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Elective Title: 93ZH820 — MEDICINE IN KENYA


IU School of Medicine, now with many other North American academic medical centers in a collaboration called AMPATH, has partnered with Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya since 1989. IU students participate in a variety of clinical activities in the medical wards of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Students spend one month of Internal Medicine and one month on Pediatrics; opportunities in General Surgery and OBGYN occasionally exist on a case-by-case basis. Students also have opportunity for involvement in community based activities at several urban and rural health centers. Students are encouraged to develop counterpart relationships with Kenyan medical students. Students are housed in Eldoret in the Moi University student hostel. Each student is responsible for his/her travel expenses and room and board. The elective is a two-month elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jenny Baenziger, MD (jbaenz@iu.edu) and Victoria Eder (vneder@iu.edu) -- both must be emailed

Director: Jennifer Baenziger, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (Eldoret, Kenya)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Understand the clinical presentation and management of common diseases in Kenya by participating in daily rounds and related patient care activities at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MK4)

  • 2) Deepen proficiency in history and physical examination skills (PC1)
  • 3) Understand the structure of medical care delivery and education in Kenya (MK7)
  • 4) Develop skills in effective cross-cultural communication. Develop collegial relationships with Kenyan healthcare professionals and students (ICS3)
  • 5) Learn skills to practice compassionate, cost-effective medicine in the U.S. by enhanced sensitivity to culture and diversity and increased reliance on physical diagnostic skills (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; ALL must be completed in order for the student to receive a grade for this elective. All are due within 3 weeks of returning from Kenya. 1) Clinical observation on the wards. (The on-site preceptor in Kenya will complete a clinical performance evaluation form.) 2) Completed case log (to be reviewed by on-site preceptor in Kenya) 3) Laboratory educational session in Kenya 4) Case report presented during morning report in Kenya 5) Eight-page written reflection on clinical experience and healthcare delivery in Kenya. Guidelines will be emailed prior to the elective.) 6) Two-page scholarly analysis of a journal article or a two-page book review (from a list of books provided). Guidelines will be emailed prior to the elective.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical evaluation; 25% written submissions

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Jenny Baenziger, MD (jbaenz@iu.edu) and Ron Pettigrew (rpettigr@iu.edu)-- both must be emailed A call-out meeting will be held to communicate more information about the elective in November of each year. -Students must submit CV and personal statement in November-December of their third year to be considered for this AL147 year elective. -THIS COURSE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Scheduling of the elective is by lottery only. The lottery will be held in December each year. -Students must attend mandatory orientation sessions in spring of their third year to be eligible for this AM1 year elective. -Students must complete a debriefing session with the course director after return from Kenya. -Enrollment in the IUPUI iAbroad system is required. -THIS COURSE REQUIRES TWO MONTHS NOTICE FROM START DATE TO DROP. IT CAN ONLY BE ADDED IN DECEMBER OF 3RD YEAR. -Details of this elective must be specially arranged under the direction of Victoria Eder, Assistant Director for Logistics and Education Programs (317-278-0833;vneder@iu.edu). -The student is responsible for all travel and living costs.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Medical students work very closely with Purdue pharmacy students as well as with Kenyan nurses on this elective.

Service Learning Included: Yes

Detaials for Service Learning: