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We are a CMDA ministry for women who are married to medical and dental students, residents, fellows, as well as staff physicians and dentists. We are a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that is evangelical in nature. We seek to encourage, support and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study and prayer. We commit to standing side by side our husbands, side by side our sisters in Christ and side by side our Lord. Click here to learn more about our ministry goals.

Side By Side began in 1988 in Rochester, Minnesota with six women meeting around a kitchen table. In 2003, we felt the Lord leading us to share that blessing with others. Today, we have more than 43 chapters in cities around the country. The women of Side By Side are from all over the world. They come from different backgrounds and different denominations and they are in different stages of their husband’s medical training. Some are physicians or dentists themselves. Each chapter meets the unique needs of its community. We invite you to join us on this journey, whether by joining a chapter, starting a chapter or praying for the ministry of Side By Side as a whole.

Many women who come to Side By Side have never attended a Bible study before, while others may have been in Bible studies all their lives. The great thing is that just doesn’t matter! We have found a common bond in the fact that we are all in a medical marriage and the journey that is this medical life is much more fun when you have a companion.

Side By Side has been a source of loving support, emotional bonding, prayer support, lots of food and of course lots of laughter. It also has been a source of babysitting connections, meals for new moms or those who are ill, medical advice and even job connections. But most important of all, through the ministry of Side By Side, the souls of many women, their children, and even their husbands have been won for Christ. It's an exciting place to be and we would love to have you join us!

We invite you to peruse our site and learn more about Side By Side. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. 


Standing by our husbands
Striving with our sisters
Walking with our Lord

Side By Side Chapter in
Rochester, MN

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Side By Side Chapter in
Columbus, Ohio