Henceforth, any student that wants to study medicine will spend a minimum of 10 years in the university.
This is according to the new declaration by the National Universities Commission (NUC) which was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie as he delivered a lecture 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.
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.