The ICMDA is an Association of National Christian Medical and Dental Societies. Where no National Society exists, then individual Christian doctors and dentists may have their names registered on a list of interest individuals.
Societies, or meetings of Christian doctors and dentists, have existed in some countries for over a hundred years. In the early 1950’s personal contacts developed into meetings between existing Christian Medical Fellowships, and then in 1963 the first International Congress of Christian Physicians (ICCP) was held in Amsterdam. Further Congresses were held in Oxford and Oslo in 1966 and 1969, during which the constitution and committee structures were finally agreed.
From these beginnings the Association grew rapidly. The nature of the organizations changed from a movement which held just triennial conference to one which was a truly International Association with an ongoing work between major congresses by which relationships between Christians in both medicine and dentistry could be strengthened, and national movements assisted to attain their aims. This change in concept was reflected in the change of name to International Christian Medical and Dental Association, adopted in 1986, at the Cancun Congress.