I have served as a volunteer in the role of Executive Director for 9 years since 2006 and served on the Commission prior to that since November, 2003. During those 9 years at the helm of PAACS, there has been significant growth: the number of training sites has gone from 2 to 11, the number of trainees from 9 to 64, the number of graduates from 3 to 43, the number of approved faculty members from 2 to 54 and the number of short-term faculty from 8 to 171. The budget went from $37k to $1.33M (for the 2014-2015 year).
After yielding the role of Executive Director to Koshy, I will become the Chief Medical Officer of PAACS and put my emphasis on the academic and programmatic side of PAACS.
Monday evening, twenty-seven faculty members and trainees came together to celebrate PAACS and to celebrate with those who passed. A few did not pass and that always puts a damper on things. Our overall pass rate was 62% (8/13) compared to 67% overall passage rate. The next morning, 5/7 residents passed (71%) and both attending surgeons passed (100% with a total of 77.8% overall for PAACS). The overall passage rate was also 14/18 (77.8%). Of special Interest: Daniel Gidabo from Soddo was the first FCS General Surgery recipient in Ethiopia. We had already graduated the first pediatric surgical FCS in Ethiopia.
Looking on the bright site, I shall brag a bit on others. For the past three years, PAACS has won 3 of the 4 prizes for which its residents were allowed to compete. It certain helped bring our spirits up. There were rumored suggestions that we might allow others to win – I choose to ignore them and wish success to next year’s candidates.
The conference was a good time of networking and God allowed me to accomplish a great deal. It was fun to see the residents and program directors as well as long-standing friends of the PAACS and me. However, I certainly was glad to get home late Friday night as well. I will be even happier when the jet-lag goes away!
Today (Wednesday), I was again in the airport and flew to Michigan to visit with my mother for a week and will once again visit Worldwide Lab Improvements in Kalamazoo on Friday. I have lots of computer work to keep me busy while there – and I am sure that Mom has a list of honey-do things.
Prayers and Praise:
· Praise for the safe trip to Africa and the two trips within the US
· Prayers for Ms. Koshy and the new administrative team she will put together. Please pray that I will find a role within this team in which I can be effective and joyous.
· Praise God for Micky’s father good experience with hip replacement. Pray for his continued recovery.
· Pray for Sean and Micky as we finish up this school semester and prepare for next year’s home schooling.
· Pray for sufficient giving to S3 Ministries so we can do as God has led us.
Yours and His!
Bruce, Micky and Sean