Dr. Fatuma F. Some; MBChB, MMed (Int Med), MBA Specialist Physician and Head Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine (DOM) is one the first Department to be established in the School of Medicine (SOM). It is located at the Ampath Centre of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital - Moi College of Health Sciences Complex on Nandi Road, Eldoret Town.
We offer Internal Medicine training to both under graduates and post- graduates. The undergraduates (MBChB and BDS) come to us in their clinical years; 4th and 6th year for MBChB, and 3rd year for BDS. We offer post-graduate courses leading to a Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine [MMed (Int Med)], with MMed in Dermatology starting in September 2019. We plan to start Clinical Fellowship programs; in Cardiology and Medical Oncology from September 2019. These Clinical fellowship courses are offered to those who have qualified in MMed (Int Med). In running these programs, the Head of Department is assisted by several departmental committees. In line with SOM programs, we follow problem based learning (PBL) in teaching and training our students, and adopt close mentorship approach with our post-graduates learners; a system we have found results in knowledgeable and confident physicians. We also train students from other institutions who come to us for electives in their undergraduate or postgraduate years.
Our operations in the department are guided by our school’s and departmental philosophies; our core values and quality objectives. We take pride in our specialist program where we strive to train an Internist who will provide quality specialist healthcare in the community, perform research, be a good leader and be able to teach other health professionals. In order to achieve these, our quality objectives include developing our faculty in professionalism, academics, research, leadership, and collaboration building.
Apart from teaching, DOM physicians provide specialist clinical services to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), including; Cardiology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Gastrointestinal Diseases and Hepatology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Diabetes and other endocrine disorders; where our faculty head in some of these specialist departments, with more sub-specialist services continuously being started. Our faculty physicians work closely with the Academic Model Providing Access Healthcare (AMPATH), to provide consultancy, advisory and clinical services in AMPATH, where some hold senior leadership positions. Our faculty physicians offer specialist services to Kenyans in the surrounding hospitals and often engage in free camps for preventive and promotive healthcare in the community, in line with the School of Medicine philosophy. In teaching, training, research and provision of specialist services, we work closely with our physicians from the Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital.
Departmental faculty is also involved in several researches, output of which inform on care and policy in Kenya and beyond. These include cutting-edge researches in HIV/AIDS including clinical trials, Oncology, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and other care-related specialties. We continuously engage in collaborative research with partners in other parts of Kenya and other countries and institutions.
We have over the years developed partnerships with various institutions. We work closely with Indiana University (USA) in training, care, and research; this has subsequently been extended to the North American consortium partners (Duke, Brown, UCSF universities, among others). We welcome partnerships for outcomes that will further knowledge and practice in the field of Internal Medicine; and industry collaboration for research.