Standing Committee on Research Exchange.
Over the years, research has grown to become a paramount field in the practice of medicine. Research skills have also been emphasized on over the years during medical training, but we still face challenges with medical students’ participation in research. Observational skills, reporting on observations, and making a judgement based on the observations can be argued to be the fundamental aspect in the practice of medicine. This, is in fact the cornerstone principle in research. So, no matter where we go in this world or beyond, research and medicine will always be related.
The Standing Committee on Research Exchange under the Medical Students Associations of Kenya (MSAKE) is focused on improving research within medical schools in undergraduate students who are members of the organization and enhancing exchanges for research with other National Member Organizations (NMOs). We are aiming to improve the access to research, as well as awareness on research and the participation of medical students in basic and clinical research projects, locally and abroad.
To establish and maintain collaborations with other research organizations in in Kenya, outside Kenya as well as other IFMSA National Member Organizations (NMOs).
To increase the number of publications from undergraduate medical students in peer reviewed journals by 5 percent every year.
To establish and maintain a mentorship structure for students who want to pursue their interest in research, and those who are trying to carry out research.
To have at least 20 students participating in research internships every year with various research organizations.
To have an influence and increase the number of students interested in further pursuing MSc. And PhD programs, and/or enrolment in such programs.
To help influence the national research culture in Kenya, and work with other NMOs to achieve the same in the region.
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The SCORE National team also comprises of the National Officer Assistant, Janet Muthoni, the Research programs coordinator, Pavanraj Chana and the Design and content manager, Benjamin Wanyonyi.
As a committee, we are currently working on reactivation of research exchanges in IFMSA. We have in the past been dormant and our students have not been going abroad to gain more insight into research. We hope to complete the process in the next few months and have our first batch of students ready to go for the exchanges in the last quarter of this year.
We are also working on several research related campaigns, including research awareness campaigns, open access campaigns, scientific discrimination, ethics in research and impactful research. With this series of campaigns, we hope to cover topics that are key in the biomedical research and that hinder many students and even graduate doctors from taking part in research.
Over the next few months, we also plan to host several online sessions and tutorials on various research topics that medical students may not be taught in their various schools. These will eb done by senior researchers and will help improve the knowledge of medical students who want to engage in research. At the end o the series, we plan to have a weeklong research bootcamp, where all that will have been taught is put into practice, ideas are written down and expressed and at the end fully formed research studies will be the product.
Currently we are working with the Federation of African Medical Students Associations to engage students in trainings for research, as well as motivate them to participate in research. We are also doing the same with other National Officers on Research Exchange in the East African Region, namely Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Our vision as a standing committee is to improve the state of research within all our medical schools and ensure that medical students get enough exposure to research. We plan to assist all our medical students who are interested in research to pursue their interest and provide them with materials they require in this journey; from mentorship, to access to opportunities to career development programs. We believe that this will in turn improve the quality of physicians that we will get from our medical schools and in turn, lead to an improved general healthcare system with better patient outcomes and working disease prevention strategies put in place.
Our mission is to offer future physicians an opportunity to experience research and diversity in countries all over the world. This is achieved by providing a network of locally and internationally active students that globally facilitate access to research exchange projects. Through our programming and opportunities, we aim to develop both culturally sensitive students and skilled researchers intent on shaping the world of science in the upcoming future