UMSUN Conference: A New Age of Medicine

A New Age of Medicine

The Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi (AMSUN) held their 9th annual scientific conference whose theme was A New Age of Medicine.

The two-day event held on the 10th and 11th August 2018 was held at the Light Boys academy auditorium in Karen and attracted partnerships and support from several sponsors.

Among the partners and sponsors included Texas Cancer Centre, Pathologists Lancet Kenya, MERCK Pharmaceuticals, AMREF Health Africa, Imagine Care, and the Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE), the umbrella body of all medical students in the country.

The conference was attended by over 150 delegates from the corporate world as well as students from local universities.

Among the institutions represented included Egerton, Moi , Kenyatta, University of Nairobi, Kenya Methodist University as well as the JKUAT and the students were challenged to imagine a new age of medicine.

In the ‘New age of Medicine’ conference, various topics including Mental Health Awareness, Law and Medicine, Universal Healthcare, Preventive Medicine were all addressed.

The speakers also highlighted possible promising areas in the field of research.

The rallying call was that more research needs to be done so as to inform better policy formulation and legislation and the students were prompted to be more pro-active in developing an interest and actually taking up leadership positions in the field of healthcare.

A plenary discussion on Devolution and Healthcare as well as on Universal Health Care had progressive ideas stem from the delegates who appeared to understand the current happenings in the healthcare system.

Dr Catherine Nyongesa, the CEO of Texas Cancer Centre and a radiation oncologist, was the chief guest at the conference.

In her keynote address, she highlighted the Cancer Center’s journey as an institution that has been providing care to cancer patients for the last 8 years.

She noted that the center supports research and encouraged the students in attendance to give their all in their studies and to learn to be responsible enough in their practice while learning to work without supervision.

Dr Ngari from Pathologists Lancet Kenya also gave a presentation on “The role of HPV testing in the early detection of Cervical Cancer”, highlighting the new HPV-DNA testing methods for cervical cancer screening.

Other notable speakers and moderators included Dr Kibet P. Shikuku and Prof. Ndaguatha Peter of the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Otieno C. F. attended in his capacity as the acting Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Nairobi and his characteristic manner, encouraged the students to adopt a hands-on approach to their learning.

Dr Catherine Nyongesa [Second Right], the CEO of Texas Cancer Centre is joined by other guests and AMSUN Official in cake cutting at the luncheon.
The delegates were treated to a luncheon at the close of the conference and a cake was cut to mark AMSUN’s 50 years of service to the medical students holistically.

The association was started in 1968 and has continued to “provide leadership and nurture the profession” as it has always envisaged. Successfully hosting such a conference affirmed its commitment to its vision.

The scientific presentations on research done in different fields as well as the other talks and presentations focusing on all the themes touched upon showed a new age of medicine that has its players aware of the issues around them and their pursuit of viable solutions.

It showed the vital role of research and good leadership and responsible medical practices in the new age of medicine.

It also continued conversations on such current relevant issues as mental health among health workers and Universal Health Care, a subject that is part of the president’s Big Four agenda.

This Article was written by Kimathi Makini, a 4th Year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery student at the University of Nairobi.

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