Welcome to the website for the Peoria, IL Chapter of Side By Side. We are so excited that you are interested in learning more about our group!

Side By Side is a ministry to women who are married to medical and dental students, residents, fellows, as well as staff physicians and dentists. Affiliated with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA), we are a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that is evangelical in nature. We seek to encourage, support and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study and prayer.

Side by Side began in 1988 in Rochester, Minnesota with six women meeting around a kitchen table. Today, we have chapters in over 43 cities around the country. The women of Side by Side are from all over the world. They come from different backgrounds and different denominations and they are in different stages of their husbands' medical training. Some are physicians or dentists themselves.

Many women who come to Side by Side have never attended a Bible study before, while others may have been in Bible studies all their lives. The great thing is, that just doesn't matter! We have found a common bond in the fact that we are all in a medical marriage and the journey that is this medical life is much more fun when you have a companion.


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