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Providing Healing After the Hurricane

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Providing Healing After the Hurricane

CMDA Member Dr. Cindy Anthis found herself facing an unexpected situation when her local community in Texas was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. In this article from the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Anthis shares how her clinic responded to the hurricane and its aftermath.

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Transgender Identification

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Transgender Identification

CMDA affirms the historic and enduring Christian understanding of humankind as having been created male and female. CMDA has concerns about recent usage of the term ā€œgenderā€ to emphasize an identity other than oneā€™s biological sex, that is, a sense of self based on subjective feelings or desires of identifying more strongly with the opposite sex or with some combination of male and female.

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Membership Survey Results

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

Every five years, the CMDA Board of Trustees goes through a cycle of comprehensive strategic planning. This well-thought out process has guided and directed the organization throughout the last 25 years, as it focuses on better meeting the needs of our members and providing ministry to those we serve around the world.

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Enduring Through Faith

By David Donaldson, MD / June 16, 2002 /

As healthcare professionals, the coalescing of exhaustive schedules, difficult patients and stressful circumstances can easily empty our energy tanks. Godā€™s strength can save us from those tempting low compassion moments and allow us to soar above the winds of adversity in the milieu of a challenging medical environment.

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Coronavirus

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Coronavirus

Friday, March 15 is Match Day for 2019. The graduate medical education community represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program or NRMP releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States.

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Policy & Issues Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Policy & Issues Home

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Policy and Issues homepage.

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Newsroom

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

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® News Releases

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Resources

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

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

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Dental Association

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

CMDA’s Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

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New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms October 19, 2017

New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / October 19, 2017 /

A recent report of a ā€œserious blood disorderā€ corrected by ā€œchemical surgeryā€ sounds like a dream come true. Ian Sampleā€™s article in The Guardian also made the process sound efficient and clean, even sterile. However, a look behind the headline reveals some important facts to consider. Dr. Joy Riley explores the ethical issues in this weekā€™s blog.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Common Psychiatric Consequences of Human Trafficking on Children and Adolescents and Their Medical Management

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

Human Trafficking affects numerous children and teens throughout the world. One of the significant health consequences of this are mental health problems. Of note are high rates of anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) identified in multiple studies of trafficked children. Full medical care of these individuals therefore will entail screening for the symptoms of mental health disorders. Treatment should involve therapy as much is available in the areas where they are recovering and learning to return to normal life. Medications can be considered for these mental health diagnoses as well with care taken in prescribing for children and teenagers. This article gives a framework for primary care professionals to establish mental healthcare as part of their management of children and adolescents who have been through human trafficking.

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Financial Arrangements: Who is My Neighbor? April 17, 2018

Financial Arrangements: Who is My Neighbor?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 17, 2018 /

Faith and money. Suggesting principles for integrating the two can be both challenging and easily misunderstood. When it comes to oneā€™s personal approach to these matters, devout and studious believers are all over the map as to what the Bible teaches. However, we can all agree, ā€œFor the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrowsā€ (1 Timothy 6:10, NKJV).

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WPC Pulse – January 2012

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 22, 2012 /

I’m guessing (and hoping) that I’m not the only one…not the only WIMD-er who sometimes runs into identity issues with being a woman doctor/dentist…not the only one whose kids’ friends can’t remember to call her “doctor”…not the only one whose patients sometimes express their concern about whether or not I’m old enough or practiced enough (or male enough?) to take care of them…not the only one whose kids have been told by someone “only boys can be doctors.”

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Physician as Employee: Is This What I Signed Up For?

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 1, 2008 /

Healthcare has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. Theories abound as to the various causes and their effects ā€“ with managed care, the Generation X work ethic, and increased numbers of women in medicine being three commonly cited reasons for the decline of the traditional ā€œfamily docā€ who made house-calls and whose work hours were 24/7 as needed and the steep increase in the ā€œphysician shift workerā€ who figuratively clocks in and out and leaves his pager behind when he is off duty.

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Growth Spurt

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

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

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My Transformation Story featuring Bill Sasser, DMD

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

We could give you a list a mile long with statistics about the work we do around the world. But those numbers donā€™t really show the amazing things God is doing through us as we seek to be “Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World.”

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Group letter to Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Group letter to Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

As you know, several U.S. jurisdictions have passed legislation giving doctors immunity from civil and criminal liability for assisting the suicide of persons diagnosed with terminal disabilities. Tragically, in these jurisdictions and for this class of persons, and for them alone, suicides are now facilitated by physicians, usually with no psychological assessment or other medical treatment, typically with no consultation with family and loved ones, and in every case without the interventions and protections provided as a matter of course to all other suicidal persons.

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Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019

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

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Court Cases

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Court Cases

Right of Conscience Resources

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What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / June 1, 2011 /

This article from Dr. Robert Orr published in the summer 2011 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor focuses on the arguments against legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. It also includes a special tear-out section to help you in protecting life.

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The Changing Role of the Doctor

By Richard Swensen, MD / June 11, 2007 /

Todayā€™s ā€œnew normalā€ is an unglued mindscape for some doctors, an exciting opportunity for others. How Christian doctors relate to limitless change will be governed primarily by the quality of their relationship with the One who never changes and their trust that they really are His work in progress.

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Finding Your Mission in Dentistry

Finding Your Mission in Dentistry

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

As I entered ā€œMs. Vā€™sā€ room, I could see her neck and leg braces, and as I came around the dental chair to greet her, I could see pain in her face. Two days before, she was hit by a car while crossing the road and her two front teeth were broken all the way to the nerve. It was obvious her entire body hurt, but she said the pain from her teeth was simply unbearable.

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Making Disciples in Africa for Africa

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

Five hundred million heathens have not yet been evangelized, so it is computed! Yet our great Missionary Societies have reached high water-mark, and if they have not already begun to retrench they are seriously thinking of doing so. Meanwhile, the heart of Asia, the heart of Africa, and well nigh the whole continent of South America, are untouched with the Gospel of Christ.

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Secrets

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / January 30, 2014 /

Unable to tell anyone what was happening because of the threats from her father, Melissa began acting out in various other ways at school. Because of her acting out, Melissa was sent to a special program during her seventh grade year. She mentioned the abuse happening at home, but a simple letter from each parent denying the abuse was enough to keep any further investigation from occurring.

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Summer Ministry Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Summer Ministry Opportunities

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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Morality in Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 25, 1977 /

The malpractice crisis has been with us for three years. In 1974 insurance premiums jumped by nearly 200 percent, and each year since then they have risen higher.

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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

By Walt Larimore, MD / July 1, 2011 /

I knew I needed a mentor. I was busy with my career as a physician ā€” too busy for my family. My priorities were out of whack. I needed someone who would encourage me and keep me on track. So I asked the pastors who came through the hospital, ā€œWhoā€™s the one layperson you know in this area who looks most like Jesus?.ā€

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FCO Mission Opportunities

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

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

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WPC Pulse – May 2012

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

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

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Joy Cometh in the Morning

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 30, 2008 /

I still don’t know how I made it through the remainder of the day, or how my shakĀ­ing hands were able to suture the next patient’s laceration. Instantly, the joy was gone from my life.

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The Marriage Viewpoint

The Marriage Viewpoint

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 1, 2012 /

George MacDonald, mentor to C. S. Lewis, penned these words many years ago: ā€œThe highest calling of every husband and wife is to help each other to do the will of God.ā€ While most of us would wholeheartedly agree, we struggle to apply this principle to the unique challenges of medical marriages. Few professions have the myriad of obstacles facing a vibrant marriage that a medical career brings. At the same time, medicine is a vocation with great potential benefitsā€”both to the couple and the lives they touchā€”as God works through their union. How crucial it is for us to focus on helping each other be all God has intended for us to be as individuals and as a couple.

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Member FAQ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Member FAQ

One of the most common reasons healthcare professionals give for not joining or renewing their membership is that they do not have time to be involved. Membership does not obligate you to participate in any of the ministries of CMDA. These ministries are there when or if you need them, either serving you or serving others.

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Physicians Can Heal the Hurt

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

Malpractice rises before the physician as an imminent barĀ­rier to his life work. The issues of malpractice touch him as a self-employed businessman, as a professional and as a person.

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Testimony of Robert Orr, MD

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / February 23, 2007 / Comments Off on Testimony of Robert Orr, MD

Testimony before House Human Services Committee in opposition to H-44, legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

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

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

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

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National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 18, 2018 /

The freedom of speech is a bedrock principle of our nation, enshrined in the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The right to speak or not to speak, however, is not unlimited. There are certain narrow exceptions when the government can, in fact, compel speech, including in the commercial or professional context. But the disclosure required by the California Reproductive FACT Act is neither commercial speech nor professional speech. See Pet. Br. Part II.Aā€“B. Nor does the Act regulate informed consent by any medical standard. See id. Part II.C.

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Letā€™s Celebrate Church Networking April 3, 2018

Letā€™s Celebrate Church Networking

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 3, 2018 /

Let’s celebrate networking. As a young Christian, I yearned for a community of Christian professionals. The Lord had provided Christian fellowship within the dental school. We encouraged each other with prayers and took turns on mission endeavors. There was easy access to meeting times and meeting rooms. CMDA was active and supportive. Yet, this fellowship was sheltered from non-professional challenges. We all have different comfort zones with grace and tact, but here are a few observations that may benefit those who feel awkward in their transition out of the professional schools and begin their community practices.

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 12, 2017 /

The top 10 causes of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), accidents, stroke, Alzheimerā€™s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, chronic renal disease and suicide. Some of these conditions are not preventable, so a more pertinent question is, what are the addressable risk factors for morbidity and premature death in general? And how do we focus on them with our patients?

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Truth April 17, 2018

Truth

By Al Weir, MD / April 17, 2018 /

I sat across from my lifetime friend. I now see him about once a year when he flies in from Colorado to visit his mother. He had experienced an especially difficult year and was having anxiety problems, possibly related to a concussion he sustained when he crashed his skateboard into a car last November. I had been praying for God to show me the words to share Christ with him. Yesterday those words never came. Today as we discussed his anxiety, I offered, ā€œI donā€™t think you will ever be whole again without Jesus Christ.ā€ His reply was rapid, ā€œI know that is your truth and my motherā€™s truth, but it is not my truth. My truth is different; Iā€™m on a different pathway.ā€

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The Point – November 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 6, 2014 / Comments Off on The Point – November 2014

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this issue: In this edition: Terminally ill patient ends her life, Tennessee passes abortion amendment, and Public supports quarantine for Ebola health workers.

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Media

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

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

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Campus Leadership Training

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 22, 2018 / Comments Off on Campus Leadership Training

How can you most effectively lead your campus ministry for the kingdom? What resources are available as you plan your Bible studies? Is there a good missions trip for us to consider as a chapter? How can you effectively reach your colleagues and your campus for Christ?

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

New Federal Rule Protects Conscience and Opens the Door to Pro-Life Family Planning Programs

By Jonathan Imbody / July 5, 2018 /

In this weekā€™s blog post, Jonathan Imbody shares about a new proposed federal rule that, if finalized after a public comment period ending July 31, will allow pro-life medical professionals and programs to finally take advantage of family planning grants opportunities.

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Physician as Employee: Is This What I Signed Up For?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 1, 2008 /

Healthcare has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. Theories abound as to the various causes and their effects ā€“ with managed care, the Generation X work ethic, and increased numbers of women in medicine being three commonly cited reasons for the decline of the traditional ā€œfamily docā€ who made house-calls and whose work hours were 24/7 as needed and the steep increase in the ā€œphysician shift workerā€ who figuratively clocks in and out and leaves his pager behind when he is off duty. Managed care brought financial pressures to bear on physicians in solo practice. Generation X brought a tide of newly graduated physicians whose definition of balance was quite different from that of their parentsā€™ generation.

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CMDAstudentministries

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDAstudentministries

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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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny

By Jonathan Imbody / November 2, 2017 /

It’s one thing to expect physicians to do everything possible to advance healing for patients. It’s quite another to insist that whatever the patient wants, the patient getsā€”so the physician must provide it at risk of his or her career. Whenever one group gets its way regardless of the impact on others, that is not autonomy; that is tyranny.

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The Relationship of the Ongoing Malpractice Crisis

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 1, 1994 /

Israel was a spreading vine He brought forth, fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

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Whole-hearted or Hole-hearted?

Whole-hearted or Hole-hearted?

By Rev. Stan Key / June 2, 2017 /

A nasty rumor is going around, and it is my goal to squelch it! It seems many in the church today have been led to believe that one can be a follower of Jesus Christ without being fully devoted. Do you buy into this rumor? Can you make only a partial surrender to Christ and simultaneously sing “It Is Well With My Soul?”

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Conscience Protection Act letter to Congress

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 12, 2016 /

Letter supporting legislation to protect healthcare right of conscience.

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FEMA Coalition Letter to President Trump

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 17, 2017 /

Coalition letter of religious and community leaders in support for S1823/H.R. 2405, the “Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017.” This legislation would ensure fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters.

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From Lost to Found: Transforming Hearts

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

My story starts out pretty normal, and youā€™ve probably heard stories just like this from others. As a child, I was raised in a good Christian home. I went to church on Sundays, was active in youth group and loved the Lord. I was saved when I was 11 or 12 years old, and I stayed involved in church until I graduated high school.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

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

ā€œReligious groups need not apply.ā€ That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named ā€œHuman Rights Policyā€ since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Feed My Sheep

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

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

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Summary of Court Briefs and Cases

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

Current Summary of Court Cases

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

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

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

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Amici Brief – Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 13, 2017 /

Brief filed by Americans United for Life in support of Plaintiffs, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Bruce Rauner and Bryan Schneider. Amici includes American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologist, American College of Pediatricians, Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Heartbeat International.

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A Life Broken by Overmedication

A Life Broken by Overmedication

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

In my previous life, I was Dr. Sandy Dettmann, the director of pediatric emergency services at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I lived in a 6,000 sq. foot, custom-built home in the affluent suburb of Ada, had a gorgeous husband, was mother to five beautiful babies, served as president of my young childrenā€™s PTO and was my daughterā€™s Girl Scout leader. It was an idyllic and seemingly perfect life. But it didnā€™t last.

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Johnson Amendment in the Final Tax Bill

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 14, 2017 /

A letter to congressional leaders from a coalition of organizations regarding the Johnson Amendment and the tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

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

We are now offering continuing education credits through Todayā€™s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Premature Termination of Life Is Not Palliative Care

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / June 23, 2015 /

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

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A Return to Cuba: Opening Doors for Christ

A Return to Cuba: Opening Doors for Christ

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

Twenty years ago, God called me to return to Cuba, the country where I was raised by my parents before it was overtaken by a communist regime that vehemently opposed my belief in Christ and severely discriminated against people of faith. And yet, it was the country that desperately needed to hear about the love of Christ.

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I donā€™t remember my first patientā€™s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: ā€œLook, listen and feel.ā€ A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, ā€œLook, listen and feel,ā€ was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

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

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

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Sustaining Our Joy in Practice

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

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

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Letter to Senators – Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 19, 2015 /

Coalition letter to Senators Enzi and Lee recognizing the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act.

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Health Care Conscience Rights Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2015 /

Letter to Congress regarding HR 940, urgent need for the “Abortion Non-Discrimination” provisions of HR 940 insuring that government agencies receiving federal health funds cannot force those involved in the provision of heath care to be complicit in the taking of human life, or discriminate against them because of their convictions.

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Narcissism in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 17, 2017 /

I was looking up some information on the American Association for Physician Leadership website when an article caught my eye: ā€œAre You a Narcissist?ā€ I hadnā€™t decided what I was going to blog about this month; not surprisingly, narcissism was not on the list of things I was considering. But the article piqued my interest, so I clicked on the link and read the entire thing. There was even a quiz I could use to find out if I am a narcissist. You will be relieved to know I ā€œpassedā€ the quiz with a non-narcissist score! That was reassuring, but I was curious as to why this article interested me so much.

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Coalition Letter on FADA Vote

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 26, 2015 /

We, the undersigned, representing hundreds of thousands of Americans, want to thank you for your commitment to securing religious freedom protections in the aftermath of the Supreme Courtā€™s Obergefell decision redefining marriage across the country.

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Facing the Rise of Suicides in Healthcare

Facing the Rise of Suicides in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / March 16, 2017 /

As a second year medical student, a member of my medical school class committed suicide. I didnā€™t know him well, but his death impacted me. Made me ask a lot of questions. Why didnā€™t I know him better? Had I gotten to know him, could I have made a difference?

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Joint Letter on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 18, 2015 /

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Medical Association, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, World Vision (US), Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, we respectfully submit the following comments on the proposed OCR regulations on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities.

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Coalition Letter: Values Provisions To Consider For The FY2017 Appropriations Bills

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 12, 2016 /

We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, strongly support the inclusion of new provisions, which promote values issues in the upcoming Appropriations bills for FY2017. While it is essential to protect provisions in current law that positively affect policy on matters of life, family, religious liberty, and other values issues, merely keeping the status quo is not sufficient in a culture, and under an Administration, that regularly attacks the values of the people we represent.

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My Hour Has Come!

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

ā€œJesus replied, ā€˜The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.ā€™ā€
ā€”John 12:23

Jesusā€™ birth, death and resurrection were the fulfillment of multiple Old Testament prophecies, and they coincided with a time period of unbridled harshness and brutality. Death by crucifixion, as described by Martin Hengel, was ā€œa barbaric form of execution of the utmost crueltyā€ and as ā€œthe supreme Roman penalty.ā€

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Physician Substance Abuse

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 27, 2016 /

According to a 2009 article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, ā€œApproximately 10% to 12% of physicians will develop a substance use disorder during their careers, a rate similar to or exceeding that of the general population.ā€ But while our addiction rate may be similar to the rest of the country, the characteristics and consequences of our addictions are not.

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Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 13, 2016 /

SB1564 is on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, ask him to veto this bill which threatens healthcare access, drives compassionate healthcare professionals out of Illinois, will burden the already challenged state budget with civil rights litigation costs, cause damage to the doctor-patient relationship and threatens a protection guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Placebos: Can we use them? Should we use them?

By Amy Givler, MD / September 29, 2016 /

The word ā€œplaceboā€ actually comes from a mis-translation of the Bible. Psalm 116:9 in the Latin Vulgate roughly states, ā€œI shall please the dead in the land of the living.ā€ Later translations better reflected the original Hebrew with, ā€œI will walk before the Lord in the land of the living,ā€ (KJV) but in the Middle Ages, the Latin Vulgate was the only Bible most people knew.

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Can Transgender Activism Silence Science?

By Jonathan Imbody / December 6, 2018 /

Vice President for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody discusses the lawsuit CMDA has been involved in regarding the transgender mandate, and how a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected soon.

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CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

Bristol, TNā€”June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms October 19, 2017

Cloning Dollars

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / September 27, 2018 /

Cloning is an extremely lucrative business that has become more efficient. In todayā€™s blog post, Dr. David Stevens explores this topic and shares what the Bible says about cloning, as well as the moral and ethical implications of this rising business.

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First Things: Scripture Before Phone

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

ā€œOnce we know who we are in God, we can turn to the world to offer love. But when we donā€™t, we will turn to the world looking for love. And that order makes all the difference.ā€ ā€” Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

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Tell Me Why September 22, 2017

Tell Me Why

By Rev. Stan Key / September 22, 2017 /

The real question that must be answered when it comes to missions is not Where? or How? Or even Who? The real question is Why? If we can answer this question, all other questions will take care of themselves.

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WPC Pulse – April 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 1, 2012 /

I think many of us are called upon by our churches and community to speak on various topics. That is my assignment for this month at my churchā€™s annual womenā€™s retreat. It is always a challenge to think of what to say, or better yet, what God would like me to say.

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Ziklag

By Al Weir, MD / March 23, 2017 /

It’s been 30 years, but I can still recall his look of disappointment. James was a medical student who had looked up to me when I had surrendered my life to God’s call for international healthcare missions. It hadn’t worked out. We hadn’t lasted. Back after two years in Nigeria, seeking a career like other doctors who had never heard the call, I had let him down.

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

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

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

Iā€™ve read a few articles lately about how short-term teams are negatively impacting children in orphanages, how shoddy building projects mock underemployed communities, how quick-fixes can cause long term damage.

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The Next Goal July 31, 2018

The Next Goal

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 31, 2018 /

I have personally lived my life pursing one goal after another. I doubt I am alone in this mindset. Maybe it is the goal of attaining high grades, getting into dental school, graduating dental school, getting married and having children by a certain age, buying a practice and becoming a practice owner, having certain possessions (car, boat, house etc.), being the dentist everyone likes, attaining a certain bonus and the list goes on. Once we have attained a goal, we are often looking and striving to attain a bigger goal.

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On the Side: March 2018

On the Side: March 2018

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

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

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Artificial Wombs and Modern Incubators

By David Prentice, PhD / May 11, 2017 /

Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually be science fact, and sometimes new technologies can have the potential for both good and bad uses. So-called ā€œdual-use technologyā€ is most often thought of in connection with potential military as well as civilian use, e.g., weaponized forms of viruses or bacteria vs. using such altered pathogens for vaccine development.

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

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

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

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The Point Washington Update – February 2015

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

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

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The Point Washington Update – August 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 28, 2014 /

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition: Human trafficking, Contraceptive mandate, and Marriage debate.

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The Point Blog – February 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 14, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – February 2013

In this edition of The Point: Opt-out of the contraception mandate, Problem with Medical Student Debt, and Blind twins euthanized.

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Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Blogs

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Blogs

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® has several blogs available with articles dating back several years on a wide range of healthcare topics and issues.

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Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

By Bryan Stoudt / June 30, 2017 /

Like the withdrawing alcoholic who cusses out and swings at staff. The missionary physician who belittles less experienced team members. The surly dental patient who repeatedly demands the one oā€™clock appointment yet never expresses thanks.

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Human Trafficking Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Human Trafficking Resources

Membership Donate Now Commission on Human Trafficking Trafficking Information & Resources Helpful Links Customs and Border Patrol Relentless Human Trafficking Awareness Training Gracehaven House Department of Health and Human Services Office on Trafficking in Persons Department of Justice – Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative Department of Labor – Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking…

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Pyromania

Pyromania

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 3, 2017 /

I love a real log fire. It is a feast for all my senses. The flames dance before my eyes in yellows, reds, blues and purples. The popping and snapping is a never-tiring music and the smell of wood smoke fills the house. A real fire is so nice that I will arise from my warm cushy comfort to go out into the bitter cold to add logs and then stoke the fire.

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Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 16, 2017 /

As Christians, the idea of gathering, sharing experiences, supporting one another and living in community is foundational. Isnā€™t that what Hebrews 10:24-25, among other passages, commands?

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Joy May 15, 2018

Joy

By Al Weir, MD / May 15, 2018 /

Ramazan was sitting on a sea side chair when I returned from my early morning jog on the beach at Durres, Albania. I had offered to wait for him, but he had been up late the night before and missed our appointment. I asked him if he would still like to run a couple of miles and we did so slowly. The run gave me the chance to ask him, ā€œAre you any closer to following Christ?ā€ He said he was not quite there. As we were walking into the hotel I asked him, ā€œIf you could have one thing in life, what would that be?ā€ He answered, ā€œI guess it would be happiness.ā€ ā€œWhat does happiness mean to you?ā€ ā€œYou know, more good things happen to me than bad.ā€ ā€œDo you know what joy is?ā€ I asked.

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ā€œMy Child is Transgender. Make Her a Son.ā€ Guidance for the Doctor.

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD / December 28, 2017 /

A mother brings in her 10-year-old daughter because she identifies as male and wishes to promptly begin transitioning. Your advice is not solicited, just your authorization for the consult to get the process moving quickly.

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Trafficking Victims: No Health Professional Helped Me

By Jonathan Imbody / December 3, 2015 /

Recent research indicates that more than 80 percent of trafficking victims in the United States have contact with the healthcare system in the course of being trafficked. Some are even brought to the clinic by their trafficker.

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