President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Dr. Ademola Abayomi Olaitan, insists that medical postgraduate fellowship remains the highest qualification for NPMCN fellows.
While reacting to the controversy on the relativity of postgraduate fellowships in medicine and dentistry vis-à-vis PhD in the Nigerian University System (NUS), during its 2016 pre-convocation briefing, Dr Olaitan reiterated thus;

Recently there have been comments on the usefulness or otherwise of clinical teachers possessing the PhD to teach, or to progress in the university system. Our college reiterates that fellowship is the highest qualification needed in the practice and training of medical doctors, and specialists in the health system as obtains globally. As a responsible government agency, we would engage all relevant stakeholders to put this controversy to rest.”

Postgraduate medical and dental education in Nigeria is passing through a turbulent period. While funding is low, the frequent work stoppages in various teaching hospitals does not allow for trainees fulfillment of the prescribed minimum period of clinical placements and rotations that qualifiy them for examinations. High investments in medical education by government will yield high quality of patient’s care.

the college is breaking new grounds in its bid to ensure global best practices, as the institution’s Senate recently approved commencement of Computer-Based Test (CBT) for March/April/May 2017 Fellowships Examinations.


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