Keir Thelander, MD, FACS, FWACS, FCS (ECSA) – Surgery…The Neglected Child of Global Public Health

Public health now has a prominent role in the health initiatives of developing countries across the world. However, despite this push, development of an adequate surgical workforce has not occurred. The surgical disease burden continues to grow, now reaching unfathomable numbers. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery reports, “Over half the global population cannot access the treatment they need should they hemorrhage after childbirth, suffer a burn, or develop cancer.” It is exactly a need like this that has given an opportunity for Christians to reach in to a needy world, giving the love of Christ’s hands and feet.

In 1997, God gave an inspiration to create a surgical training program in Sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate training and discipleship for some of Africa’s next generation of surgeons. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) was created to meet not only the physical needs, but be a strategic response to the spiritual needs. PAACS now has over 60 graduates and over 70 residents currently in training.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Keir Thelander, Chief Medical Officer of PAACS, reviews the growing surgical disease burden, the work of PAACS, and how you can make a difference.

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Mitch Duininck, MD – Run to Battle!

Growing up in a small town in west central Minnesota, the idea of becoming a medical doctor and traveling the world to serve those in great need seemed highly unlikely. But with God, the unlikely and unexpected often become the norm.

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Mitch Duininck, President and CEO of In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, shares stories from this journey of faith that will encourage, inspire, and challenge us to look not for the easiest path in life but rather to be open to a call from Jesus to be His hands and feet, to go to those who are suffering, and to run to the battle!

Click here to learn more about Dr. Mitch Duininck’s work at In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program.

Sarah Riggsbee – Saying Yes: Our Journey to Nepal

In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Sarah Riggsbee, an acute care speech language pathologist, shares her family’s story of what happened after they answered “Yes” to God’s calling into missions. Their “yes” led her and her husband, a family medicine physician, and their two children to Nepal, where they serve at a mission hospital.

Click here to follow Sarah Riggsbee and her family’s adventures and/or to support the work they are doing.

Click here to learn about the work going on at United Mission Hospital Tansen in Nepal where they serve.

The Riggsbee Family serves through Samaritan’s Purse. Click here to learn more about the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing around the globe.