I was once told, you don’t go to university so you can punch a clock, you go to university so you can be in a position to make a difference.
The journey of 6 years led to the first ever Black-Tie Dinner for the graduating class of 2022 of the Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Medical Association (JKUSMA). With the aim of introducing the new young doctors to the many opportunities within and outside practice, the ceremony brought together various healthcare professionals, providers and alumni. The speakers, who were drawn from diverse backgrounds spoke on topical issues in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, advocacy, academia and leadership. The Black-Tie Dinner was held at the Westlands Banquet Centre on 22nd December 2022.
JKUSMA is a society of medical students in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) pursuing Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). It is a non-political, non-religious and independent organization affiliated with Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) and International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The association has a major role of safeguarding the rights, activities and wishes of the medical students in JKUAT.
Various Moderators and speakers, from different organizations like Pathcare Laboratories. Kenya Medical Association (KMA), Kenya Medical Association (KMA Sacco) and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) were also present to celebrate, encourage professionalism and empower the new doctors with information pertaining responsibilities and ethics in their of duty.
The chief Guest, Dr. David Kariuki, CEO- Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council congratulated the graduands on successfully completing their six-year course and encouraged them that the only thing between them and being registered with the council as a doctor was the one year internship. He gave the graduates some insights on what to expect and how to traverse the field during the internship period.
In his remarks he reassured the students that the JKUAT MBChB program had gone through all approvals at inception. “Normally, we require doctors to sit for an exam before they are licensed to practice in the country, fortunately KMPDC assessed the training at JKUAT and approved the program thus enabling any medical graduate from JKUAT to be eligible to join Internship directly, as long as they have passed their final exams, ” said Dr. David Kariuki. Being the governing body for all practicing doctors in Kenya, the council is mandated to register and license all medical doctors.
“As we leave my message is that may we be kind and have the spirit of giving the best to our patients and anyone we come across. May we put our hands to whatever is right and whatever is morally acceptable,” concluded Dr Faith Chelangat Langat, Class representative of the 2022 graduands. She urged them to keep the JKUAT School of Medicine’s flag high, share and create opportunities for each other.