BREAKING NEWS: Medical Students To Spend 11 Years In University − NUC

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The National Universities Commission has declared that
any student who wants to study medicine will
henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the
university.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof.
Julius Okojie made the declaration in a lecture delivered
at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the
University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.
In a lecture titled : Development of Medical Education :
Prospects and Challenges‘, Okojie, who was represented
by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission,
Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was
imperative in order to enable the students mature
psychologically for the profession.
He said the 2015 document for the training of medical
students made provision for students to spend the first
four years in studying basic sciences in university after
which they would proceed to the medical school to
spend another seven years.
Stressing the need for adequate funding of medical
training and practice, the NUC Executive Secretary
admonished the management of the institution to
ensure that the money earmarked for the development
of the institution was used for the purpose it was
meant.
The Visitor of the school and Ondo a State governor,
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, in his speech said the university
was expected to leverage on the benefits of the
medical complex around the institution to advance
efforts in medical research and training.
He expressed optimism that the institution would 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,” Mimiko said.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the university,
Prof. Friday Okonofua, said the that the university
would achieve the objectives for which it was
established, appealing to all well-meaning Nigerians to
render assistance to the varsity by contributing to the
‘Friends of UNIMED Funds’ initiatives which was
targeted at raising N1billion for the school .
He lauded the initiative of the Ondo State government
for the establishment of the university describing it as
the most creative and innovative idea that has taken
place in the development of tertiary education in the
country.

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