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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / June 29, 2020 /

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

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Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

The James S. Westra Memorial Fund was established in 1981 to provide scholarships for students to do rotations in mission hospitals.

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Beware of the Root

By Caren Abraham, DDS / April 26, 2021 /

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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Making Truth-Telling Your Practice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 30, 2010 /

Sixty years of hiding the truth taught this doctor a very hard lesson.

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Equality Act: Day of Prayer and Fasting

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Equality Act: Day of Prayer and Fasting

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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WPC Pulse: February 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / February 10, 2018 /

How do you respond when the mistakes of someone else cause you injury or do harm to a loved one? I have faced this twice this last week on a ski trip.

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The Divine Invitation

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 1, 2010 /

When I decided to become a doctor at eight years of age, it is because I believe I was called to do so. Now, twenty-four years later, I know it was a calling. It has to be. Under no circumstance would anyone follow this course unless it was due to a divine invitation. At least this is how I felt after a recently troublesome time in clinic when I learned the importance of praying for the children and families God has placed in my life.

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The Best Christian Workplace in America

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / June 11, 2020 /

ā€œLet him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has needā€ (Ephesians 4:28, NKJV).

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Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

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

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

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Marriage Enrichment

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Marriage Enrichment

The Marriage Enrichment Ministry was started by CMDA members who saw a need to minister to married healthcare professionals. This ministry provides four to six conferences per year to provide healthcare couples with an opportunity to nurture and grow in their marital relationships.

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Imago Dei

By Elizabeth Flaherty / April 8, 2021 /

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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Library

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Library

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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WPC Pulse: January 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / January 10, 2018 /

January is back, with its dark, dreary days, cold temperatures and influenza in epidemic proportions (or so it seems). Every news station is talking about the flu and its increase in cases over last year at this time. No one seems to remember or mention that we had a late flu season last year and the total number of cases for the season may be no different than recent years.

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Emerging Leaders Pass on the Ministry of Dentistry June 17, 2019

Emerging Leaders Pass on the Ministry of Dentistry

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 17, 2019 /

ā€œFor Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israelā€ (Ezra 7:10, NKJV).

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Spunk and Love

Spunk and Love

By Judy Palpant / April 7, 2017 /

Author and psychologist Mary Pipher encourages parents to expose their children to beauty and goodness. Thus it was, before home school each morning in Kenya, we walked past hedges and the hospital to stand and stare at majestic Mt. Elgon.

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Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Al Weir, MD

Medical Missions | Clinical Medicine | Ethics

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Richard A. Swenson, MD

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

Richard A. Swenson, MD, received his B.S. in physics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University (1970) and his M.D. from the University of Illinois School of Medicine (1974). Following five years of private practice, in 1982 Dr. Swenson accepted a teaching position as Associate Clinical Professor within the University of Wisconsin Medical School system where he taught for fifteen years. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author, and educator. As a physician, his focus is ā€œcultural medicine,ā€ researching the intersection of health and culture. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, western culture, faith, and healthcare.

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WPC Pulse – February 2012

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

Have I become too consumed with self? With my own agenda? With my own struggles through this medical journey?

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Family Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Family Medicine

The mission of the CMDA Family Medicine Section is to motivate, educate and equip Christian Family Physicians and Family Medicine Residents to show the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ to our patients and their families, our colleagues, communities, and the world we called to serve in His name.

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House of Representatives

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on House of Representatives

The CMDA House of Representatives exists to represent both the members and the Associations, so that: the mission, vision, ministry, voice, and governance of CMDA may reflect God’s will as discerned by the membership; the ministry opportunities and activities of CMDA can be communicated and implemented throughout its membership, the Church, and the community.

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Journeying Toward a Life of Significance

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / March 16, 2021 /

ā€œYou want to be a dentist?! Ohhkayyy Doc, you’re going to be so successful!ā€ I heard some variation of this comment countless times while pursuing my studies of becoming a dentist. Today when I introduce myself in a non-medical setting, I casually say I work in dentistry. If the conversation progresses further, the individual may learn I am a dentist. Then they are wowed by the fact that I am so young to be a doctor, they assume I am successful and often comment on how proud my family must be given my success. Of course, the inevitable question of, ā€œWhen are you going to open your practice?ā€ comes along, as if to suggest there is yet another layer of success to be attained.

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Serious Concerns Regarding Our Medications in the United States

By Sam Molind, DMD / March 8, 2021 /

When mission teams were going to China, it was always important for us to understand the cultural, political and power structures in the countries we were serving.

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Stairway Love, June 26, 2018

Stairway Love

By Al Weir, MD / June 26, 2018 /

We were in their country, not ours. The hotel was bustling with students, local Christian doctors, American physicians, dentists and nursesā€”rapid movement in all directions, a controlled chaos shepherding hundreds toward a life with Jesus. Randy, an American dentist, was moving through the crowds when he noticed one of the students seemed distressed. She was one who had been most outspoken against the gospel. Randy spoke to her and discovered her grandfather was very ill. He placed his arm around the girl and asked if he might pray for her. There on the stairs of the busy hotel, Randy sat with his arm around the student and prayed.

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Help Me See What I Cannot See

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

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

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Contact CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 22, 2018 / Comments Off on Contact CMDA

Are you interested in getting involved with CMDA? Or do you have a question about our ministry? We would love to hear from you! Our national offices are open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are here to help you and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Useful Prayer, June 5, 2018

Useful Prayer

By Al Weir, MD / June 5, 2018 /

I know God heals, and I often pray with those who are severely ill. But I rarely pray for the impossible in fully sincere ways, with my personal experience that God is very selective with His miracles. With Daryl I did pray sincerely, in full faith. He was at the end of our possible therapies and still worsening in his illness. I placed my hands upon his shoulder and called upon God to heal him. I did not use the escape clause, ā€œIf it is your will.ā€ I left the room expecting the impossible. That was two weeks ago. Today, while in Albania on a mission trip, I received word of Darylā€™s death.

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Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

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

Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in McLean, Virginia and is a staff physician in the Primary Care Division of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group (Arlington, VA). He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He has served on the general internal medicine faculty at three medical schools: Yale University, University of Connecticut and Georgetown University. He also teaches continuing medical education courses for the Continuing Medical Education, Inc. University at Sea program. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998).

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CMDA Go App

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 18, 2018 / Comments Off on CMDA Go App

Membership Donate Now The CMDA Go App CMDA Go is Here! CMDA GO! Our new mobile app is launched and now available for IOS and Android devices. Visit your app store to download today. Here are the current features you can use right away: Set up your personal profile with your CMDA account See curated,…

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Faith in Times of Uncertainty

By Sam Molind, DMD / May 19, 2020 /

COVID-19 has upended our routines, but the spirit-filled life remains as accessible as ever. I am, by Godā€™s grace, optimistic. Ask the people who know me best, and theyā€™d all agree I tend to find the sunniest take on nearly everything, sometimes to the point of annoyance.

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The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

By Rev. Stan Key / May 5, 2017 /

If I were Satan and my mission to capture souls for hell, I think my first theater of operations would be the dictionary. I could greatly enhance my diabolical plan for world dominion if I could subtly change the meaning of words so that verbal accuracy was lost and truth became foggy.

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Better Tomorrow than Today

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / February 24, 2021 /

ā€œPreach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.ā€ Weā€™ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how weā€™re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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Is it Time to Relegate Routine Opioid Prescriptions to the Oral Surgery Archives?

By Sam Molind, DMD / March 18, 2020 /

The first introduction to opioids for teenagers and young adults is often in the dentistā€™s office when they are prescribed pain medications following oral surgery. However, because opioid prescriptions may be associated with subsequent opioid abuse in this patient population, alternative therapies for managing acute dental pain may be warranted.

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The Lord is Risen Indeed

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / April 21, 2020 /

ā€œThen their eyes were opened and they knew Himā€¦ā€˜Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with usā€¦and opened the Scriptures to us?ā€™…ā€˜The Lord is risen indeedā€¦ā€ (Luke 24:31-34, NKJV).

ā€œThe Lord is risen indeed.ā€

On Sunday morning, March 29, after two weeks of ā€œ15 Days to Slow the Spread,ā€ I read the 24th chapter of Lukeā€™s Gospel. It all fell into place. Life had changed so much. So much had disappearedā€”quick trips to the convenience store, meetings with dentists, friends dropping by and dinner out. Life had become both still and different. Busy-ness no longer drowned out worry. There were no distracting deadlines to offer escape from relational struggles. Reflecting back, for two weeks the quiet had given way to a still small voice and the still small voice had been wrongly identified as the insight of an uncluttered mind. Lukeā€™s telling of the walk to Emmaus cleared up that confusion for me.

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Is Dentistry Becoming Dull? January 28, 2019

Is Dentistry Becoming Dull?

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

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

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Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

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

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

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The Power of Community

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / December 19, 2019 /

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

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FCPA – Leadership Requirements

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 17, 2019 / Comments Off on FCPA – Leadership Requirements

Imagine having an entire army of peers to whom you could turn for advice, ideas and support, from a Biblical, Christian perspective. By joining CMDA, and as a member of the Physician Assistants section, you will become part of a network of fellow Christian PAs, students, residents, doctors and other healthcare professionals who all face similar professional and personal challenges as you.

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Earning the Right to Be Heard

By Tracy Liang / February 9, 2021 /

ā€œPreach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.ā€ Weā€™ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how weā€™re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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Storms

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / March 9, 2020 /

One of the worship songs this morning at church was ā€œPeace Be Stillā€ (featuring Lauren Daigle). I had never heard it before, but it stirred up various thoughts Iā€™ve had and set them together like puzzle pieces. I have many times been like the disciples or Peter in the midst of ā€œstorms.ā€ Iā€™ve been dismayed that, from my perspective, Jesus could be asleep while something so crazy is happening in my life. I have also been in seasons where things are so great and then, all of a sudden, I realize Iā€™m out on the water and freak out and let myself sink. Both times, Jesus has been with me, just like He was with them. Merciful Savior, asking me how I could doubt because He was there the entire time and is more powerful than any storm.

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Chapel & Prayer

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Chapel & Prayer

Come join us for chapel! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, CMDA staff members gather for a time of worship and prayer, followed by a challenging message. We are pleased to make these chapel services available to you online via iTunes podcasting. If these messages are an encouragement to you, please feel free to share this resource with someone else.

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"Choose, You Lose" Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional October 5, 2017

“Choose, You Lose” Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional

By Jonathan Imbody / October 5, 2017 /

Affordable Care Act architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl advocate barring from medicine all physicians who would decline a patient’s demand for morally controversial services such as abortion. However, a “patient comes first” rule turns medicine into a patient dictatorship with no checks and balances.

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WPC Pulse: March 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / March 7, 2020 /

I don’t know about you, but the only thing in all my conversations, whether it be at work, home or with friends and family, is about COVID-19. As Iā€™m winging my way across country from San Francisco International Airport to Raleigh to visit my new grandson, who was born March 10, am I possibly bringing the virus with me?

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Regardless of the Opposition

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

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

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

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Study Overshadows AMA Recommitment Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 18, 2016 / Comments Off on Study Overshadows AMA Recommitment Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

At the recent American Medical Association (AMA) Convention, the organization reaffirmed their stance opposing physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia which appears in their Code of Medical Ethics. The Code of Medical Ethics offers guidance to help physicians meet the ethical challenges of medical practice.

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Religious Freedom Wins Today, Jan 18, 2018

Religious Freedom Wins Today

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Religious Freedom Wins Today

Bristol, Tennessee, January 18, 2018–Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) applauds the decision today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Restoring federal enforcement of our nationā€™s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom is crucial for the 19,000+ members of CMDA.

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Why Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 14, 2014 / Comments Off on Why Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legal

The statement above is the foundational moral principle of medicine, pledged by doctors for centuries as they attempt to cure and relieve suffering without injuring the patient. Itā€™s a principle being eroded by the movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia. When combined with an impersonal and technological healthcare system, the movement to support PAS has proven lethal.

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Ethical Issues Regarding Post-Fertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives

By Walt Larimore, MD / December 1, 2015 /

I have prescribed “the Pill” since 1978. My wife and I used the Pill for years, having no moral concerns about it. Then, in 1995 my friend and practice partner John Hartman, MD, showed me a patient information brochure–given to him by a friend–that claimed the Pill had a postfertilization effect causing “…the unrecognized loss of preborn children.”

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The Point Special Edition – April 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 18, 2013 /

The heroes are the best-known acronyms in the world of AIDS (PEPFAR, UNAIDS, WHO), the Global Fund and a host of NGOs. Together, these organizations have waged total war against AIDS in Africaā€”or what looks like total war if you compare it to efforts devoted to other diseases.

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The Point Washington Update – September 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 15, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Washington Update – September 2013

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition of The Point: CMDA human trafficking expert teaches doctors and students, Washington Post: Zygote is not a “living being” and Lawmakers focusing on abortion and harms to women.

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Howā€™s The Chair Youā€™re Sitting In? August 17, 2017

How’s The Chair You’re Sitting In?

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

Often, healthcare professionals I coach feel a need for change in their lives, but theyā€™re not exactly sure the direction of that change, the shape of the change or the timing of the change. Many of our CMDA members have discovered that coaching can be a useful tool in helping to define and clarify effective change in their personal and professional lives.

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Pursuing Joy

By Al Weir, MD / February 18, 2020 /

Most of us seek joy and peace in our lives. Many of us seek Jesus so that we might find these sometimes-illusive treasures. Sometimes we might even make Jesus a means to an end, using Him for the good He can bring to our lives: good such as eternal life, peace, joy, delivery from troubles, etc. Certainly, Jesus is the way to such treasures.

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In The Blink Of An Eye: Choosing Godā€™s Promise Over The Moment

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2021 /

Most people understand the importance and power of having a completed will or trust in place. Through your will, you can provide for the needs of your loved ones and give meaningful support to CMDA and the other causes close to your heart.

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Christian Doctorā€™s Digest ā€“ October 2017

Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 15, 2017 /

In the October 2017 issue of Christian Doctorā€™s Digest, we delve into the issues of Religious Liberty, the Sexology Movement and World Missions. Former Congressman Joe Pitt shares about what has and is happening in Congress to protect Religious Liberty. In an eye-opening & sometimes EXPLICIT interview, Bill Shaw, MD informs us about how we can respond to the rapidly changing Sexology Movement. Will Rogers talks about the unprecedented opportunities being found today in Medical Missions.

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Ethics of Immigration

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 12, 2019 /

Yesterday I attended a seminar at our hospital entitled ā€œImmigration Ethics.ā€ I was hoping to be enlightened on this complicated topic. Unfortunately, the only messages I got were that immigrants are people, too, and we should be humane in dealing with them. I heartily agree with these two points, but the issue is complex and entails a number of points on which many people cannot agree. One major question in discussing this is whether we are referring to legally documented or undocumented immigrants. Most of us are grateful for the legal, highly skilled immigrant engineers, scientists and physicians who make our lives better in many ways.

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Top 3 Estate Plan Sticking Points (And How to Get Un-Stuck)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2021 /

Most people understand the importance and power of having a completed will or trust in place. Through your will, you can provide for the needs of your loved ones and give meaningful support to CMDA and the other causes close to your heart.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 15, 2017 /

Reaching out to our world & those in need. Pat George discusses the opioid epidemic and where we can find help for those in addiction. Bob Bowers, MD shares from his book With Dr. Bob in Ethiopia, relating powerful stories of Godā€™s goodness during difficult times on the mission field. Then John Patrick, MD and John Robson recount their story of how to present your witness to intelligent unbelievers.

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The Cure for Your Real Estate Headaches

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 26, 2021 /

Reduce Taxes and Burdens by Giving Property

Sometimes the cost and hassle of owning real estate outweighs the benefits your property once offered.

Can you relate to any of these ownership headaches?

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Races

Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 15, 2018 /

In this monthā€™s episode, Dr. David Stevens first interviews Dr. Omari Hodge, a family medicine physician, about current race relations in the U.S. Next, he chats with Dr. Bill Brown, Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, on the topic of todayā€™s worldview.

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Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

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

An article crossed both my inbox and my Facebook feed this week entitled ā€œHereā€™s Why Women Doctors Need Time Together.ā€ It certainly wasnā€™t an academic study, but, as a woman physician, I was intrigued by the title. One sentence summarizes the authorā€™s major premise: ā€œThere is an amazing power in gathering, shared experiences and decreasing isolation.ā€ And I agree. When I watch my kids play sports or perform, I gather with other parents who share that experienceā€”and we cheer as loudly as we can. When my marriage needs refreshment, my husband and I gather with other couples who share the experiences, both joyful and difficult, of marriageā€”and the isolation of our challenges is decreased.

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Measuring Value

By Al Weir, MD / December 3, 2019 /

My mother suffers from severe dementia. She often seems to understand what we say and who we are but can never speak coherently. Her life is difficult, and our goal as children is to visit often and give her moments of joy. Yesterday my sister was visiting Mom and told her about one of her friends who was seriously ill. Mom bowed her head and began, ā€œOh Lord, you are the one we come to in our need.ā€

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Whoā€™s That in the Spotlight? – Living Rich Toward God

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 24, 2021 /

You know this person. We all do.

No matter the conversation, they always steer the topic back to themselves. Itā€™s predictable. Annoying. Sad.

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This One Last Thing

By Al Weir, MD / November 19, 2019 /

This was a weekend off-duty, so I had time to visit a few patients as a friend, not a professional. I had just prayed with two for healing in very difficult situations and was traveling between hospitals. My thoughts drifted to personal needs. A child of mine desperately needs a work of great power. ā€œDear Father, everything else is okay in my life. Just give me this one thing, and I can manage the rest.ā€

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The Return of the God Hypothesis

By Steven Willing, MD / April 15, 2021 /

In last Saturdayā€™s New York Times, Christian columnist Ross Douthat asks, ā€œCan the Meritocracy Find God?ā€

ā€œThe secularization of America probably wonā€™t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion,ā€ writes Douthat. Nor is he sanguine for the prospects of that occurring. Douthat postulates two primary obstacles. First, ā€œa moral vision that regards emancipated, self-directed choice as essential to human freedom and the good life.ā€ Second, an entrenched anti-supernaturalism: ā€œThe average Ivy League professor, management consultant or Google engineer is not necessarily a strict materialist, but they have all been trained in a kind of scientism, which regards strong religious belief as fundamentally anti-rational, miracles as superstition, the idea of a personal God as so much wishful thinking.ā€

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The Incredible Impact of a Humble Man of Faith

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 8, 2021 /

In a previous blog, I recommended John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center, and BreakPoint, his daily blog. The Colson Center has several formats for outreach including the Colson Fellow program, weekly podcasts, daily email briefings and Wilberforce Weekend. The Colson Center takes on many of the most pressing issues of the day and thoughtfully discusses ways in which we as Christians can engage our culture. As I said in that earlier blog, if you stop reading this right now and explore the Colson Center options, I will have succeeded in pointing you to a good path for improving your Christian walk.

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Conscience Rights: Does Your Medical Association Support Them? June 3, 2019

Conscience Rights: Does Your Medical Association Support Them?

By Anne Foster / June 3, 2019 /

Where leading medical institutions stand on the right of conscience and religious freedom can sway court decisions and influence federal legislation. Therefore, it is important to know where prominent groups, such as the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization, stand on these issues. Each of these groups represents a vast number of medical professionals, and yet their policies do not always accurately express their members’ diverse views, nor do they defend their membersā€™ first amendment rights.

In some cases, the stances of medical organizations stand in direct opposition to the principles in federal law and regulations, which are outlined at the end of this essay.

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Freedom to Become

By Al Weir, MD / October 8, 2019 /

ā€œAnd we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lordā€™s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory…ā€ (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV 1984).

He pulled me aside after I had spoken to a group in the Midwest. He was short, stocky, 70 and built like a brick, a hard man who seemed pleasant, soft-spoken and at peace with life. ā€œMay I tell you something?ā€ He asked. ā€œI know this is not your business and I have been going to another doctor with this, but you speak like someone I can talk to.ā€ He continued. ā€œYou know all those stories about the priests and young boys? I was one of those boys. Some bad things happened to me when I was young. And I grew up and did some bad things. Now Iā€™m trying to live well and relate to my wife in a good way, but itā€™s hard.ā€

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Unmasking Medical Marijuana May 23, 2019

Unmasking Medical Marijuana

By Amy Givler, MD / May 23, 2019 /

At age 60, I can pretty much say I will never recommend marijuana to any of my patients. I have far too clear memories of my teenage years, when I knew many friends and family who smoked pot, to their detriment. In high school it wasnā€™t hard to tell who was using regularly because it interfered with their learning. They seemed slightly disoriented and less aware of what was going on around them.

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Dementia

By Al Weir, MD / October 1, 2019 /

ā€œ…There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed awayā€ (Revelation 21:4, NIV 1984).

I try to visit her twice a week, but sometimes only make it once. My mom is suffering from severe dementia and requires round-the-clock attendants. She can barely carry on a conversation and, when she does, it is often like, ā€œI havenā€™t seen Mother in a while. How is she doing?ā€ ā€¦ with her own mother gone for 30 years; or, ā€œWhere is Bud?ā€ ā€¦ about our dad, who has been with the Lord for four years. My goal when I visit is to bring a moment of joy into her mental chaos, to produce a smile or a bit of laughter, even if she doesnā€™t understand.

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Upside-Down-and-Backwards: Reflection and Challenge on Inauguration Day

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 21, 2021 /

My grandfather was a deeply gracious man. A Southern gentleman to the core and pastor of a large church, he was loving and compassionate toward everyone he met, and he was also uniquely talented at making each and every person with whom he interacted feel loved and heard. He truly cared, and he had an amazing ability to communicate the depth of that concern. In the 40 years I knew him, I never heard him raise his voice or speak a harsh word, with one dramatic exception. So itā€™s no surprise that the story of Granddaddy, hospitalized and delirious after major surgery, raising his voice at Gran has gone down in family lore. His agitation at her that day was so great, and so perplexing. He was intensely frustrated with her driving, despite the fact that he been in the hospital and nowhere near a car for days. He finally burst out, in his resonant Southern voice, “You insist on driving upside down and backwards just to irritate me!” Needless to say, it did not ease his distress when the entire family burst into laughter. But some things are just so funny you can’t control yourself.

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Finding Rest May 16, 2019

Finding Rest

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 16, 2019 /

How often do you rest? If youā€™re anything like me, your answer is, ā€œNot often enough!ā€ Most of us are overwhelmed with things that can be outside of our direct controlā€”a busy practice, a crashing patient, an EMR that requires 1,000 clicks per chart, a healthcare system that increases the RVU requirement every year or two, a prodigal child, a distant spouse. Of course, we have input into the things which we allow to fill our time. But very often, we donā€™t have control over them. Other peopleā€™s requirements and expectations place demands on us that are difficult to simply discard or ignore. And, as healthcare professionals, we are doing good. Our work benefits people. We minister to others in their times of greatest need. Good busyness is the hardest kind to fight because itā€™s easy to justify.

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Civility February 14, 2019

Civility

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 14, 2019 /

A few years ago, at the height of the embryonic stem cell research controversy and public debate, I was asked to be one of four presenters for a Friday medical school forum discussing this topic. There were three other presenters: a semi-retired professor whose area of work was in rehabilitation and advocating for accommodations for persons with disabilities, a social science professor and Dr. X, an MD/PhD whose main area of study was stem cell research. I was the lone conservative.

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A Home to Get To

By Al Weir, MD / December 22, 2020 /

ā€œJesus replied, ā€˜If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with himā€™ā€ (John 14:23, NIV 1984).

It was a one-half mile walk from clinic to car. Halfway there in the 95-degree heat, I passed an elderly man moving slowly on a walker in the opposite direction. Unkempt and unclean, he asked me how far it was to the emergency room. I pointed the quarter-mile direction and he responded, ā€œI didnā€™t know it was that far.ā€ I told him I could get my car and take him if he would wait, and he agreed. When I helped him out at the ER, I offered him $20. ā€œYou can use this for a taxi to get you back home.ā€

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Wanting the Healer Al Weir, MD February 19, 2019

Wanting the Healer

By Al Weir, MD / February 19, 2019 /

ā€œā€¦for I am the Lord, who heals youā€ (Exodus 15:26b, NIV 1984).

He was a bit short of breath as he sat on the side of his bed, trying to regain his strength after a therapy complication had placed him on dialysis.
ā€œI think we will hold your cancer treatment for a few weeks,ā€ I told him.
ā€œThat will be good,ā€ he said. ā€œIt makes me weak.ā€
ā€œWe need you to get your strength back and then we can deal with all your other stuff,ā€ I continued.
He nodded, and then, after a pause for reflection, added, ā€œYou know, Cathy and I have decided that we are going to start seeking the Healer more than the healing.ā€

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Leading a Normal Life

By Ken Jones / December 8, 2020 /

One of the most frequently asked questions from people considering coaching is about the ā€œprocess,ā€ or about what it looks like to work with a coach. Because thousands of individuals have decided they are coaches because they have a particular expertise or experience in a specific area (i.e. sports coaches, writing coaches, even life coaches), it can be difficult to know how to choose a coach or even whether coaching is the right choice.

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Ethical Science at Warp Speed

By David Prentice, PhD / November 16, 2020 /

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to us allā€”medical, ethical, societal. It has also intensified and sharpened the focus of some ongoing bioethical challenges, especially regarding fetal tissue research and the related topic of abortion-derived cell lines and vaccine production. We looked at both of these issues in the spring of 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Time for some updates, new information and analysis.

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Goals for the Day Al Weir, MD January 22, 2019

Goals for the Day

By Al Weir, MD / January 22, 2019 /

Dr. Dave Hafer is a retired maxillofacial surgeon in Montana. He and his wife Bobbie took up painting to fill the Montana winters. They are both incredibly talented and love their new avocation. They love it so much that Dave took it to the Lord and asked Him, ā€œDonā€™t let this be just for us. Show us how to use it for your glory.ā€ And they have, repeatedly auctioning their work to raise funds for Christian ministries. Last year when they attended a conference for Christian women physicians, an attendee asked him, ā€œWould you consider letting me commission you to do a painting?ā€ Dave replied, ā€œI guess I can do that. What did you have in mind?ā€ The physician answered, ā€œI want a picture of heaven. I want to place it on my office wall so that every morning when I arrive for work, I am reminded of my goal for the day.ā€

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The Future Today July 2, 2018

The Method Behind the Madness

By Ken Jones / November 16, 2020 /

One of the most frequently asked questions from people considering coaching is about the ā€œprocess,ā€ or about what it looks like to work with a coach. Because thousands of individuals have decided they are coaches because they have a particular expertise or experience in a specific area (i.e. sports coaches, writing coaches, even life coaches), it can be difficult to know how to choose a coach or even whether coaching is the right choice.

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Christian Doctorā€™s Digest ā€“ February 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 2, 2019 /

The February 2019 issue of Christian Doctorā€™s Digest…A look into hospitality as a way to evangelize within the home. Conservative Christians admitĀ that they do not speak out on political or cultural issues because they do not know how to support their beliefs from a biblical basis. We’ll look at how to defend the Gospel. And finally,Ā the demands of cross-cultural ministry can be overwhelming and draining, leading to discouragement and burnout. We’ll learn how toĀ live the holy, faithful lives God intends for us.

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Stoic Expectation

By Al Weir, MD / December 1, 2020 /

ā€œOn hearing it, many of his disciples said, ā€˜This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?ā€™ …From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed himā€ (John 6:60-66, NIV 1984).

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A Wrong Turn on the Right Path? December 20, 2018

A Wrong Turn on the Right Path?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / December 20, 2018 /

An international outcry occurred after Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced that he and his team had edited human embryos in an attempt to produce children who are resistant to HIV, cholera and smallpox. In this weekā€™s blog post, Dr. Joy Riley explores this topic from an ethical perspective.

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Hard Teaching

By Al Weir, MD / November 24, 2020 /

ā€œOn hearing it, many of his disciples said, ā€˜This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?ā€™ …From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed himā€ (John 6:60-66, NIV 1984).

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In Defense of Healthy Children: Recent Papers Expose the Truths About Dangerous Gender Dysphoria Treatments

By Anne Foster / September 7, 2017 /

According to new research by three expert physicians from Johns Hopkins, the most popular therapies to treat gender dysphoria in children are dangerous and biased. CMA Government Relations Fellow Anne Foster dives into this topic and how this should impact parents making their childrenā€™s health decisions.

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A Word About Blessed Events

By Ken Jones / October 19, 2020 /

Because October is Down Syndrome Month ā€¦

A Word About Blessed Events

Everyone knows that phrase: A Blessed Event.

Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  A blessed event is what happens when a baby is born.

Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  A blessed event occurs when that familiar sound splits the air,

Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  And a neonate cries for the very first time,

And an heir is born who can help carry on the family name and lineage.

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HIV Education and How Not To Do It

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

A few landmines are lurking in the field of our stateā€™s educational laws. California Education Code 51931 ā€œdefinitionsā€ section details that only ā€œmedically accurateā€ information can be taught. Seemingly fair enough. Also, Code 51933 states: ā€œ(4) Instruction and materials shall not reflect or promote bias against any person on the basis of any category protected by Section 220.

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Getting Out of Purgatory

By Al Weir, MD / October 27, 2020 /

ā€œFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faithā€”and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godā€”not by works, so that no one can boastā€ (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV 1984).

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Skin Color

By Al Weir, MD / October 6, 2020 /

ā€œThe Samaritan woman said to him, ā€˜You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?ā€™ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)ā€ (John 4:9, NIV 1984).

This was not the first time Iā€™d felt the anger of racial injustice, but it was the most surprising. Lorenzo had been my patient for 20 years. He was doing better and living longer with his myeloma than anyone I had ever treated. He and I are friends.

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Overcomers Al Weir, MD December 4, 2018

Overcomers

By Al Weir, MD / December 4, 2018 /

I was surprised to see his name on the schedule, as he had completed his therapy a few years ago. However, in spite of chemotherapy and radiation, his cancer had recently returned and required a laryngectomy. I was seeing him for the first time after this surgeryā€”complicated by a stroke and a pulmonary embolus. He was not the same proud man I remembered. My first words to him were, ā€œI am so sorry you have had such suffering with your stroke and with your voice gone. Can you overcome all of this?ā€ He looked me in the eyes, then looked to my lapel, touched the gold cross pinned there and nodded with assurance.

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Living with Uncertainty

By Tracy Liang / June 23, 2020 /

Uncertainty is a fact of life. Though the weather forecast predicts sunny skies for the weekend, rain may still come. When you gather the courage to ask that cute guy or girl from Bible study on a date, will he or she say yes? Or perhaps, you may prepare intensively for a clinical licensing exam, only for your hard-won patient to cancel at the last minute. (Dental students, can you relate?) The higher the stakes, the higher the anxiety caused by such uncertainty. Across the nation, students are graduating during most uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic and national turmoil.

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The Possible

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

ā€œI can do everything through him who gives me strengthā€ (Philippians 4:13, NIV 1984).

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Standing Against Physician-Assisted Suicide in Family Medicine November 28, 2018

Standing Against Physician-Assisted Suicide in Family Medicine

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 28, 2018 /

The American Academy of Family Physiciansā€™ (AAFP) Congress of Delegates recently voted during their annual meeting to change their Hippocratic position on assisted suicide to a position of ā€œengaged neutrality.ā€ In this weekā€™s blog post, Dr. David Stevens discusses how dangerous this decision is, and what you can do to get involved.

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WPC Pulse: May 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 21, 2020 /

Howā€™s your patience holding up? Mine is running a bit thin, and itā€™s hard to hear this pandemic might go on another year before itā€™s ā€œover.ā€ My heart goes out to those who live alone and rarely go out. And we lift up in prayer those on the frontlines working endlessly to save as many as they can. We must also include those who have no work and fearing the future, hoping it might improve soon.

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The Lure of Money November 15, 2018

The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 15, 2018 /

In this weekā€™s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses the topic of money and how easy it is to compare ourselves to others and how much more money they have than we do. How does God call us to view our possessions?

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Immunizing Conscience

By David Prentice, PhD / May 18, 2020 /

Ethical considerations should have a priority place in science and medicine. Promoting sound bioethics promotes confidence in doctors and scientists and their work, among peers, the public and policymakers. This is certainly seen in the recent ethically-guided decisions around federal funding of research with fetal tissue from elective abortions. Ethical guardrails help focus precious research funds on projects with best chance of success and benefit for all. Even in a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, illumination of the ethical vs. unethical proposals can educate and serve to focus attention and resources on the paths that will benefit all.

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Christian Doctorā€™s Digest ā€“ May 2014

Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 15, 2014 /

Helping you overcome the challenges you face everyday. Mark Gregston shares from his book Tough Guys and Drama Queens about raising teenagers. Katherine Welch, MD discusses Human Trafficking and how we can make a difference in the fight. Then Babak Iranmanesh, MD shares his testimony on how he came to Christ from a Muslim background.

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