Enriching Medicine Through Undergraduate Research

Research is essential for the growth and development of any medical scientist. Only through scientific and educational research can new and old ideas get tested. The Jomo Kenyatta University Medical Research Club (JKUMRec) held the inaugural annual scientific conference 2022 to enrich medicine through undergraduate research on 21st October 2022.

The conference served as a forum where the students were able to share their experiences, present their abstracts and learn from professional doctors in the medical field, a pivotal experience for those aspiring to join the research field.

Dr. Patrick Mburugu welcomes and declares the the inaugural annual scientific conference open.
Dr. Patrick Mburugu welcomes and declares the the inaugural annual scientific conference open.

Giving his remarks as he declared the event open, Dr. Patrick Mburugu, Chief Medical Officer JKUAT, thanked all the students who availed themselves across different universities, noting that this is a milestone for the JKUMRec club and the university as a whole. Medical students from Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Kenya Methodist University and University of Nairobi had the opportunity to present their abstracts and share their experiences during rotations across various hospitals in the country.

 

Dr. Michael Magoha, a consultant neurological surgeon and a lecturer at University of Nairobi was one of the speakers present. He advised the students that research is all about being curious about something, getting your niche and as long as you take it seriously you will be miles ahead. “Think of granularity, not volume because no matter how much fire you have you can never boil the ocean.”
Dr. Michael Magoha, a consultant neurological surgeon and a lecturer at University of Nairobi
Dr. Michael Magoha, a consultant neurological surgeon and a lecturer at University of Nairobi

James Mwangi, a third-year, medicine and surgery student, said the conference impacted him positively in terms of giving him in-depth knowledge on the various medical fields to venture and focus into.

“Interacting with professional doctors has acted as an eye opener on the importance of building meaningful networks and the importance of medical research. I am grateful for the organizers of this event and I hope we will have more conferences such as this, where many students are exposed to medical research because anyone can do research, it’s a state of mind that you may already have,” said Mwangi.

 

The conference saw various professional doctors share their experiences as a means of encouraging and giving the students a wider picture of how they can carve their own future in medical research so that they can build impactful careers in the future.

The students were able to engage with the speakers and presenters during the session
The students were able to engage with the speakers and presenters during the conference.

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