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The School of Medicine is one of the newest schools to be established at Maseno University. It has been developed under close consultations with diverse medical professionals and the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, and is accredited by the Board to offer medical training in Kenya. The School’s core mandate is to train and produce high quality doctors and other health professionals who are proficient in clinical care, preventive medicine, management of health service and medical research.

The School currently offers Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) with Information Technology (IT) degree programme. The goal of the training programme is to bridge the growing demand for medical doctors who are capable of providing quality clinical care and preventive medicine. Graduates of the School will be equipped with adequate knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and competencies in clinical practice and community health services to provide quality service in Kenya, regionally and beyond. They will also be adequately prepared to undertake health research, and play a significant role in generating new knowledge through prospective research into molecular and cellular aspects of diseases through clinical care and to disease prevention.

The MBChB degree programme is offered on a full-time basis for a duration of six (6) academic years, divided in three Semesters. The curriculum is organized into Three Levels:  Level I, in the 1st and 2nd years of study emphasizes learning of the Normal Structure and Functions of the human body; Level II, in the 3rd year deals with Pathology and Pathophysiology; and Level III in the 4th to 6th years focuses on teaching Clinical Management of patients with different disorders
Training, with practical learning experiences, is offered at our new state-of-the-art laboratories at the main campus (Siriba) while clinical teaching is provided at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital and other hospitals in the region. The pioneer medical students were admitted in January 2012. Plans are underway to launch the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing with Information Technology( IT) in the 2012/2013 academic year.

The role of MUSOM (Maseno University School of Medicine) in the implementation of Maseno University's Mission:

The mission of Maseno University is to produce practically-oriented human resource that contributes effectively to the social, intellectual and academic development nationally, regionally and internationally. In line with this, the School of Medicine has purposely been established to bridge the growing demand for high caliber health personnel in Kenya through training of medical doctors capable of addressing the national and regional health problems, with particular emphasis on tropical diseases. Graduates of the School will be equipped with adequate knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and competencies in clinical care, community health and tropical medicine to provide quality service in Kenya, regionally and beyond. They will also be adequately prepared to undertake health research, and play a significant role in generating new knowledge through prospective research into molecular and cellular aspects of diseases through clinical care and to disease prevention.

Vision:

To be a Medical School of excellence in the training of health professionals capable of effectively addressing the local, national and regional health problems.

Mission:
To produce quality and qualified health professionals equipped with adequate knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and competencies in clinical care, preventive medicine, management of health care services, and capable of generating new knowledge through research.

Objectives

1)       To provide quality teaching, clinical services  and medical research

2)       To inculcate proficiency in the diagnosis, treatment, disease prevention and promotion of health

3)       To impart knowledge and interest of students in medical research and continuing education for generation, preservation and dissemination of new knowledge and skills

4)       To facilitate acquisition of knowledge and understanding of medical ethics and respect for socio-cultural factors and economic in the diverse communities served by graduates of the school

     

    ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF OUR GRADUATES:
    Graduates of the MBChB degree programme shall be adequately trained to perform the following roles and functions:

    1. Clinical management of patients.
    2. Management of health services at all levels.
    3. Participation in disease prevention and health promotion activities.
    4. Carrying out clinical and public health research in priority health problems.
    5. Engagement in continuing medical education and research.
    6. Participation in teaching and training of health personnel.
    7. Participation, as a member of health team, in health delivery services at all levels.

    PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
    At the completion of this MBChB training programme, our graduates should be able to:

    1. Apply knowledge of physical, biomedical, psychological, social, developmental and environmental mechanisms in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and prevention of illness.
    2. Apply the process of critical reasoning in patient care.
    3. Understand the importance of broader social determinants of health such as gender, education and socio-economic factors.
    4. Practice medicine in a community context and contribute to the identification and solving of community health problems.
    5. Contribute actively to the promotion and maintenance of good health, and the prevention of diseases and ill-health.
    6. Plan and implement training/educational programmes for the community and health workers.
    7. Apply principles of research in identifying and managing health problems.
    8. Manage health care services.
    9. Engage in and maintain productive professional relationships.
    10. Evaluate own performance, plan and implement own education for the maintenance and further development of own knowledge, skills and attitudes.
    11. Have positive and responsive attitudes, and conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner in all professional duties and responsibilities.


    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    All candidates for the MBChB degree programme shall:

    i)    Meet the entry requirements for admission into degree programmes at Maseno University;
    ii)   In addition to (i) above, 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.

    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

    OR

    iii)  Have obtained Three principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics at Advanced (A) level of Education.

    OR

    iv)  Be holders of a Diploma in Clinical Medicine from a recognized Medical Training Institution and registered as Clinical Officers.  Such candidates must have attained the minimum University entry requirements of C+ at KCSE or Division II at Ordinary (O) level of Education with credits in Biology and Chemistry, and Mathematics or Physics.

    OR

    v)   Be holders of a BSc degree in health-related sciences such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science, and Medical Laboratory Technology or BSc in basic sciences majoring in Biology, Zoology or Chemistry or Bachelor of Pharmacy.

    EXEMPTION:
    A student admitted to the MBChB programme based on criteria 4 (v) above may be exempted from a course or courses if he or she had taken and passed the course or courses in the respective BSc. degree programme, the content and coverage of such courses shall be verified by the School Board and approved by Senate. In addition, the student must have met the admission requirements for the MBChB programme as defined under 4(ii) above.

    PROGRAMME DURATION:
    The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree programme is a full time programme and shall extend over a period of six academic years, divided in three semesters per year, in which semester 1 and 2 shall consist of 16 weeks, and the third semester 12 weeks.


    CURRICULUM DESIGN AND STRUCTURE:


    1. Design:
    The MBChB curriculum is designed to allow for both horizontal and vertical integration of knowledge and skills. Horizontal integration stresses cross-relation between parallel disciplines such as anatomy and physiology or at clinical level, clinical pharmacology and internal medicine.  Vertical integration stresses inter-relations between basic or bridging medical sciences, community health and clinical sciences. There shall be no rigid separation of pre-clinical and clinical phases of the programme, and efforts shall be made to integrate basic sciences, clinical and community aspects of health and disease throughout the programme, with changing emphasis at each stage.  The community aspect of the curriculum is designed to enable students acquire an understanding of public health problems and participate in solving them. Students will be expected to understand the various factors that predispose humans to disease, learn and apply the relevant skills in disease prevention, management and health promotion.

    2. Course Structure
    The curriculum is organized into Three Levels taken over six-years:  Level I in the 1st and 2nd years of study emphasizes learning of the Normal Structure and Functions of the human body; Level II in the 3rd year deals with Pathology and Pathophysiology; and Level III in the 4th to 6th years focuses on Clinical Management of patients with different disorders.  These levels form a spiral in which students revisit all body systems with different emphasis as they advance in their studies.  At the clinical level, students systematically learn about human disorders and their management through theoretical discussions, practical clinical demonstrations and clerkships.  This level covers year 4 through year 6, and comprises of junior clerkships, specialty clinical disciplines and senior clerkships.  Community health component is integrated in the relevant courses throughout the programme, with the practical application being undertaken as field attachments in years 2 and year 5.

    3. Unit System

    The Maseno University unit system of study shall apply as follows:-
    One (1) unit of study = 16 hours of lectures
    or 32 hours of tutorials
    or 48 hours of practicals/clerkship per semester


    EXAMINATION REGULATIONS:

    The University’s Common Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Examinations shall apply, with the following exemptions for the MBChB degree programme:
    i) End of semester examinations shall constitute 60% and Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) 40% of the final marks.
    ii) End of semester examinations shall comprise of a written paper, laboratory practicals for pre-clinical courses, and clinical examination for clinical courses.
    iii) The pass mark for each course shall be 50%.
    iv) The final mark for each course shall be rounded off to the nearest whole number.
    v) A candidate who fails to satisfy examiners in the clinical component of a given subject, shall be deemed to have failed the overall examination in that subject even if he/she will have obtained a final mark of 50% or higher.
    vi) The Examination grading system for each course shall be as follows:

    Percentage marks        Grade

    75% - 100%                  A (Distinction)
    65% - 74%                    B (Credit)
    50% - 64%                    C (pass)
    0% - 49%                      D (Fail)

    vii) A candidate who sits examinations for the first time and fails in not more than 25% of the total Units of courses in the academic year shall, on recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of the Senate, be allowed to sit a supplementary examination in the failed course(s), taken within one month from the date provisional results are released.  If the candidate attains a pass in the supplementary examination he/she shall be deemed to have passed the respective University examination for the year.  A candidate who fails a supplementary examination shall repeat the year.
    viii) A candidate who sits examinations for the first time and fails in between 25% and 50% of the total Units in the academic year shall, on recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, repeat the year.  No candidate shall be allowed to repeat on academic grounds any one year more than once.
    ix) A candidate who sits examinations for the first time and fails in more than 50% of the total Units in the year shall, on recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, be discontinued.
    x) A student who is discontinued in the MBChB programme may be admitted to any other degree programme for which he or she qualifies.

    AWARD OF THE MBChB DEGREE WITH IT
    i) A candidate who satisfies examiners in the final year, shall on recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) with Information Technology (IT).
    ii) Award of degree shall be subject to candidates having passed all the proscribed courses of the programme.
    iii) The MBChB degree shall not be classified.


    COURSE CODE:
    MBS - Medicine Basic Sciences
    MCS - Medicine Clinical Sciences
    MCH - Medicine Community Health
    MMS - Medicine Miscellaneous Sciences
    MPS -  Medicine Pathology Sciences