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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 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, (MBChB), programme. 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 programme, participates in three undergraduate programs being undertaken by other departments and also participates in the training of residents in the Family Medicine master of medicines programme.

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 programme and allow exchange programs for our students.

We pride ourselves in having a structured department that offers our students the mentorship required to successfully complete their programmes with the desired competencies in surgery.  We aspire to initiate residency programmes 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 course cordinators

General surgery


Dr. C. Bitta

The department teaches the art and re-enforces the science of general surgery to undergraduate students in their fourth and sixth years of study.  These years are undertaken in the clinical areas at the JAramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referal Hospital, (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 by the end of 2018.

Orthopaedics and Trauma



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 of students to the specialty.

The thematic area of orthopaedics introduces students to all aspects of orthopaedics and trauma.

 Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Dr. S. Okelo

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.

Dental Health
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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 as a clinicla learning base.
 

Ear Nose and Throat
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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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Dr. Victor M. Njom

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:

 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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Department offers teaching for their postgraduate students from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in their surgery related rotations.

Postgraduate teaching by the Departmetn of Surgery and Anaesthesiology

  1. The department underakes training of postgraduate fmily mdicine students in General surgery and in Orthopaedics.
  2. Te Departmetn has a Senate apporvied curriculum for eneral surgery and hopes to admit its firs student by end of 2018.


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

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. Nevil Okwiri

 

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBCHB (UON) 2007
MMed ENT (UON) 2016

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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. E. 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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Dr. Victor Njom.

Email: dept-surganaesth@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Box Private Bag Kisumu

Qualification:
MBChB (UON) 2000
MMeD Ophthalmology (UON) 2006


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