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GAP Program

 

The Global Alliance Partnership (GAP) is a unique learning experience PAPS offers to pediatric surgeons in underserved nations or areas. 

 

Benefits

PAPS shall provide to the GAP Fellow(s) the following

  • Registration for the annual meeting
  • Roundtrip economy airfare to the annual meeting
  • Observership sponsored by the Local Organizing Committee Chair either before or after the annual meeting
  • Hotel room and meal expenses for the annual meeting and observership
  • USD$500 GAP Scholarship
  • A textbook of choice
  • PAPS membership without fees for 5 years following the annual meeting

Expenses for family members are NOT provided

 

Eligibility

Candidates must reside and practice in a low- or middle-income country, as defined annually by the World Bank.

They must have completed their pediatric surgery training prior to applying.

The candidate should not have the resources to provide his/her own funding to attend the meeting.

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Fellowship Requirements

PAPS prefers that candidates seek a PAPS member to nominate them for the GAP program. Nominations of candidates can be made to the GAP Chair by any PAPS member in good standing. Candidates can also directly request the GAP Chair to nominate them if they do not know any PAPS members. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2023.

Each GAP Fellow shall be expected to deliver a presentation at the annual meeting. He/she shall be asked to submit the title and short summary of his/her presentation to the GAP Chair and the Program Chair one month prior to the annual meeting. He/she shall also be encouraged to submit an abstract to the scientific program if he/she so wishes; however, such abstract shall be judged using similar criteria as all submitted abstracts.

 

Required Application Forms

1) GAP Application Form
2) GAP Nomination Form

 

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The Legacy of M. James Warden

M. James Warden, MD was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada on November 29, 1923.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1950.  He then completed his general and pediatric surgical training in Detroit from 1951 to 1955.  He started his pediatric surgical practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario in 1956.  A few years afterwards, he moved to southern California to join Kaiser Permanante, where he built an extensive pediatric surgical career. Dr. Warden joined the surgical faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 1984.  In 1990, he was appointed chief of the division of pediatric surgery at UCI.  In that capacity, he built the division as a major academic pediatric surgical center in southern California.

Dr. Warden had a particular interest in international pediatric surgery.  He lectured and operated in several foreign countries, including Kenya and China.  He established a guest assistance program, now called the M. James Warden Global Alliance Partnership, in the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.  This program offers financial assistance to pediatric surgeons from low and middle-income countries to attend, and lecture at the annual PAPS meeting. To date, the program has allowed dozens of such surgeons to attend PAPS, become members, and forge relationships with surgeons across PAPS, who continue to support them clinically and academically. 

Outside of medicine, Dr. Warden’s passions were his family, hockey, sailing, and fishing.  He departed peacefully on August 11, 1999 while fishing in Alaska.   He is remembered at UCI and throughout the pediatric surgical community as a warm and caring surgeon, teacher, and friend.  The GAP program is a tribute to Dr. Warden’s legacy, and his four decades of compassionate care of children with surgical diseases around the world.

Read this feature article "Twenty-five years of the James Warden Guest Assistance Program of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons" by Dr. Cynthia Reyes, former PAPS President (2017-2018).

 

Previous M. James Warden Guest Assistance Program Participants

1989

Mario Venela 

Chile

1990

Luis Pedroza

Mexico

Luis Canchez

Peru

1991

Nguyen Xuan Thu

Vietnam

1992

LeopoldoTorres                                       

Mexico

1994

Xisheng Zhang 

China

Amaung Maung 

Myanmar

1996

Zhou Yuan 

China

1997

Ricardo Peniche    

Mexico

1998

Chi Mean Hea 

Cambodia

1999

Alexsey Podkamenev      

Russia

2000

Luis Mondragon        

Mexico

2001

Shan Zheng 

China

2002

Sandra Montedonico-Rimassa  

Chile

Anna Shapinka 

Russia

2003

Sar Vuthy 

Cambodia

2004

Mclee Aite Mathew     

Papua New Guinea

2005

Alejandro Ayon

Nicaragua

2006

Surachai Saranrittichel  

Thailand

2007

Safwat Andrawes   

Kenya

2008

Daniel Acosta Farina

Ecuador

2009

Nguyen Kinh Bang

Vietnam

2010

Hoxson Okti Poki            

Papua New Guinea

Jitoko K. Cama

Fiji Islands

2011

Jose Moledo   

Venezuela

Julian Luna Montalvan  

Ecuador

2012

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2013

Ben Yapo     

Papua New Guinea

Josese Turagava  

Fiji Islands

2014

Marcus Lester Suntay

Philippines

2015

Juan Francisco Campos

El Salvador

Leecarlo Millano

Indonesia

2016

Thanh Dinh

Vietnam

Basil Leodoro

Vanuatu

2017

Jack Mulu

Papua, New Guinea

2018

Sumit Dhuria

India

2019

Dunya Moghul

Afghanistan

Muhammed Rafi Fazli Afghanistan
2022 Emiliana Lia Indonesia
Gunadi Indonesia
2023 Sirima Liukitithara Thailand
Jorge Rodriguez Mexico
     

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About Us

Despite PAPS being one of the largest pediatric surgery associations in the world, we share a strong sense of family with fellow members and guests.  We have a lot of fun at meetings, and are much more relaxed than any other surgical society. We don't even allow neckties at any PAPS meeting....wear one and it will be quickly cut off!

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