Please Note: PAACS is NOT a sending agency but we work very closely with several. If you are considering a career as a missionary surgical educator, you may find these notes from a lecture entitled Considering a Career as a Missionary Surgical Educator valuable. It will help medical students, residents and those in practice prepare for a career of service.
Career missionaries at PAACS-approved hospitals who have more than incidental contact with the PAACS residents in the roles of teacher, mentor or proctor must be approved by PAACS, having presented the proper credentials as required by Loma Linda University prior to approval. Long-term faculty must first be recommended by the program directors and faculty at the training site, then seconded by the Faculty Committee and finally approved by the entire commission. They will serve a one-year probationary period before being re-evaluated and approved for a longer period.
The physician or surgeon must be board-qualified (or board-eligible), have an active relationship with Christ, have a history of active involvement in a faith community, be willing to sign the PAACS Statement of Belief and be serving overseas under the authority of a mission agency or mission hospital. They must be willing to comply with the regulations and requirements of PAACS program. They must prove themselves to be good teachers and actively involved in the training and discipling of young surgeons. They should meet the requirements laid out by Paul for leaders of the church in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
PAACS Program Directors and Assistant Program Directors
There are higher standards for Program Directors and Assistant Program Directors. They would ideally have experience as faculty in surgical residencies, have advanced surgical education skills, have experience in mentoring and discipling and have an exemplary testimony as a Christian. Advanced theological training is not a requirement but desirable.