Masters of Medicine in Family Medicine

Kabarak University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, established in 2014, offers an innovative curriculum in the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine degree (MMED FM). The diverse instructional methods, based on a learner-centred approach, will prepare you for the primary roles of a Family Physician: Primary care team consultant, leader, communicator, teachers, scholar and health advocate. Our MMED FM curriculum is built on Christian principles to disciple believers - equipping you for competent, compassionate, whole person care particularly among under-resourced contexts in East Africa and beyond.

Teaching Hospitals

The University will utilize signed Memorandae of Understanding with relevant institutions for effective implementation of the program. The initial primary teaching hospitals that are affiliated with Kabarak University are:

  • AIC Kijabe Hospital
  • PCEA Chogoria Hospital
  • Tenwek Hospital

MMED FM Course Structure

Part I is slightly less than two years in duration and involves an opening four months of block courses taken at KABU. These cover the Art of Family Medicine, its self-understanding and goals as a consultant to the primary health care team; adult learning principles and evidence-based medicine; preparation for research; understanding health care law in Kenya; a Christian view of healing and care and ethics within a Christian framework.

You will then move to your matched mission Teaching Hospital (Tenwek, Kijabe or PCEA Chogoria) for the core clinical rotations in IM, Paediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, and Surgery including Orthopaedics. Some sub-specialty rotations may be completed at an alternative Part I teaching hospitals to the one to which you have been matched. Part II of the program is the final two years and involves mental health training, health systems, comprehensive, continuity of care of your own patient panel including working with a community health center. It will include rotations at a county hospital and a cross-cultural (preferably out of country) setting. Besides generous elective time, there is protected non-clinical time for thesis research and writing.

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum entry requirements specified for Masters Degree at Kabarak University, you must meet the following conditions to be eligible for admissions to MMED FM:

  • A holder of the M.B.Ch.B. degree or equivalent from institutions recognized by Kabarak University Senate and Commission on University Education
  • Registered or registerable as a medical practitioner by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board of Kenya (MPDB) (you have completed or are in the process of completing the internship programme*)
  • Pass admission requirements and interviews as determined by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Care

NBPrior service of three years with the Ministry of Health is not required.

INTAKES

The initial application for the Department of Family Medicine & Community Care residency program is through the Kabarak University Postgraduate Application form ( click here to download the application form ). Applications open in January each year and close 25th April. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to interview at teaching hospitals at their own expense. We anticipate selecting 10 residents each year.

TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS AND SALARY

For those not eligible for Ministry of Health sponsorship, the Institute of Family Medicine (Nairobi) will receive applications for a scholarship covering 75% of tuition, a research bursary and, for eligible candidates, a salary will also be paid to residents for the duration of the program.

SPECIALIST LICENSURE INFORMATION {Medical Practitioners & Dentist Board of Kenya}

After successful completion of the MMED FM degree, each graduate must complete two years of supervised practice in a recognized institution to be eligible for specialist recognition as a Family Medicine consultant by the MPDB of Kenya.

VISION AND MISSION

a) We envision health and wholeness of individuals and their communities through compassionate health care that exemplifies the healing power of Christ. b) The Mission is to train and disciple Family Medicine professionals to be community care givers, providing comprehensive and holistic health care.

PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The MMED FM will train physicians for the following main roles:

  • Primary Care Team Consultant

    A primary care team consultant provides competent comprehensive clinical care unlimited by age, gender or organ system with awareness of inter-relatedness of psychological, social-cultural, family, community and spiritual dimensions.

  • Leader

    A leader within the health care team coordinates members of the team and collaborates with community and other sectors to ensure continuity of care.

  • Communicator

    A communicator has the skills to effectively collaborate with the health care team on an institutional and community level while also providing empathy, compassion and health education to patients and families.

  • Scholar

    A scholar is a self-directed life-long learner prompted by patients' problems and community needs to engage in practice improvement and community engagement.

  • Health Advocate

    A health advocate promotes holistic health of individuals, families and communities and strategically engages with the health care system for policy reform.

EXPECTED COMPETENCIES (MMED FM)

  • Professional values and ethical behaviour
  • Scientific foundation in medicine
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical skills
  • Population health and health systems
  • Management of information
  • Critical thinking skills and research
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Spiritual integration in practice

Programme Duration and Credit Hours

The MMED FM shall extend for a period of at least 4 years but not more than 7 years. Parts I and II of the programme will consist of minimum of 21 months and 27 months, respectively. To qualify for graduation, students must complete a total of 223 credit factors divided as follows: 7800 patient care hours/ 270 lecture hours/ 12 credit factors for research and thesis.

Tuition Fee

MMED in Family Medicine
Tuition Fees: 85,000 per semester
Duration: 12 semesters

Acreditation

The University was granted full accreditation by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board in 2015.

Mode of Application

Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions offices or website (click here).
Duly completed forms should be returned to any of those offices with a non-refundable fee as follows:

Bridging - Kshs.500,
Pre-University and Undergraduate - Kshs.1000,
Postgraduate - Kshs.1500

Kabarak University into any of the following bank accounts:
Standard Chartered Bank - 01040-943637-01 Nakuru;
Trans National Bank - 0040503005 Nakuru;
Kenya Commercial Bank - 1109663161 Nakuru;
Equity Bank - 0310294445167 Nakuru Kenyatta Avenue.
MPESA PayBill/Business number is 983100.
Account No. enter your Registration Number for Continuing Students and for New Students enter your National ID Number.