Become a Resident – Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre

Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre’s (ALMC) General Surgery Training program is a five-year surgical specialty program accredited by PAACS under the auspices of Loma Linda University. It has received full approval by College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). COSECSA is an independent body that fosters postgraduate education in surgery and provides surgery training throughout the regions of East, Central and Southern Africa. COSECSA is a non-profit making body in the constituent countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is good to familiarize yourself with COSECSA because that is the body that will be giving the certifying exams at the Member of College of Surgeons (MCS) level after two years of training and the Fellow of College of Surgeons (FCS) level after five years of training. You will be required to pass all PAACS and COSECSA exams.

About Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC)

ALMC is a hundred bed hospital opened in 2008 to serve the growing medical needs of Arusha, Tanzania.  Together with its sister hospital, Selian Lutheran Hospital (SLH), there are over two hundred beds, seven operating theatres, and 550 staff.

ALMC is a referral level hospital with specialty consultant care and SLH is a community hospital. Together, there is specialty care provided at both hospitals in Medicine, Pediatrics, OBG, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery.

For more information, please visit the ALMC page on the PAACS Website.

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country and already have a current Tanzanian medical license by the start of the residency.
  • Be a graduate of a recognized medical school and have successfully completed a one-year internship program as a medical officer.
  • Be 35 years old or less and be fluent in English
  • Be a sincere follower of Jesus Christ as evidenced by your words, your actions and your lifestyle.

Other Requirements:

  • Two strong recommendations will be required. One must be from the pastor or lay leader of your local church and one must be from a Christian doctor who knows you well and has worked with you. These must be sent in separately (not from your e-mail address).
  • Your present medical supervisor must also send a letter of recommendation.
  • ALMC PAACS surgery residents will be sponsored by a sending organizations (hospital, church, community or privately) or may apply for PAACS sponsorship. Only a limited number of PAACS scholarships/sponsorships are available. After completion of their surgery training, residents who were sponsored by PAACS will be asked to serve as a surgeon in an under-served area of Africa for a period of one year of service for each year of sponsorship.



Please download and fill out the PAACS Resident Application to begin your application process.

Please download and fill out the PAACS Health Certificate form.

Email Your Application and Form

Please email your completed PAACS Resident Application and the Health Certificate to

Special Note:  The complete application is due by September 15 of the year prior to beginning training January 1. The application has multiple parts so begin early and be aware that the full application with all accompanying documents needs to be completed by September 15. 


PAACS Resident Testimonies

PAACS is blessed to be able to educate and disciple residents in 10  different hospitals. All of our residents have amazing stories that led them to pursue a career in surgery. We are honored to share some of the testimonies of their journey of becoming a PAACS surgical resident.