The Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and the Christian Internal Medicine Specialization (CIMS) programmes have received new residents for training with calls on them to offer compassionate and quality care to patients. Addressing two PAACS and three CIMS residents (one still to join) at a White Coat Ceremony in Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) on August 6, 2015, the Technical Adviser II to the Director of Health Services, Mr. Ngam Joseph Ful charged the new residents to compliment rather than compete with one another. He stressed on the enormous power that synergy brings.
Other speakers at the ceremony included the Senior Administrator for MBH, Mr. Nji Richard Nkeh and the Chief Medical Officer for MBH, Dr. Acha Evaristus who all reminded the new comers of the enormous work ahead of them assuring them of total support from the MBH family. Mr. Nji described MBH as a suitable environment for studies, reminding the residents that “winners never quit”.
Before dressing the new residents in their white coats and handing them voluminous books, a copy each and other tools, the PAACS Director for Mbingo, Dr. Jim Brown and CIMS Internal Medicine Faculty, Dr. Barrier Chuck who represented the CIMS Director for Mbingo, Dr. Dennis Palmer, both took time to explain the vision of the two training programmes.
The Director of PAACS Mbingo, Dr. Jim Brown told the new residents that PAACS is an educational programme which began in 2006 and does not only teach surgery but pay attention to the foundation of science. He said PAACS’ major focus is on evidenced-based medicine and thus they strive to get the right diagnosis and offer appropriate treatment. Dr. Jim added that PAACS is more than a surgery programme. “We are a Christian discipleship programme. We want to see Christ develop in our residents. We hold bible studies, sing and pray for our patients,” he added.
On his part, Dr. Barrier Chuck, told all including the residents that CIMS started nine years ago and seeks to train residents in internal medicine the same way PAACS does. He said the programme’s aim is to ensure that the CBC Health Services practices medicine the same way it is done around the world with a special focus on spiritual well-being of patients.
In a charge to the new residents, the Head Chaplain for MBH exhorted them to be strong and courageous as they face the training which was described as ‘difficult’. Drawing inspiration from Joshua 1:6-8, the man of God told the medics to fix their eyes on Jesus and not to quit in spite of the challenges that they will face.
The PAACS and CIMS residents will be trained for five and four years respectively.
The White Coat Ceremony signifies the beginning of a career for a medical student. This ceremony creates a psychological, intellectual, and ethical contract for the profession and promotes empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training.