M3 Welcomes Dr. Stephen Spann!

M3 is excited to welcome Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA, as a speaker at the 2019 M3 Conference!  Dr. Spann, a family physician leader, educator and researcher, is the Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine.  Dr. Spann has dedicated his career to improving health and health care around the world by training future health care professionals, contributing to the scientific knowledge base of primary care, leading medical school faculty, physician medical groups and hospital medical staffs, and striving to practice excellent, evidence-based family medicine.

Dr. Spann has been active in the development of the specialty of Family Medicine both in the United States and abroad.  He has served as a member of the Commission on Public Health and Scientific Affairs, the Task Force on Clinical Policies, and as member and chair the Commission on Clinical Policies and Research and the Task Force to Enhance Family Practice Research, of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  He served as a member of Task Force 1, and chaired Task Force 6 of the Future of Family Medicine Project, focusing on the development of the New Model of Family Medicine practice, now known as the Patient Centered Medical Home, and the development of financial models to predict its success.  He served as the lead consultant to the AAFP planning process to develop a national practice resource center to support the implementation of the New Model, resulting in the development of Transformed, a subsidiary of the AAFP.  He has served as a consultant to medical schools, residency programs, ministries of health, and health care delivery systems in many countries, focusing on primary care training program and clinical practice development and implementation.

Dr. Spann served as Chief Medical Officer of Tawam Hospital, a 460 bed tertiary care teaching facility in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, which is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International, and as senior advisor on primary care and academic affairs to SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, from December 2012 through May 2015. Previously, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas from April 1997 to November 2012.  He served as Senior Vice-President and Dean of Clinical Affairs of that institution from November 2008 through September 2012.  He was previously Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas (1990-1997), a member of the faculty and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (1982-1990), and a member of the voluntary clinical teaching faculty of the Department of Family Medicine, Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine (1979-1982).  Prior to entering full time academic medicine, Dr. Spann spent four years practicing rural family medicine in Arkansas and North Carolina.

A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Spann completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and received the M.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He and his wife Nancy have two married children and four grandchildren, who live in Texas.

We invite you to join us at the 2019 M3 Conference on February 22-23 to hear Dr. Stephen Spann and many other great speakers.  If you register by December 1st, you can save 25% off with promo code M32019SPECIAL. Click here to register today!


M3 Welcomes CMDA – Houston Chapter!

M3 is excited to welcome Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) to Houston, Texas! M3 Co-Founder, Dr. Paul Osteen, recently met with CMDA reps Grant Hewitt and Patrick Miller to talk about the new Houston chapter that CMDA is launching.  Grant (pictured center) is the Southern Regional Director, and Patrick (pictured left) is the Area Director, who will be located in Houston.

We are also honored to have Mike Chupp, MD, Executive Vice President of CMDA, as a speaker at the upcoming M3 Conference on February 22-23, 2019. At the M3 Conference, you will have the opportunity to visit personally with CMDA at their booth in the conference Exhibit Hall, so be sure to make plans to attend. Click here to register today – and if you register by December 1st and use promo code M32019SPECIAL, you will receive 25% off!

If you are in the medical or dental field, whether a student, currently practicing, or retired, and want to learn more about how to get involved with a CMDA chapter near you, click here.

Lauren Found Her Mission at M3 and So Can You – M3 Conference Registration Now Open!

From finding her mission at the 2016 M3 Conference to moving to Haiti to serve with Mission of Hope Haiti, we at M3 are excited to announce that Lauren Raschke, long-term missionary nurse, will be one of our 2019 M3 Conference speakers!

Lauren was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and she graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Following graduation, she started her dream job at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and continued there for eight years.  In 2014, Lauren went on her first mission trip, and that is when God put missions on her heart.  Later in 2015, she went on her first medical mission trip, and this is when God made her aware of how comfortable her life was and how she lacked any need of Him.  This realization led her to pray for God to reveal what He wanted of her; she prayed that wherever He wanted her to go, she would go. It was with this open heart and spirit of expectancy that Lauren attended the 2016 M3 Conference. Lauren knew that God would reveal what she was to do next, and God didn’t fail her. God showed up and gave her 100% confirmation that her next step was to commit to long-term missions with Mission of Hope Haiti. Six months later, Lauren had moved out of her apartment, quit her dream job, and said goodbye to her life in Houston to begin her journey of faith.

Lauren is excited to share her story of how God took a shy, unconfident girl, and turned her into a full-time missionary leading medical teams each week to work in mobile clinics all over Haiti.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER to see Lauren, along with many other great speakers, at the 2019 M3 Conference. Register by December 1st and receive 25% off your conference registration with promo code: M32019SPECIAL

Mission of Hope Haiti (MOHH) exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. They do this by focusing on four key areas: healthy churches, healthy people, a healthy economy, and healthy schools. Through partnerships with local churches and indigenous organizations throughout Haiti, MOHH feeds over 91,000 children daily, impacts over 10,000 students through education, trains over 1,700 farmers, and provides medical care to over 30,000 patients annually.

If, like Lauren, you feel called into long-term missions, Mission of Hope Haiti is looking for licensed medical professionals (PA, NP, RN, Paramedic) who are interested in serving for at least one year leading mobile clinic teams in Haiti.  For more information or to apply, email medical@mohhaiti.org or call (512) 256-0835.

Shop With A Purpose, Shop Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade month! What is “Fair Trade?” Fair trade is a movement to support economic opportunities for marginalized communities through ethical, environmentally conscious, and sustainable production. When you buy Fair Trade, you know the hands who made what you purchase. You also know that your product was made in safe working conditions and the person was paid fairly.

We are excited to announce that once again, the M3 Conference will have a fair trade store! It will be hosted by HandUp Global Goods (HUGG) – they offer a ‘hand up’ for teens transitioning out of orphanages to eliminate a life of ‘handouts.’

HUGG lovingly empowers young men living in impoverished communities to transform their lives and the lives of those around them through a holistic development process. From providing a job, to spiritual development, financial literacy, and vocational training, HUGG equips these young men to become responsible workers, family members, and community leaders.  The results extend beyond the individual men and transform families and communities.  Click here to learn more about HandUp Global Goods.

Click here to register to attend the M3 Conference on February 22 and 23, 2019, and be sure to stop by the HUGG market place at the conference.