Become a Resident – Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Cameroon
Head & Neck Fellowship (One-Year)
In 2015, a one year Fellowship program was launched at Mbingo Baptist Hospital under the auspices of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). This will provide an exciting opportunity for advanced subspecialty surgical training in head and neck surgery.
Head and Neck surgery is a recognized subspecialty dedicated to the care of patients with tumors and other disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract, head and neck including the mouth, throat, larynx, salivary glands, neck, skull base, paranasal sinuses and thyroid gland. This subspecialty is represented around the world by organizations such as the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) which set standards for training, but there is no mechanism for added credentials or qualifying requirements either in the USA or Africa. Existing fellowships in the USA typically require one or two years of concentrated effort and lead to proficiency in procedures including neck dissection, parotidectomy, maxillectomy, laryngectomy, mandibulectomy and regional reconstruction techniques. Approval of this fellowship will be sought from AHNS after establishment of the program. PAACS will issue a certificate of completion of training along with partners Johns Hopkins University and Loma Linda University.
The PAACS H&N Fellowship will fill a vital training need in Africa where there is only one similar program in existence (in Cape Town, South Africa). MBH offers faculty, case load and facilities necessary for a high quality program in the context of a vibrant educational environment provided by a PAACS General Surgery residency program and the Christian Internal Medicine Specialists (CIMS) residency training program. The program has received approval of the PAACS Commission, the Director of Health Services of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board and the Program Director of the PAACS general surgery program.
The program will be led by Wayne Koch, MD, professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Dr. Koch is joined by Dr. Acha Everistus Tikum, an Otolaryngologist, Cameroonian native, who trained at Kenyetta Hospital, Kenya, and Dr. Gregg Schmedes, an otolaryngologist trained at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) USA. Short term volunteer faculty from the AHNS in the USA will also participate periodically. Dr. Koch has volunteered at MBH numerous times since 2008 and has performed over 200 major head and neck procedures together with Dr. Acha and PAACS residents.
Fellows will be provided with housing sufficient for the fellow and immediate family as well as a stipend matching that of a senior resident in the PAACS Mbingo general surgery program.
Applicants must be:
- Successful graduates of either general surgery, otolaryngology or maxillofacial training programs
- Citizens of an African nation
- Have an active and credible profession of Christian faith
- Exceptionally fluent in English
- Dedicated to serve in underserved communities in Africa throughout their careers.
- Able to provide a strong written recommendation from your pastor and a medical colleague who knows you well and has worked with you in a clinical setting
- Willing to participate in training PAACS general surgery residents on ENT rotation.
Please download and fill out the PAACS Resident Application to begin your application process.
Special Note: All applications must be complete by August 1 of each year and the resident will begin training January 1.