OUR MISSION & VISION

TRANSFORMING LIVES BY THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL THROUGH MEDICINE

 

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations of South Central Pennsylvania (CMDA South Central PA) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating, and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel. CMDA South Central PA's vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA's, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

Where we are involved

Schools & Campuses

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine - Hershey
Penn State College of Medicine - University Park
Penn State Pre-Med - University Park

Meetings & Activities

Connecting with local healthcare professionals
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Lunch Lectures
Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Dinner / Bible study

Events & Conferences

CMDA Northeast Conference
CMDA National Convention
Marriage Enrichment Weekends

Bible Studies
Campus Prayer
Dinners
Local Service Projects
Social Outings

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States

Spiritual Oasis for Strengthening Faith While Practicing Healthcare

As students begin their healthcare training at Penn State and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, they encounter new experiences that consume their time, confront them with enormous pressure, and challenge them with competing world views. CMDA seeks to be a spiritual oasis amidst the storm. We facilitate connections with other students and experienced professionals to strengthen both their faith and their careers. Through mentoring, missions, networking, and faith-based healthcare teaching - students are given the tools needed to build a spiritually thriving healthcare profession.

 

Students, alumni, and healthcare professionals serve in a number of places inspired by Christian Community Health Fellowship, Global Health Outreach, Global Missions Health Conference, MedSend, Samaritan's Purse, and Urbana Student Missions Conference.

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Our focus

Through the ministry of CMDA South Central Pennsylvania, students and professionals are encouraged to extend the love of Jesus to others throughout their educational journey and practice. Unique needs and pressures of medical students and physicians are addressed through Bible studies, mentorships, missions, networks, and peer relationships. Your partnership enables Tom Grosh IV to speak into the lives of students such as Jayde ('19) through campus fellowships: "Tom plays a vital role in leadership, continuity, and support for our Christian Medical Society [CMS]. Without Tom's help and guidance, CMS would not be able to provide its strong Christian community to the medical students at Penn State. He helps water our spiritual roots!" Ministry extends to practicing healthcare professionals. Matthew Montgomery, M.D., chair of the CMDA South Central Pennsylvania board, shares with students and colleagues what he learned through a CMDA Global Health Outreach, "The reason I work long hours and endure the stress of surgery practice is to bring glory to Jesus. I've found new meaning in life where I use my skills and abilities to serve God by serving others and pointing them to the Lord. God has blessed me and my practice beyond what I thought possible. My emptiness has been replaced with purpose and fulfillment. I serve Him out of deep gratitude for all He has done. It doesn't get much better than that." Your prayer and financial partnership, directed by the Holy Spirit, is essential to changing hearts in healthcare in South Central Pennsylvania.

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As students begin their healthcare training at Penn State and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, they encounter new experiences that consume their time, confront them with enormous pressure, and challenge them with competing world views.

CMDA seeks to be a spiritual oasis amidst the storm. We facilitate connections with other students and experienced professionals to strengthen both their faith and their careers. Through mentoring, missions, networking, and faith-based healthcare teaching - students are given the tools needed to build a spiritually thriving healthcare profession.

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CMDA South Central PA

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Tom Grosh IV, DMin

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Through a decade of interactions with current and future healthcare professionals as a CMDA affiliate staff at the Penn State College of Medicine's Christian Medical Society (CMS) / CMDA, the Lord ignited in Tom Grosh IV a passion to devote his next season of ministry to transforming lives with the Gospel through healthcare. Tom brings to CMDA in South Central PA over 20 years of experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. Most recently he served as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (2012-2018). His responsibilities included conferencing, digital ministries, fund development, networking, and resource development.

Tom has completed a B.S. in Biology (Grove City College), a M.A. in Higher Education (Geneva College), a M.A.R. in Spiritual Formation (Evangelical Seminary), and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction (Evangelical Seminary), and a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry to Emerging Generations (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). He is licensed in the Brethren in Christ Church, U.S.

Tom and his wife Theresa grew up in Lancaster County, PA. They met while attending Donegal High School. Currently, Tom and Theresa are active members of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, where they serve in a number of ministry capacities. The Lord has blessed them with four children: Hayley, Ellen, Eden, and Lily.