Medicine Graduate’s Presentation Shines in Australia

SPFH Winner, Stephen Odiwuor (centre) after receiving the award for the International Student Project for Health Competition. With him is: ECFMG GEMx Manager, Justin Seeling (left) and William Burdick (FAIMER).

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) graduate and JKUAT alumni, Stephen Odiwuor’s poster presentation on Early Childhood Development stole the limelight in Darwin, Australia in December, last year.

Odiwuor, who graduated in November 2019, in the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, made a poster presentation of his Community Health Project during a session that was moderated by Professor William Burdick, the Vice President for Education Research (FAIMER).

The JKUAT alumni was awarded in recognition for being one of the (12) twelve winners of the 2019 International Student Project for Health Competition that was organized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) through their Global Educational Exchange.

During the conference, Odiwuor was also elected to join the international executive board of the Student Network Organization (SNO) – an international organization within the Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH).

Odiwuor making his poster presentation 

He will serve the board as the Office Manager in a team made up of five members: The President, Vice President, Office Manager, Public Relations Manager and Local Team Manager.

Commenting on what the award means to him as a medical practitioner, Odiwuor said, The award marked a major milestone in my academic profession and ushered me into the field of global health.”

After winning the award, Odiwuor’s next focus is “To mentor students and to serve students from all over the world with passion and commitment,” he said.

What inspires Odiwuor? What is his long term vision? 

“My lecturers and my mentors are my greatest inspiration. My dream is to be a general surgeon with a specialization in orthopaedic surgery. Am exploring other sub-specialties in medicine and global health.”

Odiwuor had an opportunity to moderated Akiko Maeda’s session at the Network: TUFH 40th Anniversary. Akiko Maeda is a Japanese-Canadian health economist with 25 years of experience in international development.

From Left: SNO Executive Council members: Mr. Gagas, PR Manager (Indonesia), Roxana, Local Team Manager (Mexico), Yassen, President (Sudan), Veronika Duwel, Vice President (Netherlands) and Stephen Odiwuor (Kenya).

She has held technical and managerial positions at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and UNDP, among others, in the areas of policy analyses and investment programmes on various topics including girls’ literacy and immunization in low income countries; health insurance regulation and fiscal policy analysis in middle income countries, among other areas.

Akiko’s presentation session based on evolving the concept of social accountability, ended with Mr. Odiwuor presenting to her, a token of appreciation on behalf of the Network: Towards Unity for Health.

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