The National Universities Commission (NUC), has declared that medical students in Nigerian universities will henceforth spend 11 years before obtaining an MBBS degree.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Julius A. Okojie, made the declaration on Monday while delivering a lecture titled, “Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges,” at the maiden inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo State.
Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Okojie said Medical and Surgery 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.
According to him, “Increasing the study time is essential to ensure medical students are well prepared for the psychological demands of the game, to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.”
Okojie, who stressed the need for adequate funding of medical training, admonished the management of the institution to ensure that the money earmarked for the development of the institution was used for its purpose.