Are you thinking of becoming a medical doctor and also practicing? This article will guide you on how to become a medical doctor and all you need to study medicine and surgery in Nigeria.
Medicine is the science and “art” of maintaining and/or restoring health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients (i.e. Humans and Animals). The term is derived from the Latin word ‘ars medicina’ meaning the art of healing.
Contemporary medicine applies health science, biomedical research, and medical technology to diagnose and treat injury and disease typically through medication, surgery, or some other form of therapy.
A person who studied medicine is called a Medical Doctor.
According to wikipedia, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, or in Latin: Medicinae Baccalaureus Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (abbreviated in many ways, e.g. MBBS, MB ChB, MB BCh, MB BChir (Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), BMBS), are the two bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery, which is an undergraduate degree awarded by the medical schools of universities in countries that follow the tradition of the United Kingdom. The historical degree nomenclature states that they are two separate undergraduate degrees. In practice, however, they are usually combined as one and conferred together, and may also be awarded at graduate-level medical schools. An undergraduate medical practitioner become doctor/Physician after finishing Doctor of medicine in Commonwealth follower countries.
Fields of Medicine and surgery
- Surgery – is a branch that uses operative, manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance, or sometimes for some other reasons.
- Gynecology – is a branch that deals with the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women.
- Cardiology – is a branch that deals with the heart, its actions and diseases.
- Pediatrics – is a branch that deals with the development, care and diseases of children.
- Radiology – is a branch concerned with the use of radiant energy (as X-rays) or radioactive materials in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Universities in Nigeria awarding MBBS/MA ChB
The MBBS/MB ChB is awarded by many public and private universities in Nigeria, after a period of 6 academic years.
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) 1961
Bayero University Kano (BUK) 4 October 1975
University of Ibadan (UI) 1948
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria 4 October 1962
Ambrose Ali University (AAU) Ekpoma 1981
University of Nigeria (NSUKKA) 7 October 1960
University of Lagos (UNILAG) 1962
University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) 1975
University of Calabar (UNICAL) 1975
University of Benin (UNIBEN) 1973
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (ATBU) 1980
University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) 1975
Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) 1975
University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) 1975
Lagos state University (LASU) 1983
JAMB subject combination for Medicine [Jamb Brochure]
- English Language
It will be advisable for students who wants to study this course to target scoring more than 250 in UTME for them to stand a chance of securing admission to study medicine because it is a highly competitive field of study.
SSCE Subjects required to study Medicine and surgery
To study the above course, you must have at least five credits which must include
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_of_Medicine,_Bachelor_of_Surgery
Federal Ministry of Education – https://education.gov.ng/government-universities/