Education

UofT OBGYN Resident Dr. Evan Taerk instructs on LEEP (Loop electrosurgical excision procedure) technique in Eldoret.

UofT OBGYN Resident Dr. Evan Taerk instructs on LEEP (Loop electrosurgical excision procedure) technique in Eldoret.

Exchange
Faculty and trainees from Moi University and the University of Toronto have the opportunity to participate in placements in reproductive health in Toronto and Eldoret, respectively. The bilateral exchange is generously supported by the Alan Bocking Scholarship as well as by funding from the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and partner hospitals, Mount Sinai, St. Michael’s, and Sunnybrook. For more information, see our Get Involved page.

Education at Moi University
Since 2005, faculty members from the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology have participated in placements at Moi University’s School of Medicine/Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MUSOM/MTRH), supporting undergraduate and faculty education. This included important core development of both Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Oncology, two reproductive health subspecialties that are lacking in Kenya.

In order to provide education opportunities for House Staff at MTRH, “MTRH-Toronto Teaching Rounds” have been instituted every Friday at noon. These rounds provide informal teaching and open a dialogue for the Interns and Medical Officers at MRTH. All Toronto visitors are encouraged to attend.

Education at the University of Toronto
Several Kenyan Department of Reproductive Health (DRH) physicians from MUSOM/MTRH have visited the University of Toronto, conducting observerships in cervical cancer care. Each year, two senior Kenyan undergraduate medical students from MUSOM complete a six-week medical rotation at Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Kenyan postgraduate OBGYN residents also conduct electives in Toronto. This allows for the development of both personal and professional relationships, a broad exposure to high-quality medical care, and a vision for Kenya’s potential.

Management of labor here [at Mt. Sinai and St. Michael’s Hospitals] is just remarkable.

– Annah Andavuki, MUSOM medical student in Elective Reflection, 2008

MUSOM Student Reflections

Austin Jauyo (2014)
Mutai Frank (2014)
Methuselah Tirop Korir (2010)
David Kigundu Rutha (2010)
Soita Wycliffe Chitiavi (2009)
George Gatebu Ngare (2009)
Damaris Ndambuki (2008)
Annah Andavuki (2008)

Current Objectives For Educational Activities

Improved Maternal Health

  • Support the implementation of MUSOM’s new Masters of Medicine postgraduate training programme in Reproductive Health, including third-year elective placements in Toronto
  • Training and support for Community Health Workers
  • Involve medical and MPH students and residents from UofT, MUSOM and other Kenyan universities in a maternal health program
  • Implement the ALARM (Advances in Labour and Risk Management) International Program

Treatment and Prevention of Cervical Cancer

  • Provide continuing medical education and clinical support for cervical cancer screening, treatment of precancerous abnormalities and treatment of cancer with surgery and chemotherapy
  • Involve medical and MPH students and residents from UofT, MUSOM, and other Kenyan universities in the oncology program

Treatment and Prevention of Obstetric Fistulas

  • Provide continuing medical education in surgical skills to treat completed fistulas to the head of MTRH’s Fistula Centre
  • Assist with development of a Centre of Excellence in fistula repair and surgical training of other local surgeons and research into issues of fistula repair
  • Involve medical students, MPH students, and residents from UofT, MUSOM, and other Kenyan universities in obstetric fistula activities