Mark J. Holterman, Medical

PAPS’ Global Alliance Partnership Program

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Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons
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Dr. Mark Holterman is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Holterman keeps abreast and stays involved with the latest developments and events in the field of pediatric surgery through his affiliation with various professional organizations. One of the groups Mark Holterman, MD, is involved with is the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS).

PAPS was founded in 1967 to enhance educational and social connections among pediatric surgeons originating from Pacific Rim countries. Through the initiative of Dr. James Warden, the Global Alliance Partnership (GAP) program was established to enable young pediatric surgeons from developing countries to gain exposure to the latest advancements in the field of pediatric surgery by attending PAPS’ annual meetings.

Launched in 1989 to support surgeons from Pacific Rim nations, GAP is now open to all pediatric surgeons from low or middle-income countries. GAP provides financial assistance to attend the annual meeting to those who meet qualification requirements. The qualified GAP guest(s) typically deliver a PAPS-reviewed presentation during the annual meeting.

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Mark J. Holterman, Medical

IPSAC-VN’s First 2017 Mission

 

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International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam
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Mark Holterman, MD, teaches courses in pediatrics and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Alongside his work as an educator, Dr. Mark Holterman supports charitable medical work around the world, including work through the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN), an organization he helped create.

The IPSAC-VN is a volunteer organization focused on improving pediatric surgery in Vietnam through education, training, and partnerships with local physicians. The organization routinely conducts physician exchange programs, allowing Vietnamese professionals to learn from their colleagues around the world.

Physicians with the IPSAC-VN recently completed the first mission of 2017. From March 6-10, volunteers participated in exchanges at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Kon Tum, and Can Tho. These exchanges targeted improvement in patient care and program development as well as general workforce improvement.