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Ministry Overview

Christian Medical & Dental Associations exist to motivate, educate and equip Christian physicians and dentists to glorify God. CMDA is a national organization with over 19,000 Christian doctors, dentists, healthcare professionals and students practicing across the world whose purpose is to change hearts in healthcare.

Founded in 1931 by students at Northwestern University Medical School, CMDA has grown tremendously, now with more than 40 ministry outreach programs. One of the core ministries of CMDA continues to be working with students on nearly 250 medical, dental, osteopathic and podiatry school campuses across the country in an effort to create the kind of doctors we all want and hope for – healthcare professionals who are competent, compassionate and focus on the patient more than the disease. CMDA trains students and graduates in leadership skills for effective practice and ministry as well as providing annual regional conferences to train student leaders to lead their own individual campus ministries.

Each year CMDA organizes and leads over 50 international medical-dental teams, helps start clinics for the poor and underserved and sponsors student and resident rotations in developing countries. Over 650 of its members are career missionary doctors serving those who are less fortunate located around the world.

Educating our members is an important part of our mission. CMDA produces and distributes educational and inspirational resources; provides missionary doctors with continuing education resources; and conducts international academic exchange programs.

CMDA serves as the voice of its members to the media, churches and government speaking out on bioethical, health and human rights issues. As well as responses to the media, CMDA represents its members on the national level by providing experts for congressional testimony. Through its many endeavors, CMDA is fulfilling its vision: transformed doctors, transforming the world.