College Staff Increase Uptake of Research Activities
The Kenya Medical Training College faculty and staff have taken research a notch higher leading to an increase in the number of published studies in peer-reviewed journals from nine in 2017 to 29 in 2021, the KMTC CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch has said.
“In the last five years, there has been a significant increase in the number of research studies undertaken by College staff as well as participation in national and international scientific conferences and symposia,” the CEO said.
The CEO was speaking during the Kenya Clinical Officer’s Association (KCOA) 24th annual Scientific Conference held in Mombasa from 16th to 18th November, 2022.
Dr. Oluoch highlighted this as a noteworthy achievement observing that research is the backbone of the Health Sector.
In addition to this, the CEO reported that to further build on the KMTC research mandate, the College now holds monthly webinars focused on capacity building and information sharing.
Alluding to the College’s recently acquired status as a qualifications awarding institution, following the successful registration on the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) framework, Dr. Oluoch encouraged participants who had not undertaken a higher diploma in their fields of specialization to do so. “Our higher national diplomas have been equated to University Bachelor’s Degrees, giving our graduates an edge in the job market,” he added.
Recognizing the over 200 alumni participating in the conference, Dr. Oluoch urged them to join the KMTC alumni association to support the College’s growth.
The CEO later visited the KMTC stand where he interacted with staff and students participating in the exhibition.
Themed “Building Bridges enhancing Universal Health Coverage through International Collaboration,” the conference attracted more than 600 Clinical Officers from across the country, among whom were KMTC lecturers and students.
The event was attended by among others KMTC Deputy Director Academic Dr. Nyawira Mwangi, top management of KCOA, and local leaders from Mombasa County.