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Do you want to know the latest information and news about today's important healthcare topics? 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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Latest Posts

Family vs. Physician

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | July 19, 2018

How do you feel when you have a patient who is also a physician? Or a patient whose close family member is a physician? I have been pondering this idea as I explained some medical information to several family members. In what ways can I be helpful to the situation, and where do I want to avoid making more work for the doctor caring for my family?

An Embryo by Any Other Name

By David Prentice, PhD | July 12, 2018

Some recent stories illustrate the continuing obsession, by some in the scientific community, with trying to make embryos in a way that “gets around” the ethical and legal barriers erected to protect young human life. Dr. David Prentice explores these recent attempts.

New Federal Rule Protects Conscience and Opens the Door to Pro-Life Family Planning Programs

By Jonathan Imbody | July 05, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Jonathan Imbody shares about a new proposed federal rule that, if finalized after a public comment period ending July 31, will allow pro-life medical professionals and programs to finally take advantage of family planning grants opportunities.

HIV Education and How Not To Do It

By Andrè Van Mol, MD | June 28, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Andre Van Mol shares his recent review of school sex education curricula in California and how some of the courses were inaccurate, likely misleading and harmful to students.

The Rise of Blastoids

By D. Joy Riley, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 21, 2018

Dr. Joy Riley raises several ethical questions introduced by the production of “blastoids,” embryo-like structures from stem cells in a recent study.

The Oath Revisited

In 2017, the World Medical Association published its newest version of an updated oath, which they call a pledge. The difference in this choice of wording presages the difference in meaning and content between the original Hippocratic Oath, and the World Medical Association Pledge. Drs. Cranston and Cheshire discuss these differences in this week’s blog post.

Intolerance of Conscience Threatens Diversity in Medicine

By Jonathan Imbody | June 11, 2018

In his continuing series on conscience in healthcare, Jonathan Imbody discusses how sometimes we need our physicians, who often are among the few people with whom we can share personal information under the protection of privacy, to inform and even challenge our health choices.

Being Normal…Weight, That Is

By Amy Givler, MD | May 30, 2018

Dr. Amy Givler is a family physician whose patients come from rural Louisiana. Too many are overweight. But during her first 28 years of practice, she didn’t have much to offer them. After stumbling upon the ketogenic diet, she now is healthier and is focusing on offering valuable nutritional advice to her patients.

Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs Report

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | May 24, 2018

The much-anticipated CEJA report on physician-assisted suicide was finally issued this month. Many individuals and organizations submitted oral and written testimony to CEJA, including CMDA and our members. In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Stevens breaks down the committee’s results and how you can get involved moving forward.

Praying with Patients

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | May 16, 2018

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath explores what a variety of secular physicians have to say about praying with patients in the exam room. It’s a topic that is vastly important to Christian healthcare professionals. Not surprisingly, there was a wide range of options among secular physicians.

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