Our entire program in Kenya is built on a partnership between
Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of
Medicine. On the educational side of this partnership, we train
physicians in both Kenya and North America who are prepared to
tackle global health challenges.
One lovely tradition in the training of Kenya's next generation
of physicians is that all of the medical students are given their
first stethoscope in a ceremony before they begin their clinical
rotations. A long-time faculty member at Indiana University, Dr.
Anginieta Biegel, provided this thoughtful gift to the students and
endowed a program to sustain this gift after her death in 2008.
This ceremony is organized by the wonderful Tal and Betsy
Bosin. Tal is a retired IU professor who teaches pharmacology
to the Moi medical students every year, just as he did at IU for
many years. Together, he and Betsy also manage the
scholarship program that enables Kenyan students from poor
backgrounds to be able to become doctors.
This ceremony is a special milestone for the students as they
have their names read, receive their stethoscopes, shake hands in
congratulations from the medical school Dean and Principal, and
then recite together their medical vows. The students beamed with
pride after being given their stethoscopes, with the hope that each
"would care for those we do not know."
- Prof. Mamlin, one of the legendary
founders of our program, shows the students the stethoscope he was
gifted upon entrance into medical school in 1958. "I have used
Stan's gift for all of these years," he said. "You will use Angie's