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How to Apply for Medical and Dental Practitioners Internship Licence in Kenya

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How to Apply for Medical and Dental Practitioners Internship Licence in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Mon Jan 2020 10:15am
Eligibility to undergo internship is as prescribed by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board in accordance with the Laws of Kenya. All applicants must produce relevant academic certificates and transcripts. In addition the following must be satisfied:-

Evidence of having completed an undergraduate course in a recognized medical or dental school in Kenya
Doctors qualified from Medical and Dental Schools within the EAC region and who qualify for reciprocal recognition
Doctors who, having attained the minimum requirement for admission to universities in Kenya, qualify from outside the country and pass the internship qualifying examinations set by the Board
Evidence of having signed the Hippocratic Oath
All applicants who meet the criteria will be issued with an internship license, which is a mandatory requirement before commencement of internship.

NOTE: - The Board reserves the right to turn down an application for a licence. It is illegal to do internship without an internship license.

Required Documents
Copy of ID/Passport
Coloured passport size photograph
Evidence of passing Board Internship Qualifying Exam and letter from Commission of University Education(foreign trained)
Must appear in the list submitted by deans of Accredited National Medical/Dental Schools
Evidence of having completed Medical/Dental Training in an institution within the EAC that qualifies for reciprocal recognition.
Copy of posting letter from the Ministry of Health
Log book should be downloaded from

Office Locations & Contacts
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
Woodlands Road off Lenana Road, Nairobi

P.O. Box 44839 00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 020-2728752 / 2711478 / 2724994

Mobile: +254 720 771 478/ +254 738 504 112

Fax: +254 20 2724938




Medical/ dental graduates

Internship License fee Kshs.5, 000

Documents to Use
Application for Medical or Dental Internship License

Processing Time
The process takes a maximum of two (2) weeks

Every doctor is required to undergo an internship training program for a period of one (1) year to be conducted on a rotational basis comprising of three (3) months each in the four (4) main disciplines including medicine, surgery, paediatrics and child health, obstetrics and gynaecology as follows;-

In the discipline of surgery, a period of 3 months with sufficient exposure to ENT, Opthalmology and Pathology;
In the discipline of Medicine, a period of three (3) months with sufficient exposure to mental health and HIV management;
In the field of paediatrics and child health for a period of three (3) months; and
In the field of obstetrics & genecology for a period of three (3) months.
Other additional disciplines as may become necessary and as recommended by the Board.

Every Dentist is required to undergo an internship training program for a period of one (1) year to be conducted on a rotational basis comprising of three (3) months each in the four (4) main disciplines as follows;-

oral and maxillofacial surgery including oral medicine and/or oral pathology;
conservative dentistry and prosthetics;
orthodontics and paediatric dentistry, and

Required Information
Full Names
Date of Birth
Mobile No
K.C.S.E Mean Grade
Others if not K.C.S.E
Degree, Diploma or Licence held (if degree not in English provide official translation)
University Admission NO
Year of Qualification
Name of Medical/Dental School, address, code and email
Name of Internship Training Centre, address, code and email

Need for the Document
Internship is a period of supervised practical experience for medical/ dental graduates when they serve in the hospitals for specified periods before registration. During this period, the graduates have an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them be competent practitioners.

Information which might help

Internship goals
The interns shall be able to:-

Consolidate their knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to be competent medical or dental practitioners.
Acquire knowledge of commonly used drugs and their rational use, be conversant with the National Essential Drugs List and know the Dangerous Drugs & Poisons Act and its application.

Responsibilities of an intern
These include the following:-

Clerking patients
Performing relevant investigations
Guiding patients and relatives with regards to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
Documenting and regularly updating patients notes
Writing accurate and informative case summaries.
Presenting cases concisely, coherently and competently during ward rounds, grand rounds or any other appropriate fora.
Participating in continuing professional development activities
Appropriate handing over patients
Reporting to and consulting with the supervisor
Maintaining professional demeanor and conduct
Participating in triaging patients
Performing any other duties assigned by the supervisor
Interns will be expected to go on leave at the end of the internship except under special circumstances in which case they will have to compensate for the time away.
On completion of internship the practitioner is supposed to apply for registration to the Board. Registration will be subject to successful completion of internship as evidenced by the completed assessment forms and signed log books and reports from the internship training centers.
Utilize the current Ministry of Health Standard Treatment Guidelines in patient management

External Links
Internship requirements for Medical & Dental Practitioners

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board

Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act

Guidelines for Medical Interns, Revised in February, 2014 (Logbook)

Guidelines for Dental Interns, Revised in February, 2014 (Logbook)

The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board is established under Cap 253 of the Laws of Kenya, with the mandate to regulate the practice of Medicine and Dentistry. It has the following roles among others: -

Assist the intern to attain full potential during internship
Provide the necessary guidance to the intern
Liaise with employers and supervisors of the intern to ensure that he or she has enabling work environment.
Supervise the process of internship through visits to the internship training centers.
Approve new internship training centers.
Ensure that the required standards at all internship training centers are maintained.
Verify completion of internship training and register those successful as medical and dental practitioners.

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