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Medical doctors trained in Kenya are required to undergo a one-year internship after graduating from medical school. This internship is an intensive skills building clinical mentorship that covers the disciplines of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gyanaecology.
This internship training is offered in selected Government and faith-based hospitals, which have been assessed, approved and accredited by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board and the Ministry of Health.
Eight (8) CHAK hospitals are accredited to carry out doctors’ internship training. These are:
- Maua Methodist Hospital – Meru County
- PCEA Chogoria Hospital – Tharaka-Nithi County
- PCEA Kikuyu Hospital – Kiambu County
- AIC Kijabe Hospital – Kiambu County
- AIC Litein Hospital – Bureti County
- Tenwek Hospital – Bomet County
- PCEA Tumutumu Hospital – Nyeri County
- Kendu Adventist Hospital - Homa Bay County
In addition, the hospitals also offer internship opportunities for nurses who have graduated with BSN and Clinical Officers.
CHAK Secretariat facilitates and coordinates recruitment of trainees from the Medical Schools in Nairobi University and Moi University and advocates for their placement to the CHAK training hospitals by MOH/Government. Kenyan doctors who have trained in other countries can also apply for the internship but must first obtain a temporary license from the Medical Practitioners & Dentists Board. These CHAK hospitals provide accommodation, training facilities including libraries, training and mentorship as well as supervision and assessment after each rotation.
After completing the internship, the doctors are registered and licensed to practice in Kenya by the Medical Practitioners & Dentist Board.
Internship recruitment process
The internship recruitment process consists of the following steps:
CHAK hosts a planning meeting for hospitals conducting the Internship in the month of May. During the meeting, training progress is presented by each hospital, experiences shared and issues of concern and challenges addressed. The recruitment calendar is also agreed upon.
Information dissemination fora are held at the Moi University and University of Nairobi Medical Schools in July. At these fora, each training hospital presents an overview of their programme to medical students, explaining the requirements for joining, how the training is organized and social, team building and spiritual development opportunities within the programme. Trainees support internship coordinators from the hospitals by sharing their own experiences.
Applications from interested Medical Students are submitted to CHAK Secretariat in prescribed Application Forms (see link above). The deadline for submitting these forms is usually the end of September.
Interviews are held at Moi and Nairobi universities in October/November in collaboration with the offices of Dean of Faculty. The interviewing panel comprises representatives of the seven CHAK training hospitals and CHAK Secretariat. A list of the selected candidates and two reserves for each hospital is generated.
CHAK then shares the list of selected candidates with the respective universities at the time the final examination results are released. This enables successful candidates to make a final decision on their training hospital, given that they also ballot for opportunities in MOH hospitals.
In November, CHAK Secretariat presents a request to MOH for placement of selected interns to CHAK training hospitals. Negotiations are usually done with the Ministry for this to be effected as per the hospitals’ preferences. Successful candidates receive posting orders in December/January.
When the internship has been successfully completed, the supervising consultants prepare assessment reports and recommendations to the Medical Practitioners & Dentists Board. The board reviews the reports and approves registration of the doctors to practice medicine in Kenya.
- Successful candidates are now ready to join the labour market in the public, FBO, NGO and private sectors which have high demand for these well trained doctors.