FELLOWSHIP IN GYNAECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGY

Overview

Philosophy

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is an advanced clinical training aimed at training sub-specialty skills for managing reproductive cancers.  The training is offered to individuals who have completed Masters in Medicine (MMed) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology course or equivalent and are already recognized as specialists. This is in keeping with the University of Nairobi Vision, ‘to be a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence’ and our Mission ‘to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge’.

Rationale

Cancer is one of the non- communicable diseases and accounts for 60% of the global mortality.  In Kenya, cancer incidence is on the increase and it is the 3rd highest cause of mortality after infectious and cardiovascular diseases.  An estimated 39,000 new cancer cases occur each year with more than 27,000 deaths.  About 60% of Kenyans under the age of 70 are at risk of getting cancer, whose risk factors include lifestyle, diet, environmental toxins and infections such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis group of viruses.   The leading cancers in women are breast, cervical, ovarian and gestational trophoblastic disease. Of these, three out of four are reproductive tract cancers. Nationally, most (70 -80%) of the cancers, are diagnosed in their late stages due to lack of awareness, inadequate diagnostic and treatment facilities, scarcity of personnel, delays in decision making  and poverty, which limits access to care.  National strategies which are supported by the Cancer prevention and control Bill, include health promotion, prevention, disease surveillance and research. One of the biggest challenges in combating reproductive health cancers in Kenya and the region at large, is a scarcity in Gynaecologic Oncologists; there are only eight (8) Gynaecologic Oncologists in Kenya. A stakeholders meeting held on 23rd, March 2016, had a consensus the need to train Gynaecologic Oncologist who are competent to bridge the existing gap and address the unmet demand in management of gynaecological malignancies, for the health of women, in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Kenya Vision 2030.

 

 

 

  1. COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION
    1. The Clinical Fellowship training program will cover a minimum duration of 24 months and a maximum of 48 months from the date of registration. 
    2. The Clinical Fellowship Program shall consist of clinical training, course work, a research project, and examinations.
    3. One course unit shall be 60 hours. 
    4. At the minimum 80% of the fellowship will be clinically driven experiential learning. 
    5. A log book of the clinical work undertaken during the training shall be maintained and assessed periodically to confirm achievement of expected clinical competences.
    6. External clinical rotations in relevant clinical settings per the specific syllabus for up to six months at an adjunct teaching hospital of the University of Nairobi, or other hospital facility approved by the parent department shall be accommodated, and shall count towards meeting course requirements. Prior arrangement and approval by the parent department shall be required. 
    7. Each trainee shall undertake a research project on a clinical area of interest within the sub-specialty discipline of training and write a report.
  1. The research proposal should be developed during the first year of study, and approved by the relevant clinical department.
  2. Ethical approval by the University of Nairobi / Kenyatta National Hospital Ethical Review Committee or other recognised local ethical approval body shall be required for research that involves human subjects.
    1. Each trainee will be assigned a primary mentor to guide them throughout their training, who shall be a sub-specialist in the specific field of training, who shall also supervise their project. An additional research project supervisor may be incorporated based on need with approval of the parent department.
  1. The following shall be the minimum admission requirements for entry into Gynecologic
    Oncology Fellowship at the University of Nairobi. Candidates shall fulfill the following
    conditions:

     Hold a Masters of Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the
    University of Nairobi, or an equivalent qualification from another institution
    recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
     Show evidence of registration and current practicing license from the
    Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (Kenyan applicants) or for
    international applicants, show evidence of registration and current
    practicing license from equivalent authority from their country of origin,
    and eligibility for registration with Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists
    Board.
     Possess a certificate of good standing from the Kenya Medical
    Practitioners and Dentists Board, or equivalent authority from the country
    of origin for international applicants.
     Possess a valid medical indemnity cover throughout the training period.
     Applicants whose language of instruction during undergraduate or Masters
    in Medicine training was not English, shall be required to show evidence of
    proficiency in English from an institution recognized by the University of
    Nairobi.
     Pass an application and interview process to determine their suitability for
    admission. International applicants who for reasons acceptable to the
    recruitment committee are unable to present themselves for a face-to-face
    interview, shall undergo an interview through available media.
     Be bound to conduct themselves with integrity in a manner befitting the
    medical profession and in accordance to the following documents,
    a) Manual on Code of Conduct and Medical Ethics.

    b) Public Office Ethics Act, 2003, Part III General Code of
    Conduct and Ethics.

Application for the for Fellowship in Gynaecologic Oncology of the University Of Nairobi (Fell.
Gyn. Onc, Uon) programme is online
Intake opens in May
An application fee must be paid to be complete the application process

Submit supporting academic documents as prompted on the online application site
Once you have filled the online application, you can track the application process online by
following prompts.

Mode of Delivery
Mode of delivery shall be predominantly face to face and clinical competence based, as a
continuous full-time training. Course units shall be covered through various platforms as
appropriate, including supervised clinical work, clinical teachings & tutorials, practical
demonstrations, Supervised skills and humanistic laboratory practical sessions, on call duties,
clinical case discussions, journal clubs, case reports, seminars, workshops, multimedia resources,
video conferencing
Most of the learning will be participatory and self-directed.
Open, Distance Learning, and e- Learning
Use of e-learning resources will be encouraged.
Distance learning through online linkages by full-time students will be encouraged.

Attachment Opportunities; Career Prospects/opportunities
Upon completion of the Fellowship in Gynaecologic Oncology of The University Of Nairobi
fellows will have diverse opportunities for career and further advancement: -
 Service provision as Gynae oncology superspecialist consultants
 Leadership in gynaeoncology and health care in general such as
o medical superintendents
o divisional heads
o health chief executive officers
o heads of gynaeoncology health units
o ministers and even principal secretaries
 Research in gynaeoncology and health in general
 Teaching- lecturers, associate and full professors in Gynaeoncology upon appropriate
career advancement.
 Entrepreneurship- Own and run medical facilities offering gynaeoncology specialist
services as well as health care in general

Contacts of support persons
The chairman of the department can be reached on the email address
dept-obsgynaecology@uonbi.ac.ke
Dean school of medicine; deanmedic@uonbi.ac.ke

GYNAECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGY (H117)  
   
Year 1  TOTALS 
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
Year I Total        685,000.00
   
Year 2  
TUITION                   648,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00
 Year 2 Total                   680,000.00
   
Grand totals    1,365,000.00