Medical School in Nigeria: 8 Questions You Need To Ask

Medical school in Nigeria
Medical school in Nigeria

Before you apply for a medical school in Nigeria, there are questions you need to ask.

Introduction

Becoming a medical doctor is the dream of many people today.

They therefore go through so many efforts in order to get admitted into a medical school.

Unfortunately, some people do not make proper inquiries before applying and they may start having doubts or regrets a year or more after being admitted in the institution of their choice.

In this blog post, we are going to be looking at ten important questions you need to ask before choosing a medical school in Nigeria.

Do people actually make inquiries about medical schools they want to get into?

Well, it varies. From absolutely no enquiries to detailed enquiries

Many people are just excited about finally getting admitted into a medical school.

Many times, they forget to make detailed inquiries and understand the school they are about to get into.

Many institutions in Nigeria do not have Open Days which give people the opportunity to know more about the school they are about to get into.

In order to know more about a medical school, you really need to make your own personal inquiries.?

The questions to ask before choosing a medical school in Nigeria are as follows

1) What is the accreditation status of the institution?

In order to make the best out of your medical school search, you need to first of all be sure of the accreditation status of the medical school you intend to attend.

Is accreditation really important? Find out from this blog post.

Medical schools in Nigeria are accredited and licensed by the National Universities Commission (NUC), in conjunction with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN)


They set the standards for accreditation of medical schools.

These standards include areas like quality of teaching staff, academic and non academic staff, quality of resources or infrastructure, and so on.

Accreditation status can either be partial or full.

Accreditation visits take place after some years.

If you get into a school that has partial accreditation or has lost its accreditation, you may run into problems because you may not be able to graduate as at the time you are supposed to.

In addition to accreditation, you also need to make inquiries about the quality of the teachings.

In as much as medical schools have a standard they need to conform to, some people may prefer some institutions over at the other because the lecturers are more in tune with what they teach and they have better methods of passing across the knowledge to the students.

This may also be seen in the performance or the outcome of the students under them.

So if you want this institution where lecturers have what they teach at their grasp and they are able to effectively pass across the message to the students, you need to make specific inquiries about that.

2) How easy is it to get admitted into the medical school?

Medicine is very competitive and most times, only a few people that apply actually get admitted into the particular institutions to study this course.

In order to increase your chances of getting admitted into a medical school, you need to know the cut off mark of the particular institution you are applying for.

Different medical schools across the country have different cut off marks.

Some institutions also have catchment areas, meaning they have lower cut off mark for people from specific states in the country.

These are things you need to factor in order to evaluate your chances or the ease with which you can get admitted to that school.

For instance, you may have a score of 300 in the UTME, and discover you cannot even get admitted to a particular medical school, whereas if you had scored 290, you can get admitted to another medical school.


If you really want to study Medicine and Surgery, it may not be a wise idea to insist on a particular school when you are consistently finding it difficult to meet their admission requirements.

You may end up having to write UTME and post UTME repeatedly for years, and there may be no guarantees that even get admitted eventually.

3) What is the quality of infrastructure available in the institution?

Apart from accreditation and lecturing staff, another important question you need to ask is what is the quality of the infrastructure of these institutions?

You need to know if they have basic infrastructure like classroom blocks, library, laboratories, dissection rooms, and so on.

These facilities are really important for your study. For instance, having a good and conducive library makes it possible for you to read after the lectures, even late into the evening.


If the library is conducive, well ventilated, and with proper lighting, it will make your reading enjoyable and you’ll be able to read for longer hours.

If you have a poor infrastructure like dilapidated laboratories, they will make your learning stressful, and at the end of the day, you may not become very proficient in what you have been taught.

4) Does the institution have good accommodation facilities?

Accommodation is an important question you need to ask before choosing a medical school.

Apart from the lectures and the library, you are going to spend a lot of time in your hostel.

This is where you do many things besides attending lectures. Some people even read in their rooms.

If your accommodation is not conducive, it may affect your concentration in class, your learning outputs, and ultimately affect your performance in quizzes and exams.

It is, therefore, very important to know the kind of accommodation facilities available in the institution.

Do they have hostels that are owned by the institution? How conducive are the hostels? How well maintained are these hostels?

For institutions that have off campus hotels, how good are these hostels? How well maintained are they? How close to the institution are they?

Do they have the basic facilities such as water, sanitation, light and so on? How are their fees? Are they affordable?

These are questions you need to ask and things you need to consider before making your final choice.

5) How Much are the Fees?


What is the tuition for this institution? How much do they pay as school fees? How much do they pay as departmental dues?

How much do they pay as dues for the student associations within the institution?

These are the things you need to find out, so you don’t get caught unawares when the fees start rolling in.

Also ask questions about their scholarship opportunities.


Can you get scholarship or bursary awards when you study in these institutions?

You need to generally find out the cost of financing medical education in terms of fees paid to the school.

This will help you or whoever that is financing your medical education to plan on how to source those funds so that you’ll be able to complete your academics successfully without dropping out of school.

It will be painful when, having struggled to get admitted into the medical school, you now have to drop out because of financial difficulties or lack of funds to continue with your academic pursuit.

6) What About Cost Of Living?


What is the cost of living in the town in which the institution is located?


As a student, you will not only pay school fees and departmental fees. You also have to eat, for instance.

You have to take some form of transport or the other. You have to go to the market. From time to time, you have to buy the essentials you need.

You may need to compare that to another place that has a cheaper cost of living.


In some institutions where the medical schools are sited in semi urban or rural areas, the cost of living may be cheaper compared to institutions that are located in towns or busy communities.

7) How about safety and security?

How safe or secure is the environment where the institution is located?


Security is an issue of great concern in Nigeria, especially because of many uncertainties.

So it is very important to find out about the environment in which the school you want to attend is located.

Is the environment safe? Is it secure? Do they have adequate number of security personnel in the institution, and in the town in general?


If you feel you may not be secured enough, then you may need to compare with some other institutions where the security architecture is better.

8) What are the active students organizations and activities in the institution?

Before you get admission to an institution, you need to know what the student organizations there are like.


How many students organizations are there?
What do they do?


How do they enhance the academic performance of their members?
What are the activities they engage in?


And so on.

Where you have a robust student organization, in the long run, it tends to be beneficial to the students, as they can actively canvass for the students’ welfare and also put in measures to help students perform better in their academics.

9) How fast do students graduate from these institutions?

This is a very important question that must not be ignored.


According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), the specified duration for medical school in Nigeria is a minimum of six years.


So if you finish medical school within six years, that is wonderful and should be the standard, provided you do not repeat any class along the way.

However, in some institutions, students may take more than six years to finish the medical school, even when they pass their exams at the first sitting. This is entirely no fault of the students.


You need to be aware of this before you start, so that you may not start grumbling.

When someone who entered another medical school a year or two after you entered your own graduates while you are still in medical school, this may cause a lot of sadness to you.

What are there factors that make some medical schools keep students beyond 6 years?


• Unnecessary breaks
• Prolonged and repeated strike actions by academic staff
• Loss of accreditation
• Crisis and unrest in the institution, which may lead to it being closed down temporarily

10) What are the outcomes of the products of these institutions?

Before you get into any particular medical school, you need to find out about their products.


What are their students like?
How well do they know their onions?
How well behaved and how confident are they?


How skillful are they?
What are the testimonials by the students that have attended these institutions?
What are the testimonials by employers of the graduates from these institutions?


How easy is it for them to get job placements, like housemanship, residency and so on?


How easy is it for them even to get opportunities outside the shores of Nigeria?

Wrapping Up


In this blog post, we’ve looked at the 10 important questions you need to ask before making a choice about a medical school in Nigeria.

These questions make sure you get well equipped with information in order to make a proper choice about your potential institution.

Once you make that choice, you need to embrace it and then do all you can to score as high as possible in your entrance examinations so you can get admitted to that institution with ease.


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