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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By DĂłnal P. O'MathĂşna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

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

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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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Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

What is the role of Christian healthcare professionals in authentic community development? Dr. Mark Crouch discovers this topic in the cover story from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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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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Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Engage Your Community through Healthcare

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

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

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Strengthening the Doctor-Patient-God Relationship

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

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

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Burnout at the Broom Tree

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

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

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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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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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Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Physician

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / June 1, 2020 /

To speak of artificial intelligence (AI) conjures dazzling images of an electronically reconfigured future managed, if not dominated, by calculating, thinking, autonomous machines. Realistically, AI has the potential to deliver numerous useful benefits to medical practice, especially as progress in medical science and healthcare delivery rely increasingly on digital technologies to store and analyze huge data sets. The health information in the human genome and the scientific content of medical journals, for example, exceed the capacity of the human brain to recall, interpret or keep up with exponential advances. AI promises to bridge that gap. Proponents are calling AI the fourth technological revolution following the neolithic transition to agriculture, the industrial revolution utilizing mechanized production and new sources of power, and the digital revolution based on computer processing of digital information.

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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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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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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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Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Care [Part 2] – The LORD’s LAP

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 1, 2015 /

I’ve used this assessment with hundreds and hundreds of new patients over the last 25 years; however, this spiritual assessment tool, like most described in the medical literature, fails to inquire about a critical item involving spiritual health: religious struggle.

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Balance: The Possible Impossible Dream

By Richard Swensen, MD / September 1, 2010 /

It’s trendy to be a bomb-thrower regarding balance. “Destructive,” says one Christian author. “A myth,” claims an inspirational speaker. Impossible, undesirable, unrealistic, and unattainable are other accusations hurled in the balance direction. The business magazine Fast Company ran an article headlined “Balance is Bunk!”

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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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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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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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Transgender and Sexual Orientation

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

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

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Alternative Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Alternative Medicine

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

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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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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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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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Combat Burnout and Reclaim Your Calling

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

I quit medicine. I was only five months out of residency and I was leaving medicine. I was finally a full-fledged physician with the big paycheck but absolutely no fulfillment. Not only did I leave the office night after night completely frustrated, hopeless and exhausted, I showed up each morning in the same state, if not slightly worse.

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CMDA Style Guide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 18, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Style Guide

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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Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath shares how Christians can find respite in community in this article published in the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

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

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

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Cultivating Culture

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Cultivating Culture

Author Ben Palpant encourages you to view culture as a garden to cultivate in order to see true change in this article published in the spring 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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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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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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Trafficking

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

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

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

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

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Cloning

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Cloning

Cloning is asexual reproduction in which an exact genetic copy of another plant, animal or human is made by fusing the DNA from an adult cell into a human egg from which the genetic material has been removed, causing it to divide and grow. By definition of the National Academy of Sciences, a clone is an exact genetic replica of another organism.

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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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A Biblical Perspective on End of Life Issues

By John Dunlop, MD / December 5, 2018 /

How should Christians come to the end of life? What is the appropriate use of technology to prolong life? How can we assure that when our time to die comes we will do it in answer to the call of God rather than because all of the technology of modern medicine has been exhausted?

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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

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

Whereas modern medicine has made available technologies that can prolong life, medical science alone cannot answer questions of whether life-sustaining technologies should be used in particular circumstances or whether such technologies are consistent with patients’ goals of care, values, and beliefs about health, life, and death.

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Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and courage to change the things I can… September 20, 2018

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and courage to change the things I can…

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 20, 2018 /

How do you feel when it’s time to get ready for work? Are most mornings full of excitement about which patients are on your schedule and what you have to offer them? Or are most mornings filled with dread? If it’s the latter, you are not alone.

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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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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

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

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Faith & Health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Faith & Health

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

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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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The “H” in Hospice Stands for “Hope”

By James Avery, MD / December 5, 2018 /

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

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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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Q&A with David Barbe, MD

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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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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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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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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Marijuana

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Marijuana

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on “medical marijuana” and “recreational 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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Understanding Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 5, 1997 /

Here’s what often causes lawsuits and what you can do to avoid themFor doctors, nothing is more sobering than receiving notification that you are being sued.

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Duplicatability

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

I look across the table as Ashley* tells me that there are things no one knows about her, and that her Christian friends would never accept her if they knew . . . that she can’t really believe that God can accept her, since He knows. For some reason, she decided to share them with me.

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Till We Have Minds

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / November 1, 2008 /

A panel of Princeton University scientists recently gathered together to deliberate “whether strong religious belief can coexist with reliance on science.”2 Constraining their definition of truth to “factual human knowledge,” the panel, led by professor of molecular biology Lee Silver, posed the provocative question, whether “science has effectively demonstrated that religious beliefs have no place in the rational mind.”2 How one decides that question guides the answer to a related question essential for the Christian physician. How can faith in Jesus Christ coexist with medical science

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Gender: M or F or Other—Transgender Insights

By Karl Benzio, MD / November 23, 2015 /

Transgenderism is a hot topic in today’s culture. We feel it is important to respond appropriately in a Christian manner when faced with this topic of discussion, as well as when dealing with it in the healthcare profession.

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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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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

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

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
—Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

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

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Women in Medicine: Answering a Call from God

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / June 1, 2012 /

In 1975, the Christian Medical Society Journal published an article titled “The Physician and Her Husband” by Merville O. Vincent. Many of us were just children pretending to play doctor during recess at school when this article was written.

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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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Remedy: Healing for the Nations

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

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

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Professionalism in Healthcare: Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

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

Sexual conduct between a doctor and a patient…is strictly forbidden. In ethical terms, it’s a never event. In a legal sense, it can be a crime. Physicians know it’s a line that can’t be crossed—it’s a prohibition as old as the Hippocratic Oath.”

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Fear of Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 15, 1996 /

Because a malpractice suit can be personally devastating, it is essential that we share our concerns and fears to avoid the nameless, unreasoning, and unjustified terror that can paralyze our mission to be light in a darkened world.

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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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“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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End of Life Issues

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 22, 2019 / Comments Off on End of Life Issues

As a Christian healthcare professional, have your colleagues ever looked down at you for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill? Or have you ever been punished for maintaining your religious beliefs instead of believing in evolution? Or have you ever been harassed by an attending trying to force you to perform an abortion?

If you’ve experienced any type of hostility or discrimination like this, then you know how important it is for healthcare workers to protect their right of conscience. Right of conscience is defined as the right to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.

Healthcare professionals are being pressured and discriminated against by employers and colleagues because of their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. Almost one in four faith-based professionals state that they have been discriminated against by employers, educators or others in the healthcare system. Nearly two out of five have been pressured to violate their beliefs by referring, writing a prescription or doing a procedure.

Abolishing the right of conscience is dangerous. It’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and every patient. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 faith-based doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses, 95 percent of them said they would quit medicine before violating their conscience.

CMDA is committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight to protect the rights of medical professionals. We’ve compiled a great number of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important it is to maintain the right of conscience.

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Reproductive Issues

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Reproductive Issues

As a Christian healthcare professional, have your colleagues ever looked down at you for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill? Or have you ever been punished for maintaining your religious beliefs instead of believing in evolution? Or have you ever been harassed by an attending trying to force you to perform an abortion?

If you’ve experienced any type of hostility or discrimination like this, then you know how important it is for healthcare workers to protect their right of conscience. Right of conscience is defined as the right to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.

Healthcare professionals are being pressured and discriminated against by employers and colleagues because of their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. Almost one in four faith-based professionals state that they have been discriminated against by employers, educators or others in the healthcare system. Nearly two out of five have been pressured to violate their beliefs by referring, writing a prescription or doing a procedure.

Abolishing the right of conscience is dangerous. It’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and every patient. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 faith-based doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses, 95 percent of them said they would quit medicine before violating their conscience.

CMDA is committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight to protect the rights of medical professionals. We’ve compiled a great number of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important it is to maintain the right of conscience.

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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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A Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook

By David B. Biebel, D.Min / June 1, 2001 /

Depending on your practice, within the foreseeable future any number of patients are going to pause on the way out of the exam room, hand on the doorknob, to ask one question or another about alternative medical therapies. For example, one patient might want to know what you think of the “hallelujah diet,” which her friend believes to be divinely inspired.

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Christian Reflections on Dementia

By John Dunlop, MD / June 1, 2006 /

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

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VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

Throughout history, Christian academics were renowned for their scientific excellence. For a variety of reasons, “Christian” and “scientist” now seem like contradictory terms to many people.

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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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The Two Diagnoses

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

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

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Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I’ve been a family doctor in the same location for 30 years, so many of my patients have been with me a decade…or two…or three. Following people through their life stages has been a joy. We’ve grown older together. I’ve been acutely aware of this in the last two weeks as I’ve called patients to reschedule them. I’ve wanted to call them myself to make sure they don’t need anything, because I’d rather they avoid any medical facility for the next six months.

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A Glimmer of Hope: Reaching the Unreached

A Glimmer of Hope: Reaching the Unreached

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

The patient had been paralyzed four months earlier by a gunshot, leaving him unable to move or even talk. The young man’s wife had lovingly been providing complete care, hoping her husband would recover, but Dr. Judy knew there was no chance of improvement.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / 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 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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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 Associations® / 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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Support CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Support CMDA

For more than 80 years, we have pursued one goal—to transform the lives of healthcare professionals so they can transform the world. Through more than 40 programs including campus and community ministries, medical missions, public policy and much more, CMDA continues to be a driving force in healthcare—enriching hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

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