Posted on Apr 2, 2014 · Posted in News

Tenwek-Residents-OPTThe steady growth in Tenwek Hospital’s outstanding medical and surgical residency programs has precipitated a challenge that is both welcome and disconcerting. 

Russ White, MD, MPH, FACS, is thrilled to report that all of the Tenwek surgical residents who took their qualifying exams for the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa successfully passed their recent exams.

“It is a blessing to see these young doctors in our internship program, our family practice program, and our general surgical training program progressing through training, graduating, and going out into the region to be the hands and voice of Christ,” notes Dr. White who is Tenwek’s Chief of Surgery and Director of Medical Education. “However,” he adds, “with this growth has come an increased need for housing units for all of these trainees. We find ourselves in a position of completely running out of space for new trainees.”

With the inauguration of the residency program in orthopedic surgery in January 2014, the number of doctors in training who require housing includes six Family Practice residents, ten General Surgery residents, ten Orthopedic Surgery residents, twelve medical students, sixteen interns, and ten visiting students.

The need has even exceeded the capacity of the new housing unit that was built for this purpose just three years ago. “With filling all of our current housing units – and doubling up on many of them this year – we will not be able to take any new trainees into the programs as of January, 2015,” explains Dr. White.

Limiting enrollment is not an option Tenwek wants to consider. Its role with the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), a Christian consortium of surgical training programs, is critical. PAACS has a major influence on the training of surgeons in the region – 60% of all trainees taking qualifying exams were from PAACS programs. That’s why Tenwek’s program growth must be supported by meeting the housing need.

Housing for webTenwek’s leaders have developed plans for a new building to alleviate the housing strain and are trusting God to bring this plan to fruition within the next year. The proposed housing facility includes two separate, three-story buildings and will include some small apartments for married residents and dormitory-style housing for interns and medical students. The estimated budget for this important initiative is $800,000.

Fulfilling this urgent need will truly be an investment for the future of Africa, according to Dr. White. “This will provide housing for hundreds of Christian doctors in training who will disperse into many parts of Africa following training to be salt and light, and to take the Gospel of physical and spiritual healing to some of the most needy people on earth.”

Friends of Tenwek is joining World Gospel Mission in raising funds for this critical project. You can make an online gift to FOT for this purpose here.

Checks also can be mailed to:
Friends of Tenwek, Inc.
6277-600 Carolina Commons Drive
Box 191
Indian Land, SC 29707

All gifts are tax-deductible.


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