Research is critical in the advancement of medicine.  The Department of Medicine highly encourages resident participation in research including basic science, clinical vignettes, public health and epidemiologic studies.  Residents are encouraged to seek mentorship from faculty early during their residency to help foster ideas for research.  Resident are also encouraged to submit original studies, case report, abstract and vignettes to local as well as national meeting and journals to showcase their research work.  We also encourage quality improvement projects to help improve the quality and safety of care we provide to our patients. 

The Master of Medicine at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi requires a dissertation involving original research work that is usually presented to various faculty members in the final year.  A pass grade by the research committee is required to graduate the program.

Some of our resident scholarly activities/thesis include:

  • Factors that influence advance directives completion amongst terminally ill patients at a tertiary hospital in Kenya. 
  • Clinico-pathologic characteristics of breast cancer in young Kenyan women.  A tertiary care center experience.
  • Prevalence and Co relates of co-morbid depression in patients with diabetes attending Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
  • Urinary Incontinence burden among African diabetic and non-diabetic women seeking care at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
  • Prevalence of urinary incontinence among diabetic women seeking care in AKUH, Nairobi.
  • Immunophenotypic profile of acute leukemias at Aga Khan University Hospital – Nairobi.

  • Malignant Lymphoma subtypes in a private Hospital in Nairobi – A retrospective cross sectional study.

  • Immunophenotyping of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia / Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma at Aga Khan University Hospital.

  • Outcom​​es in patients with acute coronary syndromes in a referral hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Factors associated with mortality in patients with moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension in a tertiary referral hospital in Kenya.

  • Cardiac function in the evaluation of anthracycline cardiotoxicity at a referral hospital in Kenya: A single center study.

  • Factors that Influence Advance Directives Completion Amongst Terminally Ill patients at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

  • Effect of Targeted Psychotherapy (Dignity Therapy) on Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer Patients receiving Palliative Care at Aga Khan University Hospital.