In line with our mission statement...excellence in teaching for service, our medical education activities have grown over the years and currently include medical student electives, internship for clinical and medical officers, and residency programs in Family Health and General Surgery.
Electives for Medical students
We welcome both Kenyan and international medical students every year. This has become a critical entry point for the rest of our medical education programs and staffing for the hospital.
Through international students, doors have opened for friendships, partnerships, and short-term as well as long-term medical staff. Kenyan medical students have provided linkages with Kenyan medical schools that are a source of our Medical Officer Interns and Residents. Medical students apply directly to the hospital or through the Christian Medical Fellowship of Kenya (CMF/CMDA-Kenya).
The Medical officer Internship Program began in 1995. It is a collaboration between the Government of Kenya, Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and participating mission hospitals.
The Internship Program is one of the most successful programs at Tenwek. Graduates of this program are now serving at various levels in government, private, and mission hospitals in Kenya and beyond. Prospective medical officer interns apply through CHAK. Interviews are done jointly with other mission hospitals just before Nairobi and Moi University final year students sit for their final exams. Students who have studied outside Kenya are also considered during this time. They need to have sorted out their pre-internship status with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists' Board of Kenya.
Clinical Officer Interns are also taken at the same time. Prospective interns apply directly to the Hospital. Short listed candidates are invited for interviews in the hospital. Graduates of this program have been critical in serving in the outpatient department and in theatre as CO anesthetists. Others have joined the ophthalmology department.
Master of Medicine in Family Health
This is a three year program leading to the award of the above degree by Moi University. It is a relatively new program in Kenya, started in 2005. The core areas of training include comprehensive clinical care, management, community health, and research. Registrars may be self-sponsored, sponsored through Kenya's Ministry of Health, or through training hospitals. The requirements are the same as for any masters program in Kenya.