We will be revealing the 10 best medical schools in Nigeria.
A medical school is a tertiary educational institution, or part of such an institution, that teaches medicine, and awards a professional degree for physicians and surgeons. Such medical degrees include the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, MBChB, MBBCh, BMBS), Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Many medical schools offer additional degrees, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Master’s degree (M.Sc), a physician assistant program, or other post-secondary education.
Medical schools can also carry out medical research and operate teaching hospitals.
The mission of every medical school includes medical teaching, research, and patient care.
The years of medical school preceding graduate medical education are typically divided into a preclinical phase and a clinical phase.
There are more than 40 medical Schools in Nigeria. There’s a popular proverb that, all fingers are not equal, so we don’t expect this medical Schools to be of equal standards. Though they share some features in common.
Below is a list of 10 best medical schools in Nigeria and the year they are established.
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10 Best Medical Schools in Nigeria
1. The college of Medicine, University of Ibadan
The Faculty of Medicine was one of the first Faculties created when the University College, Ibadan came into being in 1948.
The fundamental problem which faced the Faculty in the early stages of its existence was that of maintaining high standards and securing world-wide recognition. The alignment of the Medical School in special relation with the University of London helped to attract the recognition of the General Medical Council of Great Britain. By this special relationship, medical students of the University College, Ibadan took courses in Medicine leading to the degree of M.B;B.S of the University of London.
The first group of students who proceeded overseas for their clinical training in 1950 graduated in 1954. A number of students who had already advanced in their clinical training following courses given at Yaba, continued training under the College for the Diploma or Licentiate of Medicine and Surgery, entitling them to practice in Nigeria. Arrangements were made for them and for other former Yaba graduates to study, if they wished, for the Conjoint Board in London to obtain a qualification registrable with the General Medical Council, and the majority who did so qualify as the years passed.
2. Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on October 4, 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.
The university is named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.
The medical school was established in the year 1967. The University’s teaching hospital is one of the largest in Nigeria and Africa.
The university operates three main campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria, and School of Basic Studies in Funtua. ABU faculty of medicine is located in Samaru campus.
3. Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Ilorin
The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin (UNILORIN) is one of the two Faculties that make up the College of Health Sciences.
The Faculty was established on the 1st April, 2004 when the former Faculty of Health Sciences assumed the collegiate status.
It overseas the activities in the eight departments that make up the Faculty. The departments within this Faculty are as follows:- MBBS, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Heamatology, Chemical Pathology & Immunology, Medical Microbiology& Parasitology, Pathology and Medical Biochemistry.
All the departments are responsible for the teaching of basic medical courses to all the students in the College.
4. College of health sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University
Since inception in 1972, the Obafemi Awolowo University, College of Health Sciences (then Faculty of Health Sciences) has made major contributions to the supply of highly trained medical graduates especially to the Nigerian health sector.
Formerly instituted in the then University of Ife in 1971 as the Faculty of Health Sciences, the College has expanded into a Collegiate System formally approved by the University’s Senate in 1995 and comprises three Faculties and one Institute.
The three faculties are; Basic Medical (Anatomy, Medical Microbiology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Pharmacology, Medical Rehabilitation, Forensic Medicine, Nursing Science, etc), Clinical sciences (MBBS) and Dentistry while the Institute is Public Health.
5. College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
In 1963, the National Universities Commission (NUC) recommended that the Federal Government should take the initiative, following the Ashby Commission report, to establish a medical school in the University of Nigeria which should become functional in October 1968.
Nothing concrete in terms of provision of Physical Structures for the Medical School was achieved by the time the Nigerian Civil War broke out in 1967.
A couple of days after the civil war officially ended, the Administrator of the East Central State of Nigeria, Mr. Ukpabi Asika, called for the Enugu General Hospital as a functional hospital for the University of Nigeria.
The college of health admitted her first students in October 1970.
The 1st Year medical students stays at the Nsukka Campus while continues their studies at the Enugu Campus.
The College of Medicine of the University formally became a reality with the signing of the University of Nigeria Statute No. 2 by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on December 3, 1982.
Currently, the colleges houses four faculties; Basic Medical Sciences (Human Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Physiology), Dentistry, Health Sciences (Radiography, Nursing, Rehabilitation), and MBBS.
Do You Know That: During the two and half years of the civil war, between 500,000 and 3 million Biafran civilians died of starvation. Yet the University’s College of Medicine still competes with the best medical schools in Nigeria.
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6. Lagos State University College of Medicine
The College of Medicine of the Lagos State University popularly known as LASUCOM is one of the top College of Medicine in Nigeria.
The college is located within the structure of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. It was established in 1999 under the administration of Col. Mohammed Buba Marwa who donated the building known as Ayinke House to the School.
The college started with training medical student that led to the award of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree and expanded to other programmes such as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Nursing Science (BN.Sc), Bachelor of Science, Physiology (B.Sc. Physiology), Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology (B.Sc. Pharmacology) and postgraduate programmes in Physiology, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Public Health.
It currently has three faculties, Basic medical sciences, Basic clinical sciences and Clinical sciences.
7. College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma
Ambrose Alli University (AAU) is a university in Nigeria established in 1981. It was established by the then governor of Bendel State (now Edo and Delta States), Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli (1979–1983).
First known as Bendel State University, then Edo State University, it was later changed to its present name in commemoration of Professor Ambrose Folorunso Alli.
The AAU Ekpoma College of Medicine houses two faculties; Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences.
DEGREES AWARDABLE IN THE COLLEGE: The degrees awardable currently in the College are MBBS, B.Sc., Medical Physiology and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (BMLS). The MBBS degree is without honour classification but the B.Sc. Physiology and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences are with classification based on CGPA. A student may however pass with distinction in individual subject in the MBBS degree.
8. College of Health sciences, Bayero University Kano (BUK)
Bayero University Kano is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1975, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from university college to university. It is the first university in Kano State.
The University’s college of medicine is houses four faculties; Clinical Sciences (MBBS), Dentistry, Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Human Physiology) and Allied Health Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiograpy)
9. College of health sciences, Delta State University, Abraka
The Delta State University, Abraka – popularly known as DELSU – is a State government owned university in Nigeria with the main campus located at Abraka, Delta State and two campuses at Anwai, Asaba and Oleh.
The University was established in 1992 and the medical school was established shortly after.
10. Niger Delta University, Faculty of Basic Medical sciences
The Faculty runs Medicine, Biochemistry and Medical Laboratory Science Programs. Their Medical programs run from the faculties of Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences. Briefly, the faculty started in 2001. However, not until 2005 when the first Acting Dean was appointed, the Faculty was administered from the office of the Provost.
The first admission into the Niger Delta University College of Health Sciences was carried out in the 2001/2002 academic session. However, following delay in establishing the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), the then Provost, Prof. Abiye Obuoforibo in 2004/2005 introduced the Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) degree programme in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology as a stop-gap measure.
Meanwhile at the end of 2006 students’ unrest in the College which lasted for close to six months, the first two sets of students were sent to the University of Benin and the third set to the University of Port Harcourt, where they could take the Part I MB;BS examination for onward movement the Clinical Programme.
It was not until 16th March, 2007 that the Government of Bayelsa State announced the conversion of Okolobiri General Hospital as a temporary site for the NDUTH. This announcement was however, revalidated on the 9th of October, 2007. The permanent site of the NDUTH is the five hundred-bed Hospital in Yenagoa.