Your Mission: Get Ready! Get Set! GO!
You have made the decision to go on a mission trip or move to the mission field. Now, there are questions galore that pop into your mind–questions about health, safety, begging, food, water, customs, and culture as well as the deeper spiritual ones. Your Mission: Get Ready! Get Set! GO! is designed to answer those, not only for the short-term or career missionary, but also for the spouse whose idea of roughing it is a four-star hotel. This is a companion book to Medical Missions: Get Ready! Get Set! GO! Both are written to stand alone, but Dr. Steffes recommends that the medical missionary use both, even though some material may be duplicated.
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by Dr. Bruce Steffes
Bruce Steffes joined the PAACS Commission in November, 2003. He served as the Executive Director of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeon from March 2006 until December 2014 and has served as Chief Medical Officer until his retirement in December 2016. Since early 1998, Bruce has spent the majority of each year as a volunteer physician, general surgeon and administrator in developing countries. He has logged almost 1.2 million air miles while serving in Haiti, Belize, Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Gabon, Togo, Benin, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. He has also visited several other countries and medical works in developing nations.
His undergraduate work was at Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania (now Clarks Summit University) and the University of Michigan – Flint College. He received an early acceptance into medical school after his junior year of undergraduate studies, and therefore he never received his undergraduate degree until 2014 when he completed his degree in “accelerated studies” 45 years after he started as a freshman. He graduated in 1976 from the University of Michigan College of Medicine and then trained six years in general surgery at the University of Florida. He became a certified surgical intensivist, grandfathering in by writing the exam in 1992. He has been also awarded a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (1997) and was certified in tropical medicine by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has also received a Masters of Arts in Biblical Ministry from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania (2014).
A member of CMDA for over 40 years, he is active in other ministries of the CMDA and is especially interested in medical education. He served as a member and is now the financial officer of the Continuing Medical and Dental Education Commission (CMDE) which is involved in the provision of continuing medical education for American medical missionaries, has taught resuscitation courses in East Africa with Medical Education International (MEI) and has spoken several times at the Global Missions Conference in Louisville, KY and the Prescription for Renewal Conference at The Cove in Asheville, NC. He and his wife, Micky, have written the “Handbook for Short Term Medical Missionaries”, published by ABWE (2002), and updated it in two volumes, Medical Missions: Get Ready, Get Set, GO! (S3 Publishing, 2009) and Your Mission: Get Ready, Get Set, GO! (S3 Publishing, 2010), both of which are available through the CMDA resource Web site. When in the US, Steffes served for a decade as a volunteer associate clinical professor of surgery at Duke University and until December 2013, taught anatomy and physiology each fall for 16 years in the Physician Assistant Program at Methodist University in his adopted hometown of Fayetteville, NC. He is also associate professor in surgery at Loma Linda University and he is also a guest lecturer yearly at the West Virginia University Clinical Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Training Course. In 2009, he was named as one of the Distinguished Global Faculty of The University of Toledo.