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The Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology


Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology staff with external examiner Prof. K. Tenge (second left) during 2016 examinations

Overview of the Deparment

The Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology was established in 2014 in anticipation of the training needs for the Maseno University Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB) program. The changing needs of surgical training in the MBChB and other programs necessitate a more elaborate training with an eye for innovation and a perspective of the more diverse and modern modes of patient care worldwide.

To this end the department is anchored on offering a firm, broad and innovative approach to surgery by our students.
The department currently undertakes six undergraduate courses for the MBChB program, participates in three undergraduate programs being undertaken by other departments and also participates in the training of residents in the Family Medicine master’s program.

The department has an established research group with ongoing research projects. We endeavour to partner with several organisations to broaden the research component in our training program and allow explore for exchange programs for our students.

We pride ourselves in having a structured department that offers our students the mentorship required to successfully complete their programs with the desired competencies in surgery.  We aspire to initiate residency programs in surgical and anaesthesia specialties in the next two years.



Mission Statement.
Delivering quality education and research, producing highly knowledgeable, skilled, ethical and valued health professionals. This is achieved using motivated, professional, creative and results orientated faculty finally resulting in a healthier Kenya



Vision Statement
To be a regional centre of excellence in surgical training and research, and train innovative healthcare providers with modern surgical perspectives. 


 

MBChB programme


Dr. C. Bitta
The department teaches the art and re-enforces the science of general surgery to undergraduate students in their fourth, fifth and sixth years of study.  These years are undertaken in the clinical areas at the JOOTRH.

During their rotations at the teaching hospital students are exposed varying surgical experiences within wards and service areas.  Teaching is facilitated by a number of faculty from both Maseno University and JOOTRH.  

Students as a result acquire hands on skills required to manage surgical cases.   Additionally using student centred learning, students learn the skills required for lifelong learning.

Currently the department does not run a postgraduate programme of its own, but plans are in progress to have a programme in place in the near future.

Orthopaedics

Dr. T. Otieno
In Africa, trauma is a significant proportion of the medical emergencies, with road traffic accidents being a major contributor. This high morbidity from orthopaedic injuries constitute a significant burden.

Orthopaedics also deals with other bone situations not associated with trauma for example birth defects, cancers, metabolic conditions and infections.  This wide spectrum makes orthopaedics and interesting speciality and tends to draw a number f students to the specialty.

The thematic area of orthopaedics introduces students to all aspects of orthopaedics including

 Anaesthesia

Dr. S. Okelo
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The unit prides itself in providing a concrete foundation of the art and science of anaesthesiology and critical care to the students in the school of medicine. It provides the courses to undergraduate students from the 4th to 6th year with the bulk of it during the 5th year, as well as to the postgraduate students of Family and Emergency Medicine.

Throughout their clinical years the students are taught and provided with the opportunity to learn skills in perioperative medicine. These include (but by no means limited to) preparation of patients for surgery, airway management, basic anaesthetic procedures, perioperative fluid and pain management and basics of critical care management.

A postgraduate training in anaesthesiology within the department is in the offing and should be running soon.


Dentist

Dr. I. Opondo
Thematic unit of dentistry aims to produce graduates able to address primary oral health care needs of the community.  Currently the majority of dental surgeons are deployed within the major urban areas and the school will strive to produce community centred dental graduates.

Poor dental health is a major problem within our rural community with about half of our children affected by either dental caries or fluorosis.  A time has come where our community should not accept these dental issues as an expected outcome within their lifetime.

It is our vision that in future the smiles of Kenyans will be a reflection of the work of the department's graduates.
The dental rotation is undertaken within the fifth year of study and utilises the JOOTRH.

Ear Nose and Throat

Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Ear Nose and Throat diseases have many consequences including hearing impairment, retarded language development, emotional strain and reduced quality of life.  Upper respiratory tract infection and otitis media being the most common seen in our environment, with the latter having a 655 prevalence rate in Africa.

Students rotating through ENT department are introduced to the spectrum of conditions in rhinology otology and laryngology.

The main emphasis at this level is made on accurate diagnosis, management and proper referral protocol.

Ophthalmology

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Similar of all specialties in the country there is an acute shortage of ophthalmologists.  Currently only one institution train’s specialist’s ophthalmologists as well as diploma students. 
These diploma students perform significant task shifting responsibilities for our eye patients due to shortages of specialists.

All undergraduate students are exposed to fundamental principles of ophthalmology during their fifth year.  On graduation, the department hopes those with an interest in eye pathology will go on to specialise in ophthalmology.

 


The department also participates in the teaching of the following MBChB Courses hosted by other departments:

 

  1.  Introduction to Clinical Techniques Course - hosted by the Department of Internal Medicine for third year students.  This course introduces students to the clinical setting, teaching them communication, techniques of relating to clinical patients, professionalism and etiquette.
  2. Junior Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, delivered as a component through the thematic area of Anaesthesiology.  The course is hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  3. Emergency Medicine Course for undergraduate MBChB students.  This course is hosted by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health for fifth year MBChB students.  Students are introduced to the basic principles of emergency care within the casualty department.
  4. Department offers teaching for their postgraduate students from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in their surgery related rotations.

Prof. Stephen W. O. Ogendo

Prof. Stephen W. O. Ogendo

Chair of Department

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBChB (UON) 1980
MMed Surgery (UON) 1987
PGDRM (UON) 2010
MHPE (Suez/Maastricht) 2016

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Dr. Stephen Okelo

Dr. Stephen Okelo

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBCHB (Moi) 2007
MMed Anaesthesia (UON) 2007
Advanced Certificate Course in Cardiovascular Anaesthesia (Cairo) 2011


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Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Dr. Henry Nyawanda

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBCHB (UON) 1999
MMed ENT (UON) 2007

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Dr. C. Bitta

Dr. C. Bitta

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MD (Kuban SMA) 2001
MMed Surgery (UON) 2010

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Dr. T. Otieno

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBCHB (UON) 2000
MMed Orthopaedics (Makerere) 2007

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Dr. P.N. Marwa

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBCHB (UON) 2004
MMed Surgery (UON) 2013

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Dr. I. Opondo

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBBS (UON) 1999
MDS Paediatric Dentistry (UON)


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Announcement for International Conference of Surgeons
The Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia invites all surgeons to the December conference of the Surgical Society of Kenya and the College of Surgeons of East Central and Sothern Africa.

 Appointment of Prof. Ogendo to CNHR

Recruitment of two new staff members

Curriculum development


Professor Stephen Ogendo hands over reins as president of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa.

The Department of surgery and anaesthesiology recently welcomed its first batch of fourth year students as well as ongoing fifth year students for the 2016 academic year.

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