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medicine and surgery
29 Mar 2016

Studying Medicine & Surgery In Nigeria & UK – All You Need To Know


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, or in Latin: Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (abbreviated in many ways, viz. MBBS, MBChB, MBBCh, MBBChir(Cantab), BMBCh(Oxon), BMBS, etc.), are the two first professional degrees in medicine and surgery awarded upon graduation from medical school by universities in countries that follow the tradition of the United Kingdom. The naming suggests that they are two separate undergraduate degrees; however, in practice, they are usually treated as one and conferred together, and may also be awarded at graduate-level medical schools. In countries that follow the tradition of the United States, the equivalent medical degree is awarded as Doctor of Medicine (MD).

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) is a highly challenging but extremely rewarding programme that will give you the medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness and enthusiasm for a vocation in any field of medicine. You will also learn how to develop a rapport with patients from a diverse range of cultures – gaining their trust as well as learning how to work effectively with colleagues in other healthcare professions.

Career opportunities

You might choose primary health care and work in general practice, or choose from a range of other specialist disciplines including:

  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Gynaecology
  • Medical research and education
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health
  • Radiology and surgery

Admission requirements

Jamb Subject Combination For Medicine And Pharmaceutical Course;
* English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
* While you can also use any of the below mentioned subjects as make subject. Health science, Commerce, Economics, Agricultural Science.

Admission requirements abroad

Medicine courses in the UK

Introduction to Medicine in the UK

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK and every year thousands of international students are accepted into medical school. If your grades are of the highest standard, and if you can prove that you have set your heart on studying and working in this field, then applying to read Medicine in the UK is for you. 3 As at A-level, including chemistry or biology, an IB of 38 or IELTS score of 7.0 is the academic standard required for undergraduate Medicine.

A strong first degree and a successful career record are required for graduate Medicine and work experience of one day a week for six months in a hospital, care home, hospice or other caring environment is the sort of evidence of intent the medical schools will be expecting and look for. Understanding of the National Health Service and how it works is also crucial for international applicants.

Medicine Entry Requirements

Undergraduate: If you decide you want to study medicine, you will need to enrol at a medical school, which is often part of a university, but will have strong links to local hospital and medical practises. To initially study at undergraduate level, students will need AAA grades, with ether Chemistry or Biology a requirement.

For international students wishing to study Medicine at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 6.5 across all four categories – reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 7.0 score generally required at most universities.

If you need to improve your IELTS score, why not join us in London and sign up to one of our courses? A range of IELTS study options  are available to suit your needs.

Foundation: Once undergraduate study of two-years has been completed, medical students will then move on to Foundation training, lasting another two-years. This brings together medical school graduates, other postgraduates and various health care providers. Once completed, you will move into your specialist training path.

Speciality Training: Once you have completed four-years of study, now the serious work begins! The entry process once you have decided on which area you wish to specialise in is extremely competitive, so plenty of hard work is needed to ensure you can secure a place in the area you wish to focus on. Training here can last for anything up to seven years, and upon completion you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion Training (CCT).

Other options: If you have completed at least twelve years of schooling with high grades but lack the science and English skills necessary for undergraduate Medicine, The International Foundation in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences at INTO St George’s University of London is a good example of how you could progress into the field. A year-long course, if you get at least 75% and succeed at interview you can progress onto the 6-year International Medicine (BSc/MBBS) degree at what is one of the oldest and best Medical Schools in the country. Alternatively if you get 65% you can progress onto their 3-year Biomedical Science (International) (BSc Hons) degree.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is part of the selection process of some UK medical and dental schools. It is an online test designed to test cognitive abilities, attitudes, critical thinking, and logical reasoning. There are four reasoning tests and a situational judgement test.

– Verbal Reasoning. Assesses ability to think logically about written information and arrive at a reasoned conclusion: 21 minutes, with 11 passages to read and 44 questions.

– Quantitative reasoning. Assesses ability to solve numerical problems: 24 minutes, 9 tables, charts, graphs etc. as information and 36 questions.

– Abstract reasoning. Assesses ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking: 13 minutes and 55 questions.

– Decision Analysis. Assesses ability to deal with various forms of information to infer relationships, make informed judgements, and decide on an appropriate response: 32 minutes, 1 scenario full of information and 28 questions (basic calculator provided)

– Situational Judgement. Measures your responses in situations, and your grasp of medical ethics: 27 minutes and 67 questions on 20 scenarios.

The test is taken at your local test centre, with each subtest in a multiple choice format. Past papers are not available but there are specimen questions on the UKCAT website. UKCAT must be taken by applicants at the following universities:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Warwick

Where can I study Medicine in the UK?

To learn more about the best Medicine universities in the UK, please find details below:

A BREAK DOWN OF YOUR STAY IN NIGERIA UNIVERSITIES

Curriculum outline of degree programme for 2009:

The courses prescribed for each semester are as follows:

Semesters 1 and 2 (first year)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Plant Biology and Biotechnology
  • Animal and Environmental Biology
  • Along with Practical’s in all the above subjects

A student who fails courses amounting to anything above (6) credit load may have to probate/repeat 100 level class, i.e. you are only allowed to carry a maximum of 6 credits units over.

Semesters 3 to 6 (second and third years)

  • Anatomy courses
  • Physiology courses
  • Biochemistry courses
  • Practicals
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice

In semester 4, students study Special Study Modules.

Semesters 9 to 10 (fifth year)

  • Anaesthesia
  • Primary Health Care Elective
  • Paediatrics (including Paediatric Surgery)
  • Medical and Surgical specialities (including Dermatology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and Rheumatology)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Surgery (including General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology)
  • Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics
  • Trauma
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Forensic Medicine

Semesters 11 and 12 (sixth year)

  • Surgery
  • Medicine (including Dermatology)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics (including Paediatric Surgery

A BREAK DOWN OF YOUR STUDY ABROAD

Curriculum outline of degree programme for 2009:

The courses prescribed for each semester are as follows:

Semesters 1 and 2 (first year)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences: Part 1
  • Chemistry for Medical Students
  • Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences: Part 2
  • Physics
  • Becoming a Health Professional

A student who fails any first or second semester course must register for the Intervention Programme before continuing with semester 2.

Semesters 3 to 6 (second and third years)

  • Integrated Health Systems Part IB
  • Becoming a Doctor Part IA
  • Becoming a Doctor Part IB
  • Integrated Health Systems Part IA
  • Becoming a Doctor Part 2A
  • Becoming a Doctor Part 2B
  • Integrated Health Systems Part 2
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice

In semester 4, students study Special Study Modules.

Semesters 9 to 10 (fifth year)

  • Anaesthesia
  • Primary Health Care Elective
  • Paediatrics (including Paediatric Surgery)
  • Medical and Surgical specialities (including Dermatology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology and Rheumatology)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Surgery (including General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology)
  • Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics
  • Trauma
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Forensic Medicine

Semesters 11 and 12 (sixth year)

  • Surgery
  • Medicine (including Dermatology)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics (including Paediatric Surgery

SCHOOLS THAT OFFER MEDICINE IN NIGERIA

Abia State University, Uturu.
Afe Babalola University , Ado-ekiti
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Ambros Alli University, Ekpoma
Anambra State University, Uli
Babcock University, Ilishan-remo
Bayero University, Kano
Benue State University, Makurdi
Bingham University
Bowen University, Iwo
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU)
Delta State University, Abraka
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
Ekiti State University, Ado-ekiti
Enugu State University Of Science And Technology, Enugu
Gregory University, Uturu
Gombe State University (GSU)
Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin City
Imo State University, Owerri
Kaduna State University, Kaduna
Kogi State University, Anyigba
Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, Ogbomoso
Lagos State University, Ojo
Madonna University, Okija
Niger Delta University , Wilberforce Island
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye
Osun State University, Osogbo
University Of Abuja,Abuja
University Of Benin, Benin City
University Of Calabar, Calabar
University Of Ibadan, Ibadan
University Of Ilorin, Ilorin
University Of Jos, Jos
University Of Lagos
University Of Maiduguri
University Of Nigeria Nsukka
University Of Port-harcourt
University Of Uyo
Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

Medical Doctor: Job Description & Career Info

Medical doctors require significant formal education. Learn about the education, job duties and requirements to see if this is the right career for you.

Essential Information

Medical doctors examine, diagnose and treat patients. They can specialize in a number of medical areas, such as pediatrics, anesthesiology or cardiology, or they can work as general practice physicians.

Job Description

Medical doctors (M.D.s) diagnose patient conditions using examinations and tests. Based on their findings, they prescribe treatment and medications to attempt to heal any illnesses or injuries. General practitioners and pediatricians have a wide range of medical knowledge, and they are often the first types of doctors who patients visit. Most doctors routinely work in teams, with nurses and aides assisting them in well-lit work locations.

Workplace

Doctors may work long and unpredictable hours dictated by the needs of their patients. Additionally, doctors may need to travel amongst various locations, such as offices, hospitals and clinics, in order to provide patient care. Doctors who practice in healthcare organizations or groups have less work independence but may obtain more time off as a result of patient coverage.

Job Options

M.D.s are sometimes referred to as allopathic physicians. As needed, medical doctors might refer patients to specialists who focus on specific medical areas, such as anesthesiology, cardiology, psychology and internal medicine. Specialists are experts in their field and complete additional residency training, in addition to becoming board certified in their specialty.


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