It was pomp colour and laughter as the departmental academic staff were treated to an appreciation dinner by the residents who have just concluded their studies.
In the first of its kind dinner party sponsored by Glaxo-Smithkline and attended by lecturers from the department, consultants from the Kenyatta National Hospital and maxillofacial surgery residents, the five final year students expressed their appreciation to their teachers and all the staff who supported them during their rigorous training in Surgery.
In his congratulatory message on behalf of the department, the Chairman Dr. Walter Odhiambo noted that this was the largest class ever and commended both students and lecturers for their synergistic effort. He noted that despite the numerous challenges faced by the University, the department would never compromise the standards and the quality of our graduates; ‘we shall never increase the size of the holes in our academic sieve, instead we shall continue to grind our students into finer particles until they are able to pass through the tiny holes of our strict standards’.
The chairman implored the outgoing residents to think of super specialization as education has no end and we must keep striving for excellence; ‘what is state of the art today, is mediocrity tomorrow’.
The new maxillofacial surgeons who included a student from Swaziland were advised to deceit from negative professional rivalry in which people talked ill of their colleagues but instead engage in positive rivalry in pursuit of higher standards and sharing of knowledge and skills. He urged the new surgeons to be a good alumni of their school.
The Scientific presentation for the evening was on facial aesthetics by Dr. Mathew Akama.
The members of the outgoing finalists were; Dr. J. Gatune, Dr. M. Kezegule, Dr. J. Kiprop, Dr. I. Mutwiri and Dr. V. Tsabetze.