Nigeria: Medicine Now 11-year Course In Universities
SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, (THEWILL) – The National Universities Commission (NUC) has declared that students who study medicine will now spend a minimum of 10 years in the university.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, made this known in a lecture delivered at the first matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.
Okojie, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development had become imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.
He added that the 2015 document for the training of medical students projects that the students will spend the first four years studying basic sciences in university after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.
Ondo a State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, in his speech, as Visitor, said the university will leverage on the benefits of the medical complex around the institution to advance efforts in medical research and training and expressed optimism about the results from the institution.
“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,” Mimiko said.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Friday Okonofua, in his remarks assured the that the university would achieve the objectives for which it was established.
Story by David Oputah