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Ten Questions You May Hear from Your Patients About Alternative Medicine

By DĂłnal P. O'MathĂşna, PhD / September 1, 2008 /

In this article from the fall 2008 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. DĂłnal P. O’MathĂşna offers answers to common questions patients have about the increasing alternative medical options available.

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Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 1, 2016 /

Filed February 2016
Question Presented:

Whether the Petitioner-Pharmacists’ belief that it is immoral to participate in the taking of human life is informed by the objective medical science establishing:

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Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I’ve been a family doctor in the same location for 30 years, so many of my patients have been with me a decade…or two…or three. Following people through their life stages has been a joy. We’ve grown older together. I’ve been acutely aware of this in the last two weeks as I’ve called patients to reschedule them. I’ve wanted to call them myself to make sure they don’t need anything, because I’d rather they avoid any medical facility for the next six months.

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Facing the Virus Overseas

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

When COVID-19 began sweeping around the globe in early 2020, career healthcare missionaries were faced with the option of staying in their countries of service to weather the storm or evacuating back to the United States before the borders closed. Without sufficient quantities of protective equipment for staff members, would rural mission hospitals be able to survive the pandemic? In countries where the medical infrastructure is limited at best, would there be enough resources? What about food and other supplies to help to meet the day-to-day needs if the airports closed?

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Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking is most commonly defined as:

Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
A victim does not need to be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within these definitions.
There are several types of human trafficking including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, debt bondage among migrant laborers and child soldiers. Human trafficking occurs in every part of the world, from less developed countries to more developed countries. As such, it is a crime under U.S. and international law. Victims can be any age, any gender and from any economic standing in life.

CMDA offers continuing education for healthcare professionals to learn more about human trafficking and how to provide healthcare to victims. To get started, visit www.cmda.org/tip.

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Houston

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

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

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About Us

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on About Us

The mission of the CMDA CHEC Section is to encourage connection, promote excellence and integrate faith and work. The vision of CHEC is to be a community of Christian healthcare executives that inspires and supports one another.

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Alabama Amici Curiae Against Late Term Abortions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 6, 2019 /

The State’s interest in safeguarding maternal health is particularly compelling when abortions are contemplated or performed later in pregnancy. That interest is implicated in so-called “dismemberment” abortions, a procedure that can take place only after the first trimester when the unborn child has limbs and organs to dismember.

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Care, Not Killing: The Most Excellent Way

By Margaret Cottle, MD, CCFP / July 18, 2015 /

Calling me over to her bed in the ICU, she fumbled to grasp the lapels of my white coat. With surprising strength she drew me close to her face and said vehemently, “I don’t care what my doctor says, or what my family says, I just want to be kept comfortable until such time as I am no longer alive.”

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Growth Spurt

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

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

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Facing the Pit of Evil

Facing the Pit of Evil

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Facing the Pit of Evil

In this article from the Winter 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) shares when we follow our human nature, we are tempted by a desire to bunker down and protect ourselves from evil. The Bible tells us to flee this temptation, but just as importantly, we should also fight evil.

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Spectators or Saints – Which Will We Be?

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 1, 2007 /

Human trafficking today is a 44 billion dollar a year industry. With over 28 million humans in slavery worldwide, it is likely that Christian doctors will encounter one or more victims in their practice. We can make a difference, if we care and dare.

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My Heart Attack and the Running Father

By James Avery, MD / June 16, 2002 /

As a physician, I have taken the journey of life with many patients and have listened carefully. Bubbling under the surface of everyone’s life resides doubt, anxiety, and fear – like some primal three-headed beast. Even in lives that seem under control and doing well, it’s there – trust me.

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Standing Against Persecution

By Amanda Lucashu, DO / March 1, 2013 /

My journey with medicine began when I was only eight years old. As I listened to a missionary speak about the need for the next generation to continue the work and become missionaries, I felt God impress upon me that He wanted me to become a missionary doctor to Mexico. From the beginning, missions and medicine were intrinsically linked for me. So when I started school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York in the fall of 2011, I knew that I wanted to be used by God even before I got to the “mission field,” but I had no idea how much of a mission field I was walking into.

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Call for all Elective Abortions to be Suspended

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

As representatives of over 30,000 physicians who practice according to the Hippocratic Oath, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), the American College of Pediatricians, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons decry the call to continue elective abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and others which falsely characterize elective abortion as essential healthcare.

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

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

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

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I Could Have Been a Better Missionary

I Could Have Been a Better Missionary

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 17, 2017 /

I’m an overachiever, probably just like you and most other healthcare professionals. Okay, that is not completely accurate. I confess, I’m an over overachiever. I’ve always wanted to be the best of the best.

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Critical Care: The Grey Zone, The Heightened Costs and Being a Missionary Physician

Critical Care: The Grey Zone, The Heightened Costs and Being a Missionary Physician

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 11, 2017 /

For every physician who cares for extremely sick patients, there comes a time when you reach a grey zone. A critically ill patient or ambiguous diagnosis confronts you at 2 a.m., and you are unsure of your ability to save the person from death or permanent disability.

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You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

By Rev. Stan Key / July 21, 2017 /

Huh? Elvis gave hound dogs everywhere a bad name forever. And yet, if we can get beyond Elvis’ body contortions and those mindless lyrics, we may be able to grasp the reality that God is, in fact, a lot like a hound dog. Think about it. Bloodhounds are noted for their ability to follow a scent for long distances. Once on the trail they are famous for their tenacity.

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Rest for Your Soul

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 1, 2011 /

It was a heavy burden to bear and my soul was weary. I was accused of malpractice in the death of a three-year-old child I had cared for in the emergency room of our local rural hospital. Although I felt confident I had handled the patient as well as anyone could have, I had not communicated very well with the family. The parents spoke little English and I had no time to explain what even I did not understand as we performed invasive tests which culminated in a code and resuscitation. I arranged a life flight to the referral center and the family rushed off into the night on a six-hour drive to the tertiary care center. Tragically and unexpectedly, the toddler deteriorated and died from a rare disease.

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Human Trafficking Resources

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

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

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Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

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

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

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Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Religion and Health | Healing Power of Prayer | Anxiety | Spiritually-Sensitive Medicine | Clinician-Patient Communication

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Washington Featured

Washington Office

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Washington Office

We are dedicated to serving as a Christian voice on today’s current healthcare topics by speaking for our members to the government, media, church and public. Our Washington Office links our members with Congress, the Administration and policy organizations in Washington, D.C.; presents life-honoring perspectives through the national media; and publishes resources on vital issues.

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

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

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

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Marijuana: Profits, Politics and Popularity Over People August 1, 2018

Marijuana: Profits, Politics and Popularity Over People

By James Avery, MD / August 1, 2018 /

When it comes to medical marijuana, many people prefer profits, politics and popularity over people. And physicians are not exempt. In this special blog post, Dr. James Avery explores the current movement of medical marijuana and how physicians need to actively confront the view held by so many that marijuana is a safe, natural and weak hallucinogenic.

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The Secret

The Secret

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 23, 2017 /

Do you know the secret of making it to the mission field after you know God is calling you? Do you know the secret of faithful service to the Lord once you get there? Do you know the secret of overcoming the many obstacles you will face on your journey from heartbreaking medical cases, to burn out and the difficulty of being away from your family?

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WPC Pulse: July 2015

WPC Pulse: July 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2015 /

Where do you find YOUR strength? Recently, I was convicted while reading Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s devotional book Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love. One of her studies quoted Isaiah 30 and, as I read the old prophet challenging Israel, I was reminded of the contrast between a medical training view and a biblical view of strength.

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Physician Support for Ethical Vaccines

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

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our society has had to adapt to unprecedented restrictions and limitations. During this trying time, it has been difficult to find points of optimism. The rapid development of vaccine candidates utilizing varied techniques remains encouraging.

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Gene Editing of Human Beings

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Gene Editing of Human Beings

In this article from the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Prentice discusses how genetic engineering has the potential for great benefit and great harm.

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Am I Too Old to Practice?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Am I Too Old to Practice?

In the cover story from the summer 2018 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Al Weir discusses an important question for all healthcare professionals: when is the right time to retire from practicing?

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VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2018 / Comments Off on VIE Poster Session: Supporting Academic Medicine through Good Craftsmanship

Throughout history, Christian academics were renowned for their scientific excellence. For a variety of reasons, “Christian” and “scientist” now seem like contradictory terms to many people.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 1, 2020 /

The question of suffering is a big one in depression, since suffering can lead to depression, and depression itself is suffering. We are fortunate to live in a society that is largely insulated from suffering, compared to other places and times where people have had to grapple with the daily reality of illness, death, poverty or war. As a consequence, we are fearful of any kind of suffering.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

Dr. David Stevens Testimony Against Physician-assisted Suicide

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Dr. David Stevens Testimony Against Physician-assisted Suicide

It is dangerous for physicians. It wrongly assumes physicians are always ideal moral agents. They are not. I know doctors I would refer my loved ones to, but I also know doctors I wouldn’t let treat my dog.

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The Dr. John Patrick Bioethics Column: How do we push back on the hubris of secularism?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

You have never seen and will never see a multi-cultural patient. Every patient inhabits a cultural story of meaning, even though they are often unaware of this fact. The blue-collar neighborhood where I grew up lived by Judeo-Christian ethics. Though almost no one went to church, they did send their children to Sunday school as a kind of visceral acknowledgement of needing something more. Many of you remember when a blue-collar argument on morals would end when someone said, “The Bible says….” That doesn’t happen anymore, and that is the triumph of secular power.

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Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

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

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

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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

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

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

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Spiritual Skills Are Too Important To Be Left to Pastoral Specialists

By Walt Larimore, MD / June 16, 2015 /

Family physicians should use their “practical tool for spiritual assessment.” Is such a tool either wise or ethical? Recent commentaries would suggest not.

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The Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Survivors of Human Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2016 /

As psychiatrists who are also Christians, we evaluate and treat patients who have experienced many types of trauma, including trauma in childhood, adolescence, and trauma extended into adulthood.

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CMDA Home 2019

Membership Dues

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Membership Dues

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

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10/17/2018 POINT BLOG

What’s in a Name?

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

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

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Testimony of Robert D. Woodson, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 23, 2008 / Comments Off on Testimony of Robert D. Woodson, MD

Testimony by Robert D. Woodson, MD, against Wisconsin Senate Bill 151 which would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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Speakers Featured

Speaker’s Bureau

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Speaker’s Bureau

Have you ever needed someone to speak to your CMDA group, to a church or community event? CMDA provides for your convenience, a list of some choices. Each speaker has expertise in a number of subjects.

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Greater New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Greater New York City

CMDA Greater New York facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with like minded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

By Walt Larimore, MD / July 1, 2011 /

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

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Trending

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Trending

Now trending on cmda.org…

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My Transformation Story featuring Bill Sasser, DMD

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

We could give you a list a mile long with statistics about the work we do around the world. But those numbers don’t really show the amazing things God is doing through us as we seek to be “Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World.”

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Redefining Essential in the Midst of a Pandemic

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

Am I essential? As general dental professionals, we do not imagine many of you have asked yourselves this question. By choosing dentistry as a profession, it is safe to assume a certain level of job security and financial stability. Though both of those factors may have been initial lures into the field, what inspires us daily to practice dentistry is the impact we have in the lives of our patients, each created in the image of God. As dentists, all that we work to achieve is essential to the health and well-being of our respective communities. And yet, in the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, it feels like oral healthcare was deemed non-essential. States recommended dentists limit their offices to emergency patients only. No handpieces were running. No cavitrons were cleaning. Some dentists were even finding themselves unemployed! Oral healthcare seemed low on the priority list, and any momentum we had made in terms of advocating prevention felt lost.

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The “H” in Hospice Stands for “Hope”

By James Avery, MD / December 5, 2018 /

When I asked him if there were any other hopes he had at this stage of his life, he just shrugged and said, “Nope, all my hopes are in you guys – the medical profession.” He died three weeks later tragically clinging to tomorrow’s news.

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WPC Pulse – April 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 1, 2013 /

Sandwiched between Georgia’s infamous statewide snow day and Valentine’s Day was a day that I will never forget. That dismal afternoon I received a letter from the dean of my medical school indicating that I was being “dismissed from the Class of 2012” and “invited to join the Class of 2013 in August.” Although I knew that I was in danger of such a pronouncement because I had failed two classes, the news was nonetheless devastating and unexpected.

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Beggars

Beggars

By Al Weir, MD / June 12, 2018 /

It is my determined habit to give to beggars. The first time I walked past the beggar at the entrance to Mother Theresa Hospital, I placed a $5 bill in his hand, though it was not the local currency. When I completed my hospital work and walked back to the hotel, I watched the beggar’s handler as he held the bill up to the light to be certain it was legitimate. The next day I walked the same route and a new beggar was there. I leaned over and placed some money into her hand. Two Albanian women were walking by, headed to visit their family members in the hospital. As I left the beggar with the money, I heard both women exclaim, “Zot e mire.”

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Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

To assist selected dentists 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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Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Resources

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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Tom Batz and Sam Molind, DMD

Dental Ministries Digest – Tom Batz and Sam Molind, DMD

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

Tom Batz is a US dental and medical markets sales leader who has been with Aribex, Inc. since 2008. Dr. Molind left his Montpelier, VT, practice in 1998 to begin Global Health Outreach (GHO). Prior to his work with GHO, Dr. Molind served as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical School.

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Engage Your Government

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 2016 /

By the time you read these words, America will have finally chosen a new president after seemingly endless years of primary races, campaigning, debates and grudge matches pitting candidate against candidate. Chances are, whether you voted for the eventual winner or not, you shoulder at least some measure of concern for the future of our country.

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Engage Your Government

Engage Your Government

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

By the time you read these words, America will have finally chosen a new president after seemingly endless years of primary races, campaigning, debates and grudge matches pitting candidate against candidate. Chances are, whether you voted for the eventual winner or not, you shoulder at least some measure of concern for the future of our country.

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Dentally Impacting the World for Christ

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 7, 2020 /

Over the last two years, CMDA’s dental outreach has developed into a two-pronged approach, ministering to traditional private dental professionals and also those seeking to serve the underserved, both domestically and internationally. Vice President for Dental Ministries Dr. William “Griff” Griffin focuses primarily on engaging with our dental members, while Vice President for Dental Education Dr. Jeff Amstutz is developing general practice dental residency programs to equip dentists in ministering to the poor in the name of Jesus. Both aspects of CMDA’s Dental Ministries have been made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Pete Dawson, who we seek to honor in this article, as we trace the Lord’s guiding hand over the last decade.

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Imagine

Imagine

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / August 23, 2018 /

In 1971, John Lennon published a song by the title “Imagine.” In a slow, dreamy cadence, the Beatles musician invites the listener to, “Imagine there’s no heaven; it’s easy if you try; no hell below us; above us only sky.” He continues, “Imagine there’s no countries; it isn’t hard to do; nothing to kill or die for; and no religion, too. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”

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Conscience Protection Act letter to Congress

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

Letter supporting legislation to protect healthcare right of conscience.

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Apologetics Series: Should Physicians Take Life?

By Robert Martin, MD / March 1, 2008 /

“No one should force their morals on anyone else. It’s my body. Euthanasia is the most merciful alternative. Legislating morality involves religion, a violation of the separation of church and state.”

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Preachers of Righteousness

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 1, 2008 /

I never planned to be a “preacher of righteousness,” as Peter described Noah in 2 Peter 2:5. It all started a few weeks after I became the CEO of CMDA in 1994. The most common comment from graduate members in those days was, “CMDA was great when I was in training, but what does it do for me now?”

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Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

Where Did My Joy Go…and How Do I Get It Back?

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

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself, “What changed?” Did she make the wrong career choice? Does she care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors and Freedom2Care Applaud HHS Initiative to Connect Sex Education to Science

Christian Medical Association Doctors and Freedom2Care Applaud HHS Initiative to Connect Sex Education to Science

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors and Freedom2Care Applaud HHS Initiative to Connect Sex Education to Science

Washington, DC—November 3, 2017- The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association and the 30,000-strong Freedom2Care today applauded a new initiative by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to ensure that its investment in sex education is backed by sound and objective scientific research.

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Religious Freedom Wins Today, Jan 18, 2018

Religious Freedom Wins Today

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

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

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American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

American Medical Association Meeting: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2019 /

Your assistance is critically needed on two items at the American Medical Association meeting. One, the AMA will vote at its June 8-12 annual meeting in Chicago on assisted suicide, specifically to affirm the slightly revised Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) report. Two, New Mexico has submitted Resolution 020 (A-19) for Engaged Neutrality as it refers to the Physician-Assisted Suicide position statement in an effort to speak against the CEJA report.

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If I Had Known Then…

By Patti Giebink, MD / September 8, 2021 /

When I started medical school nearly 40 years ago, Roe v. Wade was only a decade old. At that time, there was little if any talk of abortion, but prevailing medical thought accepted legal abortion as a procedure that saved women’s lives.

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God at Work in a New Season of Ministry

By Tom Grosh IV, DMin / August 29, 2019 /

For those whom I have not yet met, my name is Thomas B. Grosh IV. I am a child of God who has been serving as a full time ambassador of Christ for over 20 years. For most of this time I ministered to college students and faculty with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. InterVarsity / USA was instrumental in the Lord calling me to follow him and in my own discipleship, even the focus of my studies in higher education.

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The Five Solas, Then & Now December 14, 2017

The “Five Solas,” Then and Now

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / December 14, 2017 /

October 31, 1517 is often identified as the birthdate of the Protestant Reformation. On this date Martin Luther purportedly nailed his “95 Theses” to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, Germany. Actually, as Eric Metaxas tells us in Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World…

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Missions

Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Missions

We are dedicated to both domestic and international missions. Through our various missions, we provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to use their God-given skills to meet the needs of others around the world and share the gospel with them. About 750 of our 17,000 members are serving overseas as long-term missionaries. Each year, more than 1,000 CMDA members serve overseas on one to two-week primary care medical and dental teams to 25 different countries. About 100 healthcare professionals volunteer in medical education exchanges to about 22 countries. Our Continuing Medical and Dental Education Conference has around 700 participants each year.

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Joy Cometh in the Morning

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

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

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The Point Blog – January 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 10, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – January 2013

In this edition of The Point: Spiritual care rare at end of life, Medical killing in U.S. and Europe, and Free Condoms in Schools.

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Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

By Jonathan Imbody / October 4, 2018 /

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody shares about a recent conference he attended with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious freedom and how that impacts CMDA student chapters around the country.

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

Cloning Dollars

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

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

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Neurology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Neurology Section

The Mission of the Neurology Section is to raise awareness among neurologists, neurology health professionals, neurology residents, fellows and medical students of the great need for neurological care—domestically and globally—and through their response to those needs, to share the gospel.

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Dental Association Bloggers

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Dental Association Bloggers

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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Author | Contributor Richard A. Swenson, MD

Richard A. Swenson, MD

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

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

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On the Side: October 2018

On the Side: October 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2018 /

It wasn’t the first time I had endured it, but it was the first time we named it, claimed it and fought. Glory to God. The remainder of those four years in medical school were beautiful.

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Family vs. Physician July 19, 2018 by Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA

Family vs. Physician

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / July 19, 2018 /

How do you feel when you have a patient who is also a physician? Or a patient whose close family member is a physician? I have been pondering this idea as I explained some medical information to several family members. In what ways can I be helpful to the situation, and where do I want to avoid making more work for the doctor caring for my family?

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Physician Burnout

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 19, 2016 /

It was a relatively slow evening at work when I got the text. My phone vibrated on the clinic countertop as I was looking over a chart. “Are you busy? Can you talk?” I figured those words couldn’t be good, coming as they did from a young intern I mentored when she was a medical student. I found myself wondering if she had lost a patient.

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My Transformation Story – featuring Dr. David and Carol McFarland

My Transformation Story – featuring Dr. David and Carol McFarland

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

We could give you a list a mile long with statistics about the work we do around the world. But those numbers don’t really show the amazing things God is doing through us as we seek to be “Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World.”

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Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Care [Part 2] – The LORD’s LAP

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 1, 2015 /

I’ve used this assessment with hundreds and hundreds of new patients over the last 25 years; however, this spiritual assessment tool, like most described in the medical literature, fails to inquire about a critical item involving spiritual health: religious struggle.

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CMDA Ethics Statement on Abortion

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 14, 2021 /

The active termination of pregnancy has existed since 1550 BCE, with the first documented abortion occurring in Egypt. The School of Hippocrates included the following prohibition against abortion in the oath named for him in approximately 400 BCE: “I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion.” The attitude toward abortion throughout its 3,500-year history has varied from general acceptance to criminalization of the act, including the death penalty in certain circumstances. That range of perspective, except for the death penalty, remains today with the overall trend worldwide toward increasing cultural acceptance of abortion. The Christian Church from its earliest recorded Patristic writings outside of the New Testament condemned abortion as murder. This statement outlines and supports CMDA’s affirmation of the historical prohibition against abortion.

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But God: Finding the Silver Lining

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 21, 2021 /

I remember early on hearing in the news about a virus causing problems in China. It wasn’t long before we heard news of it spreading. As it began to spread, we were busy planning for March, our busiest month of mission trips. We send the most teams in the month of March, which gives mission opportunities for various schools during the annual spring break period. We sent our first two teams out before countries began closing their borders. While these two teams were still out of the country, we began cancelling our remaining trips. First it was for the month, then it became two and on through the summer. Before we knew it, we had cancelled every single remaining mission trip scheduled throughout the remainder of 2020—all as a result of COVID-19.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – March 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 26, 2013 /

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition of The Point: CMA human trafficking commentary published in Washington Times, House pushed to pass conscience protections, and Miss America promotes sexual risk avoidance education.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – November 2014

By Jonathan Imbody / November 14, 2014 / Comments Off on The Point Washington Update – November 2014

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this issue: Ebola death, Pro-life election gains 2015, and Assisted suicide.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – February 2015

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

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

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CMDA Home

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

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

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Christian Medical Association Physicians Laud New Federal Conscience Rule as Protecting Patient Access to Healthcare

Christian Medical Association Physicians Laud New Federal Conscience Rule as Protecting Patient Access to Healthcare

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Physicians Laud New Federal Conscience Rule as Protecting Patient Access to Healthcare

Washington, DC—January 19, 2018–Today the Christian Medical Association the nation’s largest faith-based association of physicians and other health professionals, said a new proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) will help protect patient access to healthcare.

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Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

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

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

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Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

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

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

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Medical Ethics: Bedrock Oaths Versus Zeitgeist Barometers December 16, 2017

Bedrock Oaths Vs. Zeitgeist Barometers

By Jonathan Imbody / December 16, 2017 /

On the heels of World War II, with medical ethics in the spotlight following unconscionable Nazi atrocities, the World Medical Association (WMA) decided the Hippocratic Oath, which had guided medicine since around 500 BC, needed to be replaced. So the WMA developed a new oath that contained some of the principles of the ancient oath but opened the door to continual modernizing.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

Abortion and Sex Issues Incite Opposition to Conscience Freedom Rule

By Jonathan Imbody / May 2, 2018 /

his is the eighth in a series of on conscience in healthcare, by Jonathan Imbody, Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association and Director of Freedom2Care. To find more from the series, visit www.cmda.org/thepoint or freedom2care.blogspot.com.

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Pyromania

Pyromania

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

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

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Combat Burnout and Reclaim Your Calling

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

I quit medicine. I was only five months out of residency and I was leaving medicine. I was finally a full-fledged physician with the big paycheck but absolutely no fulfillment. Not only did I leave the office night after night completely frustrated, hopeless and exhausted, I showed up each morning in the same state, if not slightly worse.

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I Got My Joy Back…Now What? A Deeper Understanding of Joy Through a Trip to Israel

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

In the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, I wrote an article about burnout stealing joy in my personal and professional life. I am thankful the Lord brought me out of that low place. He has continued to work on helping me understand what I initially wrote:

“Joy is not a feeling of happiness; it is a daily commitment. According to Psalm 51:12, joy stems from understanding our worth in Christ and what we receive through His salvation. Joy starts with having the humility of a child that Jesus talks about in Matthew 18:4. Joy continues through an obedient life and trials that lead to perseverance according to James 1:2-3.”

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From Lost to Found: Transforming Hearts

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

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

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

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

We are now offering continuing education credits through Today’s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Women in Healthcare Still Earn Less than Men

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / July 21, 2016 /

And so begins a New York Times article about the recent JAMA Internal Medicine analysis of physician pay disparities. The central message of the analysis is that women in healthcare, on average, earn $20,000 less per year than their specialty-matched male colleagues.

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

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

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

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Send Them, & Go With Them

Send Them, & Go With Them

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

In July 2012, I was lying in an emergency department in Destin, Florida, wondering how a little gallbladder could cause me so much pain. I prayed for the pain to stop, and thankfully it did. The problem, however, did not go away. And as I headed home from the beach the next day, I grew more and more anxious about the upcoming healthcare mission trip to Haiti I was scheduled to go on in just two weeks with CMDA’s Global Health Outreach (GHO).

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