Kenya Medical Association (KMA) aims at engaging medical practitioners and becoming the voice for provision of highest quality of care in Kenya and beyond. Its mission is to champion the welfare of doctors and quality care for all through continuous professional development and advocacy.
KMA Membership Committee in Nairobi Division conducted a survey in June 2018 under Chairmanship of Dr. Macharia Waruingi of Ubrica, convener of membership committee, Media outreach committee and medical campus committee Nairobi division KMA. Preliminary results of the survey show various concerns raised by the doctors who participated. We will be addressing each of the concerns.
One of the concerns the doctors would like KMA to address is the welfare of interns and young doctors who are beginning their careers. Young doctors usually have a hard time as they transition from learning medicine to practicing medicine. Though the young doctors are well aware of what awaits them in the hospitals from what they have learnt in school, the transition to doing the practical work full time in the hospitals is not usually that smooth. There are many challenges that these young doctors face. They may feel left out or not included in the hospital matters, some become overwhelmed due to the tons of work. They may also become demotivated when their small achievements are not recognized. It is necessary that the management of hospitals and other senior doctors try as much as possible to create a friendly work environment for these young doctors. We however have to acknowledge the importance and the impact that attachment period has to students and their career. It prepares students for the real medical world and that is why it is essential for every student to do attachment.
It is the mandate of KMA to promote the welfare of doctors. KMA should therefore strive to establish a favorable environment in the hospitals for interns and young doctors to ensure they perform. KMA can be organizing forums where these young doctors can be interacting with the more experienced doctors. The junior doctors can use these forums to share their views, concerns and queries. These forums can also be used to update the young doctors on the new technologies that are used in the hospitals for example use of blockchain in managing health records.
Caroline Muthoni Ndigirigi.