What is the M3 Conference?

The Mobilizing Medical Missions (M3) Conference is designed to bring together doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who has a desire to use their skills to meet pressing global healthcare needs. At M3, hear from experts in the field of global health and be inspired by men and women who are in the trenches, often in resource-limited settings, doing what they can to make a difference in people’s lives. In the M3 Exhibit Hall, connect with over 70 organizations working in the areas of medical missions, orphan care, WaSH (water, sanitation or hygiene), human trafficking, poverty and injustice.  Join us to find out what you can do and how you can be involved. Held in Houston, Texas each year, the M3 Conference reaches around the world to touch the hearts and lives of people in need.

The 2019 M3 Conference will be held on February 22nd and 23rd, 2019.

2019 M3 Conference Speakers

Paul Osteen

Conference Emcee

Paul Osteen, MD, FACS

Missionary Surgeon
Co-Founder, M3 Conference
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Plenary and Breakout Session Speakers

Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Anne B. Alaniz, DO

Co-Founder, Pothawira (Safe Haven), Malawi,
Gynecologic Oncology, Houston Methodist

Buumba Bubala, MD, MPH

Corné Blom

Vice President International Programs,
Nurse-Anesthetist, Mercy Ships

Aileen Coleman, RN

Michael Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Executive Vice President/CEO Elect,
Christian Medical & Dental Associations

Aileen Coleman, RN

Stan Cobb, DDS, MA, BS

Dallas Director,
Christian Medical and Dental Associations

Jenny Dyer, PhD

William Copeland, MD

Missionary Neurosurgeon,
Tenwek Hospital, Kenya

Jenny Dyer, PhD

Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine,
Director, Center for Global Health Education,
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

Mitch Duininck, MD

Mitch Duininck, MD

President/CEO, In His Image Inc. and Program Director, IHI Family Medicine Residency

Steve James

Jon Fielder, MD

Chief Executive, African Mission Healthcare

Steve James

Alisa Geers, ARNP

Missionary,
Christian Health Service Corps

Steve James

Andrew Geers, PA-C, ATC

Medical Missionary,
Christian Health Service Corps

Philip Kemp, DDS, AAACD

Rabbi Erica Gerson

Co-Founder, L’Chaim Prize

Mark Kuhl

Mark Gerson, JD

Co-Founder, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), United Hatzalah & L’Chaim Prize, Co-Founder and Chairman, African Mission Healthcare

Joël Malm

Jennifer Hoines, PT, DPT

Founder and President,
Therapy Clinics International

Andrew Mayo

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine and
Professor of Pediatrics & Molecular Virology & Microbiology,
Baylor College of Medicine

Andrew Mayo

Deborah S. Lammert, RN, MSN, APRN-CNS, BC

Missionary Nurse & Educator,
Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)

Lee McCluskey, MD

Andrew Mayo

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF)

Jim Tour, PhD

Mary Ishepe Nandili, PhD, MPH, BSc, RN

Director of Nursing Services,
Ministry of Health Kenya

Todd Price, MD

Todd Price, MD

Infections Disease Specialist,
President/Chief Executive Officer,
International Medical Outreach (IMO)

Todd Price, MD

Molly Raney

Executive Director,
Houston Welcomes Refugees

Todd Price, MD

Lauren Raschke, RN

Mobile Medical Coordinator,
Mission of Hope Haiti

Joy Vonk, PA-C

Allan T. Sawyer, MD, MS

Missionary Physician,
World Medical Missions

Joy Vonk, PA-C

Kristy Schmitt

International Ministry Coordinator,
IHS Global

Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Allison Shigo

Founder and Executive Director,
Healing Hands of Joy, Ethiopia

Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Laura Smelter, MD

Director of Training,
Christian Health Service Corps

Todd Price, MD

Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA

Founding Dean,
University of Houston College of Medicine

Todd Price, MD

Don Stephens

Founder,
Mercy Ships

Todd Price, MD

Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS

Vice Chair Board of Directors,
KenyaRelief.org

Todd Price, MD

Devyn Swanson

Missionary,
Diospi Suyana Hospital, Peru

Todd Price, MD

Julian Swanson, MD

Missionary,
Diospi Suyana Hospital, Peru

Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Kerri Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Executive Director,
UnBound Houston

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Medical Officer,
Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

James M. Tour, PhD

Professor of Chemistry (T.T. & W.F. Chao), Computer Science, and Materials Science & NanoEngineering,
Rice University

Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA)

Joy Vonk, PA-C

Clinician and Clinic Manager,
Casa el Buen Samaritano

Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Carlan Wendler, MD

Medical Missionary,
Serge & The AME Fund, Burundi

… And more speakers to come!

February 22-23, 2019

Lakewood Church | Houston, TX

Friday, February 22, 2019

9:00am
Pre-Conference Workshops

Located at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, next to conference venue. Additional fees apply;
Advanced registration required.

Details coming soon…

12:00pm
Lunch on Own
1:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Located at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, next to conference venue. Additional fees apply;
Advanced registration required.

Details coming soon…

4:00pm
Dinner on Own
6:00pm
Registration Check-In
Exhibit Hall
7:00pm
Plenary Session 01

Details coming soon…

9:00pm
Dessert and Coffee
Exhibit Hall
10:30pm
Exhibit Hall Closes

Saturday, February 23, 2019

7:00am
Breakfast
Exhibit Hall
8:30am
Breakout Session 01

9:15am
Break
9:25am
Breakout Session 02

Details coming soon…

9:15am
Break
11:30am
Boxed Lunch
Exhibit Hall
Networking Rooms
10:15am
Plenary Session 02

Details coming soon…

3:00pm
Exhibit Hall
3:30pm
Conference Ends

Pricing

Main conference registration includes access to the Exhibit Hall, access to Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday, and breakfast and boxed lunch on Saturday. (Pre-Conference workshops will be available for a separate registration and fee.)

Registrant Type

Early Bird Rates* / Rates Starting Jan. 1, 2019

Physician/Dentist

$60 / $80

Nurse

$50 / $70

Other Medical Professional

$50 / $70

Non-Medical Professional

$50 / $70

Missionary

$40 / $40

Medical Resident-in-Training

$40 / $40

Student

$40 / $40

*Early Bird rates end December 31, 2018

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2.Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

Lakewood Church Hotel Vendors

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200

Special M3 Conference Rate Code: MMC
Click here to reserve your room at a special M3 Conference rate.

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria
4500 Post Oak Parkway
Houston, Texas 77027
713-871-9911

Click here to reserve your room at a special M3 Conference rate.

Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
713-586-2444

Click here to reserve your room.
Ask for the special Lakewood Church rate.

With the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

Lakewood Church

3700 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

713-635-4154
LakewoodChurch.com

Doubletree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046
713-629-1200
Book a room

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria

Hampton Inn Houston – Near the Galleria
4500 Post Oak Parkway
Houston, Texas 77027
713-871-9911
Book a room

Sheraton Suites near the Galleria

Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria
2400 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
713-586-2444
Book a room

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the conference?

The conference’s primary focus is global health and medical missions, but other areas of interest include human trafficking, WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), orphan care, disaster relief, and other missionary work. So if you are a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare professional, or you are in medical, dental, nursing or pharmacy school, or you are a college or high school student who is interested in medical missions, we believe this conference will be a great encouragement to you. In addition, if you are not in the medical field but have a heart and passion for missions, you will fit right in and be inspired in your faith. So the answer is—anyone is welcome!

What is included in my conference registration?

When you register for the conference, you will receive access to the conference Exhibit Hall, access to all Plenary and Breakout speaker sessions, dessert on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday morning, and a boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee helps cover the cost of putting on the conference (i.e. speakers, meals, materials, etc.).  All other expenses not covered by the registration fees are generously provided by our conference sponsors and Lakewood Church.

Additionally, each year, a portion of the conference proceeds goes toward a “featured project.”

What is the refund policy?

EVENT REGISTRATION CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
1. Due to processing costs, no refunds will be issued for cancelled registrations.
2. Please note that in the event of circumstances beyond its control, Lakewood Church reserves the right to cancel any event. Lakewood Church is not liable for any expenses incurred by participants as a result of such cancellation.

What is the conference schedule?

Friday, February 22, 2019
6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Click here for a more detailed schedule.

What meals are included in my conference registration?

The following meals are included with your registration:

  • Dessert following Friday night’s session;
  • Breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning; and
  • Boxed lunch on Saturday afternoon.
Outside of the meals provided at the conference, what are my other meal options?

Click here click herefor a list of several area restaurants, coffee bars and juice shops that are within walking distance or a short drive from the conference venue.

Where is the conference taking place?

The Pre-Conference workshops will be held next to Lakewood Church at:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046

Your Pre-Conference workshop registration fee includes the cost of self-parking at the hotel. Valet parking is not included, and should you choose to valet park your car, it will be at your own expense. You will receive your self-parking voucher upon check-in at the Pre-Conference workshop.

Where do I park for the conference?

Free covered parking is available starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday in the B1 and B2 parking garages. Also, there will be police officers, signs, and volunteers to help you park and find your way into the building. Click here for a map showing the location of the B1 and B2 garages.

Will there be any Pre-Conference Sessions?

Yes, we will once again host Pre-Conference Sessions during the day on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Click here for more detailed information.

Is the Pre-Conference included as part of my main conference registration?

No, the Pre-Conference Sessions are only available for a separate registration fee.

Where is the Pre-Conference taking place and where do I park for it?

More information will be coming soon.

Are special hotel rates available?

Yes, click here for more details.

Also, with the conference venue being at Lakewood Church, other area hotels provide a discount when you ask for the “Lakewood Rate.” Click here for a list of participating hotels.

How far is the airport from the venue?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is approximately 25 miles from the conference location.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is approximately 15 miles from the conference location.

Because Houston is a large metropolis with fluctuating heavy traffic, make sure to give yourself an ample amount of time to travel from the airport to the venue, and vice-versa. We recommend allotting yourself a minimum of one hour of transportation time.

Will there be translation available for other languages at the conference?

No, not at this time.

I am traveling from another country; do you provide a “Letter of Invite” for a visa application?

We are not currently providing letters of invitation from M3 to international persons who wish to attend.

What should I bring?

We recommend that you bring a pen and a notebook.

How should I dress?

Casual−jeans are acceptable. Keep in mind it can get very cool in the auditorium.

Who will be speaking at the conference?

Please refer to the speakers section on the conference page to learn more about the dynamic panel of people sharing at this year’s conference.

Who will be exhibiting at the conference?

Please refer to our exhibitors page to learn more about this year’s conference Exhibitors.

Is childcare available?

No. At this time, childcare is unavailable.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, a limited number of scholarships to attend the conference are available. Scholarships only cover the conference registration fee and do not include travel or other expenses. Please email us for more information.

The deadline for scholarship applications is December 31, 2018, or until all scholarships are given out, whichever comes first.

Can I sponsor a student or missionary?

Yes. To sponsor an individual, contact us.

What is a Church Partner and how can I get my church involved?

A Church Partner is a Christian congregation, no matter what denomination, that stands behind M3 and wants to help promote the event to members who may have an interest in medical missions or missions in general. We really want this to be a cross-denominational, Kingdom event. There is no financial obligation whatsoever to become a Church Partner, only time and a passion for missions. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible, so if you’re interested in becoming a Church Partner, click here!

How can I become an exhibitor?

Exhibitors must meet certain criteria and must go through a pre-approval application process. Please note that priority is given to organizations that have a global health focus. Exhibitor spaces are limited.

Click here for more information.


Click here to begin the application process.

How can I become a sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please click here to request more information. You can also click here to download sponsorship level and benefit information to review.

Click here to begin the application process.

How do I contact M3?

Please email us at info@m3missions.com or call us at 713-491-5108.

M3 Partners

Sponsors

M3 sponsors help support the vision of M3 by contributing financially and have an opportunity to promote their own organization through partnering.

Exhibitors

M3 exhibitors have the opportunity to present and educate about their organization, as well as connect with people looking for a place to serve.

Church Partners

M3 church partners are ministries from many different denominations who believe in and support the heart and vision of the M3 Conference.