherwise, who knows what will happen.Ā 

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 5, 2020

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

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The ā€œParent Resource Guideā€ for the Trans Movement

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD | October 24, 2019

The ā€œParent Resource Guide: Responding to the Transgender Issueā€ is a just-released project of the Minnesota Family Council available gratis at www.GenderResourceGuide.com. Print copies can be purchased as well.
It is endorsed by organizations right (Heritage Foundation and Family Policy Alliance), center (Kelsey Coalition and Parents of ROGD Kids) and left (Womenā€™s Liberation Front). Their stated common concerns are the ā€œnegative consequences that result when society regards bodily sex as irrelevant,ā€ and the belief that ā€œpublic schools should never feel pressured to force boys and girls to sacrifice their bodily privacy, promote unscientific theories about human biology, or celebrate ideas that place young children on a path to chemical sterilization or cosmetic ā€˜gender confirmationā€™ surgery.ā€ I was honored to be one of many who were invited to help shape its content.

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 3, 2018

Member Login Cart Search Join Now! Donate Now View My Shopping Cart Website Terms & Conditions Toll Free: 888-230-2637 Frequently Asked Questions Member Search Directory Ā© 2022 Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ®

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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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Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 18, 2019

At the 2019 CMDA National Convention, we were privileged to honor Dr. David Stevens and Dr. Gene Rudd for their legacy of faithful leadership. Dr. Stevens is stepping down as CEO of CMDA effective September 1, 2019, while Dr. Rudd moved from his Senior Vice President role to working part-time in 2017.

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But God: Finding the Silver Lining

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

I remember early on hearing in the news about a virus causing problems in China. It wasnā€™t long before we heard news of it spreading. As it began to spread, we were busy planning for March, our busiest month of mission trips. We send the most teams in the month of March, which gives mission opportunities for various schools during the annual spring break period. We sent our first two teams out before countries began closing their borders. While these two teams were still out of the country, we began cancelling our remaining trips. First it was for the month, then it became two and on through the summer. Before we knew it, we had cancelled every single remaining mission trip scheduled throughout the remainder of 2020ā€”all as a result of COVID-19.

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Sustaining Our Joy in Practice

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | September 21, 2017

My eldest child left for college this fall, having chosen to attend school in Scotland. Yes, thatā€™s right. Scotland. Itā€™s a long way away. Itā€™s also a place I had never previously visited. We went on a family trip to Scotland in Marchā€”partly to visit the school he now attends, and partly to have one last bang-up family vacation before we became a family that no longer lives under one roof. On that trip, we had not one, but two, flat tires on our rental car. A consequence of our struggles driving on the left side of the road, perhaps?

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My Doctorate in Secret-Keeping

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | January 19, 2017

Preparing to meet my next patient, I pick the next chart up off the counter. ā€œBob Smith,ā€ married middle-aged patient, chief complaint: STD check. ā€œWeird,ā€ I think, ā€œMary Smithā€™s husbandā€™s name is Bob, too. What a coincidence.ā€ I open the exam room door, and Mary Smithā€™s husband, Bob Smith, is sitting inside.

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Call for all Elective Abortions to be Suspended

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

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

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First Fridays at the Mortons

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | 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 ā€œcouple pizzaā€ for the pizza bake-off contest! Wow! It was a Texas size welcome.

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Premature Termination of Life Is Not Palliative Care | Letter

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD | August 1, 2014

Letter to the Editor of CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians) opposing physician-assisted suicide in response to article by Attorney Kathryn Tuckerā€™s article pushing physicians to help patients dye.

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Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 19, 2019

As members of the Commission on Human Trafficking of the Christian Medical Association, we are writing to protest the attempt to decriminalize commercial sex with the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019”. This attempt to decriminalize the degradation of mostly women and girls in commercial sex as well as the sex buyer is morally and ethically wrong.

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Court Cases

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 14, 2019

Right of Conscience Resources

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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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Growth Spurt

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 8, 2020

Sometimes reality is far more awe-inspiring than anything even the most imaginative of writers could dream up. Decades ago, the idea that a woman could become pregnant with her adopted child seemed like science fiction. However, reproductive medicine has long since crossed biological boundaries in ways that once seemed impossible, creating complex problems that require morally sound, technology-driven solutions. Since 2003, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) has been the national leader for one such solution: embryo donation/embryo adoption (ED/EA). The NEDC specializes in honoring life in its very earliest stages and facilitating pregnancies for women who want to carry their adopted children. And these days, the ministry is busier than ever, adding new initiatives and team members to expand the quality and scope of its life-affirming work.

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Feed My Sheep

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 8, 2020

As Christians in healthcare, we are called to take our faith into the workplace, whether it be in a clinic, in a hospital or in academia. My journey in medicine led me from the clinic into academia. I actually consider myself an accidental academician who never meant to end up in charge of training a portion of the physician assistant workforce. This, however, is exactly why I am writing this story, to encourage my colleagues and help them understand who the sheep are, why they need feeding, how to feed them and when to stop feeding them.

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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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When Our Patients Pray for Us

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 1, 2022

As a Christian whoā€™s been practicing periodontics for 29 years, Iā€™ve had numerous opportunities to share my faith and pray with my patients. A number of my patients have expressed their appreciation for having a fellow Christian responsible for their care.

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Redefining Essential in the Midst of a Pandemic

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

Am I essential? As general dental professionals, we do not imagine many of you have asked yourselves this question. By choosing dentistry as a profession, it is safe to assume a certain level of job security and financial stability. Though both of those factors may have been initial lures into the field, what inspires us daily to practice dentistry is the impact we have in the lives of our patients, each created in the image of God. As dentists, all that we work to achieve is essential to the health and well-being of our respective communities. And yet, in the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, it feels like oral healthcare was deemed non-essential. States recommended dentists limit their offices to emergency patients only. No handpieces were running. No cavitrons were cleaning. Some dentists were even finding themselves unemployed! Oral healthcare seemed low on the priority list, and any momentum we had made in terms of advocating prevention felt lost.

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Resilience in the Face of Personal and Organizational Adversity

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 1, 2022

Try as we may, adversity is unavoidable. Often unexpected, hardship comes into our lives in a variety of forms and levelsā€”a cancer diagnosis, a harsh public criticism, a mistake or accident with a detrimental outcome, an economic downturn or even a pandemic or natural disaster.

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How to De-stress in Your Distress

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 21, 2022

I picked up the phone to return a call from a message I had received on my office voicemail earlier that day. The call was from a doctor. I called the doctor back and said, ā€œHello, this is Pastor Bert from CMDA returning your phone call, how can I help you?ā€ After a pause, he responded, ā€œThank you for calling me back; I donā€™t know how much longer I can continue to practice in this environment.ā€ As he continued to download the heavy burden he was carrying, I realized the doctor on the other end of the call was in distress. It was a 911 call for spiritual help. Unfortunately, that phone call is becoming all too common and frequent in my office.

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

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

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

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Christ with Us: Practicing Christ-like Presence in an Age of Burnout

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 5, 2022

One week into a rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), I found myself dreaming about the hospital. I was not dreaming about saying the wrong thing on rounds, but I was dreaming about our patients: Mr. Brownā€™s wife when sheā€™d been told he may not survive his third surgery this admission; Mr. Thomasā€™s mom crying because she felt responsible for how heā€™d ā€œturned out.ā€ I told an attending I trusted that I was distressed by how much I was carrying patientsā€™ stories with me, and she graciously admitted to me sheā€™d struggled with the same thing early on in training. The solution, she said, is to not get so attached. ā€œThatā€™s how you burn out,ā€ she said.

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Answering the Call: Launching of a CMDA Specialty Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 5, 2022

How the spiritual needs of an academic-based group of physicians and scientists inspired the founding of the Christian Academic Physicians and Scientists (CAPS), a specialty section of CMDA.

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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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CMDA West Coast Winter Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 17, 2022

January 19-22, 2023
The 2023 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference at the Cannon Beach (Oregon) Christian Conference Center offers all healthcare professionals and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline.

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Humble Apologetics

Humble Apologetics

By Rev. Stan Key | May 19, 2017

Perhaps the greatest damage that can be done in our efforts as Christians to ā€œdefend the faithā€ is to do so with a spirit of pride. More arguments are lost by arrogance in our attitudes than by errors in our reasoning! Our apologetics must be humble because the God we serve is humble.

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WPC Pulse – May 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 1, 2012

I grew up in a Christian home and I donā€™t remember life without Jesus. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and I attributed it to a God-ordained calling on my life.

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Is Dentistry Becoming Dull? January 28, 2019

Is Dentistry Becoming Dull?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 28, 2019

Are class II composites getting old fast? Tired of searching for canals on that maxillary molar? Is dentistry becoming dull? This could be for several reasons, but one thing to consider is how much you are doing your daily work for the glory of God. Are you working for yourself, for others or for the Lord?

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On the Side: September 2020

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

The meeting with my co-leader was held two weeks before the start of the new Side By Side session. I had my planner, my Bible and the study book. She had the same. But Deb also had a box of organized, color-coded, individually-bagged Scripture reminders for each student, for every week of the semester. On top of all of this, she also had already written meticulous notes on each lesson in her beautiful penmanship.

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Continuing Education for Overseas Healthcare Professionals

Request an MEI Team

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 7, 2019

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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Working in Light of Eternity

By Elizabeth Flaherty | August 10, 2021

Throughout dental school, I have been actively seeking a rhythm of work and rest that honors the Lord, serves my patients and allows me to truly rest. This became of paramount importance to me because, if Iā€™m honest, I knew this was something I had failed at for a large portion of my life. During college, I watched one of my roommates and best friends observe the Sabbath every Sunday. Blake would be running out the door with a picnic blanket and a football in her hand as I was cramming in last-minute studies for the week ahead. It was not that I never took breaks, but I could never bring myself to take off an entire day every week. Since elementary school, I had always strived for perfection in my work, so it was no big change for me in college to stay up late, wake up before the sun, incessantly check off to-do lists and barely enjoy the feeling of finishing one test before moving on to study for the next one. Looking back now, I realize how much of that striving was actually rooted in fearā€”fear that my future rested entirely in my own hands, fear that this is what was required for my life to be of value and, ultimately, fear that my ability to serve in the future was based entirely on my performance now.

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Welcome to Member Services

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 15, 2022

Several of our resources are available only to CMDA members, so you will need to log into the website to take full advantage. To log in, please use the email address you provided when you joined.

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WPC Pulse – March 2012

By Amy Givler, MD | March 1, 2012

What is it to be a leader? I donā€™t see myself as a natural leader, but whether I like it or not, my job makes me a leader. As a doctor I am leading each of my patients to a life, we both hope, of better health.

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Growing into Childlikeness

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 23, 2018

One of my favorite literary works beyond the Bible is a poem called ā€œFootprints.ā€ There is a great message about God and His help during our hour of need. More specifically, it is a dialogue between a man and God, and the two are on a beach reviewing the manā€™s life. In that conversation, the man questions God about His absence during his times of need. That was because the man only saw one set of footprints in the sand. However, God responded, and like a loving father speaking to His son with love and gentle correction, He informed the man that it was during those times that He carried him. God had a similar conversation with the people of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy when He reminded His people, through Moses, of the life that He saved them from.

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | September 1, 2020

This new Covid world has taught us things. Weā€™ve learned more about ourselves, our families, our country, and the world as a whole and how connected it really is.Ā  Have you had a chance to be still and reflect on what you have learned during this tumultuous time?Ā  Iā€™ve had a little time, but Iā€™d like to take more and really sit and thank God for what Heā€™s done in the midst of the brokenness.Ā  Once you do get a chance to reflect, write those thoughts down and share them with someone and then ask them to tell you about what they have learned. The more you share and hear, the bigger and more beautiful the picture will be of what God is doing.Ā  Iā€™ll share with yā€™all a little of what Iā€™ve learned.

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On the Side: July 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 10, 2021

I love genealogies. Thanks to my beloved Grandpa Sam, I have a detailed genealogy going back to 1690 on my fatherā€™s side. It traces our familyā€™s journey from the Isle of Mull in Scotland to the East Coast of the U.S., and eventually to Colorado. Looking at its 300-plus years of history, I wonder who these ancestors were and what they were like. If each one could tell their story, what would it include? I do know one fought in the Revolutionary War, and one had 18 children!!! I also know that none of them had any clue that their great-great-greatā€¦granddaughter would be writing this from a laptop computer in Palm Desert, California.

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You Ainā€™t Nothinā€™ But A Hound Dog

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

By Rev. Stan Key | July 21, 2017

Huh? Elvis gave hound dogs everywhere a bad name forever. And yet, if we can get beyond Elvis’ body contortions and those mindless lyrics, we may be able to grasp the reality that God is, in fact, a lot like a hound dog. Think about it. Bloodhounds are noted for their ability to follow a scent for long distances. Once on the trail they are famous for their tenacity.

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Help Me See What I Cannot See

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 20, 2020

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

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WPC Pulse: June 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 1, 2014

As a family physician, I see patients almost daily who are struggling with anxiety. If God is important to them, I usually challenge them to memorize Philippians 4:6-8: ā€œDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableā€”if anything is excellent or praiseworthyā€”think about such thingsā€ (NIV 2011).

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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 25, 2020

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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On the Side: August 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 10, 2021

ā€œIā€™ll just sleep while itā€™s red,ā€ I reasoned. At the time, this made perfect sense to my sleep-deprived brain. Happily, I woke up a few seconds later with my foot still on the brake and the traffic light now a lovely shade of green. I thought I was the only intern this had ever happened to, but I soon learned my husband had once had a similar experience. After a different long night on call at the hospital, he had been awakened at a green traffic light by the horn of the driver behind him!

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Pee-Wees

Pee-Wees

By Al Weir, MD | July 28, 2017

Nik Ripken (pseudonym) is a Christian aid worker who has served in the most dangerous regions of the world. In his book The Insanity of God, he tells the story of his time in Somalia during the “Black Hawk Down” days. Christianity was extremely dangerous to promote and deadly for Somalians to accept as truth.

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On the Side: January 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 6, 2020

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

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On the Side: March 2018

On the Side: March 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 1, 2018

We are settling in to our new normal around hereā€”early Monday morning airport runs as Dad commutes to Delaware for his new job; seizing moments on Facetime each night. We cherish when my college girl has Wi-Fi so she can keep us updated on her adventures as she studies abroad this semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trying to keep everyone feeling connected and cared for up-close and far away seems to be my new full-time job!

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 24, 2018

Perspectives and Opinions on Issues and News Topics is a publication of Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ®. Do you want to know the latest information and news about today’s important healthcare topics? Join the conversation with The Point, CMDA’s blog focusing on breaking news stories in bioethics and healthcare. CMDA’s experts contribute to the blog and also recommend additional resources and information.

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Allan Josephson, MD

Allan Josephson, MD

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

Allan Josephson, MD, is Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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An Old Evangelist and the Password to DentrixĀ®

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 18, 2020

ā€œCall unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest notā€ (Jeremiah 33:3, KJV).

Itā€™s hard to guess how many annual revivals I have taken part in or led in 34 years of ministry. One stands out above all the others.

Itā€™s impossible to count the dentists Iā€™ve worked with in the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland. God has blessed me to know some of His choicest servants in the course of the ministry of dentistry. One stands out who must remain nameless for reasons we shall see later.

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Side by Side

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 29, 2018

Side By Side is a network of local chapters that encourage and minister to women in healthcare marriages through fellowship and Bible study. We are a CMDA ministry for women who are married to medical and dental students, residents and fellows, as well as staff physicians and dentists. We are a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that is evangelical in nature. We seek to encourage, support and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study and prayer. We commit to standing side by side our husbands, side by side our sisters in Christ and side by side our Lord.

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Be Open to Godā€™s Surprising Will

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | July 20, 2021

If you had asked me my third year of dental school where I would be in five years, I would not have told you Memphis, Tennessee. Iā€™m from Texas, and Iā€™m one of those Texans who felt like they would always be in Texas because, as the catchy song goes, ā€œGod Blessed Texas.ā€ At the same time, I felt God called me to do dentistry for a specific purpose. When looking at my options in Texas, everything felt like it would just be something to do but not what God was calling me to. Iā€™m still not proficient at seeking Godā€™s will, but I was even less proficient then. The Lord had to drop an opportunity right in my lap for me to think outside of what I thought was possible. He had me open an email from CMDA that I almost ignored, and I read a description of the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program that pulled on all the heart strings of what God used to lead me to dentistry. It described working in urban community clinics in Memphis, Tennessee to serve patients with the spiritual love of Christ and physical healthcare through dentistry. It also offered discipleship and a call to expand this vision beyond Memphis to other underserved settings in the U.S. and abroad.

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Membership Match Day

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 8, 2022

Join Now! Donate Now We’re praising the Lord with you that He has carried you through uncertain times to complete medical school during a pandemic to receiving your residency match. We at CMDA want you to know now, more than ever, we are praying for you and cheering you on! Now that you’ve matched we’d like to introduce you to your new CMDA local resident…

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The Power of Community

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | December 19, 2019

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

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CMDA Dental Residency [+]

CMDA Dental Residency [+]

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 1, 2014

ogether, CMDAā€™s dental members are a diverse group of dental professionals and our experience spans the scope of dentistry: from a small solo practice to large group practices; from serving the wealthiest Americans to working amongst the poorest; and from short-term missions experience to a lifetime call to serve in the most remote areas of the world. We have dental faculty members including some of the top dental lectures in country, authors, military dentists, dentists involved in residency and advanced training programs and, of course, many dental students on campuses across the country.

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On the Side: June 2019 Marathons and Medicine by Shelly Wyrick

On the Side: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 4, 2019

With the weather warming, I now can wear my favorite sun visor. The words ā€œMissoula Marathonā€ are written across the headband with a silhouette of a moose that has running shoes dangling from his antlers. Itā€™s super cute. But as I wear it like a trophy, people donā€™t realize the backstory.

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On the Side: August 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 3, 2020

I havenā€™t been able to write for weeks. The peace of mind, which I so typically enjoy, has eluded me recently. Every time Iā€™ve tried to put pen to paper, I have found horrible angry things drying in the ink on the page. I almost despaired of writing this article, but my husband, good man that he is, suggested I write about ā€œpeace of mind.ā€ He figured Iā€™d have to walk through some Bible verses and pray a bit to regain my peace of mind, so I could effectively write about it, and he was rightā€¦thankfully. I hope you will walk through this exercise with me.

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Ultrasound Education Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 20, 2018

We are a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and Jesus followers who have a passion for using and teaching ultrasound, with the goal of equipping Christian international healthcare workers to incorporate ultrasound into their practice of medicine in the most challenging of settings.

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What a Difference a Huddle Makes

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | July 6, 2021

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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Spirit of the Everlasting God May 29, 2019

Spirit of the Everlasting God

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 29, 2019

ā€œFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly placesā€ (Ephesians 6:12, ESV).

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A Salt and Light Revolution

By Sam Molind, DMD | July 21, 2020

In some ways we are living out the famous words of Charles Dickens:

ā€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.ā€

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True Humility in Jesus

By Tracy Liang | June 15, 2021

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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Regardless of the Opposition

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 4, 2019

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

ā€œThe truth is that the world, as Christians have known it for many centuries, has goneā€”gone and gone for goodā€¦gone so decisively, any simple return or reclamation is out of the questionā€”Christian culture warring has been in vainā€ (p. 45).

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Why Do We Follow Jesus? May 15, 2019

Why Do We Follow Jesus?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 15, 2019

Why do you follow Jesus?

These are answers I hear a lot: The Bible says so. I grew up in a Christian home. I had an experience with God.

But we are told our lives will be more difficult. That does not sound good. There will be a reward, but not necessarily in this lifetime. Jesus is not always a ā€œnice guy.ā€ Do we want to believe what is pleasant and easy, or what is true? Even though I donā€™t like my phone bill, I know it is true.

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Never Too Late to Learn

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 9, 2020

Last month, one of my Side By Side sisters, Christon Sawatsky, pushed me out of my comfort zone. Christon asked me to post a statement for Side By Side surrounding racism and the death of George Floyd. I am not proud of my initial response to her. Frankly, I was just not sure what to say. I am thankful, however, for her insistence I write the statement. To begin, Christon urged me to examine my own life by looking in my heart for the presence of racism. She had already done this and had been doing research to more fully educate herself. Christon was gentle but insistent with me, pointing out she did not believe that I, a white woman, understood the real truth about the plight of my black sisters. She also said she had heard that Side By Side was not a welcoming place for our black sisters. I did not know why this was the case, and I truly believed it was not true. I never imagined it because I thought I welcomed and loved everyone. Didnā€™t everyone else?

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Charlottesville

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 11, 2022

The Christian Medical Association at UVA exists to provide fellowship, encourage spiritual growth, and build authentic relationships both within the Christian community and the larger UVA medical community. Our desire is to serve and encourage both students and faculty and promote discussion on the intersection of faith and medicine. CMA is largely student-led and provides regular weekly meetings, Bible studies, and fellowship times. Other activities include an annual student retreat and occasional dinners with local physicians and residents.

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On the Side: December 2019

By Carol Mason Shrader | December 3, 2019

She just needed to soften the butter, but she put it in the microwave and then walked away to do the next task. By the time my daughter remembered, the butter was not just soft, it was completely liquefied and unusable for the recipe she was making.

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On the Side: May 2019

On the Side: May 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 7, 2019

ā€œDoctors make the worst patients,ā€ or so the saying goes. Being trained as a physician myself, I refuse to comment, because I am a little biased. But, since I am also married to a physician, I can say that doctors are often non-compliant patients. I could tell you stories that would prove this, but I wonā€™t do so here. You probably have your own examples!

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On the Side: July 2020

By Carol Mason Shrader | July 2, 2020

The teacher asked to meet with me after school. She told me that the fourth grade would be taking a field trip, but the bus was not accessible. Would I mind driving my son Benjamin and his wheelchair behind the bus? I was heartbroken that his experience would look different than his peers. I was angry that he would miss out on the fun of the bus ride. I was sad I couldnā€™t fix the injustice of life with cerebral palsy.

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Learning from Others

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | May 18, 2021

What has your experience with mentorship been like? I have had the privilege of being both mentor and mentee with the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program. It has been a wonderful experience learning the different ways mentorship can happen. Before going through the program, my idea of mentorship was very unimaginative. All I really heard about was people finding a good match for an associateship so you could have someone teach you all their wisdom and experience as you grew into who you were as a dentist. While that is a great way to be mentored, I have realized mentorship comes in many forms.

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CAHM – Long-Term Service

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 9, 2021

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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Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics), MSHA, FAAN, CPE, ICF

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 19, 2019

Physician-Assisted Suicide | End-of-Life Decision-Making | Research ethics | The Importance of Palliative Care | Right of Conscience | Medical Ethics

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On the Side: September 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 7, 2022

Behind the smile I was shouting, ā€œOh goodness mercy of course!ā€ I have been the new girl showing up at the team meeting, the book club, the Bible study far, far more often than I have been the one standing with friends. It can be excruciatingly hard. It can also be invigorating.

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Do You See Me?

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | April 25, 2019

Regardless of your practice setting, you encounter them also. Those uncertain of themselves yet confident in the need that has violated their entire body. That need for more, the need to fabricate pain just to get more.

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Persevering in the Perilous

By Caren Abraham, DDS | July 6, 2020

ā€œWatch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strongā€ (1 Corinthians 16:13, KJV).

For most of us on the planet, life has been turned upside down over the last few months. An event that no one (or possibly very few) living today personally remember has taken the world by storm, and many are struggling to adjust to a new way of life. Society appears to be fragmenting, not just across the country but around the globe. Just before all these things began, I moved to Kenya to start a dental clinic in a rural mission hospital. This is something that has been on my heart for many years. I have been here a few months tackling Swahili, and now I am working to acquire materials and doing administrative groundwork for the clinic. There are many days when I feel like Iā€™m running an uphill marathon.

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Hard Seasons and Future Grace

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 13, 2021

ā€œI do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!ā€ (Mark 9:24b, NIV).

Dentistry has the capacity to cause low morale. This has been evident not only personally, but I hear it from colleagues/former classmates and social media. Low morale can be attributed to all the dynamics of being a dentist, including clinic responsibilities, staff/co-workers and personal matters. Feelings of anger/frustration, despondency, diffidence, anxiety, self-doubt, depression, fear, worry, loneliness, burnout and all the like, a dentist will experience. However, the truth is that everyone will experience it throughout the course of life, and it does not matter the profession. My wife is an emergency room nurse, my dad is a small business owner, my brother is a director of strength training and my mother is a customer service agent. Over the years, I have heard them all express what is described above. However, it was those seasons and the help of my brother that led to the message of this blog.

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CAHM – Partners

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

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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For Glory and Glorification: Part 2

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 18, 2019

ā€œEveryone who is called by name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and madeā€ (Isaiah 43:7, NIV 1984).

In Part 1 of this blog series, a search for the meaning of life was presented. That was due to observations of recent events suggesting a concern for humanityā€™s appreciation for life. In that search, a scientific basis for the meaning of life was presented, but then it was argued to be self-limiting. In contrast, a Christian worldview was presented, and a clearer meaning for why God created us was introduced. Simply, God created us for His glory. As I mentioned in Part 1, being informed that our existence is for some known or unknown Godā€™s glory may instill negative emotions. However, the purpose of this blog is to grow in greater understanding of what it means to be created for Godā€™s glory. To better understand that meaning, let us first look at the biblical meaning of the word ā€œglory.ā€

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The Writing Dentist

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 16, 2022

ā€œā€¦ā€˜It is writtenā€¦ā€™ā€ (Matthew 4:4, NKJV).

As followers of Christ, leaders in dentistry have the opportunityā€”perhaps even the responsibilityā€”to write things down for their teams as a reference and to understand as principled guidance for working together, serving the patients in their care or dealing with the vendors who knock on their doors or crowd their inboxes. When those written guidelines are lived out by the owning dentist or partners, dental teams catch a vision for how dentistry and ministry come together in kingdom living. And those who put their thoughts into words on paper or screen can have an impact far beyond the walls of their offices.

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Gethsemaneā€™s Light on Transitions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 17, 2019

ā€œAnd all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in themā€ (John 17.10, NKJV)

Resurrection Sunday blesses the calendars of our lives uniquely this Sunday.Ā  It lifts up the life of our Lord as a model for so many transitions we face along the journey into which Christ has commissioned us.Ā  The passion of our Lordā€™s heart ā€“ poured out in His high priestly prayer of Gethsemaneā€™s Garden ā€“ reveals how Jesus evaluated the preparations He made for the transition He would face.

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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | June 29, 2020

I know itā€™s not a new concept, but it was new to me and may be new to you as well. Itā€™s a way to get your mind to sit still and focus on the Word of God and hear His voice. You pick a short verse or verse portion and repeat it by saying the first half as you breathe in and finishing it as you breathe out.

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On the Side: May 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 4, 2021

“You will keepĀ himĀ in perfectĀ peace, WhoseĀ mindĀ isĀ stayedĀ on You, Because he trusts in You.”Ā ā€“ Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Peace seems scarce these days. In fact, we seem to be living on a peace spectrum that runs anywhere from shaky armistice to literal dumpster fire. Even as I write these words, which you may read later, I am sure that if there isnā€™t something disastrous going on today, there will be tomorrow.

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On the Side: November 2019

By Sharon Chatwell | November 6, 2019

They were young and bright and full of promise. There was so much they could do, so much they wanted to do, so much they were afraid of not doing. Where do you start when you find yourself there? You walk in the light that God has given you.

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