Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) – Linking Resident Education and Discipleship Across Country Borders: The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)

In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul writes, “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” That verse has been the major component of the marching orders for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons since 1997. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Keir Thelander, the Chief Medical Officer of PAACS, will share how God has now expanded PAACS’ influence to 9 training sites in 8 different countries across Africa. One hundred percent of PAACS’ graduates continue to work and serve and share the love of Christ in Africa. In spite of the challenges of overseeing a cross-cultural, across country borders program, God continues to open doors for growth and the expansion of His glory through PAACS.

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Arianna Shirk, MD – Why America Needs Africa: How Relationships Can Be a Turning Point in Medical Missions

As the medical infrastructure in Africa grows, the need for medical missions and role of American physicians is changing rapidly.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Arianna Shirk, a pediatrician at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, will discuss the importance of building relationships with native healthcare workers, the nuances of training and discipleship, and the doors that can open when the work is approached with humility and deference.

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Andrew Mayo – No More Fish: The Next Generation in Medical Missions

We know the parable, it is far better to equip someone to help themselves than to do it for them. We also know from our experience that to have any hope of achieving sustainability, mission hospitals will be forced to move to the next level.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Andrew Mayo, President and CEO of Medical Benevolence Foundation, will discuss clinical standards, improved systems strengthening, and educational training, which are essential elements for achieving the next level of patient care.

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