A BRIEF TO KAP CONFERENCE ON MASENO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - Prof J. R. Aluoch

A BRIEF TO KENYA ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS’ (KAP) CONFERENCE ON MASENO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE BY PROF. JOASH R. ALUOCH DEAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HONORARY CHAIR, KAP CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE KISUMU, 24TH MARCH 2011

BACKGROUND

Maseno University is a monument in Western Kenya that crowns the education enterprise at Maseno for the last 100 years. The name “Maseno” was coined by Rev. J.J. Willis out of the name

of a tree known in local dialects as “Oseno” or “Oluseno” that stood next to the spot where the first Missionaries erected their base. Maseno became a full-fledged University in January 2001 through the Maseno University Act 2000. Maseno University is located on the Equator and is some 15 km off the shores of Lake Victoria, at Maseno Township along Kisumu-Busia road; some 25 km from Kisumu and 400 km West of Nairobi. Administrative hierarchy:

The Chancellor is Prof. Farida Karani who is assisted in the running of the University by the University Council which was, until recently, chaired by our Keynote Speaker of today; Prof. Nimrod Bwibo. The current University Council Chairman is Prof. Kiptoon. The Vice-Chancellor is Prof. D.W. Makawiti. Deputy Vice-Chancellors are: Deans and Directors of Schools/Faculties and Heads of Departments.

For further information visit the University website: http://www.maseno.ac.ke

MASENO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

INTRODUCTION

The School (Faculty) of Medicine is the youngest faculty at Maseno University and thereby the pioneer School of Medicine in the Whole of Kenya’s Western Region, established early in the year 2009 with the speaker as the Founding Dean. It is started, to boost training of Medical Doctors alongside other public medical Schools in Kenya like in the University of Nairobi and Moi University.

An academic centre for training and producing qualified medical doctors in the expansive lake basin of Nyanza and other Western Kenya regions was long overdue taken into account that region is a harbor for nearly all thinkable infectious and tropical diseases. Its Mission and Vision embrace similar themes for the University with appropriate modification.

VISION

Embracing Maseno University’s “Foundation of Excellence”: To be a centre of excellence in training in medicine and medical research.

MISSION

To produce Quality and Qualified Medical graduates capable of practicing Evidence Based Medicine and Applied Research with Community orientation in the 21st century and beyond.

CURRICULUM AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

There is a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum for Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree which initially includes the Programmes for Dentistry, Pharmacology and Nursing. These three departments of Dentistry, Pharmacology and Nursing will later become independent Schools as Schools of Dental Sciences, Pharmacy and Nursing Sciences respectively.

The intended departments at Maseno University School of Medicine are as follows:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Behavioral Sciences (including Psychiatry)
  4. Gynecology and Obstetrics
  5. Internal Medicine
  6. Medical Microbiology 
  7. Nursing Sciences
  8. Pediatrics & Child Health
  9. Pharmacology 
  10. Human Pathology (including Clinical Chemistry and Immunology)
  11. Physiology
  12. Radiology Medical Imaging
  13. Surgery (including Anesthesiology, Dentistry, ENT, Ophthalmology and Orthopedics)

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Admission into the undergraduate programmes of the School of Medicine will be as follows. A candidate must obtain a mean grade of at least B+ in the Kenya certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) or its equivalent and have passed the subject clusters indicated below at the same sitting with the following minimum grades.

(i) Alternative A:

Biology B+, Chemistry B+, Mathematics or Physics B+ ,English or Kiswahili B

Alternative B:

Biological Sciences A, Physical Sciences A, Mathematics B+, English or Kiswahili B

Other details on admission requirements are obtainable from the Dean’s Office or the University’s Academic Division.

Post-graduate Programmes Anticipated post-graduate programmes include:

  1. Master of Medicine (M. Med) in the various clinical or subclinical disciplines already mentioned for the undergraduate degree.
  2. Master of Science (M.Sc.) in the various basic Sciences disciplines mentioned for the undergraduate programmes.
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees of the candidate’s choice in any of the above fields in medicine.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE WILL THEREFORE INCLUDE:

  1. Teaching and graduating undergraduate (and later postgraduate) candidates each academic year.
  2. Conducting both bench and clinical research in the medical and bio-medical sciences.
  3. Collaborating with both national and international Universities as well as recognized research institutions.
  4. Forming partnerships with the same under 3, also for student and staff exchange programmes.

SPECIFIC ATTENTION OF THE KENYA ASSOCIATION of PHYSICIANS WITH REGARD TO THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, MASENO UNIVERSITY.

Permit me to prioritize the needs for assistance with my new School of Medicine as follows:

  1. First there is need for proper start of the basic medical sciences with qualified and specialized Professors, first for Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology and Pathology (Pathologic Anatomy).
  2. Second is with regard to equipment for use in teaching and research in the laboratories for the sciences mentioned in 1. (Above).
  3. Thirdly construction and building of a at least 350 bed to 750 bed Teaching hospital within the University precincts
  4. Last but not least is the appeal to KAP both as an institution and through individual membership to prepare to come to this only school of medicine on the equator on earth to foster a department of internal medicine in this region, a “resource constraint setting for management of communicable and non-communicable diseases” and to encourage colleagues from other specialties to do likewise.

THANK YOU FOR THE ATTENTION

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