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Curriculum and Accreditation

PAACS offers robust surgical training for each resident through rigorous clinical and academic study. Residents are guided through operating room training, pre- and post-operative study, clinical research training, and yearly exams while under the close guidance and mentorship of experienced, board-certified surgeons.

The PAACS general surgery programs are minimum five-year, post-graduate residencies. Each program is accredited through COSECSA and follows the same that curriculum with a few PAACS specific additions. Successful residents will graduate with certification from Loma Linda University. 

General surgery training is offered at each PAACS training site. Additional subspecialty training programs and fellowship programs are offered at some sites.

Spiritual Curriculum

Alongside their academic training, each resident will move simultaneously through a spiritual curriculum designed to mentor and disciple them to become the hands and feet of Jesus in their practice in Africa.


One year of PAACS surgical training requires about $25,000. We encourage residents to seek sponsorship for their training through outside sources. Residents who aren’t able to find sponsorship are most often sponsored through PAACS.

Minimum Application Requirements:
  • Be a citizen of an African country.

  • Be a graduate of a recognized medical program and completed an internship program.

  • Be a sincere follower of Jesus Christ as evidenced by your words, your actions and your lifestyle.

  • Be 35 years old or less and exceptionally fluent in English.

  • Have a strong written recommendation from your pastor and a medical colleague who knows you well and has worked with you in a clinical setting.

  • Agree to accept work at a hospital approved by your sponsor, one year for each year of residency training.

Application Deadline:

The initial application is due April 15th. A follow up supplemental application which includes required recommendations and other information will be sent after receipt of the initial application. All materials from both the initial and supplemental application are due by May 15th. The application has multiple parts, so begin early and be aware that the full application with all accompanying documents needs to be completed and submitted to by May 15th.

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SPECIAL NOTE:  PAACS does NOT provide training scholarships for anyone except those who have been accepted into a PAACS training program. One must be accepted before applying for a scholarship.