Nigerian Academy Of Medicine: Your 8 Questions Answered Today

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This post will answer your queries about the Nigerian Academy of Medicine, for those who have questions. It will also serve to let you know what this Academy is all about.

What Is The Nigerian Academy Of Medicine?

The Nigerian Academy of Medicine is a body set up to enhance excellence in Medicine, Medical Sciences and Healthcare.

Where Is The Academy Located?

The Academy uses the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Complex as its registered office.

This is at Plot 1102, Cadastral Zone B11, Off Oladipo Diya Road, Behind Prince and Princess Estate, Kaura District, Abuja, FCT Nigeria.

What Are The Objectives Of The Nigerian Academy Of Medicine?

The objectives of this prestigious academy are:

a) To promote the knowledge of Medicine and Medical Sciences in Nigeria and its practical application to the solution of problems of national development.

b) To promote excellence by the recognition and encouragement of merit in all branches of Medicine and Medical Sciences.

c) To secure co-ordination between medical and other scientific academies, societies, associations, institutions and Government medical and scientific departments and services.

d) To seek co-operation of international agencies and similar national bodies of other countries.

e) To undertake research work of national and international importance and thereby nurture the next generation of medical researchers.

f) To publish such proceedings, journals, memoirs, transactions and other publications as may be desirable to propagate knowledge.

g) To influence national policies to improve health and economic well-being of citizens.

h) To secure and manage funds and endowments for the promotion of the objectives of the Academy.

i) To undertake any other actions that may be necessary for the fulfillment of the aims and objectives of the Academy.

What About The Functions Of The Academy?

The functions of the Academy are as follows:

a) To recognize and encourage merit in all branches of bio-medical and allied sciences and to confer distinctions, awards and such honours on Fellows/Officers and others, commensurate with their achievements.

b) To seek the cooperation of and coordination with other biomedical and scientific academies, institutions, societies and associations as well as government bio-medical and scientific departments and services in Nigeria and abroad.

c) To undertake bio-medical scientific research of national and international importance and to assist the Government of Nigeria and its agencies in developing policies and programmes on biomedical and public health issues.

d) To publish proceedings, journals, monographs, transactions, reports and other material as and when necessary

e) To establish, promote and maintain a liaison between bio-medical sciences and other disciplines

f) To secure and manage funds, endowments, and properties, for the promotion of the objectives and for carrying out the functions of the Academy

g) To take all possible steps to attain uniformly high standards of medical education, post-graduate medical examinations and medical practice in Nigeria

h) To undertake any other steps considered necessary for the fulfillment of the above mentioned functions of the Academy

i) To amend rules, regulations and bye-laws as and when considered necessary

Who Are The Members And The Board Of Trustees Of The Nigerian Academy Of Medicine?

The Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine is headed by Professor Tolu Odugbemi, as the Chairman. Other members of the Board of Trustees of this Academy are:

Prof. Isaac F. Adewole

Prof. Nimi Briggs

Prof. John Idoko
Prof. Jude U. Ohaeri
Prof. Dilli Dogo
Prof. Sonny Jeboda
Prof. Ajesola Majekodunmi
The Council Members are:
Prof. Stanley N.C. Anyanwu
Prof. Musa Borodo
Prof. Muheeez Durosinmi
Prof. Clement Ezechukwu
Prof. Abba W. Hassan
Dr. Fatima Kyari
Prof. Clement C. Nwawolo
Prof. J. Olufemi Ogunbiyi
Prof. Eyitope O. Ogunbodede
Prof. Folasade T. Ogunsola
Prof. Ademola A. Olaitan
Prof. Babatunde L. Salako
Prof. Victor C. Wakwe

Professor Oluwole Atoyebi is the Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine

What Are The Categories Of Membership Of The Academy?

The Academy has 4 categories of members as follows:

1. Fellows

2. Emeritus Fellows

3. Honorary Fellows

4. Patrons

Fellows and Emeritus Fellows are required to hold postgraduate qualifications in Medicine or Dentistry and to have registered such with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. They are also expected to have made substantial academic and professional contributions to health sciences both nationally and globally.

Note that at its inception, the Academy admitted some people who were designated as Foundation Fellows

Who Is A Fellow Of The Academy And How Can Someone Get The Fellowship Of The Nigerian Academy Of Medicine?

A fellow is someone who has been Awarded the Nigerian Academy of Medicine’s fellowship status at any time.

Fellows can use the title “FNAMed” after their names.

Requirements for award of fellowship by the academy are:

a) Registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) is the body that regulates medical practice in Nigeria and makes sure it is in line with global standards.

After successfully completing medical or dental training in Nigeria, such a person is awarded an MBBS or BDS degree and is issued licence by the MDCN which empowers such a person to practice in Nigeria.

b) The person must be ready to contribute to objectives of the Academy.

c) Nomination by a fellow of the Academy.

d) The nomination has to be endorsed by three other Fellows of the Academy. This is to ensure that those admitted into the Academy are people with high standards and excellence.

Also note that fellows of the Academy can come from the following categories or areas of discipline:

1) Basic Medical Sciences

2) Basic Clinical Sciences

3) Medical Specialties

3) Surgical Specialties

4) Dental Specialties

5) Community Health and Primary Care

6) Medical Education/Hospital Administration


An Induction Ceremony of Foundation Fellows of the Academy took place on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. This ceremony held virtually on Zoom and was streamed on YouTube

The 2022 Induction Ceremony of New Fellows into the Academy also held on Thursday, 29th September 2022 at NAF Event Centre, Kado, Abuja.

This ceremony, which took off by 9am, also featured an annual lecture with the theme: 2023 and Beyond—Setting the Health Agenda for Nigeria

What About The Journal Of The Nigerian Academy Of Medicine?

The Nigerian Academy of Medicine publishes a journal by name, “Journal Of The Nigerian Academy of Medicine”.

This is in line with its mandate to promote research.

One edition of this journal has so far been published. This edition covered topics such as:

1) Oral symbiosis—Current evidence and future potential

2) Unmasking anorexia nervosa in a Nigerian female undergraduate: A case report

3) Direct optic nerve transaction after head injury

Wrapping Up

We believe you have learnt a lot about the Nigerian Academy of Medicine from this post.

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