November 6, 2015

NUC Increases MBBS Medical Training Programme to 7 Years

Medical Students Now to Spend 7 Years, Instead of 6

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has increased the duration for studying medicine in Nigerian universities to seven years. Prior to this development, a student wishing to qualify as a medical doctor at the end of his university training, had only to spend six years in a medical school.

Seven years will now be the minimum number of academic years for all medical students to qualify as a medical doctor.

Study & Scholarships confirmed from a reliable source that the NUC has developed a new Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards for training of medical doctors in universities across Nigeria, necessitating the extension to seven years made up of both rigorous coursework and clinical training.

NUC Increases MBBS Medical Training Programme to 7 Years

Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, presented the newly reviewed curriculum to stakeholders in the Nigerian medical community at a three-day capacity development programme organised for staff of medical schools in Nigerian universities in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.

At the event, Okojie noted that the new benchmark minimum academic standard was competency-based and would substantially address most of the challenges facing the institutions in the training of doctors in the country.

He added that doctors, who people trust their lives to, must be adequately trained and competent to discharge their responsibilities efficiently.

He further noted that the workshop was to enable the stakeholders brainstorm together so as to fine-tune the draft document and make contributions to it toward the production of the final working document. The curriculum review, according to him, was necessary because the frontier of knowledge in all academic disciplines had been advancing steadily with new information generated as a result of research over the years.

Other compelling reasons included the need to update the standard and relevance of university education in the country as well as to integrate entrepreneurial studies as essential new platforms that would guarantee all graduates from Nigerian universities the knowledge of appropriate skills, competences and dispositions that would make them globally competitive and capable of contributing meaningfully to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

Nigerian Medical Students Now to Spend 7 Years, Instead of 6
The changes are geared to make new Nigerian graduates globally competitive and capable of
contributing meaningfully to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
Okojie said: “We must build some good quality hospitals and make facilities available for the students who are coming out with competences and skills to work.

No doctor would want to work without equipment. “We are trying to look at it from holistic view. Good learning and teaching environment; good medical centres and the management of resources itself,” he said.

Written from a report by a Study & Scholarships agent, with inputs from an original by The Tribune.

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