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

For more than 80 years, we have pursued one goalā€”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 healthcareā€”enriching hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

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Right of Conscience | Freedom of Faith & Conscience | Religious Freedom

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Right of Conscience | Freedom of Faith & Conscience | Religious Freedom

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 youā€™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. Itā€™s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but itā€™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. Weā€™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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The Reality of Today’s Long-Term Medical Missions

By Harold P. Adolph, MD, FACS / November 1, 2012 /

Perhaps our concept of a career missionary doctorā€™s family might sound similar to this . . . a poor missionary surgeon and his family give up a ā€œgood American doctorā€™s family lifeā€ to live in endless poverty. They suffer through a hand-to-mouth existence in an African country full of intrigue, Satan worship, witchcraft, fear, poisonings, arson, coups, Marxist takeovers, massive killings and persecution of Christians. Their children are forced to be homeschooled by their parents. They have jobs at the mission hospital from a very young age. Their future education and life is tenuous at best. They canā€™t possibly amount to anything and will probably die early of some terrible tropical disease that is yet to be unearthed.

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CMDA Wins Temporary Injunction in Texas Transgender Mandate Lawsuit

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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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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The Erosion of Tolerance

The Erosion of Tolerance

By John Patrick, MD / September 3, 2014 / Comments Off on The Erosion of Tolerance

Be encouraged to take a stand for Christian ethics in this article from Dr. John Patrick published in the fall 2014 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Engage Your Government

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 1, 2016 /

By the time you read these words, America will have finally chosen a new president after seemingly endless years of primary races, campaigning, debates and grudge matches pitting candidate against candidate. Chances are, whether you voted for the eventual winner or not, you shoulder at least some measure of concern for the future of our country.

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

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

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

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

Itā€™s what researchers call a ā€œcross-cultural universal.ā€ 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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Courage through the Crisis: Stories from the Frontlines

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

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

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

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First Fridays at the Mortons

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

My husband and I had just moved from Michigan to Texas for my first year of medical school at the University Health Science Center San Antonio. We walked up to the door of a house we had never visited, hand-in-hand wondering what the evening ahead would hold, with unfamiliar people, in this unfamiliar part of the country. As we arrived at the front door, we could hear the sounds of conversation mixed with laughter inside, along with the delicious aroma of cooking pizza tantalizing our taste buds. Another couple our age greeted us warmly while handing us an apron, sending us toward a buzzing kitchen to begin creating our ā€œcouple pizzaā€ for the pizza bake-off contest! Wow! It was a Texas size welcome.

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Engage Your Church: Outside the Walls

Engage Your Church: Outside the Walls

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

A few months ago, a student came up after our CMDA weekly campus luncheon and exclaimed, ā€œI am so glad for CMDA! This is my church.ā€ That statement is great affirmation of the work God is doing in our local groups and in the lives of students. However, it also raises an important question about the role of CMDA within the broader body of Christā€”the church.

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Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

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

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

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The Pursuit of Truthā€”Not Politicsā€”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 reasonā€”as opposed to bias, ideology and emotionā€”will shape our conclusions and our policies.

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Resident/Fellow

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Resident/Fellow

Membership Donate Now Join Us FAQs Leadership Team Resources Contact Us Join the National Resident & Fellow Community mailing list! Thank you for your interest in the National Resident & Fellow Community (NRFC). This contact form allows us to better connect with you, but it is not a CMDA membership form. Please go to cmda.org/join…

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Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Engage Your Campus Student

Engage Your Campus

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

Around 6 p.m. on any given Tuesday night from August to May, cars begin to line the street in front of our house and medical students from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine parade into our home. Together, we share a home-cooked meal, praise God with worship songs, participate in a Bible study and hang out afterward for a time of fellowship.

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Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, we feature Shelby Montgomery, a third year at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received my bachelorā€™s of science in kinesiology at LSU in Baton Rouge, spending her junior year of undergrad at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on the island of Oahu through National Student Exchange. After graduating from LSU, I worked for one year at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge as a research coordinator for the Heads Up project.

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

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

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

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Two courageous Families Fight for Our Freedoms at Supreme Court

By Jonathan Imbody / April 8, 2014 /

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

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American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

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

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

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National Embryo Donation Center

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 1, 2004 /

Many couples who have used reproductive technology in an effort to have children are faced with the daunting dilemma of what to do with remaining embryos that will not be implanted and brought to birth. These so-called ā€œexcessā€ embryos are being targeted for destruction by researchers who promise miracle cures. On the other side of the equation are over two million infertile couples who desire to have children.

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Living the Word

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

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

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Engage Your Government

Engage Your Government

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

By the time you read these words, America will have finally chosen a new president after seemingly endless years of primary races, campaigning, debates and grudge matches pitting candidate against candidate. Chances are, whether you voted for the eventual winner or not, you shoulder at least some measure of concern for the future of our country.

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GHO – Application Information

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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CMDA Today

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 27, 2018 / Comments Off on CMDA Today

CMDA Today is a full-color, quarterly magazine devoted to todayā€™s issues in healthcare, including inspirational testimonies from fellow Christian healthcare professionals, public policy updates, glimpses into the future of healthcare and examples of how to integrate your faith into your practice.

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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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Washington Office

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Washington Office

We are dedicated to serving as a Christian voice on today’s current healthcare topics by speaking for our members to the government, media, church and public. Our Washington Office links our members with Congress, the Administration and policy organizations in Washington, D.C.; presents life-honoring perspectives through the national media; and publishes resources on vital issues.

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Malpractice Pain

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 20, 2007 /

The pain of a malpractice suit can test your limits, threatening all you hold dear. For some, th is experience is devasating-personally, relationally, professionally-regardless how the case is resolved.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

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

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

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Medical Malpractice Ministry

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Medical Malpractice Ministry

A malpractice lawsuit can wreak havoc on a healthcare professional’s family, career and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The effects can be devastating. CMDAā€™s Medical Malpractice Ministry is available to intervene with prayer, educational resources and encouragement from a commission of doctors who have faced malpractice suits themselves.

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The VIE Poster Session FAQs

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

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

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Facing the Pit of Evil

Facing the Pit of Evil

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Facing the Pit of Evil

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) shares when we follow our human nature, we are tempted by a desire to bunker down and protect ourselves from evil. The Bible tells us to flee this temptation, but just as importantly, we should also fight evil.

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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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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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Transforming Ecuador

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Transforming Ecuador

Stop me if youā€™ve heard this before: ā€œShort-term mission trips are a waste. They do more harm than good. Americans only go on mission trips to help feel better about themselves and their lives. Short-term teams arenā€™t trained to serve cross-culturally.

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Where Did My Joy Goā€¦and How Do I Get It Back?

Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

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

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself,Ā ā€œWhat changed?ā€ Did sheĀ make the wrong career choice? Does sheĀ care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.

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

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

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

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Contentment: The Secret of a Lasting Calm

By Richard Swensen, MD / June 10, 2013 /

If someone offered me a parka in a blizzard, Iā€™d take it. Same with a hat in Death Valley, soup during a famine or a parachute in freefall. Iā€™d not only take these things, Iā€™d lunge for them. You would too. When desperate, we accept help.

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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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Oppose Prohibited Business Bylaw- Unlawful, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

By AndrĆØ 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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Praying With Patients

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 16, 2018 /

Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath explores what a variety of secular physicians have to say about praying with patients in the exam room. Itā€™s a topic that is vastly important to Christian healthcare professionals. Not surprisingly, there was a wide range of options among secular physicians.

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Physician Burnout

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 19, 2016 /

It was a relatively slow evening at work when I got the text. My phone vibrated on the clinic countertop as I was looking over a chart. ā€œAre you busy? Can you talk?ā€ I figured those words couldnā€™t be good, coming as they did from a young intern I mentored when she was a medical student. I found myself wondering if she had lost a patient.

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Racism

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

The Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® (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 AssociationsĀ® 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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Leading Your Campus Chapter

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Leading Your Campus Chapter

Membership Donate Now About Student Life Connect Grow Student Pulse Podcast Online Resource Portal Webinar Series The VIE Poster Session Doing the Right Thing Christian Friendly Residences Student & Resident Life Blog Student Life Apparel Lead Campus Leadership Training National Leadership Opportunities Regional Leadership Opportunities Leading Your Campus Chapter National Student Community Go Global Health…

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

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

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

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Side by Side

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Side by Side

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

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Apologetics Series: Should Physicians Take Life?

By Robert Martin, MD / March 1, 2008 /

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

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Preachers of Righteousness

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

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

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Religious Freedom in Healthcare: Navigating the New Era

By Jonathan Imbody / June 1, 2011 /

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

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More Than Meets the Eye

By Richard Swensen, MD / March 1, 2006 /

Every morning when I get up, I ask myself two questions: First, is God as worried as I am? If the answer is yes, then I cancel my agenda for the day ā€™cause itā€™s all over. But if the answer is no, I ask the second question: Then why am I worried?

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The Sovereignty of God: Surrendering to Sovereignty

By Richard Swensen, MD / November 1, 2009 /

Einsteinā€™s life began badly and kept getting worse. At birth, his parents were alarmed about his malformed head. They prayed his brain was not damaged. He was slow to speak, raising fears of retardation. ā€œClassmates regarded Albert as a freak,ā€ said a friend. ā€œTeachers thought him dull-witted because of his failure to learn by rote and his strange behavior.ā€ When his father asked what profession suited the boy, the headmaster said, ā€œIt doesnā€™t matter; heā€™ll never make a success of anything.ā€

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

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

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

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

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

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

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Backward and Forward

Backward and Forward

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 18, 2019 /

Franklin Graham, my boss, and I had just finished a meeting in the early 1990s when I walked into my office at World Medical Missions and found a letter marked ā€œPersonal and Confidentialā€ on my desk from the Christian Medical & Dental Society (CMDS, as the ministry was called at that time). As I opened it, little did I realize it was the first step in a journey that would result in me leading CMDA for 25 years.

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Healthy Healthcare Marriages

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 10, 2016 /

Doctors have had a bad rap on the marriage front for a number of years. Weā€™ve long been accused of having a much higher divorce rate than the general public. For many years, there was not a lot of data on healthcare marriages, but strongly held popular opinion characterized a high percentage of us as overworked divorcees whose devotion to our patients cost us our marriages.

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Explaining at the Supreme Court Why Kids at Churches Need Public Safety Protection, Too

By Jonathan Imbody / April 20, 2017 /

I spoke yesterday outside the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments in a court case over whether the Government can exclude kids who play on church-owned playgrounds from safety programs. The case could have broad implications across the nation for how governments treat faith-based institutions and individuals.
I really appreciated working together with colleagues from groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to highlight the message that Government should not set up a religious test for which kids get safety protections.

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

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

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

There is so much need, and so much help that you can provide by partnering with people in an intentional and thoughtful way. Thanks to all of you that have blessed me and our hospital in the last 4 years by doing just that, and for those of you who will come to places just like ours.

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Marijuana: Profits, Politics and Popularity Over People August 1, 2018

The Commercialization of Marijuana

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 22, 2017 /

What happens when marijuana is legalized for either medical or recreational use with little regulation and almost no enforcement? Unfortunately, we know by looking at what has happened in Colorado over the last few years, as Ben Cort relates in his excellent bookĀ Weed, Inc.

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Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

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

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

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Spiritual Skills Are Too Important To Be Left to Pastoral Specialists

By Walt Larimore, MD / June 16, 2015 /

Family physicians should use their ā€œpractical tool for spiritual assessment.ā€ Is such a tool either wise or ethical? Recent commentaries would suggest not.

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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 babyā€™s tiny arm curls upward, framing her glorious face.

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Side {by} Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

After an interviewing trip in 1987, my husband announced he wanted to complete his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. To this day, I still remember hearing myself say, ā€œThatā€™s fine, honey. We could go there and have a ministry to internationals because many people from all parts of the world come there for training and then return to their homeland. It would be a great reverse mission field!ā€

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Send Them, & Go With Them

Send Them, & Go With Them

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

In July 2012, I was lying in an emergency department in Destin, Florida, wondering how a little gallbladder could cause me so much pain. I prayed for the pain to stop, and thankfully it did. The problem, however, did not go away. And as I headed home from the beach the next day, I grew more and more anxious about the upcoming healthcare mission trip to Haiti I was scheduled to go on in just two weeks with CMDAā€™s Global Health Outreach (GHO).

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Is Vaccination Complicit with Abortion?

By Gene Rudd, MD / February 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Is Vaccination Complicit with Abortion?

Does having your child vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella morally link you to an abortion performed 42 years ago? Some patients think so, but is this perspective reasonable?

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The Bad Science Battering Ram

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / August 25, 2016 /

The spiritual and moral turn our nation has taken over the last several years has made this a time of grinding disappointment and discouragement for Christians and others of like convictions. The news media, entertainment industry, educational institutions, courts and government have generally dropped even the appearance of neutrality.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Featuring Drs. Joshua and Hannah Evans

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

: I became involved with CMDA during my second year of medical school. God was working in my life at that time through several events, and in CMDA I found a welcoming, loving, supporting group of friends who loved the Lord and encouraged me in my spiritual growth.

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Interview with an American Ninja Warrior

Interview with an American Ninja Warrior

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

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

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But God: Finding the Silver Lining

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

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

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Seeing the Big Picture of Bioethics

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

I like history, and so I donā€™t like bioethics. Why? Because I consider it to be a deceptive word used to make people feel good when they should be afraid. And because it took medical ethics out of its privileged position of being solely concerned with the only creature made in the image of God and secularized it.

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The Mountaintop

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

Burnout is the current buzzword in healthcare, the subject of endless articles and editorial commentaries. Fatigue, depersonalization and cynicism characterize this happiness-ruining and career-destroying disease, which has reached epidemic levels among healthcare professionals across the country.

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

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

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019ā€”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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Opinion Letter

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 29, 1977 /

I do not carry malpractice inĀ­surance. Originally I decided not to carry it simply because I could not afford it. Now, howĀ­ever, I practice uninsured as a matter of principle.

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Membership

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Membership

Membership with 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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CMDA Dental Residency [+]

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

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

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Service Spot

Service Spot

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / March 17, 2017 /

I was checking my email in the family room with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on TV in the background when a phrase the announcer used grabbed my attention. He said Nick Kyrigos, an Australian tennis player, was a “spot server.”

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Christian Surgeons Fellowship

Christian Surgeons Fellowship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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On the Side: August 2018

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

This time of year, many of us in the medical world find ourselves moving from one place to another; following our doctor husbands to new training programs, residencies, fellowships or careers. June and July are the months of the annual migration of doctors, which creates a lot of packing and unpacking of boxes.

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Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions

A program designed to serve domestic and international healthcare missionaries in their work as well as aid in the recruitment and retention of career medical missionaries. CMM also assists students with scholarships and overseas rotations.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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

ā€œI have been richly blessed by God, and I have a burning desire to do what I can to bring His message to anyone who will listen.ā€ ā€”Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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What Are You Training For?

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

Most of us have been involved to varying degrees with different types of training: training for our specialties, to run a race, to get in shape, to eat healthier, to get better in our areas of interest.Ā We put tremendous amounts of time into our professional training.Ā But what about our spiritual training? Dr. Jeff Amstutz discusses this topic in this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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CMDA Ethics Statement on Persons with Acquired Cognitive Impairment

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 14, 2021 /

This ethical statement outlines CMDAā€™s affirmation of the value of all persons with cognitive impairment, recognizing their inherent dignity. CMDA believes that in spite of their cognitive impairment, they can lead meaningful lives with the help of caregivers, who deserve our help support and prayers.

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Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking

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

Excerpted from “Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking — on Facebook,” Fox News. September 28, 2010–The worldā€™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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Alabama Amici Curiae Against Late Term Abortions

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

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

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WPC Pulse: September 2015

WPC Pulse: September 2015

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

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Too much to do and too little time? Are you having trouble concentrating or even remembering things because you are so busy with life? I am sure you can answer yes to one or more of these questions because most people that I encounter these days, especially physicians, are overwhelmed. You may be overwhelmed with the office, EMR, family, church responsibilities or a combination of them all.

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Destroying Giants

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 16, 2017 /

What are you scared of? For most of the 12 spies Moses sent to scout the Promised Land “flowing with milk and honey,” it was the giants who lived there. In Numbers 13:27-32 they said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are” (NIV 1984). Then, they spread scary rumors among the people of Israel.

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WPC Pulse: August 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 1, 2014 /

ā€œYou shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you freeā€ (John 8:32, NKJV). This has become a really important verse in my life over the last 10 or 15 years. I donā€™t know if any of you can relate, but Iā€™ve had a bit of struggle with performance and with basing my identity on how much I was able to do. Iā€™m not totally sure, but I think this started as a young child ā€“ maybe even at birth.

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / 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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Engaging with Your Family

Engaging with Your Family

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

You’re on call, youā€™ve got a sick patient looming on the horizon, a ton of dictations wait for you and your spouse wants you home for dinner with the family. Which one of these causes you the most frustration? I thought so. Maybe itā€™s better not to answer that question out loud.

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Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

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

Filed February 2016
Question Presented:

Whether the Petitioner-Pharmacistsā€™ 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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CMDA Ethics Statement on Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 14, 2021 /

The active termination of pregnancy has existed since 1550 BCE, with the first documented abortion occurring in Egypt. The School of Hippocrates included the following prohibition against abortion in the oath named for him in approximately 400 BCE: ā€œI will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion.ā€ The attitude toward abortion throughout its 3,500-year history has varied from general acceptance to criminalization of the act, including the death penalty in certain circumstances. That range of perspective, except for the death penalty, remains today with the overall trend worldwide toward increasing cultural acceptance of abortion. The Christian Church from its earliest recorded Patristic writings outside of the New Testament condemned abortion as murder. This statement outlines and supports CMDAā€™s affirmation of the historical prohibition against abortion.

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Should Clinicians Incorporate Positive Spirituality Into Their Practices? What Does the Evidence Say?

By Walt Larimore, MD / February 16, 2002 /

Most of the rhetoric decrying the incorporation of basic and positive spiritual care into clinical practice is not based upon reliable evidence.

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If I Had Known Thenā€¦

By Patti Giebink, MD / September 8, 2021 /

When I started medical school nearly 40 years ago, Roe v. Wade was only a decade old. At that time, there was little if any talk of abortion, but prevailing medical thought accepted legal abortion as a procedure that saved womenā€™s lives.

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A Strategic Plan to Succeed

By Mike Chupp, MD / September 8, 2021 /

I had spent more than four years wishing and praying for a CT scanner at Tenwek Hospital, a 300-bed referral center in rural southwest Kenya where I was serving as a missionary surgeon in Africa. For years, every patient who came to us with a closed head injury, an abdominal mass or recurrent abdominal pain had to be referred to a larger hospital in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. But more often than not, patients wouldnā€™t or couldnā€™t go to Nairobi, regularly due to the high cost of travel and treatment.

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Why Human Bioenhancement Technologies Are a Bad Idea

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

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

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Preparing to Thrive Among Dust and Thorns

Preparing to Thrive Among Dust and Thorns

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

That was something we heard repeatedly from overseas workers as we prepared to move to North Africa. Itā€™s easier to see the truth in that now, as I sit writing this on a bed covered by a mosquito net and listening to the loudspeaker from my neighborhood mosque, all from within my house surrounded by sand and Muslims.

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Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 18, 2019 /

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

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Lessons Learned in the COVID-19 Field Hospital

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

When 2020 started, I had a plan. A plan to follow Godā€™s leading to serve on a mission trip in Southeast Cambodia. Like everyone else, those plans were completely changed when the pandemic hit.

But God.

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