Right of conscience

and Cultural Change in Medicine

Feb. 29, 2020 • 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. • Northwest Bible Church


What does a medical professional do when the law requires a practice which their conscience believes is wrong? This area is becoming a challenge for believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. How should medical professionals deal with these tensions and what may lie ahead for us in an ever-changing culture? Join us as we explore the medical, legal, and theological implications of these situations that regularly arise, including issues of gender and sexuality, end of life care, and beginning of life care.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Christian Medical & Dental Associations and The Hendricks Center of Dallas Theological Seminary. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AMA Designation Statement

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistant AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™ by an organization accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive up to 4.25 credits for completing this activity.

Nurse Practitioner

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines. Nurse practitioners may receive up to 4.25 credits for completing this activity.

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February 29, 2020 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

8:30 am

Doors Open

9:00 am

Rights of conscience and the practice of medicine

10:00 Am

coffee break

10:30 am


11:30 am


12:30 Pm

breakout session 1

The Hippocratic Oath and Beginning of Life Issues with Donna Harrison, MD

End of Life with Farr Curlin, MD

Conscience Rights, Sexuality and Gender, and the Medical Professional – Understanding the Challenge with André Von Mol, MD

1:30 pm


1:40 Pm

breakout session 2

The Hippocratic Oath and Beginning of Life Issues with Donna Harrison, MD

End of Life with Farr Curlin, MD

Conscience Rights, Sexuality and Gender, and the Medical Professional – Understanding the Challenge with André Von Mol, MD

2:40 pm


2:50 Pm

The right way to protect your rights

4:00 pm

conference concludes


Northwest Bible Church
8505 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, TX 75225


Farr A. Curlin, MD, is Josiah C. Trent professor of medical humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine; co-director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School; and director of the Arete Initiative in Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. At Duke, Dr. Curlin practices hospice and palliative medicine, and he works with colleagues across the university to develop opportunities for education and scholarship at the intersection of theology, medicine and culture. Dr. Curlin’s work focuses on the relevance of religious ideas and practices for the doctor-patient relationship, the moral and professional formation of clinicians, and care for patients at the end of life.

Scott B. Rae is senior advisor to the President, dean of faculty and professor of Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, as well as a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Wilberforce Forum and an author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has consulted with several southern California hospitals in ethics for 15 years, and his primary interests are in bioethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He is married to his wife, Sally, with three grown sons, Taylor, Cameron and Austin.

Reed Smith has been the director of litigation at Christian Legal Society since July 2019, representing clients in religious liberty and conscience issues, submitting amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, and preparing comment letters to federal agencies regarding conscience regulations. Reed has an extensive litigation background, managing litigations for both plaintiffs and defendants, helping secure millions of dollars for his clients through settlements. Reed received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Florida. Prior to law school, Reed served as a journeyman missionary to Poland through the International Mission Board.

Donna Harrison, M.D.is a board- certified obstetrician and gynecologist since 1990, currently serving as executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest non-sectarian pro-life physician organization in the world. She teaches post graduate seminars at Trinity International University in Illinois at the annual Center for Bio Ethics and Human Dignity. She is an associate editor to the medical journal “Issues in Law and Medicine”. She is married to Dr. Mark Harrison, M.D. and is the mother of 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
André Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in full-time practice, as well as a board member and co-chair to numerous organizations. André is a national blogger and media spokesperson for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, working with Alliance Defending Freedom in defense of culture of life, family flourishing and First Amendment issues and advises Global Medical Research Institute. Dr. Van Mol teaches a course on Bioethics for the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. He and his wife, Evelyn, are both former U.S. Naval officers and have two sons and two daughters, the latter of whom were among their nine foster children.

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, and has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction. He is often an expert on New Testament issues, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. Often, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.


For the workshop breakout sessions, you can choose between two of our three workshops listed below: 

Right of Conscience and Issues with Gender and Sexuality
with André Von Mol, MD
Right of Conscience and End of Life Issues
with Farr Curlin, MD
Right of Conscience and Beginning of Life Issues
With Donna Harrison, MD


REFRESHMENTS + LUNCH: We will provide a selection of hot and cold drinks (including coffee), lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. If you have any dietary concerns, let us know upon your registration at thcevents@dts.edu. We will only be able to provide specialized meals if you contact us before Friday, February 21, 2020.

TRAVEL: We do not have any relationships with hotels directly around Northwest Bible Church. However, we do have agreements with hotels close to Dallas Theological Seminary. If you would like to hear those options, please feel free to contact us at thcevents@dts.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!


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