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.
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.
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.