The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university.
This declaration was made by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, during a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.
In the 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.
Okojie explained that students would be spending the first four years studying basic sciences in university, after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.
This, he explained, would help the students “mature psychologically” for the profession.
Initially, to study medicine in Nigerian Universities last seven years – housemanship included – however, following the new declaration, it can last more than 10 years where admission into five or six years of medical school is preceded by three to four years of studying for a first degree.