MDCN laments poor standard of medical schools, inducts 359 foreign-trained doctors

doctorThe Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has lamented the number of students training in medical colleges outside the country to restricted class quotas and failure of medical schools to meet its standards.

This comes after it inducted a total of 339 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates, including 335 doctors and four dentists who passed the council’s assessment examination.

Speaking at the induction ceremony in Abuja with the theme ‘Life as a House Officer: What a Doctor Needs to Know’, Registrar of the Council, Dr. Abdulmumini Ibrahim, said increase in number of students sitting for its twice-yearly assessment exams was “due to increase in students studying abroad because medical schools in Nigeria were unable to accommodate all students who passed university matriculation exams.”

Ibrahim also attributed the increase to failure of some medical schools to meet MDCN requirements and subsequent loss of their training status, adding that students of such schools wait to be absorbed into medical schools yet to fill their class quota or go abroad to study.

Florence Onuoha, one of the inductees said she feels happy to be accepted and inducted into the medical profession, adding that the government should make provisions for them when they finished from medical schools or colleges.

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