KMA YDN PRE-CONFERENCE

2021 KENYA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION YOUNG DOCTORS NETWORK PRE-CONFERENCE REPORT

THEME: CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND ENTERPRENUERSHIP

BACKGROUND
Young Doctors Network is a committee under the Kenya Medical Association, launched at the KMA@50 AGM in April 2018. The idea behind the committee was to increase participation of the younger professionals in the association and mentor & un-tap the potential of these professionals. The KMA - Young Doctors Network mission is to connect, develop and support young doctors by providing opportunities to explore and develop personal and professional growth.
The KMA Young Doctors Network held its inaugural Pre-conference on 24th April 2019, in Lake Naivasha Resort under the theme Mentorship and Innovation in medicine. The preconference was well attended with over 100 participants who listened to speakers with diverse background in entrepreneurship, innovation, advocacy, academia and leadership.

SUBTHEMES

Career development & Entrepreneurship in the current Covid-19 era:
Opportunities available in the healthcare arena,
Lessons learnt in both clinical and non-clinical fields
Branding yourself for success

The future of medicine:
Anatomy of a “Doctorpreneur”
Role of networking and mentorship.
Technological advancements in career development and entrepreneurship.
Establishing work-life balance: laying foundations for better futures

OBJECTIVES OF THE YDN PRECONFERENCE
  • Increase awareness on career development opportunities available for health professionals.
  • Increase awareness on entrepreneurship options available for health professionals.
  • Identify career development and entrepreneurship solutions among health professionals.
  • Learn and share best practices for career development and entrepreneurship.
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RATIONALE

Currently between 30 to 40 per cent of the estimated 600 doctors who graduate in Kenya annually move to other countries in search of greener pastures after completing internship. A whopping 62.7% of Kenyan doctors are in private practice, and those that are in government
employ are mostly overworked, underemployed and demotivated.
These statistics prove that now more than ever, young doctors are in need of mentorship in
career development and entrepreneurship as they look for alternative avenues to make a
living, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The KMA YDN Preconference 2021 aims to advance the discussion on career development and entrepreneurship among junior healthcare workers and the population as well as increase
awareness on opportunities and skills required in order to advance ones career for the better.

EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS

Young Doctors and Medical Students from Kenya and the region
Number: 200

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