CME Information

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM hours. 15.75 Credits for the Conference and 6.5 Credits for the NFP Forum.

The Natural Family Planning (NFP) Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th; an additional registration fee is required for the NFP Forum.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and the Catholic Medical Association (CMA). Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AMA Designation Statement
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s) TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity, Medicine at The Service of Marriage & Family: Transforming the Culture with Truth and Love, with a beginning date of 09/06/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines. Nurse practitioners may receive up to 22.25 credits for completing this activity.

Physician Assistant
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. by an organization accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive up to 22.25 credits for completing this activity.

This educational activity has been approved by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   21.75 contact hours approved.

The American Osteopathic Association has approved 10.5 CME Credit Hours of Category 1-A for this conference.


Intended Audience
This activity is intended for physicians, osteopathic physicians, dental surgeons, dentists, physicians in training (e.g. residents, interns, and medical students), nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, hospital administrators, medical students and allied health professional students, scientists, members of the clergy, seminarians, and people of good will (general public).

Conference Overview
“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the world in which we live.” This prophetic quote from Pope John Paul II sets the theme for the Catholic Medical Association’s 2017 Annual Education Conference.  In answering the call to the vocation of medicine, physicians and other health care professionals have the privilege and responsibility of caring for fellow human beings in various stages of illness and health.  However, patients are not merely “broken bodies” in need of fixing.  Catholic medical professionals recognize each person as, “made in the image of God,” with an immortal soul that animates the body and makes visible God’s real presence in the world.  Catholic medicine guides those in the healing professions in restoring the integrity of the body and soul to allow individuals to fulfill their God-given vocation.

Often overlooked in our care for the patient is their relationship with spouse, family, and friends.  Patients are simultaneously individuals and in relationship: son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father, and friend.  No relationship is more fundamental to the health of individuals and society than that of marriage and family.  Described by Pope John Paul II as, “The School of Love,” family is where individuals learn to express and receive love of God and neighbor.  As the fundamental “cell of society,” families educate, nurture, support, & socialize individuals for society.  When medicine is at the service of the patient AND their marriages and families, medical professionals can change the family, the nation, and the world in which we live.

There is a significant breakdown of the family today.   Medical professionals have a unique opportunity to support and strengthen the family.   Over a million children experience divorce of their parents each year in the United States.   This is roughly half of the annual number of children born into married households.   Creating stronger families and marriages leads to better health outcomes by supporting the whole person physically, psychologically, intellectually and spiritually.    This conference will address many aspects of families from marriages, children and society as well as concrete ways that healthcare professionals can better support families, marriages, children and society as a whole.

Educational Objectives

After attending this conference, a participant should be able to:

  1. Understand the Creighton Model System, NaPro Technology, the Marquette Model of Natural Family Planning and discuss the various biological markers to obtain pertinent information on the phases of fertility and infertility, and the state of the woman’s procreative and gynecological health.
  1. Differentiate human emotions and their role in human acts, specifically in the patient-physician relationship. Formulate for medical professionals the principles of Christian anthropology that explain the relationship of the human body and soul. Included is the significance of the identification of the human being as a “person” and its applicability to healthcare professionals.
  1. Understand the effects of burnout on the physician, their loved ones and their patients. Explain how seeing the profession of medicine as a “calling” contributes to physician well-being and how developing leadership skills in the CMA increases a sense of professional accomplishment and career satisfaction, which are important tactics for preventing/treating burnout. Describe Life Centered Mentoring and how to integrate it into your medical practice.
  1. Better understand how the family is the basic unit and building block of society and fundamental to the life of the society, and how marriage supports the institution of the family and how healthcare providers can contribute to the health of families by contributing the health of individual members, including their spiritual health, and by encouraging families to stay together. Understand the effects that contraception, abortion, addiction, same sex attraction and pornography have on marriage, family and society.
  1. Better understand End-of-Life issues regarding family, the elderly, conscience rights, Catholic teaching, nutrition and hydration, suffering and the role of physician/nurse/healthcare provider during this journey.
  1. Better understand how medical practice is shaped by epistemology, history and the different analogies of a physician as scientist, technician, teacher, gardener and servant. Identify strategies that help Catholic physicians and medical providers do their work consistent with Catholic values and teaching.