TENWEK HOSPITAL, KENYA

Tenwek Hospital has both a General Surgery Program and an Orthopaedic Surgery Program.

Mission: Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya

Profile: Tenwek is a 300-bed hospital in southwestern Kenya. While it serves a population of about 800,000 for primary health care, it is a surgery referral center for the entire region of more than 8.5 million people. The hospital has six modern operating theatres in a new surgery and educational facility plus additional OB/GYN, ophthalmology and endoscopy theatres. Patients present with a broad array of pathology, and more than 5,000 operations are performed annually. With an extensive medical library including internet services; laparoscopy; research in esophageal cancer and other areas; diagnostic radiology including CT scan; intensive care facilities; laboratory and cytopathology departments; and physical therapy services, Tenwek is a state of the art surgical training facility in Africa.

Time Difference: +7 hours DST ahead of Eastern time, +8 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.

Travel: Commercial airlines to Nairobi, then a 3-4 hour drive to Tenwek. The road is now paved all the way.

Location: Tenwek is located near the town of Bomet, approximately 240 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. Map

Language: English and Swahili are the official languages of the hospital and the records are written in English. Many of the patients who come speak Swahili or other tribal dialects. Major ethnic groups in the Tenwek area are Kipsigis, Maasai and Kisii.

Climate: The climate at Tenwek boasts a year-round moderate and pleasant climate despite being only 160 kilometers south of the Equator because of its location in the highlands at 6,700 feet (2,070 meters). This area averages 54-55 inches of rain each year during the two rainy seasons, Nov-Dec and Mar-June. Temperatures in the daytime are in the 70s F/21 C and nighttime temperatures are in the 50s F/10 C.

Housing: Most short-term visitors stay in the guest house, while families and long-term volunteers may be housed in vacant missionary houses as available. Room and board charges cover food, water, cooking gas, electricity and upkeep. Those short-term surgeons staying longer than one month may want to hire household help. Surgical residents are given accommodation in one of the trainee housing units. Local shopping is available for fruits/vegetables, along with a number of shops at Tenwek or a short drive away.

Resident Applications: To find out additional information about becoming a resident or to download an application form, please click here.

Program Director: Dr. Heath Many
(General Surgery)

Director of Research:  Robert Parker
Asst. Program Director:  Andrea Parker
(General Surgery)

Additional Faculty – General Surgery: Dr. Russell White; Dr. Carol Spears; Dr. Steve Burgert (Gastro); Dr. Cheryl Cowles (Ob/Gyn); Dr. Joy Draper (Ob/Gyn); Dr. Mike Ganey (Peds); Dr. Angela Many (Ob/Gyn); Dr. Robert Parker (GS); and Dr. Will Copeland (NS); Dr. Michael Mwachiro (GS); Dr. Elizabeth Mwachiro (GS); Dr. Jens Vaylann (GS)

Program Faculty – Orthopaedic Surgery: Dr. Geoffrey Kiprono Koech, Assistant Program Director; and Dr. Dylan Nugent (Orthopaedics)

Began Training Residents: January, 2008 for PAACS GS residents and January, 2014 for the Orthopaedic Program