Friday, 11 December 2015

Nigerian Anatomists Want MORE Courses For Anatomy Students

Nigerian anatomists gathered recently for the Anatomical Society of Nigeria's (ASN) 12th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the University of Benin, Benin City.

During the meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Dr. Wilson Akhiwu, a pathologist, urged anatomists to see themselves as partners in nation building.

In his lecture, Akhiwu said forensic anthropologists and biologists were vital to the country while other presenters called for the  revisitation of the Anatomical Cap Act of 1933, and  broadening of the career options of anatomists to make graduates employable.

In its communiqué, the group  asked departments of Anatomy to incorporate the following courses in their curricula: Behavioural and Reproductive Biology, Mortuary Science and Funeral Directing, Introduction to Forensic Science, Medical Anthropology and Archaeology, Stereology and Biological Morphometry, Basic Histopathology, Sports Science, Aesthetics and Cosmetology and Basic Prosthetics.

It continued: “The AGM was informed of the ill-advised directive from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to Vice-Chancellors to employ only appropriate medically qualified teachers to teach medical/dental students by 2019. However, the AGM was also informed that the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) has rejected the directive in its entirety because it runs contrary to global best practices, which encourage multi-disciplinary approach to research for innovative discoveries across disciplines. As a result, the House called for unity and peaceful coexistence for inter-professional capacity building between the two backgrounds of Anatomy teachers in Nigeria."

And my two-cents opinion: The rate at which different medical unions are calling for the inclusion of new courses in the medical curriculum is becoming "scary" and I hope the students' brains won't "overheat."

Last week Obstetricians under the aegis of SOGON wanted Nutrition and some other courses included; before that NUC wanted more courses with an extra medical year to make 7 years. Now Anatomists want new courses included--as if 'Keith Moore' textbook was not hard enough to read.

By the time all these changes are implemented, graduating Nigerian medical doctors will be "Supermen with BIG BIG Brains"---if they can make it to graduation.

I just thank God I'm out of the system. Phew!

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