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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

The Family and Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Maseno University commenced in September 2014 as the first Masters of Medicine (MMed) degree program at the University, with full approval and recognition of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentistry Board. The goal of the program is to produce a unique medical practitioner, with advanced knowledge and skills in research and innovation and with expertise in triaging, early referral and precise treatment of patients served. By virtue of the unparalleled structure of this program, as a combined degree program, additional emphasis is placed on emergency preparedness and care. The specialist completing this program will be well suited to provide effective, comprehensive and cost-effective patient and community-centered care to people from all socio- economic backgrounds.

Training in this program takes a minimum of four years, and educational activities are based on adult learning principles, student-directed learning (SDL), scheduled didactics and problem-based learning (PBL). We place special focus on emergency patient care,continuity of patient care with close follow-up, effective collaboration with consultants and meticulous, evidence-based management of our patients. In addition to the above- mentioned educational components, there are scheduled case conferences presented by Residents under the supervision of Consultants within the department and bedside teaching rounds, which form important learning opportunities for the residents.

The Department of Family, Emergency Medicine and Community Health enjoys close collaborative partnerships with other higher learning institutions and hospitals, both nationally and internationally. There is a binding memorandum of understanding with Sagam Community Hospital (SCH), Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and the University of Illinois – Chicago to name a few. The education and success of our students is our greatest priority and we are fully committed to ensuring excellence within our students. The Family and Emergency Medicine Residency Program is designed to stimulate and cultivate the brilliant minds of all physicians who join our program so they may leave this program with the skills needed to positively impact the lives of those who entrust us with their care.


This programme in Family and Emergency Medicine (FEM) aims to produce unique medical practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills in both disciplines who can assume leadership roles, develop high quality preventative and acute care programs for communities, and directly care for most all acute and chronic medical conditions. These doctors will be well-suited to provide compassionate, effective, patient and community-centred, and cost- effective care to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.



Dr. Kennedy O. Ouma

Chair of Departments


Address: P.o.Box Private Bag, Maseno


MD(Volgograd) 2004

MMed Family Medicine (2013)

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Dr. Amos O. Oyoko
(On Leave)


Address: P.o.Box Private Bag, Maseno


MBChB(UON) 2004


Fellowship in Program Management - (UON) 2015 

The department’s main focus is Family Medicine which is a medical specialty that focuses on patients of all ages and all stages in life. A family doctor is trained to care for a patient 'from the cradle to the grave.' Training focuses on the ability to diagnose and manage chronic diseases in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as support and encourage healthy living and preventative medicine. Training encompasses all organ systems, all ages, and all diseases. Focus is given to promotive and preventative medicine. Family doctors are extremely valuable assets and can work in a clinic, a hospital, research, or medical education.

Emergency Medicine is specialized training that focuses on stabilizing patients that require acute care. Trauma patients or critically ill patients can be accurately diagnosed and stabilized in the Emergency Department and then further managed in the inpatient setting or can be discharged once stabilized. Many acute issues can be dealt with in the Emergency Department and do not always require admission to the hospital. Minor surgical procedures are a large part of the training and focus is given to Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Like Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine specialists are trained to treat patients of all ages and all situations. Emergency Medicine is an emerging specialty in Africa and graduates can work with hospitals to develop and run Emergency Departments, work in urgent care clinics, research, and/or continue teaching residents this novel specialty.

The combined Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency program will equip residents todiagnose, stabilize, manage, and treat all patients regardless of their age or presentation. Sagam Community Hospital has a state of the art Emergency Department, access to medical specialists, multiple research opportunities and a simulation lab. Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Paediatric, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine consultants from Massachusetts General Hospital rotate at the hospital and provide hands-on daily teaching. The residency takes place at several teaching hospitals, allowing for exposure to both rural and urban medicine.

Other courses offered to MbChB Students:

1. Community Health

2. Nutrition and Dietetics

3. Biostatistics

4. Epidemiology

5. Research methodology

6. Health Information management

7. Health Services Management

8. Emergency Medicine

9. Occupational health and safety

10. Entrepreneurship

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