MASTER OF MEDICINE IN PAEDIATRIC SURGERY (MMed PS)

Overview

The goal of surgical training is to produce surgeons who are capable of practising independently, delivering safe and high-quality surgical care, and meeting the surgical needs of the community at large. This process involves building the anatomic and pathophysiologic fund of knowledge required to understand surgical disease, acquiring and refining the cognitive and technical skills required to correct it, and developing the clinical judgment and decision-making necessary to know when to exercise it. Integral to this process is the graduated independence or progressive autonomy afforded to trainees as they transition to the independent provision of safe, high-quality surgical care. Acquisition of clinical judgment requires and decision-making hours of deliberate practice in surgical training.

Goal of the programme

  • The goal of this programme is to provide learners with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, develop confidence and skills in the application of principles of paediatric surgery in the management of surgical patients.
  • This programme aims to encourage the acquisition of paediatric surgery skills that would enable participants to apply the skills of critical analysis, interpretation and discussion of information and data relating to paediatric surgery.
  • The objective of the program is to produce qualified surgeons with knowledge, skills and attitudes which will enable them to function effectively as general surgeons.

Expected learning outcomes

The objective of the program is to produce qualified surgeons with knowledge, skills and attitudes which will enable them to function effectively as Paediatric surgeons. Specifically, they will be competent in the following areas:

  • Alimentary tract, inguinoscrotal pathology, Paediatric urology, hepatobiliary and oncology surgery.
  • With essential capability in orthopaedic surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery, head and neck, and reconstructive surgery.
  • Knowledgeable, skilful, ethical and compassionate with a sound orientation towards the community and an interest in research.

 

Mode of delivery of the programme

This programme will be delivered through

a. Face-Face Mode

b. Self-directed learning

The training program shall be completed in a minimum of 5 academic years and subject to permission from the Senate, can be extended to a maximum of 10 academic years. 

The first two years shall be common to all Masters’ Programmes within the Department of Surgery.

The course shall consist of 236 units of 60 hours each over 15 terms of 12 weeks each

All courses units shall be compulsory

The degree programme shall be offered full time in two parts;

Part one shall consist of the following courses:

Year one: Surgical Anatomy, Surgical Physiology, Principles of Surgery, Surgical Pathology, and Surgery, log book, Research methods, Biostatistics Epidemiology

Year Two: Principles and Practice of Surgery including applied molecular biology, and rotations and general surgery (6 months) orthopaedic and trauma surgery (3 months) ICU and critical care (3 months).

Part Two (Years 3, 4 and 5) Principles and Practice of Paediatric Surgery, Practice of Paediatric Surgery, Log Book and Dissertation.

  • All taught course units covered will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, clinical work, clinical teachings, seminars, conferences, teaching in a surgical skill's laboratory, log book and on call duties.
  • To complete all courses as stipulated, candidates will be expected to have a minimum of 60 contact hours a week.
  • The dissertation shall be agreed upon between the candidate and the department.  The writing of the dissertation shall be during the part two of the programme.
  • The Paediatric Surgery logbook shall contain a chronological list of all diagnostic and operative procedures completed during training.
  • A candidate may in special circumstances be discontinued from the programme;
    • On medical grounds, if the senate shall find him/her unfit to continue.
    • If he/she does not meet the requirements specified in the documents below;
      • Manual on code of conduct of Medical Ethics published by the Medical practitioners and Dentists Board in Kenya
      • Public Officers Ethics Act, 2003, Part III, general Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • A candidate exceeding the prescribed maximum duration of the course without valid reason shall be discontinued.

A candidate may, on the recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third of the non-clinical taught course units offered in the programme. 

 A candidate registered in any other surgical speciality trainings offered in the Department of Surgery, University of Nairobi, may after successful completion of part one examination's transfer credits and register in the Paediatric Surgery course at year three.

A candidate who holds a Master of Medicine in General Surgery degree (MMed), of the University of Nairobi, may be exempt from part I of the course.

Application for course exemption shall be processed after payment of prescribed fee.

Applicants shall be exempted from course units equivalent to those offered in the University of Nairobi. 

A candidate seeking course exemption shall send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean, School of Medicine. Justification of request and evidence of credentials which would support such a request shall be attached to the application.

 

Common Regulations for the Master of Medicine Degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

Candidates eligible for admission into the course shall fulfil the following conditions;

Hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualification from an institution recognised by the University of Nairobi Senate.

Posses evidence of registration or eligibility to be licensed by Medical Practitioner’s and Dentists Board in Kenya.  Must also show evidence of retention on the list of the Medical Practitioner’s and Dentists Board

Possess a certificate of good conduct from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board or any equivalent authority from the country of origin.

Show proficiency in use of the English language.

Obtain a valid professional indemnity cover during the period of clinical training.

Year 1  TOTALS 
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
Totals                   685,000.00
   
Year 2  
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
Totals                   680,000.00
   
Year 3  
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
Totals                   680,000.00
   
Year 4  
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
Totals                   680,000.00
   
Year 5  
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                      30,000.00
Totals                   710,000.00
   
Grand totals    3,435,000.00