Mission: Cmda motivates, educates and equips christian healthcare professionals to glorify god by serving with professional excellence as witnesses of christ's love and compassion to all peoples and advancing biblical principles of healthcare within the church and to our culture.
Programs: Cmda's global health outreach ministry (gho) coordinated 44 short-term medical, dental and surgical mission trips to developing countries this year, with approximately 1,041 qualified volunteers seeing 57,861 patients. Gho combines evangelistic outreach with desperately needed healthcare to demonstrate the love and compassion of christ in a material way. National doctors in needy countries are also invited to join our teams and learn new techniques/information as our physicians, nurses, dentists and other medical personnel share their knowledge and faith. Cmda's medical education international program (mei) is a short-term missions program that sends teams to teach in international academic or clinical settings to bring transformation by advancing medical, dental, bioethical and educational knowledge while sharing the gospel. Mei accomplished this goal this year through the services of 169 volunteers on 40 teams that travelled to 13 countries.
regional campus and community ministries:cmda staff and members support and serve in a variety of activities on campus (for healthcare students) and in local communities (for graduate physician, dentists and other healthcare professionals). These include bible studies, prayer breakfasts, sharing groups, conferences and service projects. Cmda has campus ministries on 282 healthcare campuses, with an average of more than 12,000 students participating, including medical, dental, physician assistant, nursing and other students. Regional directors, area directors, associate staff, faculty advisors and training student leaders oversee these activities. Each year, numerous volunteers participate in one of the many cmda outreach programs.
conferences and seminars:cmda seeks to encourage, train and equip healthcare professionals and students in their professional lives by providing conferences on evangelism, marriage, bioethical issues, women in healthcare, family and more. National conventions and regional seminars allow members to network with colleagues, hear renowned christian speakers and discuss professional and spiritual issues. Cmda is approved to offer category 1 continuing medical education (cme) for physicians, as well as continuing dental education (cde) for dentists. Cmda offers continuing medical and dental educational credits in the usa and on some gho and mei mission trips, as well as in an annual overseas conference for missionaries and national doctors to provide their required yearly continuing education requirements which may have been difficult for the missionaries to otherwise obtain.
other national ministries such as our placement services, endowments, resource sales, as well as many other various small ministries.
It is with a heavy heart that I leave a negative review for this organization which exists, ostensibly, to provide medical and dental services to the world's poor. Our staff and partners hosted a team of more than a dozen doctors and dentists from GHO in Yangon, Burma. For 14 days our personnel provided transportation, lunch, and guide services for the team at considerable expense of time and money. Our staff of national leaders operate on a shoestring budget as they provide a home and education to 33 abandoned and orphaned children. Imagine our surprise when this large team of professionals from America left the country after 14 days and provided only $850 to their hosts. This amount was not even enough to cover the expenses of food and gasoline, to say nothing of the man-hours involved in hosting them and, which is more egregious, to say nothing of the shameful act of refusing to participate in the daily ministry of providing for the needs 33 orphans! We felt used and exploited to provide touristic services for the benefit of a wealthy American nonprofit at the expense of their in-country hosts.
I feel sure that the doctors and dentists involved would be horrified to learn that the little orphanage they visited actually lost money on the GHO team and footed some of the expenses of their trip. The orphanage is in dire need of so many things and yet none of the team members or any of the leadership from GHO cared to even ask. Their purpose seemed focused on getting served, not serving and to pay as little as possible for those services.
I hope the leadership of GHO will reevaluate the exploitative nature of the paltry remuneration and support they offer to their hosts. For out part, we are developing a "minimum support policy" to protect our partners and friends in Myanmar and elsewhere from being exploited by team-sending organizations in the future.