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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 29, 2020

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

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 29, 2020

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

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Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Scholarship | Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation Medical Students & Resident Program

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 12, 2019

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

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WhereToServe

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

Opportunities to Serve Around the World with the Center for Medical Missions.

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Scholarship | GHO Dermatology/Nursing Medical Missions

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

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

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Neurology Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 19, 2018

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

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Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 10, 2018

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

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

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

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Jonathan Imbody

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

Jonathan previously served as CMDA’s Federal Policy Analyst and as CMDA’s liaison with the federal government in Washington, D.C. A veteran writer of more than 30 years, Jonathan authored Faith Steps, which encourages and equips Christians to engage in public policy issues. He has published more than 100 commentaries in The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times and many other national publications. Jonathan’s writing focuses on public policy issues including freedom of faith, conscience and speech; human trafficking; abortion; assisted suicide; stem cell research; the role of faith in health; international health; healthcare policy; sexual risk avoidance and HIV/AIDS. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and speech communications from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Penn State in counseling and education and a certificate in biblical and theological studies from the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. Jonathan’s wife Amy is an author and leads the Redemptive Education movement. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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Scholarship | Naomi Kim Medical Missions

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

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

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Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ

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

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

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Sugar Cane Sabbath February 7, 2017

Sugar Cane Sabbath

By Judy Palpant | February 7, 2017

Sugar cane-sweet, juicy. Anyone familiar with the taste will salivate at the mention of the word. During our years in Kenya, a fresh stalk of sugar cane trumped all other treats as far as our children were concerned. Eagerly they watched us cut away the tough outer layer with a sharp knife.

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Ziklag

By Al Weir, MD | March 23, 2017

It’s been 30 years, but I can still recall his look of disappointment. James was a medical student who had looked up to me when I had surrendered my life to God’s call for international healthcare missions. It hadn’t worked out. We hadn’t lasted. Back after two years in Nigeria, seeking a career like other doctors who had never heard the call, I had let him down.

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Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | 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. Managed care brought financial pressures to bear on physicians in solo practice. Generation X brought a tide of newly graduated physicians whose definition of balance was quite different from that of their parentsā€™ generation.

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Christian Physical Rehab Professionals

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 25, 2018

Christian Physical Rehab Professionals (CPRP) is a specialty section of CMDA. We are here to encourage, support and build up Christian Physical Rehab Professionals CPRP spiritually and professionally. We’d love to share more about our purpose, beliefs and what we offer.

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Scholarship | Dale Willis Memorial GHO Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 29, 2021

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

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Columbus

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 15, 2019

There are extreme pressures and challenges that we face as we pursue a vocational life in healthcare. CMDA is a Christian spiritual resource, supporting and connecting practitioners and students in healthcare in Central Ohio.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations praises decision from the U.S. Supreme Court

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 12, 2022

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”May 13, 2022ā€”The 16,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nationā€™s largest faith-based professional healthcare association, today praised the U.S. Supreme Courtā€™s decision in the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Womenā€™s Health case that strikes down the precedents set in both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, effectively ending the constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations to join in pro-life rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on December 1

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 30, 2021

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”November 30, 2021ā€” The 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nationā€™s largest faith-based healthcare organization, will join a group of other pro-life healthcare advocates on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to stand up for life as oral arguments are heard in the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Womenā€™s Health case.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins in statement with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 3, 2021

Bristol, Tenn.ā€”November 3, 2021ā€” The 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nationā€™s largest faith-based healthcare organization, announced the release of a joint statement with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine.

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

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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My Doctorate in Secret-Keeping

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | January 19, 2017

Preparing to meet my next patient, I pick the next chart up off the counter. ā€œBob Smith,ā€ married middle-aged patient, chief complaint: STD check. ā€œWeird,ā€ I think, ā€œMary Smithā€™s husbandā€™s name is Bob, too. What a coincidence.ā€ I open the exam room door, and Mary Smithā€™s husband, Bob Smith, is sitting inside.

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AndrƩ Van Mol, MD

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

AndrĆ© Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in private practice. He serves on the boards of Bethel Church of Redding and Moral Revolution (moralrevolution.com), and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatricianā€™s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality.

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The ā€œParent Resource Guideā€ for the Trans Movement

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD | October 24, 2019

The ā€œParent Resource Guide: Responding to the Transgender Issueā€ is a just-released project of the Minnesota Family Council available gratis at www.GenderResourceGuide.com. Print copies can be purchased as well.
It is endorsed by organizations right (Heritage Foundation and Family Policy Alliance), center (Kelsey Coalition and Parents of ROGD Kids) and left (Womenā€™s Liberation Front). Their stated common concerns are the ā€œnegative consequences that result when society regards bodily sex as irrelevant,ā€ and the belief that ā€œpublic schools should never feel pressured to force boys and girls to sacrifice their bodily privacy, promote unscientific theories about human biology, or celebrate ideas that place young children on a path to chemical sterilization or cosmetic ā€˜gender confirmationā€™ surgery.ā€ I was honored to be one of many who were invited to help shape its content.

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An Approach to Outpatient Screening, Treatment, and Community Health Outreach during the Coronavirus Epidemic in New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 5, 2020

Beacon Christian Community Health Center (www.beaconcchc.com), in conjunction with personnel from South Korea and Europe, created a first-of-its-kind comprehensive outpatient protocol at the start of the height of COVID-19 cases in New York City.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

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

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

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What is Distinctive about Christian Ethics?

By John Patrick, MD | June 14, 2022

Being different can be dangerous, but we are called to be different. Our Lord told us doing so would bring persecution, but through those experiences, He would be with us, and we would be aware of it, and it would produce joy. Stephen was the first example, but it continues to this day.

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Crisis in Nicaragua

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

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

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The Path of Life: My Journey to Help Rescue the Pre-born

By Christina Francis, MD | June 14, 2022

I stepped out of the door into the crisp, fresh air on the early morning of December 1, 2021 and started the short walk to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. As the sun rose on this historic day, I looked back at the group that accompanied me.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD | April 22, 2020

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

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How to De-stress in Your Distress

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 21, 2022

I picked up the phone to return a call from a message I had received on my office voicemail earlier that day. The call was from a doctor. I called the doctor back and said, ā€œHello, this is Pastor Bert from CMDA returning your phone call, how can I help you?ā€ After a pause, he responded, ā€œThank you for calling me back; I donā€™t know how much longer I can continue to practice in this environment.ā€ As he continued to download the heavy burden he was carrying, I realized the doctor on the other end of the call was in distress. It was a 911 call for spiritual help. Unfortunately, that phone call is becoming all too common and frequent in my office.

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Call for all Elective Abortions to be Suspended

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 23, 2020

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

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Street Medicine: Running a Free Clinic in the Era of COVID

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

When I contracted COVID-19 on March 18, 2020, it was so early in the outbreak of the pandemic that my illness sent shock waves of fear through Inland Vineyard Medical Mission and Free Clinic where I serve as director. Everyone on our team was worried, including our student workers. How would we keep our team safe? And how would we still treat our patients? For most of our patients, we are their main source for both food and medical care. Where would they go if we suddenly shut our doors?

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Christ with Us: Practicing Christ-like Presence in an Age of Burnout

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

One week into a rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), I found myself dreaming about the hospital. I was not dreaming about saying the wrong thing on rounds, but I was dreaming about our patients: Mr. Brownā€™s wife when sheā€™d been told he may not survive his third surgery this admission; Mr. Thomasā€™s mom crying because she felt responsible for how heā€™d ā€œturned out.ā€ I told an attending I trusted that I was distressed by how much I was carrying patientsā€™ stories with me, and she graciously admitted to me sheā€™d struggled with the same thing early on in training. The solution, she said, is to not get so attached. ā€œThatā€™s how you burn out,ā€ she said.

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

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

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

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Faith Prescriptions: Just What the Doctor Ordered

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

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

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Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019

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

As members of the Commission on Human Trafficking of the Christian Medical Association, we are writing to protest the attempt to decriminalize commercial sex with the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019”. This attempt to decriminalize the degradation of mostly women and girls in commercial sex as well as the sex buyer is morally and ethically wrong.

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Regulations

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 14, 2019

Right of Conscience Resources

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But God: Finding the Silver Lining

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

I remember early on hearing in the news about a virus causing problems in China. It wasnā€™t long before we heard news of it spreading. As it began to spread, we were busy planning for March, our busiest month of mission trips. We send the most teams in the month of March, which gives mission opportunities for various schools during the annual spring break period. We sent our first two teams out before countries began closing their borders. While these two teams were still out of the country, we began cancelling our remaining trips. First it was for the month, then it became two and on through the summer. Before we knew it, we had cancelled every single remaining mission trip scheduled throughout the remainder of 2020ā€”all as a result of COVID-19.

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Joint Letter from Christian Medical & Dental Associations, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists and American College of Pediatricians

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 8, 2019

As organizations representing over 25,000 medical professionals, we would like to correct the errors and assumptions of the recently released joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH).

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Lessons Learned in the COVID-19 Field Hospital

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

When 2020 started, I had a plan. A plan to follow Godā€™s leading to serve on a mission trip in Southeast Cambodia. Like everyone else, those plans were completely changed when the pandemic hit.

But God.

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Growth Spurt

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

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

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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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Premature Termination of Life Is Not Palliative Care | Letter

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD | August 1, 2014

Letter to the Editor of CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians) opposing physician-assisted suicide in response to article by Attorney Kathryn Tuckerā€™s article pushing physicians to help patients dye.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

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

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

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Disciple Making Medicine

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

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

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD | June 1, 2020

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

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When Our Patients Pray for Us

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

As a Christian whoā€™s been practicing periodontics for 29 years, Iā€™ve had numerous opportunities to share my faith and pray with my patients. A number of my patients have expressed their appreciation for having a fellow Christian responsible for their care.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Physician

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

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

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Resilience in the Face of Personal and Organizational Adversity

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

Try as we may, adversity is unavoidable. Often unexpected, hardship comes into our lives in a variety of forms and levelsā€”a cancer diagnosis, a harsh public criticism, a mistake or accident with a detrimental outcome, an economic downturn or even a pandemic or natural disaster.

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

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

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

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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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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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Ultrasound Education Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 20, 2018

We are a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and Jesus followers who have a passion for using and teaching ultrasound, with the goal of equipping Christian international healthcare workers to incorporate ultrasound into their practice of medicine in the most challenging of settings.

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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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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

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

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

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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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Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 11, 2019

We are a community of Christian academic physicians and scientists who are committed to helping one another discern and live up to our faith-based calling. We endeavor to transform our academic communities through faith, fellowship, and scholarship.

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Family Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 11, 2019

The mission of the CMDA Family Medicine Section is to motivate, educate and equip Christian Family Physicians and Family Medicine Residents to show the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ to our patients and their families, our colleagues, communities, and the world we called to serve in His name.

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Allan Josephson, MD

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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CMDA’s The Point

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 15, 2018

A weekly blog keeping you updated on emerging topics relevant to today’s issues in healthcare written by CMDAā€™s staff and members. Perspectives and Opinions on Issues and News Topics is a publication of Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ®. Join the conversation with The Point, CMDA’s blog focusing on breaking news stories in bioethics and healthcare. CMDA’s experts contribute to the blog and also recommend additional resources and information.

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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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Understanding Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 5, 1997

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

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Atlanta

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

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

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

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Richmond

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

CMDA Richmond facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with likeminded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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Fellowship of Christian Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (FCPRS)

Fellowship of Christian Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (FCPRS)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 25, 2018

The purpose of the Fellowship of Christian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (FCPRS) is to encourage, educate and challenge members to engage in a deeper, more fulfilling walk with our Savior, equipping us to impact the lives of others with the gospel.

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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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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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Policy & Issues Home

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

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Policy and Issues homepage.

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The Marriage Viewpoint

The Marriage Viewpoint

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 1, 2012

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

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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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Member FAQ

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 12, 2018

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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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

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

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

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

Medical Missions | Clinical Medicine | Ethics

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Transgender Mandate

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 11, 2022

Transgender and Abortion Mandate Section 1557 Injunction Frequently Asked Questions In August 2021, a federal court issued a decision affirming the religious freedom right of CMDA members to avoid participating in gender transitions and abortions. And in August 2022, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed that previous decision. The following questions are intended to help CMDA members understand the valuable protection the order provides for…

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Rosemary Fernandez Stein, MD

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

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

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Phoenix

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 11, 2022

Bryan & Sharon Stoudt serve with CMDA in the Metro Phoenix Area. They enjoy helping Christian healthcare students and professionals thrive (not merely survive), and together have four (mostly) fantastic children. In their spare time, Bryan enjoys staying active and roasting coffee, while Sharon has a passion for all things French.

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Charlottesville

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 11, 2022

The Christian Medical Association at UVA exists to provide fellowship, encourage spiritual growth, and build authentic relationships both within the Christian community and the larger UVA medical community. Our desire is to serve and encourage both students and faculty and promote discussion on the intersection of faith and medicine. CMA is largely student-led and provides regular weekly meetings, Bible studies, and fellowship times. Other activities include an annual student retreat and occasional dinners with local physicians and residents.

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Kenneth E. Dudley, MD

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

Evidence-Based Faith

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CAHM – Long-Term Service

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 9, 2021

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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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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Schindler Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 26, 2021

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

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Washington Office

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

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

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2019 Missionary of the Year Award Michael G. Oā€™Callaghan, DDS

Member Awards

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 20, 2019

Join Now! Donate Now Member Awards One of the highlights each year during theĀ CMDA National ConventionĀ is the presentation of the Servant of Christ, Educator, Missionary and President’s Heritage Awards. You are invited to nominate CMDA colleagues for three of these four awards, while the Missionary of the Year Award is selected by the CMDE Commission. A one-page summary of the person’s achievements and why they…

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Ethical Issues Regarding Post-Fertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives

By Walt Larimore, MD | December 1, 2015

I have prescribed “the Pill” since 1978. My wife and I used the Pill for years, having no moral concerns about it. Then, in 1995 my friend and practice partner John Hartman, MD, showed me a patient information brochure–given to him by a friend–that claimed the Pill had a postfertilization effect causing “…the unrecognized loss of preborn children.”

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Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

By William J. Lawton, MD | December 16, 2013

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

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Our Duty to COVID-19 Patients

By Eric F. Hussar, MD | December 30, 2020

You see a 68-year-old male with diabetes and hypertension in the office for coughing, body aches and recent loss of taste and smell, whose symptoms started about three days ago. His pulse oximetry is 95 percent, and the lungs are clear. A COVID-19 test is run and comes back positive. He asks what can be done to decrease his risk for going to the hospital or even death. Unfortunately, you tell him, there are no easily accessible outpatient treatments for COVID-19, and you recommend he use over-the-counter treatments to help his symptoms and to let you know if he is getting significantly short of breath. There are times like this when we in the primary care realm can feel helpless or like thereā€™s not much we have to offer for patients. But is this truly the case for COVID-19?

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