The Nigerian Post Graduate Medical School is one body the stretches the capabilities of medical practitioners to elastic limits. However, the body has had its moments of lows and highs. It is primarily set up to match the evolving education physicians receive on the job, the Nigerian postgraduate medical schools have also adapted their curricula, composition, and standards for acceptance to provide resident doctors a soft landing ground where they can become the best in any field of medicine they practice. Here are five fast facts.
1. It is the Zenith of Medical Education in Nigeria:
The Nigerian Post Graduate Medical School was established on September 24th, 1979 to serve as a corporate body that will provide the added fillip for the ongoing strive for professionalization of the medical field. Just like the Teachers registration council of Nigeria (TRCN) the body ensures that only those who are adequately trained and groomed in the ethos and nuances of the medical profession become specialists. The establishment of the Nigerian postgraduate medical school, therefore, marked a watershed in the strive towards professionalism of medical practice in Nigeria.
2. The body has become a holy grail of Success for most doctors
While the body has strengthened and sharpened some Doctors, many Doctors claimed that it has become a frustrating ground for most of them who wants to become Specialists. In recent times, there have been more recorded failures than successes and there is a strong public perception that the examiners are set out to fail people sitting for the exams with an annoying cheeky phrase; the fewer the merrier.
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The exam is held two times in a year and it comprises of 5 stages. Any failure on any stages calls for a re-sit with the candidate paying for a fresh exam. A lot of candidates have been emotionally wounded and destabilized by being failed repeatedly. Such a situation causes tremendous strain and emotional imbalance to the Doctor. This leads to uncontrolled brain drain, hence, expertise and competencies are lost to areas that provide greener pastures. And with all these complaints of Examiners having favorites who the award passing marks to, one can conclude that the greatest enemy of the doctor is the doctor itself.
3. It is a body beleaguered with challenges
In this period of a nonchalant government is at the helm of affairs, the body is facing grave challenges emanating from the dearth of equipment, poor funding and lack of infrastructural facilities. With negligence as this makes the doctor the butt of national jokes. The Minister of Health seems to encourage this infamy by visiting the airport to receive the President’s son Yusuf Buhari who had a motorbike accident and was treated abroad. The President has also embarked on several medical tours since three years he has been in office. With all these and more, one may ask, is the body really doing anything to reduce the over-dependency of medical tourism since it’s saddled with the responsibility of minting out specialists who can handle any disease?
4. It organizes continuous training and development of resident doctors
The body also conducts continuous training that will develop resident doctors to compete at the world stage. Most times, resident doctors who performed adequately well in these training are sent abroad for a one year internship scheme. This is to ensure that they meet national and international minimum standards.
5. The body also enforces ethical conducts among doctors
The policy making arm of the board regulates the visions, goals and ethical conducts of doctors. Faculties that make up this body includes Faculty of Anaesthesia
- Faculty of Dental Surgery
- Faculty of Family Medicine
- Faculty of Family Dentistry
- Faculty of Internal Medicine
- Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Faculty of Ophthalmology
- Faculty of Orthopaedics
- Faculty of Otorhinolaryngology
- Faculty of Paediatrics
- Faculty of Pathology
- Faculty of Psychiatry
- Faculty of Public Health
- Faculty of Radiology
- Faculty of Surgery