Master of Medicine in General Surgery


The word surgery comes from the Greek cheirourgen, derived from cheir meaning hand and ergo meaning to work. Literary the term means to work with the hand. In early years surgery was defined as those manual procedures used in the management of injuries and disease. Over the years, understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as growth in various fields of science has led to development of surgery into a branch of medicine that concerns itself with management of diverse disorders afflicting mankind. Management is used in the wider sense to include: diagnosis, treatment and follow up. The field of surgery has become increasingly specialized based, primarily, on organ systems as specialties. These specialties include: general surgery, neuro surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, paediatric surgery, urology and orthopaedic surgery among others.

The professional responsibilities for the surgeons in Kenya, now and in future, require that the surgeons have specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them manage a wide range of surgical disorders competently and cost effectively. In addition surgeons are expected to carry out research and be able to manage resources. The overwhelming requirement to be lifelong learners is fundamental to continued competence, intellectual advancement and professional growth.

This programme is in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Second University that set up Moi University and the current University Strategic Plan. It will prepare doctors for practice as general surgeons

Course Duration

The M.Med Surgery degree programme shall normally take four (4) years and not exceed eight (8) years unless Senate approves otherwise.

Award of Degree

Students shall graduate with a Master of Medicine in General Surgery on the successful completion of the outlined programme and duly satisfying the School of Medicine Examinations Board, the College of Heath Sciences Academic Board and the Moi University Senate.

Course structure


SUB 811 Cell Biology & Genetics 3
SUB 812 Surgical Anatomy 9
SUB 813 Surgical Physiology 6
SUB 814 Surgical Pathology 6
MMB 802 Epidemiology 3
MME 801 Innovative Medical Education 2
HII 813 Introduction to Information Technology 2
MMR 807 Research Methods 4
MMR 805 Biomedical Literature Appraisal 2
MMB 803 Applied Biostatistics 3
MMR 898 Proposal Writing 2
Total 42


MMC 806 Medical Ethics and Physicianship 2
SUS 821 Digestive System 6
SUC 822 Accident and Emergency 6
SUS 822 Orthopaedic Surgery 1 10
SUC 823 Clinical pharmacology & therapeutics 2
SUC 824 Surgical Oncology 2
SUR 821 Anaesthesia and Critical Care 4
SUC 821 Principles of Surgery 2
Total 34


SUS 831 Cardiothoracic Surgery 8
SUS 832 Plastic Surgery 8
SUS 833 Genito-urinary Surgery 8
SUE 831 Elective Rotation 6
SUC 831 Transplant Surgery 2
SUS 834 Head and Neck Surgery 4
SUS 835 Breast Surgery 2
Total 38


SUS 841 Pediatric Surgery 12
SUS 842 Neuro-Surgery 10
SUS 843 Orthopaedic SurgeryII 8
SUS 844 Haemopoietic& Reticuloendothelial Surgery 4
SUS 845 Endocrine Surgery 4
CHM 803 Health Services Management and Health policy 4
Total 42


MMR 899 Thesis 9
Grand Total 165


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