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 up physicians in both Kenya
and North America who are prepared to tackle global health
One lovely tradition in the training of Kenya's next generation
of physicians is a ceremony in which all of the medical students
are given their first stethoscope 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. If you want to change the
face of healthcare in Kenya, give poor, brilliant kids the
opportunity to become doctors. Amazing.
This Stethoscope Ceremony is a special milestone for the medical
students. Each one has their name read aloud, they receive their
stethoscope from a clinical faculty member, they are congratulated
by Dean of the Moi University School of Medicine and the Principal
of the College of Health Sciences, and then they 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."
Seeing the bright and beautiful faces of Kenya's next generation
of doctors is such a delight. My heart fills with joy to see all
the hope and promise for this country's health care system in the
faces of these wonderful students.