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CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 6, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Vows to Press on After Court Ruling Endangers Conscience Protections

Christian doctors and nurses are on the frontlines serving people in need. Driven by our faith, we welcome and care for everyone, especially the underserved. We care for homeless and migrant communities, prisoners living with HIV, and victims of gang violence, sex trafficking, opioid addiction and deadly epidemics. But our service is threatened by lawsuits brought in New York, Washington and California, which challenge commonsense conscience protections for healthcare professionals of faith. Religious healthcare professionals of all religions must be free to continue providing compassionate care without being forced to perform procedures, such as abortions, that would require them to violate their most deeply held beliefs.

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Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Campbell Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Courtney Moves into VP Role

Bristol, Tennessee, July 31, 2019 ā€“ Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has appointed Jamey Campbell as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the nationā€™s largest faith-based association of healthcare professionals headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee. Jamey has more than 25 years of experience in communications and development, serving for the last decade at CMDA as the Vice President for Stewardship Development.

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Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

Bristol, Tennessee ā€” May 20, 2019 ā€” Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist from Dallas, Texas and his wife, Janis, received the Christian Medical & Dental Associations 2020 Servant of Christ Award at their home with a group of CMDA members and leaders participating electronically.

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Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

By William J. Lawton, MD / December 16, 2013 / Comments Off on Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

Testimony regarding Massachusetts House Bill 1998, Compassionate Aid in Dying.

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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

Same-sex sexual expression is sinful, but what about same-sex attractions? As a new Christian, I had defined attraction to be equivalent to temptaĀ¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinfulā€”because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.

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At the Heart of the Crisis: Personal Reflections on COVID-19

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

It is no exaggeration for me to say CMDA has had an influential impact on my adult spiritual life. Since 1999, I have been active with CMDA in one way or another. In 2017, my work with the New York City chapter was significantly increasing, and I found myself more interested in ministry activities than even my own private practice in surgery. After a couple years of praying and planning, I officially began my full-time ministry as the NYC Area Director on March 1, 2020. There was no way humanly possible we could have foreseen what would occur in NYC that same month.

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“Patient autonomy” ā€“ The Trojan Horse assault on conscience freedom in healthcare

By Jonathan Imbody / January 4, 2018 /

Just as the Declaration of Genevaā€™s original commitment in 1948 to honor pre-born life fell to new ideology, so did the original commitment to healthcare professionals’ conscience freedom. The relevant clause in the original Declaration of Geneva read simply, “I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity.ā€

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Side by Side

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

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

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Schindler Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Schindler Scholarship

Dr. Robert and Marian Schindler Scholarship – Provides $1200 to help fund senior medical students, residents and/or fellows to teach on a short term mission trip with CMDAā€™s Medical Education International mission arm.

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Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Physician releases new book exploring myths of marijuana usage

Bristol, Tenn., March 3, 2020ā€”This month, James Alan Avery, MD, a palliative care and hospice physician from Virginia, released a new book focused on discussing marijuana from an objective and scientific view.

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 6, 2017 /

It was bound to happen. And it did, on a Thursday morning. But let me give you some background first. My best friend and practice partner, John Hartman, MD, and I were seeing patients in our family medicine practice from, as they say, conception to cremation. We had been working to introduce a variety of simple spiritual interventions that allowed us to practice not just as healthcare professionals who were Christians, but as Christians who happened to be healthcare professionals.

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Engage Your Campus

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

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

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Linking healthcare access to conscience freedoms, Christian Medical Association hails Presidential Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Linking healthcare access to conscience freedoms, Christian Medical Association hails Presidential Executive Order

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017–Citing the link between patient access to healthcare and conscience freedom for health professionals, the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed gratitude for President Trump’s executive order that begins to provide stronger protections against discrimination against individuals and organizations of faith.

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CMA Doctors Hail Supreme Court Mandate Ruling, Decry Ongoing Targeting of Faith Community

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 30, 2014 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Hail Supreme Court Mandate Ruling, Decry Ongoing Targeting of Faith Community

The 15,000-member Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based doctors’ organization, today praised the Supreme Court’s ruling in two Health and Human Services (HHS) Obamacare mandate cases but noted “increasing attempts by the government to coerce the faith community.” CMA had outlined the medical aspects underlying religious objections to the HHS Obamacare mandate in its friend of the court brief in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell.

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

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

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

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Summer Ministry Opportunities

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

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

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Pornography and Interactive Sexual Devices

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

Pornography is any medium that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to entice sexual imagination. Pornography has no beneficial use but damages human relationships. Mass communication technologies such as the Internet have expanded its reach to an unprecedented degree. Video and virtual reality have intensified its content. The introduction of sex robots that imitate human speech and sexual behaviors and are designed to perform sexual acts with humans are an extreme elaboration of pornography. All of these have dangerous psychological, social, and spiritual consequences.

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A Life Broken by Overmedication

A Life Broken by Overmedication

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

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

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

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

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

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Testimony of Christopher Hook, M.D.

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 7, 2000 / Comments Off on Testimony of Christopher Hook, M.D.

Testimony offered by Christopher Hook, MD about physician-assisted suicide before a U.S. Senate Briefing regarding the Pain Relief Promotion Act.

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Medical Malpractice Ministry

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

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

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Enduring Through Faith

By David Donaldson, MD / June 16, 2002 /

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

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Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Sued or Fired? Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Would you prefer to endure a medical malpractice lawsuit, or would you rather be terminated from your employment? Is there much difference in your emotional rollercoaster ride with either option? Would you want somebody who has ridden that rollercoaster before to assure you that the hellish ride will eventually finish?

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Upstate South Carolina

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

CMDA Upstate SC is a chapter of the national Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® ministry. We mentor medical students and equip physicians and allied healthcare professionals to glorify God through vocation, service and sharing their hope in Jesus Christ.

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Resident/Fellow

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

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

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Dental Association

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

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

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Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions

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

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

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Battling the Opioid Epidemic

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling the Opioid Epidemic

In this article published in the spring 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor,Ā Dr. Stephen Manchester outlines how you can integrate spiritual care into opioid treatment in your practice. Plus, for the first time in the magazine’s history, you can earn continuing education credit with this article.Ā 

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Religious Freedom in Healthcare: Navigating the New Era

By Jonathan Imbody / June 1, 2011 /

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

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CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 19, 2019 / Comments Off on CMDA Responds to D.C. City Council Proposed Bill to Decriminalize Prostitution

Washington, D.C., November 19, 2019- Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and CMDAā€™s Commission on Human Trafficking achieved victory in their response to the D.C. City Councilā€™s proposed bill to decriminalize prostitution in the nationā€™s capital.

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HHS Mandate Terms Unacceptable

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 1, 2013 / Comments Off on HHS Mandate Terms Unacceptable

CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens said, “This latest version of the contraceptives and sterilization mandate remains unacceptable. Since when does the government get to pick and choose which groups will get to enjoy First Amendment protections? Our founders intended the First Amendment to protect every American’s freedom to act according to one’s conscience. They didn’t specify that only groups deemed religious will be afforded this protection; freedom of conscience applies equally to all Americans.”

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Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Cheering Free Speech Supreme Court Decision, Christian Doctors Warn of Government Enforcement of Ideology

“The Court simply reaffirmed that the First Amendment’s protection of peaceful speech and assembly is a cornerstone of this nation,” explained CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens. “Hopefully such decisions will begin to address the alarming growth of coercive assaults on the free speech of anyone deemed not politically correct by the government.”

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

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

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

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

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

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The Two Diagnoses

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

There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier’sĀ message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to todayā€™s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

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Scholarship | Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation Medical Students & Resident Program

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation Medical Students & Resident Program

Do you have a passion for medicine and a calling to help those in need? Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation offers scholarships to qualified medical students and residents who have a strong interest in gaining valuable clinical experience while serving on an international or domestic Christian medical mission trip.

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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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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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Seeking Justice for Modern Day Slaves

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / September 1, 2009 /

When Jill was 14, she was forced to run away from home to escape repeated physical and sexual abuse. She ended up in the home of Bruce who found her alone at a local mall and promised her a job in his home ā€œbusiness.ā€

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Our Calling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Reverend Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv / June 1, 2020 /

Few of us trained to treat sick communities and continents. Unfortunately, that is our task during a pandemic. The origin of the word comes from the Greek pandemos, where pan means everyone and demos means population. Pandemics confront us with not just one sick individual but with hundreds of thousands of ill patients. The responsible pathogen overwhelms both individual immune systems and community healthcare systems. The toll is individual and collective.

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Outside the Box: Doctors in Nontraditional Careers

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

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

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Navigating transgender issues requires mutual respect and civility-not government mandates

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Navigating transgender issues requires mutual respect and civility-not government mandates

The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today issued a membership-approved statement calling for “Christian healthcare professionals to care for patients struggling with gender identity with sensitivity and compassion” while being “permitted to question transgender dogma-free from exclusion, oppression, or unjust discrimination.”

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MEI Macedonia Service Options and Expansions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on MEI Macedonia Service Options and Expansions

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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The Pursuit of Truthā€”Not Politicsā€”Should Guide Research

By Jonathan Imbody / November 5, 2018 /

The contentious confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh mirrored a less outwardly raucous, though equally intense, conflict in the scientific and research community. Our country, our culture and the scientific community appear at a crossroads. We are determining the extent to which objectivity, evidence and reasonā€”as opposed to bias, ideology and emotionā€”will shape our conclusions and our policies.

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GHO – Application Information

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

Membership Donate About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP BEFORE YOU APPLY To apply for a trip with Global Health Outreach, simply find the trip you are interested in and fill out the…

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Continuing Education

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Continuing Education

Through CMDA’s Department of Continuing Education, you can earn continuing medical and dental education credits at a variety of CMDA events around the country. The Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for healthcare providers.

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A Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook

By David B. Biebel, D.Min / June 1, 2001 /

Depending on your practice, within the foreseeable future any number of patients are going to pause on the way out of the exam room, hand on the doorknob, to ask one question or another about alternative medical therapies. For example, one patient might want to know what you think of the “hallelujah diet,” which her friend believes to be divinely inspired.

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In US Supreme Court brief, Christian Doctors Cite Conscience Conflicts Similar to Creative Artists

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 11, 2017 / Comments Off on In US Supreme Court brief, Christian Doctors Cite Conscience Conflicts Similar to Creative Artists

The nation’s largest faith-based professional association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), contends in a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court that its members’ conscience battles parallel those of creative artists sued for declining to participate in proceedings inconsistent with their conscience and convictions.

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Living the Word

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

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

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Ripple Effects: The Steury Scholarship

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

In our first million years in heaven, I think we are going to find out all of the things we said or the things we did that impacted peopleā€™s lives here on earthā€”off-handed comments we spoke in passing, events we had no idea happened, actions we never considered to be important that God used for His glory.

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Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

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

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

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

Itā€™s what researchers call a ā€œcross-cultural universal.ā€ That means no matter where you live, what your income, age, your culture or even your politics, generous people are, in general, healthier and happier. The mechanisms for it are built into our brains!

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Augusta

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Augusta

CMDA Augusta provides a variety of programs, support, training, and ministry opportunities to Christian healthcare professionals in the Augusta, GA, and surrounding communities of the Central Savannah River Area.

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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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Study Overshadows AMA Recommitment Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

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

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

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Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds Administration Move to Bind Human Tissue Research to Ethical Considerations

Washington, DC ā€“June 5, 2019–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today voiced strong support for the administration’s move to stop taxpayer funding of the use of fetal tissue, from elective abortions, for research purposes.

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Scholarship | Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship

Providing assistance to students who are going on mission both domestically and internationally to serve the healthcare needs of unserved or underserved people of the world with the intent to share the love of Christ.

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Harold Paul Adolph, MD

By Harold P. Adolph, MD, FACS / June 11, 2019 /

Harold Paul Adolph, MD, has devoted his professional career to volunteering and serving as a medical missionary. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has been a board certified physician since 1965. Since that time, he has served as Chief of Surgery at various mission hospitals in Taiwan, Ethiopia, Liberia and Niger. For the past 10 years, he assisted in building a surgical training center in South Central Ethiopia as the president of St. Lukeā€™s Health Care Foundation. An active member of CMDA, he previously served as a trustee of CMDA, and also received the CMDA Servant of Christ award in 2003. In 2007, he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, and was recently recognized as a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of the American College of General Surgery. He and his wife Bonnie Jo have two children, David and Carolyn, who also serve as career missionaries in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Camaraderie in Faith: How CMDA’s Psychiatry Section Found Strength in Numbers

In this article published in the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Aaron Burch takes a look back at the foundation of CMDA’s Psychiatry Section and a look ahead to its future.

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A Fragile Gift

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

Two years into their marriage, CMDA member Dr. Adam Lewis and his wife, Kim, decided it was time to have children. Their high hopes soon descended into desperation, an experience shared by over two million couples in America who face the challenges of infertility.

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Duplicatability

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 1, 2010 /

I look across the table as Ashley* tells me that there are things no one knows about her, and that her Christian friends would never accept her if they knew . . . that she canā€™t really believe that God can accept her, since He knows. For some reason, she decided to share them with me.

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Facing the Rise of Suicides in Healthcare

Facing the Rise of Suicides in Healthcare

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

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

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Membership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert Orr, MD, CM

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 10, 2019 /

Dr. Robert Orr received his MD, CM from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine and practiced in Vermont for 18 years. He was named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989.

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Scholarship | GHO Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | GHO Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved.

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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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Tennessee Amici Curiae Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 23, 2015 /

John Jay Hooker vs. the State – Brief to uphold the fundamental values of the State of Tennessee, the history and tradition of this State and Nation, and universal, enduring notions of human dignity and to reaffirm Tennessee citizens’ intereste in life, safety, sound public policy and medical integrity.

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Project Hope Northwest Mission Trip | Grant Scholarship Part of projecthopenorthwest.org

Scholarship | Project Hope Northwest Trip Grant

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Project Hope Northwest Trip Grant

This fund is for the support of individuals who are exploring a commitment to the medical mission field or those already medical missionaries. Typical grantees include premedical or predental students who have made a commitment to the healing professions, medical or dental students who have a committed Christian faith or physicians in residency who are exploring the possibility of a short term or long term commitment to mission work.

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Burnout at the Broom Tree

By Stan Haegert, MD, MPH / January 10, 2019 /

I had no idea what burnout was until it happened to meā€¦twiceā€¦on two different continents. Actually, I knew what it was the second time, and I felt like I should have known better and seen it coming.

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Praying With Our Patients

Praying With Our Patients

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

We had completed a full workup for chronic pain for Susan, a patient of mine, and I could not find a physical or emotional etiology. Though she initially resisted discussing her social and spiritual health, she eventually became willing to talk after I questioned her again.

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Human Trafficking: The Slavery of the 21st Century

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 1, 2006 /

The 2005 US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders every year. This number is dwarfed by the several million that are estimated to be trafficked within their home countries.

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Court Cases

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

Right of Conscience Resources

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Human Trafficking: What Can I Do About It?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 25, 2015 /

Do you want to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, but simply don’t know where to start? In this article published in the fall 2015 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Drs. Allen Pelletier, Clydette Powell and Gloria Halverson outline easy steps for you take to help spread awareness and join the battle to end human trafficking.

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Transforming Ecuador

Transforming Ecuador

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

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

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How Big Are Your Rocks?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on How Big Are Your Rocks?

Did you have a sling shot when you were a kid? I did, and I used to pick up rocks and pebbles from our driveway to use as ammunition when I plinked tree trunks, scared birds away from eating our garden and knocked cans off a stone wall.

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Shaping Your Worldview

By John Stonestreet / April 12, 2013 /

Four years ago, the inauguration of the first African-American president in United States history closed with a benediction from Pastor Rick Warren. Warren, author of the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, might be the most well-known evangelical pastor in America. Among the things well known about Warren at the time of his inaugural invitation was his stance on the definition of marriage.

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

Changing Hearts about Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Richard Johnson, MD / June 1, 2010 /

Dr. Richard Johnson shares his experiences providing testimony in New Hampshire to stop the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in this article from the summer 2010 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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

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

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

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

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Fear of Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 15, 1996 /

Because a malpractice suit can be personally devastating, it is essential that we share our concerns and fears to avoid the nameless, unreasoning, and unjustified terror that can paralyze our mission to be light in a darkened world.

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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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Health Professionals Ask Court to Stop Vermont from Forcing Them to Help Kill Patients

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 27, 2016 / Comments Off on Health Professionals Ask Court to Stop Vermont from Forcing Them to Help Kill Patients

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked a federal court Monday to stop Vermont officials in two state agencies from forcing conscientious health care professionals to help kill their patients while the lawsuit of those professionals proceeds.

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Naomi Kim Medical Missions Scholarship Information

Scholarship | Naomi Kim Medical Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Naomi Kim Medical Missions

Assisting selected healthcare students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the
underserved.

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Are healthcare conscience laws needed?

By Jonathan Imbody / February 1, 2018 /

This excerpt is the fifth in a series of essays on conscience in healthcare, by Jonathan Imbody, Vice President for Government Relations of the Christian Medical Association and Director of Freedom2Care. The essays respond to “Physicians, Not Conscripts ā€” Conscientious Objection in Health Care,” Ronit Y. Stahl, Ph.D. and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, New England Journal of Medicine 376;14, April 6, 2017.

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Staying Connected to Today’s Medical Family

By Omar Hamada, MD, and Tara Hamada, MD / June 1, 2012 /

In some ways, things have radically changed since the ā€œLeave it To Beaverā€ and ā€œMy Three Sonsā€ concepts of the traditional family from the 1950s. Yet, in other ways, things have remained the same. Regardless, many challenges are being waged against the traditional American family today. With each passing day, the slow but steady advance of tangible threats grows. While some of these threats are easily recognizable, others seem to run under the radar as insidious characteristics of our culture that are eventually accepted as normative. These affect the medical family just as much as they do any other family.

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Women in Medicine: Answering a Call from God

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / June 1, 2012 /

In 1975, the Christian Medical Society Journal published an article titled ā€œThe Physician and Her Husbandā€ by Merville O. Vincent. Many of us were just children pretending to play doctor during recess at school when this article was written.

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Marijuana

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Marijuana

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has developed this policy on ā€œmedical marijuanaā€ and “recreational marijuana” with both an inherent belief that the Bible is the Word of Godā€”that it speaks into our time and culture and that God gave us his creation to use to its fullest potentialā€”and with the incorporation of scientific evidence which provides a window into the truths about Godā€™s creation.

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Atlanta

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Atlanta

Christian Medical & Dental Associations of Atlanta (CMDA Atlanta) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel.

CMDA Atlantaā€™s vision is to strengthen and equip doctors, PAā€™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 as well as the transformative power of the gospel.

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Religious Freedom

CMA and Freedom2Care Applaud Administration’s Actions to Protect Conscience in Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 6, 2017 / Comments Off on CMA and Freedom2Care Applaud Administration’s Actions to Protect Conscience in Healthcare

Washington, DCā€”October 6, 2017 – Today the nation’s largest association of Christian health professionals, the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) applauded the administration’s actions to restore conscience freedoms in healthcare. The administration took action concerning the Obamacare contraceptives mandate, insurance premiums used to pay for abortions, and regarding government respect for religious freedom.

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Christian Surgeons Fellowship

Christian Surgeons Fellowship

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

Starting out as a small group of Christ-following academic surgeons over twenty years ago, the Christian Surgeons Fellowship has grown steadily over the years and has held annual meetings since 1995.

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Research Shows Use of Medical Marijuana not Always Beneficial

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 9, 2015 /

The evidence wasn’t as strong to support marijuana’s use for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, HIV-related weight loss and Tourette syndrome. Also, any benefits of marijuana or cannabis use must be weighed against the risk of side effects, which include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness and euphoria, according to the study’s lead author.

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Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

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

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

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Disciple Making Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 10, 2019 /

We just need someone to help us find our way,ā€ the patientā€™s wife pleaded as she sat at the head of the table in our procedure room nearly four years ago. She was facing away from the surgical field where I was working meticulously on her husband to suture the vas deferens together using microsurgery under the Zeiss surgical microscope hanging above the table.

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Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

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

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

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Faith Prescriptions: Just What the Doctor Ordered

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

Introducing a new video-based teaching program from CMDA to equip healthcare professionals to share the love of Christ with their patients and colleagues

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

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

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

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Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant Information

Scholarship | Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant

Grants for travel expenses of medically-trained individuals exploring and/or beginning medical service in East Asia with preference to those working with MSI Professional Services or OMF International.

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James P. Owen Mission Scholarship Information

Scholarship | James P. Owen Mission

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | James P. Owen Mission

James P. Owen had a keen interest in missionary medicine. He died in 1981 while a senior medical student at Southwestern Medical School. The James P. Owen Memorial Endowment Fund was established by his wife in loving memory of her husband.

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Testimony of Robert Orr, MD

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

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

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Seeing the Big Picture of Bioethics

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

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

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