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.