Kenya's Future Doctors Get Their First Stethoscopes

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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."

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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 stethoscope."

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