Is orthopedic and trauma medicine marketable in Kenya?

I don’t know if you are one of them but you guys have decided that we won’t sleep until we answer the question: Is orthopedic and trauma medicine marketable in Kenya?

Well, you win so here is our answer to that question that seems to be in the head of many of you who did not qualify for more prime medical courses (nursing, clinical medicine, dentistry, radiography and imaging, and the like): Is orthopedic and trauma medicine marketable in Kenya?


Is orthopedic and trauma medicine marketable in Kenya? / Is orthopaedic trauma medicine marketable in Kenya?

Well, this is my opinion when it comes to your employment prospects if you go ahead and do orthopedic and trauma medicine course in Kenya:

While it might have more opportunities in the future, right now graduates are mainly restricted to the following roles:

  • Ortho Trauma Technologist
  • Orthopaedic Technologist
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Technician

And even that is not the biggest problem…Nay…the biggest issue is that there are not many organizations hiring for these positions to accommodate everyone doing the course.

Remember that it has steadily gained popularity so there are more students doing it today than in the past.

So that is my main worry… In fact, go to Google and search “orthopedic and trauma medicine jobs in Kenya” and see how many jobs are advertised in that line….

Trust me..very few (by select county governments and NGOs ..and sometimes by sporting organizations)

And you see, there is no way you’re going to be licensed to practice as an Orthopaedic surgeon with the course.

Nope….you can only become an Orthopaedic surgeon / Orthopaedic doctor if you have pursued the M.B: Ch.B.( Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) degree from the university.

In other words, the licensing body – The Medical Practitioners & Dentist Board- only recognizes the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery course when it comes to licensing Orthopaedic surgeons / Orthopaedic doctors in Kenya.

In a nutshell, in my own opinion, I would not rate orthopedic and trauma medicine as one of the most marketable courses in Kenya.

In fact, I wouldn’t do it ..I would instead look at other more marketable courses – not just in the medical field but even outside medicine..

I’m saying so because some of you seem obsessed with some unmarketable medical courses for some strange reasons.

I mean, who told you that you can only make money by doing a medical course?

Hear this my friend:

There are many alternative good courses you can do out there including several underrated technical courses including mechanical engineering and Electrical engineering in Kenya (and you can start these at the certificate level, if you did not get a C- that is needed for the diploma).

And that is just the tip of the iceberg….i will be sharing with you links to articles I have written in the past about the  most marketable course in Kenya at the end of the article.

Read them if you truly want to take a good course that won’t disappoint after you graduate (see links after the recap section below).


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Is orthopedic and trauma medicine marketable in Kenya? – Recap

Just to remind you, the work of an orthopedic and trauma medicine  professional is to help treat problems in the musculoskeletal system (think joints, ligaments, bones, tendons, and muscles).

But as mentioned, it is not very marketable because most of the issues above (the problems you treat) are traditionally treated by fully qualified doctors/consultants (graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery degree)

True, there are a couple of jobs you could be lucky to secure with your diploma (for example, Ortho Trauma Technologist, Orthopaedic Technologist, and Orthopaedic Trauma Technician) but they are not many enough.

So do further research before doing this course.


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