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  1. 1. Annual Issue Christian Medical and Dental Associations Atlanta Christian Doctor Stories About Changing Hearts in Healthcare Doctors take Hope to Honduras Reaching the Next Generation of Doctors Here in Atlanta 0 c356mdk56A 09 Morehouse Medical Student John Choi
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  3. 3. CMDA Atlanta Contact us: Inside 678.350.8539 CMDA Atlanta Area Director 4—Letter from the Director Rev. Bill Reichart, M.Div. 5—Interview with Medical Student Trey Nunnery CMDA Atlanta Leadership Council 6,7—Bringing Hope to Honduras Dr. Rick Boden Dr. Ken Rutledge Dr. Huck Whitener 8—Stop Human Trafficking in Atlanta Dr. Mark Huffman Dr. Don Shaffer 9—Reaching the Next Generation of Doctors Dr. John Galloway Dr. Eddie Needham 10—Strategic Ministry Partnerships Dr. Jana Bacote Dr. Roberto Diaz Dr. David Ballard 11—Connecting with CMDA Atlanta Dr. Steven Brantley Dr. Paul Espy 13—Upcoming Events Dr. Ryan Cantwell Dr. Yong Kim 14—Tweeting for Jesus 15—Going into the Jamaican Prisons 16—A Life Transformed by the Gospel 17—Irresistible Evangelism Christian Medical and Dental Associations pro- vides programs and services supporting its mis- 18—New Ministry @ Mercer sion to "change hearts in healthcare" with a cur- rent membership of more than 15,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects through its mission arm, Global Health Outreach; coordinates a network of Christian doctors for fellowship and profes- sional growth and sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools. 3
  4. 4. From The Director In this annual issue of Atlanta Christian Doctor my hope is that you will get a taste of what God has done this past year through Christian Medical and Dental Associations here in Atlanta. It has truly been an exciting year for CMDA Atlanta. First of all, it has been a year of new beginnings. As many of you know this is my first year as Atlanta’s area director. The baton was passed on by the outgoing director. Brian Fox, who is now working with Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and their Missions team. I am so grateful for the firm foundation Brian established in the 3 years he gave leadership to CMDA here in Atlanta. The reason why we were able to accomplish so much this year is because of Brian’s faithful service and sacrifice. His legacy is truly felt here in Atlanta. Second, it has been encouraging to see how God has allowed us to build on that firm foundation. Atlanta is a big city, with an even bigger, sprawling metropolitan area. Therefore Atlanta has so many new and untapped opportu- nities to trust Him for. For instance we have been able to see God open the door for strategic ministry partnerships throughout the city. God is building His Kingdom, but to be part of that, God’s people are needing to discover inno- vative ways to cooperate and collaborate together (p.10). Also we’ve seen God open a new door in starting a CMDA chapter at Mercer University here in Atlanta (p. 18). It was an opportunity that we didn’t cultivate, rather God merely opened the door big and wide for us to step through. Much of what we are seeing happen with CMDA here in Atlanta has nothing to do with us kicking down doors, rather it has all to do with God going before us and opening the doors for us to walk through. (Psalm 127) The stories of God at work aren’t going to end in 2009 but more stories will be told well into 2010 and beyond. In 2010, there is still so much more work to be done in reaching out to the next generation of doctors and medical professionals at Emory, Morehouse, Mercer, and Georgia—PCOM (pp. 5,9, 16). Also, medical missions continue to propel CMDA Atlanta forward as we bring medicine and the gospel to the least, the last and the lost (pp. 6,7,15) throughout the world and right here in Atlanta. And lastly in 2010 we will continue with our mission to equip and encourage doctors and dentists by helping them integrate their faith and practice of medicine. This is the heartbeat of what we do as CMDA (pp. 8,13). May God be glorified by all we do here in Atlanta. Serving Him, Bill Reichart 4 CMDA Atlanta Area Director
  5. 5. Interview CMDA had a chance to sit down with first year Emory medical student, Trey Nun- nery to discover the lessons learned as a new med school student. What has been the biggest challenge for you as an M1 at Emory? Since enrolling into medical school directly from college, I would have to say that ad- justing to the demands of a disciplined class schedule has been a real challenge. I really do have to wake up at a decent hour, use my study time efficiently, and think about ways to maintain balance between school and life. What one thing surprised you so far about your medical school experience and why? I have really enjoyed getting to know all of my classmates on a personal level. I am truly impressed by how unique and thoroughly outstanding they all are. I feel honored to be apart of a class that accomplishes so much in the classroom and then jumps at the opportunity to participate in volunteer service opportunities on their weekends. For example, one of my best memories so far was waking up early on a Saturday morning for EUSOM Service Day and then joining a group to go help build a home for Habitat for Humanity. I did not expect this kind of enthusi- asm from a medical school class. How did you get connected with CMDA? Coming from a supportive and encouraging undergrad experience with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Georgia, I knew that I wanted to become involved with a similar Christian organiza- tion on Emory’s campus. After finding the CMDA table at the medical stu- dent activities fair and talking to Jodi Turner, an M2, and Dr. Rick Boden, I knew I had found the right place for me. Given all the challenges to your time and energy as a M1, why is it im- portant to you to invest your time in CMDA? In other words- why be involved? Being involved with CMDA is exactly what I need as the intensity of my life increases. Everyday I realize more and more how beneficial an encouraging community of fellow Christians truly is for my spiritual growth. I know that my classmates and I appreciate the support and guidance from CMDA’s physician and non-physician mentors as we face some of the challenging situations and tough questions inherent in a medical education. CMDA is an oasis for me and so many other students. It is here where we are able to connect with fellow classmates, M2’s, and mentors. But more importantly, it is with CMDA that we are able to learn and discuss God’s word and then dis- cern its impact on our lives now and in the future. How do you see your involvement with CMDA helping you years from now, as you continue on in your career in medicine? I know that my connection to CMDA will help to strengthen and solidify my identity as a Christian physician in the community. To me, there is no greater gift than realizing as a medical student and future physician that one’s God -given purpose is to glorify Him in all that we do. And even though we will stumble along this path, He is always encouraging us through our Christian brothers and sisters and wanting us to say, “Yes!” to his everlasting love. 5
  6. 6. Bringing Hope to Honduras What an adventure! This past year CMDA Atlanta sent two medi- cal teams to Honduras. In March a team of 38 doctors, dentists, medical students and logistical personnel went to Tela, a coastal city on the Caribbean. And in July a team of 33 set up a clinic in the town of San Marcos de Colon, only 15 minutes away from the Nicaraguan border. During each trip, God gave us unique challenges and opportuni- ties while in Honduras. For instance while in San Marcos we were able to see 1,400 pa- tients from San Marcos as well as visit 3 surrounding remote villages of El Rodeo, Yusguare, and Duyure. And throughout the week, just over 150 people indicated decisions for Jesus Christ! And in Tela, not only did we see over 1,200 patients in both the clinic and the hospital, but our children’s ministry team had a chance to go into the local schools and was able to share Christ with over 2,000 children. Medicine and the preaching of the gospel are a powerful combination. That’s because during Jesus’ ministry (i.e. Matthew 9), you see Him not only healing the sick, the lame and the blind—but at the same time He is preaching the Kingdom of God. When people’s lives are touched by a healing hand and made whole, it represents a picture of the future Kingdom—a time of new creation, resurrection, complete healing and wholeness. Come and join us in 2010 by going overseas in order to make a Kingdom difference with medicine. 6
  7. 7. Medical Missions Trips in 2010 March 13-21—Tela, Honduras June/July—TBA September 17-27—Tenwek Hospital, Kenya Join Us! For more information call: 678.350.8539 7
  8. 8. Human Trafficking -Every 3 seconds, a child is born. -Every 2 minutes, a child is sold as a sex slave. -250 adolescent girls are exploited each month in Georgia. -The average age of a victim is 14. -In the US, 1.7 million children run away from home each year. -90% of them become part of the sex trade industry. On October 22nd. at Intown Community Church in Decatur, CMDA sponsored it’s quarterly city-wide event on the issue of Human Trafficking . Kaffie McCullough, from “Juvenile Justice Fund” , and Phil and Stacey Cobb, director of Urban Ministries from North Avenue Presbyterian church, spoke to CMDA about Human Trafficking here in Atlanta and how medical profes- sionals can engage in the issue. Both Kaffie and Phil are on the frontlines of this issue here in Atlanta. Phil’s wife, Stacey, also spoke to the doctors and med students because of her understanding of the issue as well as being a pediatric resident at Emory. Why tackle this issue? C.S. Lewis said this about courage- "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky." In this day and age, we are in desperate need of people with courage. Courage to confront the evil in the world around us. Human trafficking presents such an evil. Courage will help us to confront this evil that has become so prevalent and insidious - an evil that is right in our own very backyard. In fact, information gathered by ‘s website showed a recent arrest of a sex trafficking ring operating in Marietta. And recently two Atlanta sex traf- ficking rings were arrested in a nationwide law enforcement sting. The plight of human trafficking is all around us, and medical professionals, more than others are going to be called upon to confront this issue on the front lines. Go to and click on this button on the sidebar to get resources provided from this event on Human Trafficking. 8
  9. 9. Reaching the Next Generation of Doctors Hear what students are saying about CMDA…. God has used CMDA in my walk with the Lord by opening my heart to fellowship, and my heart to openly walking in faith and incorporating my faith with all aspects of my life. Also it has shown me that I can be a doctor and a Christian and I don't have to check my Christianity at the door. - Heather Clemons, student with Morehouse School of Medicine, ‘11  God has used CMDA in my walk with the Lord by providing me with a group of brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage me on my journey with Him. Thanks to this organization, I have regular opportunities to worship and fellowship with fellow medical students and physicians, which I wouldn't be able to do other- wise. CMDA has also strengthened my relationship with the Lord by embracing missionary projects like trips to Honduras and Cargo of Dreams. - Jacqui O’Kane, student with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medi- cine, Georgia Campus, ‘12 CMDA Atlanta is reaching out to emerging medical doctors and professionals throughout Atlanta at Emory School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University of Atlanta, and the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine. 9
  10. 10. Strategic Ministry Partnerships Pictured: The Mobile Dental Clinic at Brookwood Baptist Church this past fall CMDA is about building God’s Kingdom. That’s a goal that CMDA Atlanta can’t do alone. Pursuing a Kingdom sized goal requires us to partnership with churches and other like minded organizations. Within our partnerships we are mobilizing doctors and medical professionals for international missions as well as helping the underserved throughout Atlanta. Our church partnerships have allowed us to effectively provide medical care for the underserved throughout Atlanta. Partnerships include organizations and churches such as the Good Samaritan clinics in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Cobb Counties, First Baptist Church of Woodstock ‘s medical fair and clinic for the underserved in Cherokee county and Brookwood Baptist’s medical and dental clinic in Gwinnett county Also, in cooperation with Atlanta’s Nursing Christian Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian PAs, we are able to reach out more effectively within the medical schools and campuses throughout Atlanta. If you are aware of any other strategic partnership opportunities here in Atlanta, please contact CMDA Atlanta. Get some CMDA “swag” Check out CMDA Atlanta’s online store. We have an assortment of CMDA items and apparel, including some swag representing CMDA At- lanta's 3 Medical schools. Here is the imprint on the back of the shirt which is also included on other merchandise. Go to and click on “SHOP” 10
  11. 11. Become a CMDA Atlanta Facebook Fan! Connecting with CMDA Atlanta Facebook: Twitter: 11
  12. 12. Consider joining us for one of January 10 - 13, 2010 Snowbird, UT the weekends in 2010 February 19 - 21, 2010 Charleston, SC For more information about the September 10 - 12, 2010 Vancouver, BC (Can) Marriage Enrichment Weekends go to or call (423) 844- October 1 - 3, 2010 Memphis, TN 1000
  13. 13. Upcoming Events Healthcare to the Poor and Underserved—Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 7pm @ Intown Community Church in Decatur, GA. In partnership with Nursing Christian Fellowship, CMDA will be hosting Dr. Rick Donlon, founding physician of Christ Community Health Services. Dr. Donlon will be speaking about his work bringing healthcare to the poor and underserved communities. International Medical Volunteerism Conference —April 16- 18, 2010 This conference is sponsored by Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Mercer University. The conference will be held at Emory Medical School. Medical Missions Trips for 2010: March 13-21, 2010—Tela, Honduras June/July—TBA September 17-27, 2010—Tenwek Hospital, Kenya Global Missions Health Conference— November 11-13, 2010 in Louisville, KY. Visit for more information. 13
  14. 14. Tweeting for Jesus by Bill Reichart, CMDA Atlanta Area Director I have a confession to make. I Tweet. In other words, I am a Twitter user. Perhaps many of you are scratching your heads saying, What is Twitter? or Why the appeal? Unfortunately I can’t go into any length on the attraction of Twitter for me, but suffice it to say, Twitter is one of the most rapidly growing sites on the internet. The amount of users signing on everyday is staggering. From a recent article posted on the web, Twitter users reached 9.3 million, an increase of more than 5 million visitors, or 131%, from it’s previous month. That kind of explosive growth of Twitter got me thinking of just how the church grows. The church is meant not to be a static institution but rather it is a dynamic and explosive movement. In the early church, we see examples of that explosive growth. Luke writes: "And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Je- sus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. So those who received his word were bap- tized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls." -Acts 2:38-41 Throughout Acts and these passages you can see the tangible and exponential growth. Acts:1:15 = 120 believers; Acts:2:41 = 3000 believers; Acts:2:47 = The Lord added to their number; Acts:4:4 = 5000 believers Acts:5:14 = more and more... Believed; Acts:6:7 = the num- ber increased rapidly There is an expectancy that where the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes out -people believe, lives change and the Kingdom grows. That is what I am believing and praying for Atlanta. God is already on the move throughout Atlanta, in the medical schools, throughout the hospi- tals, and within the churches. But as you read the many Kingdom stories in this magazine, please join with me in praying for the doctors, dentists, medical students and other healthcare providers here in Atlanta. Prayer is and must continue to be the foundation of all we do with CMDA here in Atlanta. 14
  15. 15. Bringing Christ to the Prisons Hey Mon! In early November a team of 15 doctors and medical providers, including Bill Reichart, At- lanta Area Director, Atlanta Radiologist Dr. Steve Brantley and his daughter Alison went into the Jamaican prisons in order to provide basic medical and dental care. Our team was able to provide medical and dental assistance to inmates of five prisons in Kingston, Jamaica - - Tower Street Correctional Centre, Diamond Crest Juvenile Correctional Institute, St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, Richmond Farm Male Correctional Centre, and Ft. Augusta Women's Prison. Mark Hardy, the Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Jamaica commented to the local press about our trip by saying, “We hope we have reduced suffering, and saved lives. This medical team, assisted by PF Jamaica volunteers, has definitely touched the lives of people in need of physical and spiritual healing.” This trip, planned in cooperation with government and prison authorities, was able to provide medical care to over 600 prisoners as well as to prison staff. 15
  16. 16. Transformed Life Below is an email that a CMDA doctor received from a med student within their mentoring small group. God is at work in bringing medical students to Christ simply through the faithfulness of students who love the Lord and who are willing to share their life and their love for the Lord with other med students. Here is the email: “I wanted to share with you a bit from an incredible conversation I just had with my roommate. I asked her if she would share with me the story of the spiritual journey she's been on over the past few years. She told me this incredible story of how God carried her on this journey without her even knowing she was on a journey until just recently. During our 1st year of med school when she didn't even believe God existed, she saw something she really loved and admired "radiating" from me and 2 other Christians in our class. She said there was some- thing really different in the way we acted and treated other people and the only common denominator she could come up with was that we were all 3 Christians. She also said she felt really comfortable around me b/c I'm "so normal and not weird at all" and yet somehow everyone knows I'm a Christian. She said all of that was God loving her through other people, which was so gracious of Him b/c she didn't even believe He existed. So then she went through a long period where she wished she could believe in God b/c she could see how it could change people's hearts, but she just didn't be- lieve and she couldn't force it. She tried going to Bible study but had some bad experiences and then she just quit trying. Then this spring she kind of on a whim decided to start going to church b/c a friend of ours said "You know you're always welcome to come to church with me." And that was just the right thing at just the right time. So she started coming to church with us with no intention of believing in anything. Then she started noticing that all the sermons she heard really made sense to her, and she realized she kind of agreed with them. And then she started really agreeing with the sermons. And one Sunday she went to church not believing and some time during the service she just realized that she actually believed in God and Jesus and she was okay with that. She actually really liked the fact that she believed it. She said it was such a relief because she wasn't trying to force it and she wasn't faking it. She just believed. So now she's still trying to figure out how this fits into who she is and how this might change the rest of her life. But her relationship with God is the big- gest part of who she is now and she really likes that about herself. And she said the most amazing thing is that she never did any of it. God did it all. I told her how I can see a change in her and I knew she believed in Jesus now even though she hadn't told me. I told her I could just tell something was different because she has loved me so well and been such an encouragement to me this spring. And she said, "It's definitely not me. It's God through me." She said a lot of other really awesome things, but that's the basic story. How beautiful is that? How great is our God? Such a perfect picture of His love for us, even when we refuse to acknowledge Him.” 16
  17. 17. Irresistible Evangelism by Bill Reichart, CMDA Atlanta Area Director On the last page you had a chance to read the story of a young med school student whose life was turned toward Christ because fellow students showed them Jesus through their kindness and friendship. Although it was encouraging to read that student’s story, my disappointment is that we don’t have the opportunity to hear those stories often enough. My heart and passion is to see medical students en- counter Christ in order that their lives would be transformed by His loving grace. In late September I was at CMDA’s National headquarters in Bristol, TN for our annual Field Staff confer- ence. During our time, I had the chance to connect with area directors all across the country, receive training and equipping and learn what God is mightily doing at medical schools throughout the U.S. But it was one of the discussions ,led by Will Gunnels—CMDA Southern Regional Director, on the book Irre- sistible Evangelism, that really captured my attention. The discussion involved how to train and encourage our student leaders to do more effective and mean- ingful evangelism so that students become Christ-followers during medical and dental school. According to the book, Irresistible Evangelism, building bridges into the lives of other students will come about when we are intentional in 4 areas- Active Kindness, Active Listening, Active Wondering, Active Shar- ing. Active Kindness is when we capture other’s attention by going out of our way to serve and show God’s love in practical ways to those around us. Active Listening is being intentional to care about others by truly listening. Active Wondering is being curious about the other person by asking meaningful ques- tions that may point them to thinking about their faith and spiritual journey. Active sharing is telling others our faith story and experience. “Evangelism” need not be a ugly and scary word—it ultimately comes down to showing people Jesus by serving others, caring for them, being genuinely interested in them and sharing our lives with them. I am convinced that here in Atlanta we need to be pressing these truths down deep into the lives and hearts of every Christian first year that walks through the doors of Morehouse, Emory, Mercer and PCOM and into our ministry. 17
  18. 18. New Ministry @ Mercer In fall of 2009 we started discussions about begin- ning a student chapter of CMDA at Mercer University here in Atlanta. Mercer University in Atlanta helps train health professionals through their Physician Assistant, Pharmacy and Nursing Schools. Go to our CMDA YouTube video channel where you can watch an interview with Brad Schwarz, Director of the PA program at Mercer. 18
  19. 19. Partners in Ministry Christian Medical and Dental Associations in Atlanta relies solely on the prayer and financial part- nership of doctors, dentists, medical professionals and community leaders. Your gifts help raise up the next generation of Christian doctors. Your generosity brings hope, healing and the gospel to the underserved around the world. And Your financial partnership helps transform the lives of doctors, dentists, nurses and medi- cal professionals with the gospel throughout the Atlanta area. Help underwrite this crucial ministry by making a gift today. You can do so by visiting: www.
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