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Position Statements

Position Statements

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Position Statements

Membership Donate Now Position Statements Ethics statements deal with ethical issues. They are drafted by the Ethics Committee of the Board and the final version has to be approved first by the Board of Trustees and then by the House of Representatives representing the CMDA membership. These statements can be based on biblical, scientific, moral…

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Nationalized Healthcare: Prescription or Problem- A Debate

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / September 1, 2009 /

We asked two Christian physicians to share their divergent perspectives on nationalized healthcare. References for Dr. Emil’s answers are first in the endnote section, in Arabic numerals; Dr. Van Mol’s notes follow, in Roman numerals. Reader response is welcome.

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A Second Drug Wave is Coming: Marijuana

By James Avery, MD / January 10, 2019 /

The first drug wave was the opioid epidemic. In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses (67,000) than during the entirety of the Vietnam War (58,200).1 The second and more insidious wave is coming—it’s the marijuana wave.

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ETHICAL VACCINES: Ready for a shot in the arm?

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

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

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

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Student Life

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Student Life

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

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Eagerly approaching the end of her Certified Nurse Midwife education, CMDA member Sara Hellwege decided to seek a position where she could minister to medically underserved patients without compromising her life-affirming convictions.

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Praying With Our Patients

Praying With Our Patients

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

We had completed a full workup for chronic pain for Susan, a patient of mine, and I could not find a physical or emotional etiology. Though she initially resisted discussing her social and spiritual health, she eventually became willing to talk after I questioned her again.

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At the Heart of the Crisis: Personal Reflections on COVID-19

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

It is no exaggeration for me to say CMDA has had an influential impact on my adult spiritual life. Since 1999, I have been active with CMDA in one way or another. In 2017, my work with the New York City chapter was significantly increasing, and I found myself more interested in ministry activities than even my own private practice in surgery. After a couple years of praying and planning, I officially began my full-time ministry as the NYC Area Director on March 1, 2020. There was no way humanly possible we could have foreseen what would occur in NYC that same month.

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Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 9, 2019 /

It is tempting to think sexual harassment is a problem that happens to other people in other places. Sadly, that is not the case. According to Medscape’s 2018 survey of 6,200 physicians, 7 percent of physicians have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the last three years.

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When Do You Become You?

By Gene Rudd, MD / September 1, 2002 /

The debate over the status of pre-born humans has become clouded due to the redefinition of certain terms over the past few decades. Biological advances, including the destruction of embryos to obtain embryonic stem cells have also heightened the ethical dilemma. However, human life remains worthy of protection from the moment of its individual uniqueness—fertilization.

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From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 12, 2012 /

For months, it seemed like the country was holding its breath. With baited breath, some waited in anticipation and others waited in dread. Experts and analysts outlined countless “what if” scenarios, examining and scrutinizing various sides of the argument.

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Cloning Name Games

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 1, 2002 /

Proponents of therapeutic cloning seek to clone human embryos, but don’t want them implanted into women. Instead, they want to use them to produce stem cells that might some day be developed into therapies. These stem cells and resulting tissues would be immunologically compatible with the person from whom they were cloned, thereby overcoming the risk of rejection that plagues tissue transplantation from other people.

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Negative Health Consequences of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / July 27, 2011 /

The health effects of same-sex sexual behavior are many. The public, government, and judiciary are being lead to believe that same-sex sexuality is a normal variant with interactions and results equivalent to heterosexual sexuality. However, this position runs contrary to professional literature and the track record of history.

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CMDA Statement on Medical Marijuana

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 /

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on “medical marijuana” with both an inherent belief that the Bible is the Word of God–that it speaks into our time and culture and that God gave us his creation to use to its fullest potential—and with the incorporation of scientific evidence which provides a window into the truths about God’s creation.

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Pornography and Interactive Sexual Devices

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

Pornography is any medium that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to entice sexual imagination. Pornography has no beneficial use but damages human relationships. Mass communication technologies such as the Internet have expanded its reach to an unprecedented degree. Video and virtual reality have intensified its content. The introduction of sex robots that imitate human speech and sexual behaviors and are designed to perform sexual acts with humans are an extreme elaboration of pornography. All of these have dangerous psychological, social, and spiritual consequences.

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Terms & Conditions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Terms & Conditions

Membership Donate Now Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Christian Medical & Dental Associations (“CMDA” or “We”) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit CMDA’s online properties, including websites, social…

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Vaccination information and Recommendations

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 1, 2011 /

The safety and advisability of vaccinating our children has become a hot topic, and one of great importance. This handout was prepared to present reliable information, answer questions, provide encouragement, and perhaps spark more Christian enthusiasm for medical science drawn from history.

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The Robot Will See You Now: Can Medical Technology Be Professional?

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / September 1, 2016 /

Article published in Vol. 32.3 Fall 2016 Ethics and Medicine by William Cheshire, JR, MD about the problems with the term “provider” instead of “professionals.”

As innovative technology replaces more and more of what physicians do, the question arises whether there is any limit to the potential medical capabilities of technology at the bedside. Drug-dispensing kiosks, robotic surgery, computerized sedation devices, and other novel medical technologies bring practical advantages while also raising philosophical questions about the nature of the relationship between the patient and technology that serves as a proxy for the healthcare professional.

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GHO – FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 29, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – FAQs

Membership Donate 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 COSTS What kinds of things do my Global Health Outreach trip fees cover? Trip costs are in three main categories. Airline travel to…

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Gene Editing of Human Beings

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Gene Editing of Human Beings

In this article from the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Prentice discusses how genetic engineering has the potential for great benefit and great harm.

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Spectators or Saints – Which Will We Be?

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 1, 2007 /

Human trafficking today is a 44 billion dollar a year industry. With over 28 million humans in slavery worldwide, it is likely that Christian doctors will encounter one or more victims in their practice. We can make a difference, if we care and dare.

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Seeking Justice for Modern Day Slaves

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / September 1, 2009 /

When Jill was 14, she was forced to run away from home to escape repeated physical and sexual abuse. She ended up in the home of Bruce who found her alone at a local mall and promised her a job in his home “business.”

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The Stem Cell Revolution

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 1, 2001 /

“Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into a variety of tissues. This means, through careful engineering, stem cells could be used to repair a damaged brain or heart, rebuild a knee, restore injured nervous system connections, treat diabetes and much more. That’s the potential power of stem cells, and the reason the University of Minnesota is investing greatly in its Stem Cell Institute – the first of its kind. The Institute today will change medicine as we know it tomorrow.”

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

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

What do you do when a patient asks for prayer but you’re too busy to take the time? In today’s world of healthcare, where efficiency is the driver, how do you take the time to include your faith in your practice? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explains how you can offer both efficient care and spiritual care in your practice.

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HHS Protects Conscience Freedoms

By Jonathan Imbody / September 18, 2019 /

Conscience-guided healthcare professionals and students received a healthy dose of positive federal policy advances in the last few months. CMDA played a role advocating on behalf of our members in each of the following federal policy reforms that relate to conscience freedom, gender issues and abortion.

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Care, Not Killing: The Most Excellent Way

By Margaret Cottle, MD, CCFP / July 18, 2015 /

Calling me over to her bed in the ICU, she fumbled to grasp the lapels of my white coat. With surprising strength she drew me close to her face and said vehemently, “I don’t care what my doctor says, or what my family says, I just want to be kept comfortable until such time as I am no longer alive.”

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Our Calling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Reverend Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv / June 1, 2020 /

Few of us trained to treat sick communities and continents. Unfortunately, that is our task during a pandemic. The origin of the word comes from the Greek pandemos, where pan means everyone and demos means population. Pandemics confront us with not just one sick individual but with hundreds of thousands of ill patients. The responsible pathogen overwhelms both individual immune systems and community healthcare systems. The toll is individual and collective.

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Human Trafficking: What Can I Do About It?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 25, 2015 /

Do you want to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, but simply don’t know where to start? In this article published in the fall 2015 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Drs. Allen Pelletier, Clydette Powell and Gloria Halverson outline easy steps for you take to help spread awareness and join the battle to end human trafficking.

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Has God Indeed Said…? A Biblical Perspective on Sexuality, Part 1

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / September 1, 2011 /

We are created as sexual beings, so sexuality rightly holds more than a passing interest to us. Likewise, sex sells, but the products offered are often flawed. Confusion lurks for our young people — older ones too — when encouragement for the loosening of sexual standards comes, as it sometimes does, from religious quarters. How should we respond?

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Oppose Prohibited Business Bylaw- Unlawful, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 15, 2020 /

Voices-of-change.org, ChangedMovement.com, exodusglobalalliance.org/firstpersonc7.php, SexChangeRegret.com are among groups providing testimonials of people who have changed undesired sexual attraction or gender incongruence through professional counseling.

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 6, 2017 /

It was bound to happen. And it did, on a Thursday morning. But let me give you some background first. My best friend and practice partner, John Hartman, MD, and I were seeing patients in our family medicine practice from, as they say, conception to cremation. We had been working to introduce a variety of simple spiritual interventions that allowed us to practice not just as healthcare professionals who were Christians, but as Christians who happened to be healthcare professionals.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Advertisements

Christian Medical & Dental Associations has two ways to advertise with us, our quarterly journal Today’s Christian Doctor and on our website.

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Dermatology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Dermatology Section

The Dermatology Section of the Christian Medical Association strives to enable Christian dermatologists to work together for deeper mutual support and understanding.

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American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2019 /

Your assistance is critically needed on two items at the American Medical Association meeting. One, the AMA will vote at its June 8-12 annual meeting in Chicago on assisted suicide, specifically to affirm the slightly revised Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) report. Two, New Mexico has submitted Resolution 020 (A-19) for Engaged Neutrality as it refers to the Physician-Assisted Suicide position statement in an effort to speak against the CEJA report.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / 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 man’s heart remain unchanged. As Proverbs reminds us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

It’s what researchers call a “cross-cultural universal.” That means no matter where you live, what your income, age, your culture or even your politics, generous people are, in general, healthier and happier. The mechanisms for it are built into our brains!

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Gifts and Miracles: My Unexpected Journey into Addiction Medicine

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

When I entered my family medicine residency, I had a cohort of marijuana-smoking pregnant women to care for. They drove me crazy. Many nights I would come home to my wife and tell her, “If I ever really hate myself, I will figure out a way to treat adolescent, obstetric addiction.”

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The Pursuit of Truth—Not Politics—Should Guide Research

By Jonathan Imbody / November 5, 2018 /

The contentious confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh mirrored a less outwardly raucous, though equally intense, conflict in the scientific and research community. Our country, our culture and the scientific community appear at a crossroads. We are determining the extent to which objectivity, evidence and reason—as opposed to bias, ideology and emotion—will shape our conclusions and our policies.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Physician-Assisted Suicide

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. We’ve compiled a great amount of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue.

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Shaping Your Worldview

By John Stonestreet / April 12, 2013 /

Four years ago, the inauguration of the first African-American president in United States history closed with a benediction from Pastor Rick Warren. Warren, author of the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, might be the most well-known evangelical pastor in America. Among the things well known about Warren at the time of his inaugural invitation was his stance on the definition of marriage.

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Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

In this article from the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Bryant Stoudt shares seven ideas that you can use to apply what you learned on a mission trip in your busy, everyday life.

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling the Opioid Epidemic

In this article published in the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Stephen Manchester outlines how you can integrate spiritual care into opioid treatment in your practice. Plus, for the first time in the magazine’s history, you can earn continuing education credit with this article. 

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Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Would you prefer to endure a medical malpractice lawsuit, or would you rather be terminated from your employment? Is there much difference in your emotional rollercoaster ride with either option? Would you want somebody who has ridden that rollercoaster before to assure you that the hellish ride will eventually finish?

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A Fragile Gift

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 1, 2015 /

Two years into their marriage, CMDA member Dr. Adam Lewis and his wife, Kim, decided it was time to have children. Their high hopes soon descended into desperation, an experience shared by over two million couples in America who face the challenges of infertility.

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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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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Reveals National Survey Findings on Healthcare and Conscience

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019—The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org) the nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, today released findings of a national survey showing that conscience-protecting laws and regulations help protect patient access to healthcare while addressing rampant discrimination against faith-based health professionals.

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Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Resources

Membership Donate Now HELPLINE 1-888-230-2637 HOME BLOG TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE PAY FEE RESOURCES Videos Dr. Steve Sartori speaking at the Christian Community Health Fellowship National Conference about the importance of trust in building a team. Podcasts CMDA-Matters Podcasts Dr. Steve Sartori and Dr. Ann Tsen talk about coaching in an interview from the…

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Coaching Courses

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Coaching Courses

Membership Donate Now HELPLINE 1-888-230-2637 HOME BLOG TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE PAY FEE UPCOMING COACHING COURSES We offer several opportunities to engage in Coaching Training throughout the year. These are the most current courses we have planned. 501 Foundations for Christian Coaching – Online Seminar September 28-November 16, 2020 You’re invited to an Online…

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Christian Surgeons Fellowship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Christian Surgeons Fellowship

Starting out as a small group of Christ-following academic surgeons over twenty years ago, the Christian Surgeons Fellowship has grown steadily over the years and has held annual meetings since 1995.

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Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019–The Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based professional medical organization, responded today to their victory in federal court for the conscience rights of medical professionals. The case, Franciscan Alliance v. Azar, sought relief from a 2016 federal regulation that threatened to drive religious doctors out of practice if they would not perform gender-transition procedures that violate their medical judgment and beliefs. Today’s ruling struck down the rule.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

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

“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Summary of Court Briefs and Cases

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

Current Summary of Court Cases

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

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

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

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Am I Too Old to Practice?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Am I Too Old to Practice?

In the cover story from the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Al Weir discusses an important question for all healthcare professionals: when is the right time to retire from practicing?

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How Big Are Your Rocks?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on How Big Are Your Rocks?

Did you have a sling shot when you were a kid? I did, and I used to pick up rocks and pebbles from our driveway to use as ammunition when I plinked tree trunks, scared birds away from eating our garden and knocked cans off a stone wall.

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To go or not to go, that is the question

By Richard Johnson, MD / February 28, 2019 /

I am sure you, like me, have faced this question on countless occasions. In our busy professional lives, we are constantly being reminded of annual society meetings. We joined them for professional enrichment and acknowledgement of credentials. Possibly our paper is accepted to be part of the program. And yes, we do get some CME credits and a chance to socialize with colleagues. But do we go or not? Life is so, so busy, and the kids’ school and athletic events are right at the same time. I’d have to get someone to cover my practice and my church commitments. I think I am spinning too many plates!

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Center for Well-being | Events

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Center for Well-being | Events

The CMDA Center for Well-being helps Christian healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence.

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GHO – Application Information

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 9, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – Application Information

Membership Donate 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 BEFORE YOU APPLY To apply for a trip with Global Health Outreach, simply find the trip you are interested in and fill out the…

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Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

We are a community of Christian academic physicians and scientists who are committed to helping one another discern and live up to our faith-based calling. We endeavor to transform our academic communities through faith, fellowship, and scholarship.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – February 2015

By Jonathan Imbody / February 26, 2015 / Comments Off on The Point Washington Update – February 2015

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests.

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FCO Mission Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 9, 2018 / Comments Off on FCO Mission Opportunities

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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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Media

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® Media Resources are freely provided to members and non-members alike.

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Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Abortion

The latest up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of abortion.

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Member Awards

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Member Awards

Membership Donate Now Member Awards One of the highlights each year during the CMDA National Convention is the presentation of the Servant of Christ, Educator, Missionary and President’s Heritage Awards. You are invited to nominate CMDA colleagues for three of these four awards, while the Missionary of the Year Award is selected by the CMDE Commission. A…

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CMDA Wins Temporary Injunction in Texas Transgender Mandate Lawsuit

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 4, 2017 /

Moments ago, a Texas court protected the rights of families and their doctors to make medical decisions for their child free from government bureaucrats’ interference.

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Human Trafficking: The Slavery of the 21st Century

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 1, 2006 /

The 2005 US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders every year. This number is dwarfed by the several million that are estimated to be trafficked within their home countries.

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I Got My Joy Back…Now What? A Deeper Understanding of Joy Through a Trip to Israel

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 8, 2020 /

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.”

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

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

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.

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Human Trafficking and The Morning After Pill: Do They Go Together?

By Janie Christine Ogle, DO / September 18, 2019 /

What choice will you make when you come to a fork in the road? Will you choose to stand up for what you believe, or will you stand by and conform to the world around you? When I was a medical student, I pondered when the time would come where I had to make that decision and if I would remain faithful to my belief.

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Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

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

California’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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When “Cure” Doesn’t Come: Finding Deeper Healing

By Joni Eareckson Tada / September 18, 2019 /

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.

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Q&A with David Barbe, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Q&A with David Barbe, MD

In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, CMDA has an exclusive interview with David Barbe, MD, the President of the American Medical Association.

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Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 1, 2016 /

Filed February 2016
Question Presented:

Whether the Petitioner-Pharmacists’ belief that it is immoral to participate in the taking of human life is informed by the objective medical science establishing:

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Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Christian Doctors Association Lauds Appointment of Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today hailed as a “signal of new hope for persons of faith enduring persecution and oppression” the presidential appointment of Samuel Brownback of Kansas to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State. Mr. Brownback has been Governor of Kansas since 2011.

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Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

Washington, DC—May 26, 2020 – Christian Medical Association physicians (CMA*, www.cmda.org) received support from states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts who recently filed legal briefs in a case regarding a federal conscience protection rule for health professionals.

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Plaintiff Christian Medical Association Welcomes Intent of New HHS Rule to Restore Intent of Congress on Sex Discrimination

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Plaintiff Christian Medical Association Welcomes Intent of New HHS Rule to Restore Intent of Congress on Sex Discrimination

Washington, DC, May 24, 2019–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org and www.Freedom2Care.org) today welcomed as “a move toward restoring rationality regarding sex discrimination in healthcare” a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that aims to restore the intent of Congress regarding sex discrimination in healthcare.

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Racism

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Racism

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

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

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

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Newsroom

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Newsroom

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® News Releases

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“I’ve Got This.” Al Weir, MD December 11, 2018

First Things: Scripture Before Phone

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / October 6, 2019 /

“Once we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we don’t, we will turn to the world looking for love. And that order makes all the difference.” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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WPC – TRI

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

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

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Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

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

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle. For much of his career, Dr. Finger has worked in disease prevention and health promotion in state and local health departments. Dr. Finger has been a CMDA member since 2003.

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / 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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Dental Association

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Dental Association

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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CMA Doctors Laud Administration’s Common Sense Approach to Contraceptives and the First Amendment

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2017 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud Administration’s Common Sense Approach to Contraceptives and the First Amendment

The nation’s largest faith-based association of doctors, the Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org), today urged the Trump administration to follow through on a promised common sense contraceptives policy, outlined in a document leaked yesterday, that accommodates First Amendment freedom of religious exercise. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would implement the new policy under the leadership of Sec. Tom Price, a physician who as a Member of Congress promoted legislation to advance religious freedom.

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Post-Roe v. Wade: Overt War on Conscience Rages

By Jonathan Imbody / April 1, 2012 /

As Roberta Flack softly coos her 1973 Grammy-winning song in the background, the 2011 TV commercial slowly unveils a stunning, color image of a developing, gently moving baby in utero. The baby’s tiny arm curls upward, framing her glorious face.

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Crisis in Nicaragua

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

It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—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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Standing Against Persecution

By Amanda Lucashu, DO / March 1, 2013 /

My journey with medicine began when I was only eight years old. As I listened to a missionary speak about the need for the next generation to continue the work and become missionaries, I felt God impress upon me that He wanted me to become a missionary doctor to Mexico. From the beginning, missions and medicine were intrinsically linked for me. So when I started school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York in the fall of 2011, I knew that I wanted to be used by God even before I got to the “mission field,” but I had no idea how much of a mission field I was walking into.

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The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 22, 2020 /

Most people can do one or two of these things, but very few people can do more than that. I have always found this idea intriguing as my family and I considered how to budget the money we have been given. But it leaves out something very important we can do with our extra money, doesn’t it? We can give it away.

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Religious Freedom in Healthcare: Navigating the New Era

By Jonathan Imbody / June 1, 2011 /

The U.S. Supreme Court’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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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Dónal P. O’Mathúna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

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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, “Walt, how come we don’t bring our faith to work with us more often?”

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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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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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Remember to Remember: The Modern Implications of Abortion

By John Patrick, MD / March 1, 2012 /

Remember to remember is a recurrent divine command. God wants us to remember the past in order to celebrate the good and learn to avoid evil. Equally recurrently, the children of Israel forgot to remember and the consequences were usually severe, including exile and slavery.

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 27, 2018 / Comments Off on “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

“Can I ethically immunize my kids with a vaccine that has been produced using cells from an aborted baby?” The caller asking the question seemed to be sincere. During Stand to Reason’s call-in podcast, the questions vary widely—the nature of God, evangelism, ethics—and host Greg Koukl does a great job thinking on his feet and applying a biblical worldview.

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Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in the Ideological Lions’ Den

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / March 1, 2013 /

In September 2012, California became the first U.S. state to ban therapeutic sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE) involving minors. “[SOCE] . . . has resulted in much harm, including a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth committing suicide.

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Imagine

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / August 23, 2018 /

In 1971, John Lennon published a song by the title “Imagine.” In a slow, dreamy cadence, the Beatles musician invites the listener to, “Imagine there’s no heaven; it’s easy if you try; no hell below us; above us only sky.” He continues, “Imagine there’s no countries; it isn’t hard to do; nothing to kill or die for; and no religion, too. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”

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

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / 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 of 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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Disciple Making Medicine

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

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.

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Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / September 28, 2010 /

Excerpted from “Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking — on Facebook,” Fox News. September 28, 2010–The world’s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group uses Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world; to find and exchange photos of children; to hone its members’ predatory behavior; and to identify, target and reel in child victims, an investigation by FoxNews.com reveals.

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