Just a few days left of 2017! We have so much to reflect on and be grateful for this year, but we are also eager to see the many blessings to come in 2018. Speaking of blessings, we would like to introduce you to another speaker at this upcoming conference, Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA).
Keir was born in a suburb of Chicago and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently completed his general surgery residency at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, OH, in 2004.
After a short time working as a General Surgeon in Cleveland, Keir was called to train and disciple African doctors to become surgeons. Keir’s young family of 4 embarked on a transcontinental which took them to Bongolo Hospital in the southern part of the country of Gabon. For 8 years Keir served as the Program Director of the PAACS surgical residency program as well as the medical director of this 150 bed facility.
Additionally, over the last few years, Dr. Thelander fulfilled the role of Team Leader for the over 20 ex-patriots living in Bongolo. Additionally, he worked as the West/Central Africa Director for PAACS.
Presently, Keir is the Chief Medical Officer of PAACS. In this role he oversees the 12 PAACS training programs that are spread across Africa. One of Keir’s passions is helping doctors and all people to thrive no matter the circumstances. Keir now lives in Cleveland, OH, and is married with 2 children.
Please join us in welcoming Keir to the 2018 M3 Conference. Click here to register now if you haven’t already and we will see you on February 23 & 24! Use promo code SPREADTHEWORDM318 to receive $5 off your registration.
We at M3 hope you had an amazing Christmas and were able to enjoy this special time of year with the ones you love. To help the Christmas celebration continue, we have another 2018 M3 Conference speaker to introduce to you. Yancy Stermer is definitely nothing short of interesting, and we are so excited to have him as part of the team this coming conference!
Retired from the US Army after 21 years of service and 7 more years in uniform teaching JROTC at a private military academy, it was time for a career change. Yancy went back to school completing a degree in Surgical Technology and certification as a Surgical Assistant. In 2012, he was introduced to medical mission volunteerism and has been making routine trips to Guatemala. In 2017, he served on the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) at their Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) in Northern Iraq.
To learn more about Yancy’s personal experience in Iraq, click here to read his article entitled Privileged to Serve, which was published in the December 2017 issue of The Surgical Technologist. Yancy’s story can be found on page 32 of the link or page 560 of the original publication. Yancy specifically talks about his experience as part of the DART team working in the EFH in Iraq, and his article is so inspiring.
In addition to Yancy’s Plenary Session segment, M3 is also highlighting disaster response in other areas of the conference. We will host a Pre-Conference Workshop that will provide DART training, which we will share more about at a later date. Also, Samaritan’s Purse will set up an Emergency Field Hospital for conference attendees to experience, walk through, and ask questions about what it is like to work on the field in this type of situation. You do not want to miss it!
At the M3 Conference on February 23 & 24, Yancy will be speaking on the topic, “Privileged to Serve,” and we look forward to seeing you there! Click here to register and use promo code SPREADTHEWORDM318 to receive $5 off your registration.
Only three days until Christmas! We hope you enjoy some time off with your family and friends and reflect on the many blessings in your life. We are so blessed at M3 with an incredible line up of speakers for this 2018 M3 Conference. We are honored to introduce each of them to you and have plenty more to come! Today’s introduction is Mitch Duininck, MD.
Dr. Mitchell W. Duininck is the President and Director of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency training program. This program, with 20 faculty physicians and 34 resident physicians, emphasizes training doctors in whole person medicine and preparing them for service to the medically underserved. Over 34 graduates of this program are full-time medical missionaries. Dr. Duininck is the CEO of both In His Image International and Good Samaritan Health Services. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.
Dr. Duininck has done medical missions in many countries, including India, Kenya, Ghana, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Russia, Romania and the Czech Republic. He has led multiple medical crisis response teams to Zaire, Honduras, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Iraq, and Turkey.
Dr. Duininck and his wife Leah have six children, three boys and three girls, and three grandchildren. As a family, they served as medical missionaries at Manna Mission Hospital in Ghana, West Africa, for two years (1999-2001). In September of 2010, they moved to Kabul, Afghanistan, for a year to help train Afghan physicians in the Hope Family Medicine Afghanistan residency program.
Come and be inspired by Dr. Duininck and many others in just two months for the 2018 M3 Conference – February 23 & 24! Click here to register and use promo code SPREADTHEWORDM318 to receive $5 off your registration.
We at M3 would like to introduce you to another great speaker joining us for the 2018 M3 Conference. His name is Mike Reiszner and he will be speaking on a subject he is extremely passionate about – Defending the Orphan.
Mike Reiszner and his wife Mandy, founders of Coreluv International, have dedicated their lives to ministry. After completing their Bible school training, while still in their early twenties, they served as missionaries with an inner-city ministry in Houston’s Fourth Ward. There, they were able to minister to some of the poorest people in the city. Ten years after, Mike and Mandy served as youth pastors discipling young men and women to pursue a personal and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
In 2009, God began stirring in Mike and Mandy’s heart a deep compassion for orphans and that is when Coreluv International was born. Almost immediately, Mike and Mandy began scheduling Christian concerts to raise money for an orphanage in Africa. It was a surprise to many of their friends when in 2011, Mike walked away from the American ministry ideal (a secure position in a vibrant and growing church) in order to follow God’s inner stirring to defend the orphan on a full-time basis.
Since June 2011, Coreluv International has grown from an idea to a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides life-saving care to orphans in Haiti, Honduras, and soon in Uganda. Coreluv also has three feeding centers in India. Mike and Mandy are living their dream with their three children, John-Michael, Bethany, Christian, and will soon be adding Mylove, a Haitian orphan they are in the process of adopting.
Now through the end of the year, every donation to Coreluv is matched dollar for dollar. You can go to their website, coreluv.org, and find where to donate there. Coreluv will also be hosting a booth with their information at the 2018 M3 Conference. We hope to see you on February 23 & 24 as you join us to welcome Mike and Coreluv International! Click here to register and use promo code SPREADTHEWORDM318 to receive $5 off your registration.