As I close out my official role with PAACS, I rejoice at what the Lord has done. I served on the commission from November 2003 until March 2006 when I took over as the unpaid Chief Executive Officer. In September of 2014, after 17 years as a volunteer (with your support!), I finally began taking a modest salary as I transitioned into the role of Chief Medical Officer (January 2015) and have spent two years in the role. Over the past eight months, I have been mentoring Dr. Keir Thelander to take over for me.
These changes were accomplished by the PAACS team while I have served as CEO and CMO since March 2006.
2005 December 2016
Number of PAACS training sites 2 9 (plus Bangladesh)
Number of general surgery training programs 2 9 (plus Bangladesh)
Number of specialty training programs 0 3 (2 more sites possible)
General Surgery Sites wanting to join 2 2 (Togo 2019, Burundi?)
Number of PAACS residents 9 76 (as of January)
PAACS residents finishing their program 3 63 (as of January); 59 individuals
Number of approved faculty 2 59 (as of November)
Number of Commission members 12 20 (including ex-officio)
Specialty Councils 0 4
Council Members 0 48+
Task Forces 0 3
Short-term volunteer faculty 8 201 (2015-2016)
Budget $37 K $1.77 M
So what does the future for us hold? Will we “enjoy” spending a retirement full of senior bus trips and working on our golf game? Unlikely! Our ministry is far from over – just changing somewhat. I am traveling in ministry until the end of February and then dreaming about taking a six month sabbatical which will include a long family road trip in the US. It will be our first real vacation since we married in 1998.
Micky will continue as the book-keeper for the S3 Ministries, PAACS and CMDA-CMDE. While searching for God’s direction, I will continue as an active part of the CMDE Commission (Chief Financial Officer) and have the following planned activities with PAACS:
· Continued mentoring of the new CMO
· Continued consultant to ED & Commission
· Continue as the financial officer
· Continue to be the editor and publisher of the monthly newsletter, The PAACS Bulletin.
· Continue a major role in the construction, administration and grading of exams
· Speaking on behalf of PAACS at fund-raising and PR events
· Active role in the General Surgery Council (supervision of the general surgery training programs)
· Continued interface with COSECSA and WACS
· Continued work with the Case Log and other databases.
We closed our PAACS office yesterday and moved everything into storage or gave it away. It was a hard thing to do and a definite closing of another chapter. Terry McLamb, who has worked as my administrative assistant for five years, will be working from home under direction of Dr. Thelander. We will have our small Christmas get-together today as our last official event.
On November 29, we had our annual board meeting of S3 ministries. It was a good time of fellowship, prayer and guidance for the coming year. I had fully intended to get a group picture – but forgot until too late!
Plans for the near future:
· January 14-27 – Tanzania and Kenya programs – Loma Linda University inspection tour
· January 29– February 9 – The basic science conference at the Brackenhurst International Conference Centre, Limuru, Kenya where I will assist Keir in all the details of his first such conference and also lecture 7 times.
· February 13 – 23 – CMDE Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I will teach ACLS, PALS and BLS as well as a pre-conference course in faculty development.
Year-end Financial Support: With the change in our situation necessarily comes a change in our financial status. We are looking forward to again living by faith in our ministry, but it does mean that we must trust God that you and people like you will once again consider donating regularly to S3 Ministries to keep an effective ministry going. If you would like to contribute this year after you have given to your church, please send a check to “S3 Ministries”, PO Box 300, Linden, NC 28356. We would appreciate the support and I am confident that God will bless you for your generosity to His work. If you would like an electronic copy of our 2016 ministry report, please contact us at email@example.com.
In that Keir Thelander had never done any tourism in Egypt, we did take one day to visit the highlights.
On top of everything else, Micky was called for jury duty beginning December 13 but after one long day of sitting in the jury room, was released and freed from further duty for two years. She is still waiting the $12 payment for the day – it is so nice to be rich! Sean continues to grow each month (see the Christmas photo below) and is in the middle of semester exams until December 20. He is doing well academically.
The fence damaged by lightning has been repaired and we are still waiting on a few minor repairs on the rest of the house to close that chapter.
My mother’s death required us to cancel an appointment in Charlotte for our Global Entry approval – an appointment that had taken us seven months to get. They then cancelled our application! After many e-mails and calls, God answered prayer and both applications were re-opened. In the meantime, it was now possible to do it at Raleigh-Durham Airport. We drive up there on Monday to get that done.
We are looking forward to Christmas. It will be a quiet time and we will see my children who live locally – but we thank God for Facetime and the ability to share Christmas electronically with little Auggie and his parents in California. We will be driving to visit Micky’s folks in Lapeer Michigan for a week, probably leaving on Boxing Day.
Merry Christmas to you all and may God richly bless you in the New Year!