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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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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

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

We are now offering continuing education credits through Todayā€™s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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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 ā€“ 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 ā€œfamily docā€ who made house-calls and whose work hours were 24/7 as needed and the steep increase in the ā€œphysician shift workerā€ 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 AssociationsĀ® / 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 CMDAā€™s Global Health Outreach (GHO).

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FEMA Coalition Letter to President Trump

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

Coalition letter of religious and community leaders in support for S1823/H.R. 2405, the “Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017.” This legislation would ensure fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters.

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CMDA Ethics Statement on Persons with Acquired Cognitive Impairment

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

This ethical statement outlines CMDAā€™s affirmation of the value of all persons with cognitive impairment, recognizing their inherent dignity. CMDA believes that in spite of their cognitive impairment, they can lead meaningful lives with the help of caregivers, who deserve our help support and prayers.

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A Strategic Plan to Succeed

By Mike Chupp, MD / September 8, 2021 /

I had spent more than four years wishing and praying for a CT scanner at Tenwek Hospital, a 300-bed referral center in rural southwest Kenya where I was serving as a missionary surgeon in Africa. For years, every patient who came to us with a closed head injury, an abdominal mass or recurrent abdominal pain had to be referred to a larger hospital in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. But more often than not, patients wouldnā€™t or couldnā€™t go to Nairobi, regularly due to the high cost of travel and treatment.

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The Erosion of Tolerance

The Erosion of Tolerance

By John Patrick, MD / September 3, 2014 / Comments Off on The Erosion of Tolerance

Be encouraged to take a stand for Christian ethics in this article from Dr. John Patrick published in the fall 2014 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor.

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To go or not to go, that is the question

By Richard Johnson, MD / February 28, 2019 /

I am sure you, like me, have faced this question on countless occasions. In our busy professional lives, we are constantly being reminded of annual society meetings. We joined them for professional enrichment and acknowledgement of credentials. Possibly our paper is accepted to be part of the program. And yes, we do get some CME credits and a chance to socialize with colleagues. But do we go or not? Life is so, so busy, and the kidsā€™ school and athletic events are right at the same time. Iā€™d have to get someone to cover my practice and my church commitments. I think I am spinning too many plates!

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As President and Nation Focus on Human Trafficking, CMDA Physicians Call for Intervention by Medical Professionals

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 9, 2013 / Comments Off on As President and Nation Focus on Human Trafficking, CMDA Physicians Call for Intervention by Medical Professionals

Following President Obama’s proclamation marking January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the 16,000-member Christian Medical Association is calling for increased training and awareness among medical professionals to recognize, report and treat victims of modern-day slavery.

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California Judge Overturns Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 16, 2018 / Comments Off on California Judge Overturns Assisted Suicide

Bristol, TN–The nation’s largest faith-based organization, the 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, www.cmda.org), today hailed a California judge’s ruling in its lawsuit against assisted suicide in California.

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Dietz Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Dietz Scholarship

Margaret J. Dietz Scholarship ā€“ Provides financial assistance to support the Christian and professional leadership development of physicians and dentists in low and low-middle income countries and regions of the world.

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Malpractice Pain

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 20, 2007 /

The pain of a malpractice suit can test your limits, threatening all you hold dear. For some, th is experience is devasating-personally, relationally, professionally-regardless how the case is resolved.

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The Journey: A Spiritual View

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 30, 1997 /

Much has been written about the subject of malpracĀ­tice, but very little attention has been paid to the emotional and spiritual impact of a suit on the life of the physician who is sued.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny

By Jonathan Imbody / November 2, 2017 /

It’s one thing to expect physicians to do everything possible to advance healing for patients. It’s quite another to insist that whatever the patient wants, the patient getsā€”so the physician must provide it at risk of his or her career. Whenever one group gets its way regardless of the impact on others, that is not autonomy; that is tyranny.

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New York V. HHS

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

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

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Ethics Hotline

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Ethics Hotline

We are dedicated to serving as a Christian voice and a resource for our members on today’s bioethical issues. Have you encountered a difficult patient care decision at your hospital? Do you have a question about how to maintain Hippocratic traditions within your work as a healthcare professional?

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – January 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 15, 2012 /

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition of The Point: Human trafficking, International health, and the Contraception mandate.

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Testimony of Hendrik Reitsema

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 25, 2006 / Comments Off on Testimony of Hendrik Reitsema

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution by Dutch resident Hendrik Reitsema who lost his grandfather to euthanasia.

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The Point Blog – April 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 11, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – April 2013

In this edition of The Point: Assisted suicide bill set aside, for now, Plan B One-Step without age restriction, and First state personhood amendment.

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WPC Pulse – February 2012

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

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

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New HHS division, conscience freedom laws and policies protect patients and physicians

By Jonathan Imbody / March 1, 2018 /

This excerpt is the sixth 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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Is the Law to Blame?

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

As a lawyer presenting his case to physicians, I feel a bit defensive. The attitude of many people in our society is reflected in a recent bumper sticker – “Support your local lawyer, send your son to medical school.”

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The Point Blog – February 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 12, 2015 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – February 2015

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this issue: Measles outbreak raising national concerns, The death of physician-assisted suicide in Colorado, and Illinois approves child use of medical marijuana.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 21, 2016 /

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to ā€œdo no harm.ā€

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First Fridays at the Mortons

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

My husband and I had just moved from Michigan to Texas for my first year of medical school at the University Health Science Center San Antonio. We walked up to the door of a house we had never visited, hand-in-hand wondering what the evening ahead would hold, with unfamiliar people, in this unfamiliar part of the country. As we arrived at the front door, we could hear the sounds of conversation mixed with laughter inside, along with the delicious aroma of cooking pizza tantalizing our taste buds. Another couple our age greeted us warmly while handing us an apron, sending us toward a buzzing kitchen to begin creating our ā€œcouple pizzaā€ for the pizza bake-off contest! Wow! It was a Texas size welcome.

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CMDA Wins Temporary Injunction in Texas Transgender Mandate Lawsuit

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

Moments ago, a Texas court protected the rights of families and their doctors to make medical decisions for their child free from government bureaucrats’ interference.

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Joint Letter on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / November 18, 2015 /

On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Medical Association, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, World Vision (US), Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Liberty Institute, Family Research Council, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, we respectfully submit the following comments on the proposed OCR regulations on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities.

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Scholarship | Johnson Short-Term Mission

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | Johnson Short-Term Mission

Encouraging MD/DO residents and fellows to serve the underserved cross-culturally and in doing so to seek the Lord’s will for their lifetime involvement in medical missions.

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About CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 15, 2018 / Comments Off on About CMDA

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

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

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

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Continuing Education for Overseas Healthcare Professionals

Request an MEI Team

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Request an MEI Team

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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Project Medsend Grant Scholarship

Scholarship | Project Medsend Grant

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

MedSend awards grants to repay student loans owed by healthcare professionals while they serve as healthcare missionaries in medically underserved areas of the world. Three times each year, the MedSend board reviews completed applications for healthcare professionals headed for career missionary service.

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2020 Voice of Christian Doctorā€™s Media Training May 15, 2020 ā€“ May 16, 2020 Bristol, Tennessee

Voice of Christian Doctors Media Training

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Voice of Christian Doctors Media Training

August 12-13, 2022
It is imperative that we have well-trained Christian healthcare professionals ready to speak out on healthcare and bioethical issues that are affecting our culture. This two-day training is designed to teach participants how to use the media as an educational tool and to sharpen skills as CMDA media representatives.

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Missions: Three-Legged Stool August 7, 2018

Missions: Three-Legged Stool

By Al Weir, MD / August 7, 2018 /

ā€œThat evening after sunset, the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseasesā€¦ā€ (Mark 1:32-34, NIV 1984).

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Christian Medical Association Highlights Implementation of New US Policy Keeping Tax Dollars from Abortion Groups Overseas

Christian Medical Association Highlights Implementation of New US Policy Keeping Tax Dollars from Abortion Groups Overseas

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Highlights Implementation of New US Policy Keeping Tax Dollars from Abortion Groups Overseas

Washington, DC, February 7, 2018ā€”The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org), today lauded the administration’s implementation of the new Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy.

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

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

By Jonathan Imbody / October 5, 2017 /

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

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Rosemary Fernandez Stein, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Rosemary Fernandez Stein, MD

Parent Centric Parenting | Hispanic Voter Engagement | Teenage Abstinence,| Parental Rights | Parenting for Good Outcomes

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Nothing is Wasted

Nothing is Wasted

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 7, 2017 /

It was October 1997 and I was spending a semester studying abroad in Australia. I was at a church service, where a group who had just returned from a trip to Namibia was speaking. I listened to their presentation and was struck by how “meaningful” it all seemed, and how, by contrast, what I was doing (studying civil engineering) was not.

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Why should I do Short-Term Medical Missions?

Why should I do Short-Term Medical Missions?

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

Do you ever ask what you should get out of serving? What is the benefit to you? How should you be changed by the act of serving? Here are the heart-felt thoughts of someone struggling with exactly these questions.

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A Thorn in the Flesh

A Thorn in the Flesh

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 10, 1988 /

I worked in a lumber yard while in college, and a number of times I got slivers in my hands. The slivers were often so irritating that I would be consumed with the thought of removing them, and at times I would have to stop work to rid myself of the irritation.

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South Central Pennsylvania

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

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

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James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

By James Avery, MD / January 28, 2019 / Comments Off on James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

Hospice | End of Life Care

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Book of the Month

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Book of the Month

Will technology usher in a new future or have we gone too far? Unprecedented developments in bioengineering, biotechnology, and biomedicine breakthroughs that could improve the lives of people with debilitating diseases and injuries can also serve as stepping-stones to technologies that can enhance human beings and alter human nature, raising fears about how biotechnologies could be misused. Should we discourage advances in biotechnology and bioengineering that can be used for human enhancement? Or should we take control of our own “evolution” and usher in a posthuman age? Is there another option? In Humans 2.0, authors Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Kenneth Richard Samples open a window to the new world of human enhancement technologies and transhumanism their promises, potential, and pitfalls.

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Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD

Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD

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

Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his ThD from Duke University Divinity School. He is assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. He teaches and mentors divinity students, medical and other health professions students and psychiatry residents at Duke.

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Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

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

Californiaā€™s AB2119 should not be law. Signing the bill is a triumph of ideology posing as science. Human beings should be affirmed, not false identities and sexual confusion.

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Courage through the Crisis: Stories from the Frontlines

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

More than a year ago, we watched as New York City and the surrounding area became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis when the pandemic initially broke out in the United States. At this yearā€™s CMDA Virtual National Convention, we shared stories from several CMDA members from the area whose lives and work in healthcare were impacted by the virus.

As we consider how COVID-19 has changed our world and our profession in healthcare, these stories share how God has worked in and through our members during this crisis.

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Making Disciples in Africa for Africa

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

Five hundred million heathens have not yet been evangelized, so it is computed! Yet our great Missionary Societies have reached high water-mark, and if they have not already begun to retrench they are seriously thinking of doing so. Meanwhile, the heart of Asia, the heart of Africa, and well nigh the whole continent of South America, are untouched with the Gospel of Christ.

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Special Transfer from Heaven: Embryo Adoption: One Family’s Story

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2007 /

When Lee and I were married in 1984 we thought 12 children would be a good number for our family. We further decided that ours would be ā€œGod blendedā€ of six biological and six adopted Klopfensteins. However, as is always the case, God was in control and after some years of infertility, it became apparent that it was time to pursue the first adoption.

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My Hour Has Come!

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

ā€œJesus replied, ā€˜The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.ā€™ā€
ā€”John 12:23

Jesusā€™ birth, death and resurrection were the fulfillment of multiple Old Testament prophecies, and they coincided with a time period of unbridled harshness and brutality. Death by crucifixion, as described by Martin Hengel, was ā€œa barbaric form of execution of the utmost crueltyā€ and as ā€œthe supreme Roman penalty.ā€

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Why Human Bioenhancement Technologies Are a Bad Idea

By C. Ben Mitchell, PhD / November 1, 2008 /

Human beings are almost obsessive innovators. Homo sapiens (knower) is by nature Homo faber (fabricator). Thank God He has made us so. Life without what Michael Novak has called ā€œthe fire of inventionā€ would be nasty, bloody, and brutish. Medicine and biotechnology are two spheres where innovation is especially rewarded. So it is no surprise that we contemplate the possibility of human biological enhancements.

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Feed My Sheep

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

As Christians in healthcare, we are called to take our faith into the workplace, whether it be in a clinic, in a hospital or in academia. My journey in medicine led me from the clinic into academia. I actually consider myself an accidental academician who never meant to end up in charge of training a portion of the physician assistant workforce. This, however, is exactly why I am writing this story, to encourage my colleagues and help them understand who the sheep are, why they need feeding, how to feed them and when to stop feeding them.

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Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Development: Genuine Change Through Partnership

What is the role of Christian healthcare professionals in authentic community development? Dr. Mark Crouch discovers this topic in the cover story from the winter 2017 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor.

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Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Renewing the Mountaintop Experience

In this article from the spring 2018 edition ofĀ Today’s Christian Doctor, Bryant Stoudt shares seven ideas that you can use to apply what you learned on a mission trip in your busy, everyday life.

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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

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

ā€œCreate in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.ā€
ā€”Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

Many things have been laid bare this year. In late 2019, a novel Coronavirus referred to as SARS-CoV-2 originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China spread to the United States becoming a global pandemic. By mid-July of this year, there were close to 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, with around six million active cases affecting more than 200 countries. In the United States, there have been more than three million COVID-19 cases (with more than one million recovered) and more than 500,000 deaths. We would soon learn that African Americansā€”who make up 13 percent of the U.S. populationā€”disproportionately comprise U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, with many having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Income and wealth inequalities also tend to create greater disparities within communities of color, making access to adequate healthcare and healthy living an elusive and unaffordable necessity.

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Letter to Senators – Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 19, 2015 /

Coalition letter to Senators Enzi and Lee recognizing the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act.

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Health Care Conscience Rights Act

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2015 /

Letter to Congress regarding HR 940, urgent need for the “Abortion Non-Discrimination” provisions of HR 940 insuring that government agencies receiving federal health funds cannot force those involved in the provision of heath care to be complicit in the taking of human life, or discriminate against them because of their convictions.

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Coalition Letter on FADA Vote

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 26, 2015 /

We, the undersigned, representing hundreds of thousands of Americans, want to thank you for your commitment to securing religious freedom protections in the aftermath of the Supreme Courtā€™s Obergefell decision redefining marriage across the country.

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Coalition Letter: Values Provisions To Consider For The FY2017 Appropriations Bills

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 12, 2016 /

We, the undersigned representing millions of Americans, strongly support the inclusion of new provisions, which promote values issues in the upcoming Appropriations bills for FY2017. While it is essential to protect provisions in current law that positively affect policy on matters of life, family, religious liberty, and other values issues, merely keeping the status quo is not sufficient in a culture, and under an Administration, that regularly attacks the values of the people we represent.

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Two courageous Families Fight for Our Freedoms at Supreme Court

By Jonathan Imbody / April 8, 2014 /

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against women obtaining birth control of choice paid by their employers. This op-ed piece by CMA’s VP for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody was recently published by FoxNews.

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Johnson Amendment in the Final Tax Bill

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 14, 2017 /

A letter to congressional leaders from a coalition of organizations regarding the Johnson Amendment and the tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).

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

The Commercialization of Marijuana

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 22, 2017 /

What happens when marijuana is legalized for either medical or recreational use with little regulation and almost no enforcement? Unfortunately, we know by looking at what has happened in Colorado over the last few years, as Ben Cort relates in his excellent bookĀ Weed, Inc.

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Predictions

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 9, 2018 /

In medicine, patients and families want to know diagnoses, therapies, risks, benefits and side effects of proposed treatment options. At times the thing they most want to know is what is likely to happen to themselves or their loved ones based on possible interventions. This, however, may be the most difficult answer to give people.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 21, 2016 /

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to ā€œdo no harm.ā€ The state agencies are construing Vermontā€™s assisted suicide law as requiring them, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option.

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On the Side: August 2018

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

This time of year, many of us in the medical world find ourselves moving from one place to another; following our doctor husbands to new training programs, residencies, fellowships or careers. June and July are the months of the annual migration of doctors, which creates a lot of packing and unpacking of boxes.

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Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.A. (Ethics)

Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.A. (Ethics)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.A. (Ethics)

Organ Donation | Medical Ethics | Doctor-Patient Relationship | Informed Consent | Physician-Assisted Suicide | Resource Allocation | Stem Cell Research | Rights of Conscience

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Heart Pathways May 29, 2018

Heart Pathways

By Al Weir, MD / May 29, 2018 /

We were in the hospital, dedicating a conference center to Dr. Bill Johnson, the founder of Albanian Health Fund (AHF), a partner ministry with CMDAā€™s Medical Education International. AHF had contributed money to refurbish the center. The rector, the dean, our AHF president and Bill Johnsonā€™s daughter were seated at the podium. The dean detailed all the services and doctors AHF had brought to Albania over the last 25 years. The rector then spoke briefly and from his heart, ā€œI remember 1997, when there was so much trouble in Albania. Albanians were leaving. The airport was lined with guns and tanks for protection. The plane landed and Bill Johnson stepped off the plane with his team. When everyone else was deserting us, Bill Johnson was coming to help.ā€

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Abiding in Albany

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

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

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Birmingham

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / August 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Birmingham

CMDA Birmingham’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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Scholarship | WPC Mission Trip Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Scholarship | WPC Mission Trip Scholarship

In partnership with Global Health Outreach, WPC organizes mission trips to House of Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. These trips offer participants an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls and women caught in human trafficking. We will be working at House of Hope, an amazing place where the physical, spiritual, economic and educational needs of women in sex slavery (both girls who have been trafficked and women caught in prostitution) are addressed.

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No-Abortion

CMA Doctors Support Administration Proposal to Tighten Abortion-Related Safeguards in Family Planning Funding

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 18, 2018 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Support Administration Proposal to Tighten Abortion-Related Safeguards in Family Planning Funding

Washington, DCā€”May 18, 2018–The 19,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA,www.cmda.org) today expressed support for administration plans to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning.

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CMA Letter to Congress on DC Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 26, 2017 /

Christian Medical Association letter on behalf of our members opposing “The Death with Dignity Act of 2015.” Supporting document is pending publication.

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Testimony of Jonathan Imbody

By Jonathan Imbody / May 25, 2006 / Comments Off on Testimony of Jonathan Imbody

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights.

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Testimony: Amanda Lucashu

Testimony: Amanda Lucashu

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 18, 2013 / Comments Off on Testimony: Amanda Lucashu

Testimony to the Connecticut Public Health Committee opposing SB 48 to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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The Point Blog – May 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 3, 2013 / Comments Off on The Point Blog – May 2013

In this edition of The Point: CMDA physicians on human cloning study revelation, Vermont to legalize physician-assisted suicide, Use Of Embryo Donation As A Family Building Option.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The Point Washington Update – April 2014

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 24, 2014 / Comments Off on The Point Washington Update – April 2014

Commentary and update on the state of legislative activities in Washington involving CMDA member interests. In this edition of The Point: Researchers harvest stem cells from cloned human embryos, Assisted suicide advocates make their case in JAMA, and SCOTUS hears case on free speech re: abortion in Obamacare.

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Faith Prescriptions Seminar

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / September 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Faith Prescriptions Seminar

December 4, 2021
Faith Prescriptions is a video series produced by the Christian Medical & Dental Associations designed to encourage faith conversations with our patients on a variety of topics. This seminar is an interactive introduction to the material and will empower you to appropriately and effectively minister to your patientsā€™ spiritual needs.

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2022 CMDA Northeast Winter Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on 2022 CMDA Northeast Winter Conference

January 14-16, 2022

Northeast Winter Conference at the Sandy Cove Conference Center North East, Maryland. Our theme this year: RECONNECT.

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Resources

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

Membership Donate Now HELPLINE 1-888-230-2637 HOME BLOG TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE PAY FEE RESOURCES Videos Dr. Steve Sartori speaking at the Christian Community Health Fellowship National Conference about the importance of trust in building a team. Podcasts CMDA-Matters Podcasts Dr. Steve Sartori and Dr. Ann Tsen talk about coaching in an interview from the…

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Coaching Featured

Life & Leadership Coaching

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / October 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Life & Leadership Coaching

Are you so busy at work that you struggle to spend time with your family? Perhaps you are feeling the pressure at work to see more and more patients. Or maybe you havenā€™t made it to church in months because you have too many responsibilities and now you just found out youā€™re being hit with a medical malpractice case. Youā€™re on overload, life is spinning out of control and there doesnā€™t seem to be any hope or end in sight. Does this sound like you? If so, one thing is for certain. You are not alone.

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Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver by William Peel

Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver

By William Peel / December 1, 1999 / Comments Off on Living in the Lab Without Smelling Like a Cadaver

You can survive and flourish spiritually during medical training! But you can’t do it alone. This Bible study will help you shape your heart while you are sharpening your medical skills.

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CMDA Home 2019

Member Categories

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Member Categories

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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WPC Pulse – May 2012

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

I grew up in a Christian home and I donā€™t remember life without Jesus. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and I attributed it to a God-ordained calling on my life.

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Center for Well-being | Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Center for Well-being | Resources

The CMDA Center for Well-being helps Christian healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence. Listen to our Healthy Doctor Podcast.

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Making Truth-Telling Your Practice

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

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

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DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna, PhD, Author

DĆ³nal P. O’MathĆŗna, PhD

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

DĆ³nal P. Oā€™MathĆŗna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. He is a member of CMA and the Paul Tournier Institute speakerā€™s bureau. He is the Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St Jamesā€™s Hospital Ethics Committee in Dublin.

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Continuing Education for Overseas Healthcare Professionals

CMDA Careers

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / May 31, 2018 / Comments Off on CMDA Careers

Christian Medical & Dental Associations offers excellent employment opportunities in a professional Christian work environment. In 2003, a landmark study commissioned by Christianity Today and administered by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute recognized us as the best Christian place to work in its category!

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FCO Mission Opportunities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / July 9, 2018 / Comments Off on FCO Mission Opportunities

Being a member of 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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Physicians Can Heal the Hurt

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

Malpractice rises before the physician as an imminent barĀ­rier to his life work. The issues of malpractice touch him as a self-employed businessman, as a professional and as a person.

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Student Life Featured

Student Life

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Student Life

CMDA Student Life is a network of campus chapters helping students live out the character of Christ on their campuses. We now have more than 300 campus ministries, representing 90 percent of the nation’s medical and dental schools. We are here to help you THRIVE with a purpose during your healthcare training.

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Newsroom Featured

Newsroom Archives

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

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® News Releases

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Opinion Letter

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

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

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Barrows

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Human Trafficking

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First Things First

First Things First

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 14, 2017 /

You could easily argue that my first six months on the mission field in Kenya were a waste of time and energy. Jody and I, along with our 3-year-old son Jason and 1-year-old daughter Jessica, weren’t living at Tenwek Hospital, where God had called us to serve. Instead, we were stationed 35 miles south of the hospital at Kaboson, a two-hour mud-slogging drive in the rainy season if you didn’t get stuck.

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Alternative Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / December 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Alternative Medicine

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

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Psychiatry Section

Psychiatry Section

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

The Psychiatry Section of CMDA strives to To promote fellowship and provide community to support and encourage Christian physicians in the practice of psychiatry, as they explore the relationship between their faith and professional psychiatry practice. To promote within the church the knowledge and understanding of valid psychiatric approaches to mental health and healing, consistent with Christā€™s redemptive love.

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Pills tumbling from bottle into open hand

Opioids: A Brief History

By Amy Givler, MD / August 30, 2018 /

In this weekā€™s blog post, Dr. Amy Givler shares the story of how opioids became a problem in every community in America, including yours. And it is the story of how opioid addiction has overwhelmed and devastated some communities, maybe yours.

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Healthcare for the poor Featured

Healthcare for the Poor

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Healthcare for the Poor

CMDA collaborates with Christian Community Health Fellowship in providing healthcare for the poor in the United States. We initiated this strategic partnership to maximize our efforts by drawing from the strengths of each organization. For more than 30 years, CCHF has provided networking for students, medical professionals and people interested in Christian community development. The purpose of CCHF is to live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. The organization was established to provide focus on the need and the “how to” in caring for the poor.

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Artificial Wombs and Modern Incubators

By David Prentice, PhD / May 11, 2017 /

Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually be science fact, and sometimes new technologies can have the potential for both good and bad uses. So-called ā€œdual-use technologyā€ is most often thought of in connection with potential military as well as civilian use, e.g., weaponized forms of viruses or bacteria vs. using such altered pathogens for vaccine development.

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Preparing for a Career in Medicine by Kent Shih, MD

Preparing for a Career in Medicine

By Kent Shih, MD / December 1, 1998 / Comments Off on Preparing for a Career in Medicine

A Christian’s Guide to Getting Into and Surviving Medical School Do you know a young person who is contemplating medicine as a career? This would be an excellent gift for them, so they can see what will lie ahead if they continue on this path.

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WPC Pulse – February 2013

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® / February 1, 2013 /

I think the Lord brings all believers to a point in their lives where they have to say ā€œuncle!ā€ Some sooner than later, frequently over and over. Submitting to His will and His ways always goes against our flesh, our human nature. Letā€™s face it. Submission is a bad word in todayā€™s culture. But this battle began way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve resisted the will of a loving Creator and insisted on sharing His throne.

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