The National Universities Commission (NUC) has declared that medical students will now spend a total of 11 years in medical study and training.
According to Punch, the secretary of the NUC, Professor Julius Okojie made the announcement during the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, in Ondo State. He says that the reason for the decision is to fully certify the sound and psychological maturity of the modern generation of medical doctors.
These days people go to school early enough and in some cases too early. The medical line is a sector to be taken seriously because they deal regularly with human lives. Working as a nurse or medic is not as simple as it looks. Lay care givers will attest to the psychological and emotional drain they go through. How much more people who see and deal the most awkward of health conditions on a daily basis.
There have been cases where medics who work in health facilities become victims of drug abuse. They resort to substances and drug enhancers that help them cope with the depression and psychological stress that comes with the job. Already medical students in their early years learn to withstand some practical tests.
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Bearing the above in mind, the NUC see the need for medical students to be fully equipped for the sensitive task ahead. The commission have designed the new study pattern in such a way that medical students will spend the first four years in studying basic sciences in universities and later proceed to medical schools to spend another seven years.
In his speech also the NUC Secretary also solicited for the proper and judicious dispensation of the funds that has been mapped out for the smooth running of the new medical institution. In concurrence, Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who was present at the occasion also expressed his joy and bright hopes for 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
The enchanted Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, did not fail to solicit philanthropic contributions via the ‘Friends of UNIMED Funds’ initiatives with the target of raising N1 billion to support medical study and training in the institution.