This week’s video is for an inspiring organization called Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, which will be an exhibitor at M3!

PAACS is a rural-based surgical educational initiative utilizing rural mission hospitals in multiple countries. PAACS seeks to train national physicians at relatively low cost, schooling them in modern surgical thought as applied to resource-poor environments with the intent of having high rates of retention of the its trainees within Africa. PAACS is a nondenominational, multinational, volunteer service organization striving to serve the poor of Africa, to build capacity within the healthcare sector, and to help maintain the faith-based healthcare facilities that have traditionally provided a significant percentage of the healthcare.

There have been a total of 37 general surgery graduates and 6 pediatric surgeons from the program working in various parts of Africa or are fellows in the pediatric surgical program.