Facts About The National Postgraduate Medical College Of Nigeria

The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) is a parastatal of the Federal Government Ministry of Health.

It was established on September 24, 1979, by the National Postgraduate Medical College under the decree No. 67 now Cap N59 Laws of the Federation 2004, as a corporate body to medical specialists, capable of providing world-class research, teaching and health care.

It was set up as the tertiary institution at the apex of Medical Education in Nigeria and its main function is to produce specialists in all branches of Medicine and Dentistry.

This is done through the organisation of the curricula for professional postgraduate education in the various specialized branches of medicine and dentistry, and the conduct of professional postgraduate examination of candidates to certify them as Specialists.

These specialists are the consultants in tertiary health institutions and lecturers in the universities’ medical and dental schools.

On September 14, 2015, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria faulted and objected the dissolution of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria.

The college insinuated that such premature dissolution of the council will encourage quackery and malpractice in the health sector.

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The vision of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria is to produce medical and dental specialists of the highest standards who will provide world class services in teaching research and health care.

In its mission statement, the college clearly states that it is solely responsible for “planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating postgraduate programmes required to produce medical and dental specialists of the highest quality, competence and dedication, who will provide teaching and optimal healthcare for the people. Lifelong learning will be maintained by continuing professional development programmes of the college”.

Functions Of The National Postgraduate Medical College Of Nigeria

The duties of the College include but are not limited to the following:

  • The accreditation of training institutions for professional postgraduate training of doctors and dentists with the periodic publication of a list of such accredited institutions.
  • The organization of professional postgraduate training programmes and development of curricula as well as the conduct of update courses for training in the various specialized branches of medicine and dentistry, as represented by the various faculties of the College.
  • The conduct of professional postgraduate examinations for candidates in the various Faculties.
  • Organization of a one-year Clinical Attachment (training abroad) for qualified resident doctors.
  • Carrying out any other activities necessary in the furtherance of postgraduate medical education and quality healthcare in Nigeria.

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The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria consists of fourteen faculties including:

  • Faculty of Anaesthesia
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery
  • Faculty of Family Medicine
  • Faculty of Family Dentistry
  • Faculty of Internal Medicine
  • Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Faculty of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Orthopaedics
  • Faculty of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Faculty of Paediatrics
  • Faculty of Pathology
  • Faculty of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Radiology
  • Faculty of Surgery

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Associate Fellows Registration

Candidates are to register as Associate Fellow immediately they commence residency programme. The Associate Fellows registration fee is thirty thousand naira (₦30,000) only.

You are required to pay the sum of thirty thousand naira (₦30,000) only as admission fee for Associate Fellow registration using the REMITA payment platform. (http://npmcn.edu.ng/guidelines-on-payment-to-the-college/)

Other mandatory fees are:
a. Associate Fellows Annual Subscription (AFAS) which is ten thousand naira (₦10,000:00k) per year. Candidates are to pay AFAS from the year they commenced Residency Programme till date.

b. Development Levy is ten thousand naira (₦10,000:00k) only. This is payable only once and can be paid along with Associate Fellows registration fee or at any time before sitting for Part I Fellowship Examination.

The AFAS and Development Levy is to be paid into the under listed account ONLY

Zenith Bank Plc, Aguda Branch, Lagos
Account No: 1010778138, Sort Code: 057150437. (Fund Transfer Only)

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AFAS payment is annual irrespective of whether an examination will be taken or not.

Late payment beyond January 31st of each year attracts a penalty of ten thousand naira (₦10,000.00k) annually.

Click here to download the Registration form

Completed registration form, evidence of payment and relevant documents such as MBBS, MDCN Licence, Primary result or Exemption certificate is to be forwarded to the College Registrar at the College address.

Fellowship of the College

Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria is classified as follows:

  • Foundation Fellows: These are persons who were elected Fellows in accordance with section 12 (1 & 2) of the Enabling Law on or before the first Examination followed by the first Convocation held on 18th February 1982.
  • Fellows by Examination: These are persons who become Fellows in accordance with  S.11 of the Enabling Law.
  • Fellows by Election: These are persons who are elected in accordance with section 12(2) of the Enabling Law or under such regulations as the College may make from time to time.

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Special Fellowship by Recognition

  • Distinguished Fellows: Who are Fellows of the College who have distinguished themselves in their various specialities and have contributed immensely to the development of the College and the country.

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  • Honorary Fellows: These are persons who are elected in accordance with Section 12 (1) of the Enabling Law or under such regulations as the College may make from time to time.
  • Life Fellows: These are Fellows in any of the above who have been in good standing for at least 5 years as Fellows and in addition meet the financial prescription for Life Fellowship.

Associate Fellowship

  • Associate Fellows by Examination – consists of Trainees who have passed the primary examinations of any of the Faculties and have been in an accredited training post for not less than 6 months.
  • Associate Fellows by Exemption – These are doctors with qualifications assessed to be equivalent to Part 1 Examination of the College Fellowship following the recommendation of the Faculty concerned and approval by the Senate.
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