The National Universities Commission, NUC, has announced that anyone who desires to study medicine in any Nigerian university will spend 11 years before obtaining an MBBS degree.
This announcement was made by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Julius A. Okojie, on Monday in the course of a lecture titled, ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges,’ delivered at the maiden inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.
The professor, who was represented by Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, the Deputy Executive Secretary of NUC, said it was of paramount importance to go in the new direction in order to give the students a chance to fully develop psychologically in preparation for the profession. He also revealed that the 2015 document for the training of medical students explained how this will be achieved.
According to him, the 2015 document for the training made specified that students will dedicate their first four years in school studying basic sciences and afterwards, they would move on to the medical school to spend an additional seven years.
As he said,
“Increasing the study time is essential to ensure medical students are well prepared for the psychological demands of the game, to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.”
While laying emphasis on the importance of appropriate funding of medical training and practice, Professor Julius also advised the management team of the institution to make sure that the money mapped out for the development of the institution was used for the exact purpose it was meant.
The Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who visited the institution, said in his speech that the university was expected to leverage on the gains of the medical complex around the institution to move efforts of medical research and training forward. He also expressed confidence that the university would grow to be a leading internationally-recognised platform for raising crops of professionally-competent individuals in the various disciplines of the health care industry.
“It is our hope and belief that it will provide sound scientific, technological and professional training to address identified health needs and problems, solve them within the context of community and national needs and sustainable development.”