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CMDA West Coast Winter Conference

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 17, 2022

January 19-22, 2023
The 2023 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference at the Cannon Beach (Oregon) Christian Conference Center offers all healthcare professionals and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline.

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On the Side: September 2020

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

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

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On the Side: May 2019

On the Side: May 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 7, 2019

ā€œDoctors make the worst patients,ā€ or so the saying goes. Being trained as a physician myself, I refuse to comment, because I am a little biased. But, since I am also married to a physician, I can say that doctors are often non-compliant patients. I could tell you stories that would prove this, but I wonā€™t do so here. You probably have your own examples!

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Position Statements

Position Statements

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 14, 2020

Position & Public Policy Statements Ethics statements deal with ethical issues. They are drafted by the Ethics Committee of the Board and the final version has to be approved first by the Board of Trustees and then by the House of Representatives representing the CMDA membership. These statements can be based on biblical, scientific, moral and social principles. They are not binding on CMDA members…

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Working in Light of Eternity

By Elizabeth Flaherty | August 10, 2021

Throughout dental school, I have been actively seeking a rhythm of work and rest that honors the Lord, serves my patients and allows me to truly rest. This became of paramount importance to me because, if Iā€™m honest, I knew this was something I had failed at for a large portion of my life. During college, I watched one of my roommates and best friends observe the Sabbath every Sunday. Blake would be running out the door with a picnic blanket and a football in her hand as I was cramming in last-minute studies for the week ahead. It was not that I never took breaks, but I could never bring myself to take off an entire day every week. Since elementary school, I had always strived for perfection in my work, so it was no big change for me in college to stay up late, wake up before the sun, incessantly check off to-do lists and barely enjoy the feeling of finishing one test before moving on to study for the next one. Looking back now, I realize how much of that striving was actually rooted in fearā€”fear that my future rested entirely in my own hands, fear that this is what was required for my life to be of value and, ultimately, fear that my ability to serve in the future was based entirely on my performance now.

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WPC Pulse – March 2012

By Amy Givler, MD | March 1, 2012

What is it to be a leader? I donā€™t see myself as a natural leader, but whether I like it or not, my job makes me a leader. As a doctor I am leading each of my patients to a life, we both hope, of better health.

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Growing into Childlikeness

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

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

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Harold Paul Adolph, MD

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

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

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | September 1, 2020

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

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Do You See Me?

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | April 25, 2019

Regardless of your practice setting, you encounter them also. Those uncertain of themselves yet confident in the need that has violated their entire body. That need for more, the need to fabricate pain just to get more.

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On the Side: July 2021

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

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

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e-Pistle

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 5, 2018

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

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Help Me See What I Cannot See

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 20, 2020

ā€œWhatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are servingā€ (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV 1984).

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WPC Pulse: June 2014

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

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

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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 25, 2020

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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Gethsemaneā€™s Light on Transitions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 17, 2019

ā€œAnd all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in themā€ (John 17.10, NKJV)

Resurrection Sunday blesses the calendars of our lives uniquely this Sunday.Ā  It lifts up the life of our Lord as a model for so many transitions we face along the journey into which Christ has commissioned us.Ā  The passion of our Lordā€™s heart ā€“ poured out in His high priestly prayer of Gethsemaneā€™s Garden ā€“ reveals how Jesus evaluated the preparations He made for the transition He would face.

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On the Side: August 2021

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

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

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On the Side: January 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 6, 2020

After training for a few months, I met some of my dearest girlfriends for a Side By Side reunion weekend in Minnesota a few years ago. We ran a 10K together, and by ā€œtogetherā€ I mean we were all either IN the 10K or the sister-5K but our paces were varied, so the together part was definitely at the beginning and the end.

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On the Side: March 2018

On the Side: March 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 1, 2018

We are settling in to our new normal around hereā€”early Monday morning airport runs as Dad commutes to Delaware for his new job; seizing moments on Facetime each night. We cherish when my college girl has Wi-Fi so she can keep us updated on her adventures as she studies abroad this semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trying to keep everyone feeling connected and cared for up-close and far away seems to be my new full-time job!

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An Old Evangelist and the Password to DentrixĀ®

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 18, 2020

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

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

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

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On the Side: April 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 3, 2019

Her eyes met mine as she poured out her heart: ā€œI have a great husband. A wonderful child. We matched and already sold our house. So, why do I feel so depressed?ā€

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GHO – Find a Trip

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 4, 2018

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

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FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 29, 2018

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

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Be Open to Godā€™s Surprising Will

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | July 20, 2021

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

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The Power of Community

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | December 19, 2019

I recently returned to work from my maternity leave and was reflecting on what I learned from the time off. The thing that stood out to me most was how incredible it was to have community in my life with family and with the church body. They helped my husband and me in so many ways with our children as we transitioned into life with a newborn and a toddler. Seeing how God used these people to help us in this time of life also showed me how I had taken for granted the encouragement Heā€™s given me in my working life through community as well.

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CMDA Dental Residency [+]

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 1, 2014

ogether, CMDAā€™s dental members are a diverse group of dental professionals and our experience spans the scope of dentistry: from a small solo practice to large group practices; from serving the wealthiest Americans to working amongst the poorest; and from short-term missions experience to a lifetime call to serve in the most remote areas of the world. We have dental faculty members including some of the top dental lectures in country, authors, military dentists, dentists involved in residency and advanced training programs and, of course, many dental students on campuses across the country.

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On the Side: August 2020

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

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

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Chasing the Wind March 6, 2019

Chasing the Wind

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

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

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CMDA Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 18, 2017

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

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What a Difference a Huddle Makes

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | July 6, 2021

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

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Regardless of the Opposition

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 4, 2019

Last year I read a book by Os Guinness entitled Impossible People. I read something that really set me back on my heels:

ā€œThe truth is that the world, as Christians have known it for many centuries, has goneā€”gone and gone for goodā€¦gone so decisively, any simple return or reclamation is out of the questionā€”Christian culture warring has been in vainā€ (p. 45).

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Allan Josephson, MD

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

Allan Josephson, MD, is Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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A Salt and Light Revolution

By Sam Molind, DMD | July 21, 2020

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

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

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On the Side: March 2019

By Carol Mason Shrader | March 4, 2019

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

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True Humility in Jesus

By Tracy Liang | June 15, 2021

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

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On the Side: December 2019

By Carol Mason Shrader | December 3, 2019

She just needed to soften the butter, but she put it in the microwave and then walked away to do the next task. By the time my daughter remembered, the butter was not just soft, it was completely liquefied and unusable for the recipe she was making.

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Rest for Your Soul

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | 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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Never Too Late to Learn

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

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

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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

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

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

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

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Dental Membership Offer

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 12, 2020

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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Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics), MSHA, FAAN, CPE, ICF

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 19, 2019

Physician-Assisted Suicide | End-of-Life Decision-Making | Research ethics | The Importance of Palliative Care | Right of Conscience | Medical Ethics

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On the Side: July 2020

By Carol Mason Shrader | July 2, 2020

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

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Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves February 19, 2019

Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves

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

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

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Learning from Others

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | May 18, 2021

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

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 2

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 18, 2019

ā€œEveryone who is called by name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and madeā€ (Isaiah 43:7, NIV 1984).

In Part 1 of this blog series, a search for the meaning of life was presented. That was due to observations of recent events suggesting a concern for humanityā€™s appreciation for life. In that search, a scientific basis for the meaning of life was presented, but then it was argued to be self-limiting. In contrast, a Christian worldview was presented, and a clearer meaning for why God created us was introduced. Simply, God created us for His glory. As I mentioned in Part 1, being informed that our existence is for some known or unknown Godā€™s glory may instill negative emotions. However, the purpose of this blog is to grow in greater understanding of what it means to be created for Godā€™s glory. To better understand that meaning, let us first look at the biblical meaning of the word ā€œglory.ā€

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Staying Connected to Today’s Medical Family

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

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

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Persevering in the Perilous

By Caren Abraham, DDS | July 6, 2020

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

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

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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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Greater New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 16, 2020

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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Hard Seasons and Future Grace

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

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

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

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Publications

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 21, 2018

We publish a wide variety of informational print, audio and electronic publications that are designed to encourage, equip and motivate our members.

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On the Side: November 2019

By Sharon Chatwell | November 6, 2019

They were young and bright and full of promise. There was so much they could do, so much they wanted to do, so much they were afraid of not doing. Where do you start when you find yourself there? You walk in the light that God has given you.

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On the Side: September 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 7, 2022

Behind the smile I was shouting, ā€œOh goodness mercy of course!ā€ I have been the new girl showing up at the team meeting, the book club, the Bible study far, far more often than I have been the one standing with friends. It can be excruciatingly hard. It can also be invigorating.

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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | June 29, 2020

I know itā€™s not a new concept, but it was new to me and may be new to you as well. Itā€™s a way to get your mind to sit still and focus on the Word of God and hear His voice. You pick a short verse or verse portion and repeat it by saying the first half as you breathe in and finishing it as you breathe out.

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Joy Cometh in the Morning

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 30, 2008

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

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On the Side: May 2021

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

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

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

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Policy & Issues Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 18, 2018

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Policy and Issues homepage.

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The Dreaded ā€œCā€ Wordā€¦

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | October 31, 2019

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

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The Writing Dentist

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 16, 2022

ā€œā€¦ā€˜It is writtenā€¦ā€™ā€ (Matthew 4:4, NKJV).

As followers of Christ, leaders in dentistry have the opportunityā€”perhaps even the responsibilityā€”to write things down for their teams as a reference and to understand as principled guidance for working together, serving the patients in their care or dealing with the vendors who knock on their doors or crowd their inboxes. When those written guidelines are lived out by the owning dentist or partners, dental teams catch a vision for how dentistry and ministry come together in kingdom living. And those who put their thoughts into words on paper or screen can have an impact far beyond the walls of their offices.

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The Best Christian Workplace in America

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | June 11, 2020

ā€œLet him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has needā€ (Ephesians 4:28, NKJV).

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Scholarship | WPC Mission Trip Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 8, 2018

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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Beware of the Root

By Caren Abraham, DDS | April 26, 2021

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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Jesus had Staffing Problems, tooā€¦12 of Them

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | October 17, 2019

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

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On the Side: August 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 2, 2022

I donā€™t drag out my MD for just any occasion. Typically, I keep it tucked away. But today I thought I would speak (indirectly) to residents, especially first-year residents or interns, so it seemed appropriate. Perhaps you ladies, who are reading this article, will pass along my remarks to the young physicians in your lives.

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On the Side: April 2020

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

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

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Imago Dei

By Elizabeth Flaherty | April 8, 2021

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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On the Side: October 2019

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

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

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Service: The Highest Level of Leadership

By Erica Chambers | July 25, 2022

In one of my Bible study periods, the words found in 1 John 2:6 captured my attention. The verse reads, ā€œHe who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walkedā€ (NKJV). The ā€œHeā€ in this passage, written by the apostle John, was referring to ā€œJesus Christ the righteous.ā€ Long after reading this Scripture, the words kept coming back to my mind. I knew the Holy Spirit was inspiring my mind to engage in a specific activity, to walk just as Jesus walked. I realized, then, that it is not enough to say you are a Christian; instead, there must be practical evidence to support that statement.

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On the Side: May 2020

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

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

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On the Side: April 2021

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

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

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Join CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 11, 2018

When you become a member of CMDA you are joining the largest community of Christian Healthcare professionals in the world!

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On the Side: September 2019

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

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

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On the Side: July 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 5, 2022

We were doing a residency rotation in Florida when the triplets were four. One dreary overcast Saturday we were enjoying family time even though Wade was on call. We didnā€™t understand that in Florida rain can turn to sun in less than a minute. That day it did just that. And three four-year-olds began to wail. I couldnā€™t understand why the sun was making them cry. As I attempted to console them, I was asking why they were sobbing: ā€œDaddy will have to go to work now.ā€

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On the Side: June 2020

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

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

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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

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

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

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

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Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant Information

Scholarship | Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2018

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

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Journeying Toward a Life of Significance

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | March 16, 2021

ā€œYou want to be a dentist?! Ohhkayyy Doc, you’re going to be so successful!ā€ I heard some variation of this comment countless times while pursuing my studies of becoming a dentist. Today when I introduce myself in a non-medical setting, I casually say I work in dentistry. If the conversation progresses further, the individual may learn I am a dentist. Then they are wowed by the fact that I am so young to be a doctor, they assume I am successful and often comment on how proud my family must be given my success. Of course, the inevitable question of, ā€œWhen are you going to open your practice?ā€ comes along, as if to suggest there is yet another layer of success to be attained.

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Wayne & Vivian Day Medical Missions Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 3, 2022

To provide financial assistance for future medical, dental and other students to participate on their first Global Health Outreach short-term medical missions experience; enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental needs in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved and to train and mentor the next generation of missionaries in the name of Jesus.

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How to Share with Patients in Despair

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | September 3, 2019

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

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Authenticity, Mother Teresa and ā€œA Really Good Apologyā€

By Katrina (Kate) Brouwer, DDS | June 22, 2022

There was a time when some Christians felt the need to appear like they had it all together.Ā  As though living an abundant life in Christ was a formula you just had to plug into and what emerged was someone who demonstrated equally all the fruit of the Spirit, all the time.Ā  And while we might strive to be that endlessly selfless and giving person to our patients, itā€™s a little harder to keep that image up with the people we spend the most time with.Ā  Naturally you might think of those you live with, but thereā€™s also what someone in my office described as our ā€œwork family.ā€

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Do You Actually Have A Soul?

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

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

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Scholarship | Johnson Short-Term Mission

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2018

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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Serious Concerns Regarding Our Medications in the United States

By Sam Molind, DMD | March 8, 2021

When mission teams were going to China, it was always important for us to understand the cultural, political and power structures in the countries we were serving.

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CAHM – 511 Groups

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 1, 2022

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

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 1

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

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

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

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For Him, From Him, Through Him

By Liz Flaherty | June 9, 2022

I graduated from dental school a couple of weeks ago. This moment was what I had viewed for a long time as the precipice, the ultimate, the ā€œeverything I was working forā€ for 12 straight years. I say 12 years because even in high school I was a three-sport athlete involved in multiple clubs and activities and AP classes, and I was determined to never let my grades slip. My mom tells stories of me not leaving the dinner table most nights way beyond the time everyone else went to bed. She would try to stay up with me, but eventually her eyes would grow heavy, and she knew she had to be up early the next morning. She would give me a hug and say she was proud of me, and then quietly shut her bedroom door and allow me to keep working. College was no different other than that my mom was not there to witness the countless nights of studying, writing and completing assignments. I was on my own, but I was still just as determined to succeed in every metric. While some may say this sounds like admirable dedication and hard work, what I know to be true is that the underlying motivation for me was actually fear: fear of being a failure, fear of being a disappointment, fear of my life not being worth anything if I did not achieve.

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Faith in Times of Uncertainty

By Sam Molind, DMD | May 19, 2020

COVID-19 has upended our routines, but the spirit-filled life remains as accessible as ever. I am, by Godā€™s grace, optimistic. Ask the people who know me best, and theyā€™d all agree I tend to find the sunniest take on nearly everything, sometimes to the point of annoyance.

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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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James P. Owen Mission Scholarship Information

Scholarship | James P. Owen Mission

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2018

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

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On the Side: March 2021

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

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

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End of Life Issues

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Side: June 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 2, 2022

One day, a mole decided life underground wasn’t his thing. Ready for something new, he found a folded lawn chair in a driveway and thought, yes, this was his best next step. So he moved in.

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Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint January 29, 2019

Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint

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

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

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CMDA Style Guide

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 18, 2019

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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Better Tomorrow than Today

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | February 24, 2021

ā€œPreach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.ā€ Weā€™ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how weā€™re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 13, 2022

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

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Transformation

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | May 18, 2022

Do you remember the first dental patient for whom you helped make a significant transformation in their oral health? Can you recall the day they came to see you for their very first appointment? It is likely they hadnā€™t been to the dentist in several years. Maybe they came because they had dental pain, or maybe they were ready to make a change in their lives and better their health. Whatever the reason, they were in your chair. You examined this patient and listed off several disciplines of care they would need: periodontal therapy, oral surgery, operative, prosthodontics, etc. A lengthy treatment plan that would take several months to complete as the patient underwent a process of transformation.

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 21, 2018

Medical Missions | Clinical Medicine | Ethics

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Morality in Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 25, 1977

The malpractice crisis has been with us for three years. In 1974 insurance premiums jumped by nearly 200 percent, and each year since then they have risen higher.

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Westra Short-Term Mission Scholarship Information

Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2018

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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