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On the Side: November 2018

On the Side: November 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 5, 2018 /

Water is wonderful, glorious stuff. Being from the Gulf Coast originally, I now chafe a bit at my adopted (but sadly landlocked) Nebraska. The only water I can get in here year-round is chlorinated; but I am happy to do that. And every time I find myself up to my elbows in it, trudging from one side of the pool to the other, I try and thank God for creating this beautiful, amazing wet stuff. It simultaneously buoys me up and resists my movements. It also provides many opportunities for me to improve and challenge myself. It is just what I need.

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Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable students and residents to participate in mission rotations here in the United States, working with marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations in a Christian healthcare setting.

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On the Side: September 2020

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

The meeting with my co-leader was held two weeks before the start of the new Side By Side session. I had my planner, my Bible and the study book. She had the same. But Deb also had a box of organized, color-coded, individually-bagged Scripture reminders for each student, for every week of the semester. On top of all of this, she also had already written meticulous notes on each lesson in her beautiful penmanship.

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Chasing the Wind March 6, 2019

Chasing the Wind

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

In dental school, several of my instructors would mention their theory of why the suicide rate among dentists was so high, sometimes as a joke or some for serious reasons. One professorā€™s theory made the most sense to me: Work itself can become very redundant and most restorations eventually fail. You can feel like youā€™ve worked so hard to bring someoneā€™s mouth into health and restore their smile, but if they donā€™t take care of their mouth, all of your hard work can fall apart.Ā He also mentioned that if youā€™re in it for the money, that will fail you too. If all youā€™ve built your life on is your work and your things, then itā€™s going to be a big disappointment.

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On the Side: July 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 10, 2021 /

I love genealogies. Thanks to my beloved Grandpa Sam, I have a detailed genealogy going back to 1690 on my fatherā€™s side. It traces our familyā€™s journey from the Isle of Mull in Scotland to the East Coast of the U.S., and eventually to Colorado. Looking at its 300-plus years of history, I wonder who these ancestors were and what they were like. If each one could tell their story, what would it include? I do know one fought in the Revolutionary War, and one had 18 children!!! I also know that none of them had any clue that their great-great-greatā€¦granddaughter would be writing this from a laptop computer in Palm Desert, California.

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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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Flying Loaves July 10, 2018

The Dreaded ā€œCā€ Wordā€¦

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / October 31, 2019 /

ā€œJesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.ā€ ā€“ Hebrews 13:8, NKJV

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Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / May 24, 2018 /

Compassion & Choices uses every trick in the book to get physician-assisted suicide legalized in individual states, and they never give up. They fund polling with leading questions in the vein of, ā€œWould you like to die in terrible pain hooked up to a machine by doctors who wonā€™t let you die or should physicians aid you in dying?ā€ They then tout the results as overwhelming support for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide to the media and anyone else who will listen.

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Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable non-white students and trainees to participate in mission rotations outside the United States.

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 1, 2020 /

This new Covid world has taught us things. Weā€™ve learned more about ourselves, our families, our country, and the world as a whole and how connected it really is.Ā  Have you had a chance to be still and reflect on what you have learned during this tumultuous time?Ā  Iā€™ve had a little time, but Iā€™d like to take more and really sit and thank God for what Heā€™s done in the midst of the brokenness.Ā  Once you do get a chance to reflect, write those thoughts down and share them with someone and then ask them to tell you about what they have learned. The more you share and hear, the bigger and more beautiful the picture will be of what God is doing.Ā  Iā€™ll share with yā€™all a little of what Iā€™ve learned.

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On the Side: March 2019

By Carol Mason Shrader / March 4, 2019 /

The restaurant play area was already packed with children. I could only imagine the germs that my three 2-year-olds were about to encounter. I could just turn around and walk back to the car ā€“ I didnā€™t know a soul there and they would never miss me. Honestly, the ONLY reason I kept moving forward toward the group gathered from the church we had just visited was because I had told my husband and my mother that I was going and I knew BOTH would ask me how it went.

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On the Side: August 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 10, 2021 /

ā€œIā€™ll just sleep while itā€™s red,ā€ I reasoned. At the time, this made perfect sense to my sleep-deprived brain. Happily, I woke up a few seconds later with my foot still on the brake and the traffic light now a lovely shade of green. I thought I was the only intern this had ever happened to, but I soon learned my husband had once had a similar experience. After a different long night on call at the hospital, he had been awakened at a green traffic light by the horn of the driver behind him!

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Jesus had Staffing Problems, tooā€¦12 of Them

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / October 17, 2019 /

ā€œWhile I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilledā€ (John 17:12, NKJV).

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Sustaining Our Joy in Practice, September 21, 2017

Sustaining Our Joy in Practice

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

Are you as a healthcare professional too harried, too rushed, too focused and too overworked to find true joy in your chosen profession? Not just happiness or contentment, but true joy. Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses this topic in this weekā€™s blog post for The Point.

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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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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

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

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

After Peterā€™s confession that Jesus is ā€œā€¦the Christ, the Son of the living God.ā€ Jesus told him, ā€œBlessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.ā€ Matthew 16:16, 17-19 (NASB)

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Be Open to Godā€™s Surprising Will

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / July 20, 2021 /

If you had asked me my third year of dental school where I would be in five years, I would not have told you Memphis, Tennessee. Iā€™m from Texas, and Iā€™m one of those Texans who felt like they would always be in Texas because, as the catchy song goes, ā€œGod Blessed Texas.ā€ At the same time, I felt God called me to do dentistry for a specific purpose. When looking at my options in Texas, everything felt like it would just be something to do but not what God was calling me to. Iā€™m still not proficient at seeking Godā€™s will, but I was even less proficient then. The Lord had to drop an opportunity right in my lap for me to think outside of what I thought was possible. He had me open an email from CMDA that I almost ignored, and I read a description of the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program that pulled on all the heart strings of what God used to lead me to dentistry. It described working in urban community clinics in Memphis, Tennessee to serve patients with the spiritual love of Christ and physical healthcare through dentistry. It also offered discipleship and a call to expand this vision beyond Memphis to other underserved settings in the U.S. and abroad.

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On the Side: October 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 7, 2019 /

Paddington and Winnie, I know them well. As a mom, Iā€™ve read a few chapter books aloud and these bears, Paddington Brown and Winnie-the-Pooh, are two favorites. And whatā€™s not to like? The epitome of their problems revolves around honey and marmalade. As I read, I have confidence itā€™s going to be okay. Chapter after unfolding chapter, everything is hunky-dory.

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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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An Old Evangelist and the Password to DentrixĀ®

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / August 18, 2020 /

ā€œCall unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest notā€ (Jeremiah 33:3, KJV).

Itā€™s hard to guess how many annual revivals I have taken part in or led in 34 years of ministry. One stands out above all the others.

Itā€™s impossible to count the dentists Iā€™ve worked with in the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland. God has blessed me to know some of His choicest servants in the course of the ministry of dentistry. One stands out who must remain nameless for reasons we shall see later.

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Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves February 19, 2019

Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 19, 2019 /

Letā€™s face it. Not everyone in the dental ā€œindustryā€ has a passion for oral healthcare. For some, dentistry is a moneymaking opportunity. Christian owners of businesses are sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes misunderstood and sometimes conflicted.

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FAQs

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

Membership Donate HOME BLOG COURSES TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE PAY FEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is the Difference Between Coaching and Other Helping Professions? When many people hear the word ā€œcoach,ā€ they immediately think of a football or tennis coach. In those ā€œcoachā€ settings, the coach corrects a faulty swing or pattern of activity,…

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What a Difference a Huddle Makes

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / July 6, 2021 /

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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On the Side: August 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 3, 2020 /

I havenā€™t been able to write for weeks. The peace of mind, which I so typically enjoy, has eluded me recently. Every time Iā€™ve tried to put pen to paper, I have found horrible angry things drying in the ink on the page. I almost despaired of writing this article, but my husband, good man that he is, suggested I write about ā€œpeace of mind.ā€ He figured Iā€™d have to walk through some Bible verses and pray a bit to regain my peace of mind, so I could effectively write about it, and he was rightā€¦thankfully. I hope you will walk through this exercise with me.

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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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Whatā€™s in a Name?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / October 18, 2018 /

In this weekā€™s blog post, Dr. Joy Riley discusses how verbiage makes a big difference in how physician-assisted suicide is promoted and transformed to make it more palatable to the general population.

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A Salt and Light Revolution

By Sam Molind, DMD / July 21, 2020 /

In some ways we are living out the famous words of Charles Dickens:

ā€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.ā€

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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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CMDA’s The Point

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 15, 2018 / Comments Off on CMDA’s The Point

A weekly blog keeping you updated on emerging topics relevant to today’s issues in healthcare written by CMDAā€™s staff and members. Perspectives and Opinions on Issues and News Topics is a publication of Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ®. Join the conversation with The Point, CMDA’s blog focusing on breaking news stories in bioethics and healthcare. CMDA’s experts contribute to the blog and also recommend additional resources and information.

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True Humility in Jesus

By Tracy Liang / June 15, 2021 /

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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On the Side: September 2019

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

When Wade and I were going through our pre-marital counseling, our beloved minister had us take a personality test. It was more than just our thoughts on ourselves, though. I had to fill one out on Wade, and he me. We had to have several friends fill out the test and mail them in, and then all the results were sent to our minister who carefully went through a weekend retreat with us and two other couples to discuss how our unique personalities would affect our relationship, our interactions with each other, our view of the world. It was amazing. And a bit jarring.

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Never Too Late to Learn

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 9, 2020 /

Last month, one of my Side By Side sisters, Christon Sawatsky, pushed me out of my comfort zone. Christon asked me to post a statement for Side By Side surrounding racism and the death of George Floyd. I am not proud of my initial response to her. Frankly, I was just not sure what to say. I am thankful, however, for her insistence I write the statement. To begin, Christon urged me to examine my own life by looking in my heart for the presence of racism. She had already done this and had been doing research to more fully educate herself. Christon was gentle but insistent with me, pointing out she did not believe that I, a white woman, understood the real truth about the plight of my black sisters. She also said she had heard that Side By Side was not a welcoming place for our black sisters. I did not know why this was the case, and I truly believed it was not true. I never imagined it because I thought I welcomed and loved everyone. Didnā€™t everyone else?

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Richmond

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Richmond

CMDA Richmond facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with likeminded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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On the Side: August 2019

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

By now, some of you have just finished your first month in a new job, which also may have meant a new home and a new city.

I empathize. My husband and I moved 3 times in 6 years in between med school and career. Each location seemed more remote and further away from family than the last. Finally, we reached the exotic location where we would live for the next 30 years; Lincoln, Nebraska. When we got here, we told our real estate agent that she was our best friend in town. (She was the ONLY person we knew in town!)

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How to Share with Patients in Despair

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 3, 2019 /

I have a handful of patients every month who mention all the pain and brokenness around them when asked what prayer requests they have. Sometimes itā€™s directly in their lives, and sometimes they are just overwhelmed by all the hopeless stories on the news and the anger people have at each other over different things.

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On the Side: July 2020

By Carol Mason Shrader / July 2, 2020 /

The teacher asked to meet with me after school. She told me that the fourth grade would be taking a field trip, but the bus was not accessible. Would I mind driving my son Benjamin and his wheelchair behind the bus? I was heartbroken that his experience would look different than his peers. I was angry that he would miss out on the fun of the bus ride. I was sad I couldnā€™t fix the injustice of life with cerebral palsy.

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The VIE Poster Session

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 18, 2018 / Comments Off on The VIE Poster Session

Membership Donate Now Vignettes, Initiatives, Innovations & Education (VIE) Poster Session Looking for an opportunity to be sharpened by like-minded believers while showcasing your research project? Please join us for the virtual VIE Poster Session during CMDA’s National Convention April 29-May 2, 2021. Any pre-healthcare student, medical student, resident, fellow or faculty member in the…

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Learning from Others

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / May 18, 2021 /

What has your experience with mentorship been like? I have had the privilege of being both mentor and mentee with the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program. It has been a wonderful experience learning the different ways mentorship can happen. Before going through the program, my idea of mentorship was very unimaginative. All I really heard about was people finding a good match for an associateship so you could have someone teach you all their wisdom and experience as you grew into who you were as a dentist. While that is a great way to be mentored, I have realized mentorship comes in many forms.

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Follow the Lord

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

As you practice your faith, the words ā€œfollow the Lordā€ are often heard and shared. The direction of the Lord does not have a yellow brick road. The words are meant to send you to prayer and develop your sense of discernment. As a dentist, dozens of people will ask you to follow them. These requests are loud and clear and often do have a yellow brick path. Some follow their golden paths before them. God blesses each of us with guidance, and for some it is easy to determine the guidance because many of us in the dental profession can use wise counsel and success to guide our steps. There are roles in every community for successful dentists. I respect the best in my community and love all my colleagues for their shared commitment to excellence. The dangers of greed and ethical challenges are to be lifted up to the Lord likewise to turn our steps to bless those around us. We are guided by the Lordā€™s work in our hearts, often to avoid missteps as often as we discover blessings.

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 1

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 22, 2019 /

ā€œā€¦To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amenā€ (1 Peter 4:11, ESV).

Everywhere I go I carry a little brown NIV Bible. This particular Bible possesses significant sentimental value to our family. Firstly, it is the Bible my father used during my wifeā€™s and my wedding. In between the pages are love notes from my wife, drawings from son, an ultrasound of my daughter, our wedding vows and other cherished memories that are all used as bookmarks. Furthermore, inside the cover is a note written by my father. This note details some of his emotions regarding his role as a first-time officiant of our wedding. Despite his fears, he found comfort in the fact that his role was ultimately ā€œall about God.ā€ In other words, it was a moment for Godā€™s glory and our glorification of Him. That is the ultimate message that will be discussed in this blog series.

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Bridging the Gap

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Bridging the Gap

Developed by expert healthcare professionals, this new small group study is designed to ask difficult, thought-provoking questions as we seek the truth found in Godā€™s Word about the ethical issues facing Christians today. This curriculum will help you courageously stand up for whatā€™s morally right according to your beliefs.

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Persevering in the Perilous

By Caren Abraham, DDS / July 6, 2020 /

ā€œWatch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strongā€ (1 Corinthians 16:13, KJV).

For most of us on the planet, life has been turned upside down over the last few months. An event that no one (or possibly very few) living today personally remember has taken the world by storm, and many are struggling to adjust to a new way of life. Society appears to be fragmenting, not just across the country but around the globe. Just before all these things began, I moved to Kenya to start a dental clinic in a rural mission hospital. This is something that has been on my heart for many years. I have been here a few months tackling Swahili, and now I am working to acquire materials and doing administrative groundwork for the clinic. There are many days when I feel like Iā€™m running an uphill marathon.

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Hard Seasons and Future Grace

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 13, 2021 /

ā€œI do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!ā€ (Mark 9:24b, NIV).

Dentistry has the capacity to cause low morale. This has been evident not only personally, but I hear it from colleagues/former classmates and social media. Low morale can be attributed to all the dynamics of being a dentist, including clinic responsibilities, staff/co-workers and personal matters. Feelings of anger/frustration, despondency, diffidence, anxiety, self-doubt, depression, fear, worry, loneliness, burnout and all the like, a dentist will experience. However, the truth is that everyone will experience it throughout the course of life, and it does not matter the profession. My wife is an emergency room nurse, my dad is a small business owner, my brother is a director of strength training and my mother is a customer service agent. Over the years, I have heard them all express what is described above. However, it was those seasons and the help of my brother that led to the message of this blog.

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Abiding in Albany

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 24, 2019 /

As the director of a healthcare ministry in one of the largest medical communities in the world, I am constantly thinking through obstacles and evaluating the goals we wish to accomplish as the ministry develops. One of the biggest hurdles that Iā€™ve encountered in this ministry is time. In my experience, the healthcare student and provider schedule is often jammed with events and activities. Constantly, they are confronted with new challenges where they are forced to expend voluminous amounts of energy to accomplish their tasks.

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Deathā€™s Sting September 18, 2018

Deathā€™s Sting

By Al Weir, MD / September 18, 2018 /

He called me after a conference on the West Coast where I had shared the time I was 33 years old, headed for the mission field, and experienced nights with a cold-sweating-fear-of-death. He asked for advice. He too is a follower of Christ who now fears death.

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Church Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Church Resources

Be an advocate for Godā€™s Word and speak truth into todayā€™s ethical issues. These resources will help you learn how to answer difficult questions with grace, kindness and truth.

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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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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 5, 2019 /

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

After Peterā€™s confession that Jesus is ā€œā€¦the Christ, the Son of the living God.ā€ Jesus told him, ā€œBlessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.ā€ Matthew 16:16, 17-19 (NASB)

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On the Side: May 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 4, 2021 /

“You will keepĀ himĀ in perfectĀ peace, WhoseĀ mindĀ isĀ stayedĀ on You, Because he trusts in You.”Ā ā€“ Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Peace seems scarce these days. In fact, we seem to be living on a peace spectrum that runs anywhere from shaky armistice to literal dumpster fire. Even as I write these words, which you may read later, I am sure that if there isnā€™t something disastrous going on today, there will be tomorrow.

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Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 24, 2019 /

ā€œFor we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sinā€ (Hebrews 4:15, KJV).

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2020survey

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 21, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020survey

Membership Donate Now We Need Your Help We are humbly asking you, as someone who cares about the future of Christians in healthcare in America, to help CMDA better support Christians like you by taking this survey Details Below We are humbly asking you, as someone who cares about the future of Christians in healthcare…

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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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e-Pistle

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 5, 2018 / Comments Off on e-Pistle

Membership Donate Now This is a bi-monthly e-newsletter designed to educate, encourage and equip healthcare missionaries around the globe. Each issue of the e-Pistleā„¢ includes articles about management on the missionary field, information from like-minded organizations, announcements, new resources available for those on the field, etc. A wide variety of subjects is covered, and it…

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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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On the Side: July 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 16, 2019 /

Our new home is not exactly a new house. It has been standing here for almost 100 years. Never having owned an old home, I was concerned about the home inspection prior to our closing. My girlfriend looked at me and said, ā€œRelax. That house has been standing forever. It is fine.ā€

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Martha, Martha September 4, 2018

Martha, Martha

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 4, 2018 /

Lord, You made me and know my heart and my anxious thoughts. Please help me to live dependent on you for everything, always at your peaceful pace, surrendered to your perfect timing and will. Amen.

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 12, 2020 / Comments Off on surveyconteststaff

Membership Donate Now Thank You for Participating in the Survey! Enter the Drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card Enter Below Please enter your information below in order to be eligible for a $100 gift card from Amazon. Entry form best viewed in the Chrome or Firefox browsers. Name First Last Email Phone Phone number…

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On the Side: April 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 10, 2020 /

One of the perks of moving around the country is that we have added a beautiful cast of friends to our family. We often joke that the ā€œwriterā€ of our family sitcom thought the cast needed to be jazzed up a bit when he brought certain characters into our storyline. We love the variety of loved ones who are brought to live life alongside us!

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Opinion Letter

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

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

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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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Preaching to Myself

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 26, 2019 /

Like most of my writings, much of what I have to say is me preaching to myself. Recently I have been struck by several encounters with patients who were either very irritated or irritating. Either way, what should our response be? When someone is being demanding or has unrealistic requests and is upset when we cannot fulfill them? Or maybe they are just plain rude? What do we do?

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Growing into Childlikeness August 23, 2018

Growing into Childlikeness

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

One of my favorite literary works beyond the Bible is a poem called ā€œFootprints.ā€ There is a great message about God and His help during our hour of need. More specifically, it is a dialogue between a man and God, and the two are on a beach reviewing the manā€™s life. In that conversation, the man questions God about His absence during his times of need. That was because the man only saw one set of footprints in the sand. However, God responded, and like a loving father speaking to His son with love and gentle correction, He informed the man that it was during those times that He carried him. God had a similar conversation with the people of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy when He reminded His people, through Moses, of the life that He saved them from.

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Faith & Health

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

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

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On the Side: May 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 1, 2020 /

Letā€™s face it, I would never be ā€œvoted offā€ the island. I tell my kids this all the time, and they are smart enough to agree with me. Mostly itā€™s because I can cook, but also because Iā€™m good in a crisis and have a working knowledge of first aid. My husband says that out of our entire family I would be the one person voted ā€œMost Likely to Survive if Dropped Alone in a Wilderness Area.ā€ He actually tells people that I donā€™t think a campfire is big enough, unless it can be ā€œseen from space.ā€

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Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint January 29, 2019

Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 29, 2019 /

Not long ago, a patient walked in to my office and requested tooth whitening. After a brief exam, I found multiple abscessed teeth as well as loose restorative material that posed an aspiration risk. None of these findings seemed to concern him one bit.

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CMDA Today

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

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

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On the Side: April 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 8, 2021 /

The call came maybe five months after we moved into the house I had dreamed of my whole life. Big front porch. Two porch swings. Rockers. And the icing on the cakeā€”azalea bushes circling the big huge trees in my new front yard. I was anticipating the first of many, many years of Easter photo sessions in front of those bushes. But for that phone call.

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End of Life Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Side: June 2020

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

ā€œMom, Tatonka is the only chick who wants to be held,ā€ my eldest observes. Yes, the smallest of our chicks is often perched on a shoulder, held in a hand or hiding under someoneā€™s knee as they sit crisscross apple sauce. The chick knows my kids are safe and, of course, she wants to feel safe.

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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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Grace Prescriptions

GraceRx

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on GraceRx

How often do you prescribe grace to your patients? Not just kindness, which is important, but also specific and appropriate doses of grace that may bring your patients a step closer to a right relationship with God? Many of us in healthcare struggle with guilt and inadequacy in this area. But there is hope.

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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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Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 13, 2018 /

During our time in Kenya, I made a number of observations about diabetes care. Jeff Jackson, MD.

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GHO – Additional Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 9, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – Additional Resources

Membership Donate to CMDA About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Health Education Program for Developing Countries Human Trafficking Continuing Education GHO Discounted Resources Order Form ā€“ Additional resources available GHO…

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Do You Actually Have A Soul?

By Jerek B. Petrous, DDS, MS / June 1, 2020 /

As healthcare professionals, we know our patients have brains, we know they have hearts. We know these exist because we can see them and study them. They are physical, they are material. But is there a part of us that is immaterial, or is this just a lie weā€™ve bought into? If so, how can we possibly know it?

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On the Side: January 2019

On the Side: January 2019

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

I usually fly through the process of getting rid of junk email. I zoom through each morning selecting everything that isnā€™t personal and then hitting the delete key ā€“ I hate having a ton of junk cluttering my inbox. But recently, an email from Fitbit caught my eye and gave me pause due to the word Italy in the subject line.

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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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Newsroom Archives

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Newsroom Archives

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® News Releases

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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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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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On the Side: March 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 2, 2021 /

The season of Lent has begun. Raised in the Baptist church, Lent wasnā€™t something that we celebrated, but I have always thought it was a beautiful way to prepare for Good Friday and Easter.

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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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WPC Pulse: June 2014

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

As a family physician, I see patients almost daily who are struggling with anxiety. If God is important to them, I usually challenge them to memorize Philippians 4:6-8: ā€œDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableā€”if anything is excellent or praiseworthyā€”think about such thingsā€ (NIV 2011).

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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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On the Side: December 2018

On the Side: December 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 4, 2018 /

My 12-year-old looked at me as we approached the exit for our usual shortcut home and said ā€œMom, I think we should go the long way. I canā€™t see well enough tonight to look for deer.ā€

And I heard in that statement an immense pressure to keep us safe. I heard in her sweet voice, the weight of staring into the dark and straining to see any animals that might on a whim jump in front of our vehicle. And I heard in my baby girlā€™s voice cares that I never intended her to carry.

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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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New York V. HHS

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 3, 2019 / Comments Off on New York V. HHS

Membership Donate to CMDA LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Ā    CMDA Enters Major Rights of Conscience Federal Suit. The most important legal case that CMDA has been involved in affecting the very future of faith-based professionals in healthcare. UPDATE: CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections Read News Release Rights of Conscience: “……

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GHO – Find a Trip

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 4, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – Find a Trip

Membership Donate Now About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact URGENT NEEDS Find a Trip Each year, we send 45 to 55 teams around the world to countries including El Salvador, East Africa, I*dia, the Pacific,…

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A Touch of Compassion

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / May 5, 2020 /

Emergency appointments are a big part of our duties and schedules at Christ Community Health Center where I work in Memphis, Tennessee. We have a walk-in day once a week at four out of our five clinics, and we also take several walk-ins on other days at each of our clinics. So, transitioning to only emergencies did not feel too weird, it just made our schedules lighter. During this pandemic, Iā€™m thankful we as dentists can provide much-needed emergency services to treat pain, keep people out of the emergency room or give someone a quick-fix to hold them off until they can have more work done.

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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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South Central Pennsylvania

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 24, 2019 / Comments Off on South Central Pennsylvania

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations of South Central Pennsylvania (CMDA South Central PA) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating, and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel. CMDA South Central PA’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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CMDA Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 18, 2017 / Comments Off on CMDA Home

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® educates, encourages, and equips Christian healthcare professionals to glorify God. Christian healthcare professionals glorify God by following Christ, serving with excellence and compassion, caring for all people, and advancing Biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and throughout the world.

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Why Do You Follow Jesus? July 24, 2018

On the Side: February 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 2, 2021 /

As I have said in the past, ā€œAs wives of doctors, we are the people, who take care of the people, who take care of everyone else.ā€ Since 2020 has now mercifully drawn to a close, I think itā€™s okay for us to take a moment to look back and take stock of how we are doing and think about what we need to do going forward to help take care of ourselves.

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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who in 1999 joined the staff of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to help administrate a medical education mission outreach called Medical Education International (MEI). While working with the Christian Medical Association, he was asked by the U.S. State Department in 2004 to research the health consequences of Human Trafficking. From 2005-2008, he compiled and submitted an annual report to the Director of the State Departmentā€™s -Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking of Persons. This research resulted in the article Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional published in the May 2008 Southern Medical Journal.

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Houston

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Houston

CMDA Houston’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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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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Letting Go

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / February 19, 2020 /

ā€œThen Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the LORD had done for Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptiansā€¦And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until eveningā€¦So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ā€˜The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these peopleā€¦will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourselfā€™ā€ (Exodus 18:9-18, NKJV).

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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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Body Bag Living

Body Bag Living

By Al Weir, MD / March 7, 2017 /

We were seeing him in the hospital because his blood counts had dropped, probably nothing serious. As we talked, I learned he was a Korean War veteran and asked him if he was at the Chosin Reservoir, in that “Coldest Winter” where more than 100,000 Chinese poured over the Korean border and drove U.S. soldiers south though cross-fire and frostbite.

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