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Mount Kenya University plans to build its own teaching hospital to support the learning of an expanding list of medical programmes. MKU’s Medical School has already lined up several new programmes it intends to introduce by the end of 2017. Dr Stanley Kang’ethe, the Principal, College of Health Sciences, has indicated that preparation of curricula for Bachelor of Science programmes in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physiology is in progress.

He has also revealed that the school will introduce a Masters in Medicine (MMeD) programme in 2018 to help develop more medical specialists for the country and East Africa in general. He says the programme will help to bridge the shortage of surgeons, gynaecologists and paediatricians, among other medical specialists, in the country

Before the MKU Teaching Hospital is completed, the university will rely on its Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with other hospitals for the practical teaching of the students. The MoUs are in place. Dr Kang’ethe says the vision for the school is to produce extremely well educated world class graduates who can work in any health or academic setting.

These will be professionals capable of delivering timely health care, both professionally and ethically. The Medical School has introduced changes that include more frequent student assessments. These assessments look at not only academics but also how students participate in class and practical lessons, and how they talk and relate to each other. The most recent is the enforcement of a professional dress code for the medical students. They are slowly transforming to little doctors, and the academic staff are happy with the changes they are noting so far

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