Clinical Fellowship in Gynaeoncology

Introduction

Gynaecologic oncology is a specialized field of Medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical and vulval cancers. Globally, cancer is the leading cause of death accounting for 7.6million deaths (13% of all deaths) in 2008, of which about 70% occurred in low and middle income countries. According to the WHO, Africa accounted for 25.2% of the new cases of cervical cancer, with a mortality rate of 17.6%, while Eastern Africa region accounted for 34.5% incidence and 25.3% mortality respectively in 2008. This presents a marked discrepancy with the developed nations such as Canada which had an incidence of 6.6% and mortality rate of 1.9% respectively of cervical cancer over the same period. Further, WHO predicts that by the year 2020, there will be 16million new cancer cases per year, with 70% of the cases being in the developing world. In 2008, WHO estimated that approximately 2,635 Kenyan women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, with 2,111 dying from the disease. This represents an incidence of 17.3%, with a mortality rate of 23.4% of cervical cancer in the country over the same period. This makes it the most prevalent gynaecologic cancer among women in the country.

A reproductive health physician with subspecialty in Gynaecologic Oncology is a subspecialist with expertise in the care of women with gynaecologic malignancies. This encompasses all aspects of cancer care including counseling, screening, diagnosis, radiotherapy, surgical and chemotherapy treatment and end-of-life care.

This affirmative action of training Oncologists aligns well with the New Constitutional dispensation in Kenya by which neglected aspects of health care are to receive greater priority.

The Gynaecologic Oncology curriculum has been developed to meet these goals. The curriculum adheres to the Vision, Mission and Core values of the Department of Reproductive Health in line with the Vision and Mission of Moi University.

Admission Requirements

The eligible applicants for entry into the program must have:

  1. Master of Medicine (MMed degree) in Reproductive Health of Moi University or its equivalent.
  2. Specialist recognition in Reproductive Health by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board (MPDB) of Kenya or an equivalent regulatory authority.
  3. Be a member of Kenya Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society (KOGS) or an equivalent professional body.

Course Duration

The subspecialty training program in Gynaecologic Oncology will normally extend over a minimum period of two academic years and a maximum of four years.

Award of Degree

The Master of Medical Sciences in Gynecologic Oncology (M.Med.Sc.Gyn.Oncol.)will be awarded by Moi University Senate to candidates on successful completion of the prescribed training program.

Course Structure

Year1

Course Codes Course Title

Total

Units

GYB 811 Scientific Concepts in Gynaecologic Oncology 3
GYB 812 Communication Skills and Information Technology (ICT) in Gynaecologic Oncology 3
GYB 813 Clinical Gynaecologic Oncology I 5
GYC 814 Medical Oncology 4
GYB 815 Radiation Oncology I 3
GYB 816 Palliative care I 4
GYB 817 Epidemiology 3
GYB 818 Research Proposal Writing 3
GYB 819 Pathology I 3
                                                                                         Total 31

Year2

Codes

Course

Total

Units

GYC 821

Clinical Gynaecologic Oncology II

8

GYC 822

Radiation Oncology II

3

GYC 823

Palliative care II

2

GYC 824

Pathology II

2

GYR 899

Research Thesis

9

GYE 826

ELECTIVES

6

Total Units

30

 

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