The evaluation process is multidimensional, and covers all aspects of the resident’s training. Residents are responsible for weekly oral and/or written case presentations or quarterly research projects. Residents are evaluated clinically every six month, as well as at the end of any specialty rotation. Finally residents write a comprehensive exam (multiple choice questions) annually, with the same exam content administered to all levels of residents (“progress testing”).
A certificate of attendance is awarded annually to successful residents. At the end of the fifth year, successful residents receive a diploma, awarded jointly by PAACS, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
PAACS is an approved training program by the College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). PAACS residents who have successfully completed all PAACS requirements are allowed to sit for the COSECSA examinations. We were thrilled in December 2012 when our first group successfully passed the highest level of examinations and became Fellows of COSECSA. One PAACS pediatric surgeon became the first Fellow of COSECSA who was trained in pediatric surgery in East Africa. Another PAACS general surgeon became the first Fellow in general surgery in Ethiopia. For the past three years in a row, three of the surgeons received the top marks in the COSECSA testing. We are continuing to seek a similar relationship with the West African College of Surgeons (WACS).