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Position Statements

Position Statements

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Position Statements

Membership Donate Now Position Statements Ethics statements deal with ethical issues. They are drafted by the Ethics Committee of the Board and the final version has to be approved first by the Board of Trustees and then by the House of Representatives representing the CMDA membership. These statements can be based on biblical, scientific, moral…

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Member Awards

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Member Awards

Membership Donate Now Member Awards One of the highlights each year during the CMDA National Convention is the presentation of the Servant of Christ, Educator, Missionary and President’s Heritage Awards. You are invited to nominate CMDA colleagues for three of these four awards, while the Missionary of the Year Award is selected by the CMDE Commission. A…

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CMDA Statement on Medical Marijuana

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

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on “medical marijuana” with both an inherent belief that the Bible is the Word of God–that it speaks into our time and culture and that God gave us his creation to use to its fullest potential—and with the incorporation of scientific evidence which provides a window into the truths about God’s creation.

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A Second Drug Wave is Coming: Marijuana

By James Avery, MD / January 10, 2019 /

The first drug wave was the opioid epidemic. In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses (67,000) than during the entirety of the Vietnam War (58,200).1 The second and more insidious wave is coming—it’s the marijuana wave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

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

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

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

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Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

Celebrating a Legacy with David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), and Gene Rudd, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 18, 2019 /

At the 2019 CMDA National Convention, we were privileged to honor Dr. David Stevens and Dr. Gene Rudd for their legacy of faithful leadership. Dr. Stevens is stepping down as CEO of CMDA effective September 1, 2019, while Dr. Rudd moved from his Senior Vice President role to working part-time in 2017.

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GHO – FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 29, 2018 / Comments Off on GHO – FAQs

Membership Donate About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP TRIP COSTS What kinds of things do my Global Health Outreach trip fees cover? Trip costs are in three main categories. Airline travel to…

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

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Responds to its Federal Court Victory Upholding Medical Judgment and Conscience Freedom

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019–The Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based professional medical organization, responded today to their victory in federal court for the conscience rights of medical professionals. The case, Franciscan Alliance v. Azar, sought relief from a 2016 federal regulation that threatened to drive religious doctors out of practice if they would not perform gender-transition procedures that violate their medical judgment and beliefs. Today’s ruling struck down the rule.

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Side {by} Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

Side By Side: Changing Lives for 30 Years

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

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

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Mission Scholarships

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Mission Scholarships

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® provides various mission scholarships for student and resident members wishing to spend time overseas as a rotation elective.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations responds to its federal court victory in protecting conscience rights

The 20,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today filed objections with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed Title X family planning program rule that would “gut conscience protections,” according to CMA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeffrey Barrows.

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Nationalized Healthcare: Prescription or Problem- A Debate

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / September 1, 2009 /

We asked two Christian physicians to share their divergent perspectives on nationalized healthcare. References for Dr. Emil’s answers are first in the endnote section, in Arabic numerals; Dr. Van Mol’s notes follow, in Roman numerals. Reader response is welcome.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins physician group in support of ethical vaccines

Bristol, Tenn.—December 2, 2020— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement showing physician support of ethical vaccines. CMDA joins in this statement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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Dermatology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Dermatology Section

The Dermatology Section of the Christian Medical Association strives to enable Christian dermatologists to work together for deeper mutual support and understanding.

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Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds US Signing of Geneva Consensus Declaration

Bristol, Tenn.—October 22, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based medical organization, the 20,000-member Christian Medical Association* (CMA, www.cmda.org), today heralded the signing of a multilateral agreement on consensus global health issues, following a signing ceremony cohosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

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Christian Medical Association encouraged by U.S. actions to enforce conscience freedom law in healthcare, focus on international women’s health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association encouraged by U.S. actions to enforce conscience freedom law in healthcare, focus on international women’s health

Bristol, Tenn.—December 2, 2020— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement showing physician support of ethical vaccines. CMDA joins in this statement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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Terms & Conditions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Terms & Conditions

Membership Donate Now Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy Christian Medical & Dental Associations (“CMDA” or “We”) respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit CMDA’s online properties, including websites, social…

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

Bristol, Tenn.—March 2, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement in support of vaccines and conscience protection.

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Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

The 20,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today filed objections with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed Title X family planning program rule that would “gut conscience protections,” according to CMA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeffrey Barrows.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

Bristol, Tenn.—April 15, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Discharge Petition. CMDA joins in this statement with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), which also includes the American Associations of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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

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

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

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Human Trafficking and The Morning After Pill: Do They Go Together?

By Janie Christine Ogle, DO / September 18, 2019 /

What choice will you make when you come to a fork in the road? Will you choose to stand up for what you believe, or will you stand by and conform to the world around you? When I was a medical student, I pondered when the time would come where I had to make that decision and if I would remain faithful to my belief.

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Vaccination information and Recommendations

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 1, 2011 /

The safety and advisability of vaccinating our children has become a hot topic, and one of great importance. This handout was prepared to present reliable information, answer questions, provide encouragement, and perhaps spark more Christian enthusiasm for medical science drawn from history.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations recognizes one-year anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration, supports coalition’s continued growth

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations recognizes one-year anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration, supports coalition’s continued growth

Bristol, Tenn.—October 21, 2021— The nation’s largest faith-based medical organization, the 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org), today recognizes the one-year anniversary of the signing of a multilateral agreement on consensus global health issues and meeting women’s health needs, known as the Geneva Consensus Declaration.

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Support CMDA

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

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

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ETHICAL VACCINES: Ready for a shot in the arm?

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

With millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses already plunged into American arms and hundreds of million more doses on the way, can healthcare professionals confidently receive the vaccines themselves and also recommend them for patients?

While responses to this question often involve important emotional factors that need to be addressed, this article focuses on three rational considerations: safety, efficacy and ethics.

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Negative Health Consequences of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / July 27, 2011 /

The health effects of same-sex sexual behavior are many. The public, government, and judiciary are being lead to believe that same-sex sexuality is a normal variant with interactions and results equivalent to heterosexual sexuality. However, this position runs contrary to professional literature and the track record of history.

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

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

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019—The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org) the nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, today released findings of a national survey showing that conscience-protecting laws and regulations help protect patient access to healthcare while addressing rampant discrimination against faith-based health professionals.

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Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

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

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

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CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 20, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

July 20, 2020—Bristol, Tenn.– Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) denounced an injunction issued by a federal district court judge that bars the FDA from enforcing health and safety precautions on a chemical abortion pill during the pandemic.

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Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 9, 2019 /

It is tempting to think sexual harassment is a problem that happens to other people in other places. Sadly, that is not the case. According to Medscape’s 2018 survey of 6,200 physicians, 7 percent of physicians have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the last three years.

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Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Care [Part 1] – The Basics

By Walt Larimore, MD / March 1, 2015 /

About 25 years ago, while sharing an early morning cup of coffee with my dear friend and practice partner, family physician John Hartman, MD, he asked, “Walt, how come we don’t bring our faith to work with us more often?”

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Engage Your Community through Healthcare

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

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

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Crisis in Nicaragua

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / April 22, 2020 /

It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—a late night phone call from a team leader is usually not a good sign. That one phone call set off a chain of events that impacted our ministry in ways we could not have imagined.

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When “Cure” Doesn’t Come: Finding Deeper Healing

By Joni Eareckson Tada / September 18, 2019 /

I know what it is like when the “cure” doesn’t come. At the age of 17, I made a careless dive into shallow water and broke my neck between the fourth and fifth cervical level. For years I prayed fervently to regain the use of my hands and legs, but that healing never came.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

Washington, DC, June 12, 2020—The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org) today expressed optimism that a just-finalized rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with gender issues will help protect medical judgment and the exercise of conscience in healthcare.

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Remedy: Healing for the Nations

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

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

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Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

Fanning the Flames of a CMDA Leadership Legacy

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 18, 2019 /

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

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Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

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

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Gifts and Miracles: My Unexpected Journey into Addiction Medicine

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

When I entered my family medicine residency, I had a cohort of marijuana-smoking pregnant women to care for. They drove me crazy. Many nights I would come home to my wife and tell her, “If I ever really hate myself, I will figure out a way to treat adolescent, obstetric addiction.”

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

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

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

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

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Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

Bristol, Tenn., June 22, 2020 – Freedom of speech, or only freedom of speech when YouTube agrees with you? Today, Christian Medical & Dental Associations (www.cmda.org) sent a letter by fax and the U.S. Post Office to YouTube addressing a video they censored purportedly because it constituted “hate speech.” The video was a panel discussion that featured Walt Heyer, who formerly identified as transgender, who said, “This is a childhood development disorder,” in reference to gender dysphoria in children. He described the irreversible consequences of experimental hormones and surgeries for treating gender dysphoria in children.

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The Reality of Today’s Long-Term Medical Missions

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

Perhaps our concept of a career missionary doctor’s family might sound similar to this . . . a poor missionary surgeon and his family give up a “good American doctor’s family life” to live in endless poverty. They suffer through a hand-to-mouth existence in an African country full of intrigue, Satan worship, witchcraft, fear, poisonings, arson, coups, Marxist takeovers, massive killings and persecution of Christians. Their children are forced to be homeschooled by their parents. They have jobs at the mission hospital from a very young age. Their future education and life is tenuous at best. They can’t possibly amount to anything and will probably die early of some terrible tropical disease that is yet to be unearthed.

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

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

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

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CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

Bristol, TN—June 29, 2020–Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) decried a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law that required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. CMA had filed a brief in the case, June Medical Services v. Russo.

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The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 22, 2020 /

Most people can do one or two of these things, but very few people can do more than that. I have always found this idea intriguing as my family and I considered how to budget the money we have been given. But it leaves out something very important we can do with our extra money, doesn’t it? We can give it away.

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The Robot Will See You Now: Can Medical Technology Be Professional?

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / September 1, 2016 /

Article published in Vol. 32.3 Fall 2016 Ethics and Medicine by William Cheshire, JR, MD about the problems with the term “provider” instead of “professionals.”

As innovative technology replaces more and more of what physicians do, the question arises whether there is any limit to the potential medical capabilities of technology at the bedside. Drug-dispensing kiosks, robotic surgery, computerized sedation devices, and other novel medical technologies bring practical advantages while also raising philosophical questions about the nature of the relationship between the patient and technology that serves as a proxy for the healthcare professional.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Physician

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

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

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

By Walt Larimore, MD / February 16, 2002 /

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

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Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Asks Supreme Court to Review and Uphold Indiana’s Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion

Washington, DC—March 6, 2019–The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based medical association, today joined a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The brief defends Indiana’s statutory requirement that women receive the benefit of ultrasound information when considering an abortion procedure.

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

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

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

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Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Physician-Assisted Suicide

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. We’ve compiled a great amount of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD / April 22, 2020 /

Our marriage has also been a journey. An adventurous one. When Ron and I first started out as a married couple, we were sure we were on the right path. Each of us thought we had the best possible traveling companion.

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When Do You Become You?

By Gene Rudd, MD / September 1, 2002 /

The debate over the status of pre-born humans has become clouded due to the redefinition of certain terms over the past few decades. Biological advances, including the destruction of embryos to obtain embryonic stem cells have also heightened the ethical dilemma. However, human life remains worthy of protection from the moment of its individual uniqueness—fertilization.

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HHS Protects Conscience Freedoms

By Jonathan Imbody / September 18, 2019 /

Conscience-guided healthcare professionals and students received a healthy dose of positive federal policy advances in the last few months. CMDA played a role advocating on behalf of our members in each of the following federal policy reforms that relate to conscience freedom, gender issues and abortion.

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Eagerly approaching the end of her Certified Nurse Midwife education, CMDA member Sara Hellwege decided to seek a position where she could minister to medically underserved patients without compromising her life-affirming convictions.

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

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

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

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Post-Roe v. Wade: Overt War on Conscience Rages

By Jonathan Imbody / April 1, 2012 /

As Roberta Flack softly coos her 1973 Grammy-winning song in the background, the 2011 TV commercial slowly unveils a stunning, color image of a developing, gently moving baby in utero. The baby’s tiny arm curls upward, framing her glorious face.

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Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Abortion

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

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

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

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

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The Marriage Viewpoint

The Marriage Viewpoint

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

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

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Cloning Name Games

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 1, 2002 /

Proponents of therapeutic cloning seek to clone human embryos, but don’t want them implanted into women. Instead, they want to use them to produce stem cells that might some day be developed into therapies. These stem cells and resulting tissues would be immunologically compatible with the person from whom they were cloned, thereby overcoming the risk of rejection that plagues tissue transplantation from other people.

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Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

Washington, DC—June 3, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed appreciation for the Administration’s June 2 international religious freedom executive order that includes funding for international programs “intended to anticipate, prevent, and respond to attacks against individuals and groups on the basis of their religion.”

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Professionalism in Healthcare: Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

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

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

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Laud HHS Conscience Rule as Protecting Patients and Doctors

Washington, D.C.—May 2, 2019—The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association, the largest national association of faith-based doctors, lauded a conscience law-enforcing rule finalized today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a protection for both patients and doctors.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

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

In the closing months of 1989, a brutal civil war erupted in Liberia and soon engulfed the small West African country. At the time, T. Abraham Browne was in high school, and the senseless killings forced him and his siblings to flee for their lives to escape the bloodshed. They reached a refugee camp where Abraham would spend the next 10 years.

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Racism

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

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

From My Viewpoint: Healthcare Reform

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 12, 2012 /

For months, it seemed like the country was holding its breath. With baited breath, some waited in anticipation and others waited in dread. Experts and analysts outlined countless “what if” scenarios, examining and scrutinizing various sides of the argument.

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Backward and Forward

Backward and Forward

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

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

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas

By Jonathan Imbody / April 5, 2018 /

This excerpt is the seventh in a series of essays on conscience in healthcare, by Jonathan Imbody, Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association and Director of Freedom2Care. To find the series, visit www.cmda.org/thepoint.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.

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Are We Safer from Malpractice?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 15, 2012 /

He was shocked at the attorney’s letter. A patient who had seemed pleased with her care was suing him for reckless and wanton negligent care.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Advertisements

Christian Medical & Dental Associations has two ways to advertise with us, our quarterly journal Today’s Christian Doctor and on our website.

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Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association on NY, VA Late-term Abortion Legislation: Medically and Morally Bankrupt

The Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), the nation’s largest faith-based association of doctors, today condemned New York’s new law allowing abortions up until delivery and Virginia’s similar legislation as “medically unnecessary” and “morally bankrupt.”

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Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Coalition Offended and Displeased With Recent Comments Attacking Conscience Rights

Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2019 – Today, a coalition of medical organizations released a public statement condemning recent statements on abortion and conscience protections made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association. The letter calls on this “Group of Six” to respect their position and represent all physician members in their public statements.

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Transgender Identification

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

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

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Transformed Doctors: Shelby Montgomery

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

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

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Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Lauds New Title X Family Planning Rule

Washington, DC – February 22, 2019: The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) in a statement today enthusiastically welcomed a final new rule that will govern tax funds awarded for family planning purposes under the Title X program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 8, 2019 / Comments Off on The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Opposes the American Nurses Association Proposed Position Statement: “The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying”

April 8, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – A draft statement by the American Nurses Association regarding a nurse’s role when a patient requests physician-assisted suicide corrupts the role of a nurse. The nursing profession has a historical record of assisting patients with comfort, increasing and/or sustaining quality of life, seeing life’s intrinsic value and providing holistic family support, not aiding in the death of their patients.

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Responds to the Protect Life Rule

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 5, 2019 / Comments Off on The Coalition of Christian Nurse Practitioners Responds to the Protect Life Rule

April 4, 2019 – Bristol, Tennessee – We applaud the newly issued announcement of the reformed Title X rule released by the Department of Health & Human Services which expands care to patients by offering an increase in comprehensive care locations and services provided.

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Strengthening the Doctor-Patient-God Relationship

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

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

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CMDA Style Guide

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

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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Our Leadership

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Our Leadership

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of CMDA. It is the final policy making body for all matters. The Board interprets and applies policies of the organization and establishes guidelines for the Chief Executive Officer and staff. It is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget with the Chief Executive Officer, supervises financial officers, and gives an accounting of the organization’s finances at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives.

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Understanding Malpractice

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

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

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Medical Education International

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Medical Education International

Medical Education International is a short-term missions program that provides academic teaching and clinical training while spreading the gospel to doctors and students in hard to reach countries.

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A Return to Cuba: Opening Doors for Christ

A Return to Cuba: Opening Doors for Christ

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

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

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Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care

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

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

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

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

What do you do when a patient asks for prayer but you’re too busy to take the time? In today’s world of healthcare, where efficiency is the driver, how do you take the time to include your faith in your practice? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explains how you can offer both efficient care and spiritual care in your practice.

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Discipleship Deserves Our Investment

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 20, 2019 /

Thank you for your review, feedback, and shout-outs given toward last month’s newsletter. It was our first newsletter for this ministry and we pray that it blessed you. I give a personal shout out to my colleague and graphic designer Mariah, whose talents helped our content to shine. I pray that this month’s content blesses you as you read the story of one of our medical students who shares her journey of faith and how CMDA, her godly community and her peers have helped to disciple her faith.

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Expanded Abortion Bills Are Ideologically and Money Driven

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Expanded Abortion Bills Are Ideologically and Money Driven

March 19, 2019–Bristol, TN–Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) calls on legislators across the U.S. to vote against the growing number of expanded abortion bills that have shocked our nation! Like New York’s Reproductive Health Act, the bills proposed in Vermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois and Virginia allow abortion without limits…

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Q&A with David Barbe, MD

Q&A with David Barbe, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Q&A with David Barbe, MD

In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, CMDA has an exclusive interview with David Barbe, MD, the President of the American Medical Association.

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The Point Blog – February 2013

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

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

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Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in the Ideological Lions’ Den

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / March 1, 2013 /

In September 2012, California became the first U.S. state to ban therapeutic sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE) involving minors. “[SOCE] . . . has resulted in much harm, including a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth committing suicide.

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The Mountaintop

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

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

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The Stem Cell Revolution

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 1, 2001 /

“Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into a variety of tissues. This means, through careful engineering, stem cells could be used to repair a damaged brain or heart, rebuild a knee, restore injured nervous system connections, treat diabetes and much more. That’s the potential power of stem cells, and the reason the University of Minnesota is investing greatly in its Stem Cell Institute – the first of its kind. The Institute today will change medicine as we know it tomorrow.”

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Providing Healing After the Hurricane

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

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

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 27, 2018 / Comments Off on “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

“Can I ethically immunize my kids with a vaccine that has been produced using cells from an aborted baby?” The caller asking the question seemed to be sincere. During Stand to Reason’s call-in podcast, the questions vary widely—the nature of God, evangelism, ethics—and host Greg Koukl does a great job thinking on his feet and applying a biblical worldview.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

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

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

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