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Igbinedion varsity inducts new doctors



The main campus of Igbinedion University was agog as hundreds of parents, friends and well-wishers trooped in to witness the 13th induction ceremony of newly qualified medical doctors that trained at the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital, Okada, Okada, Edo State.

Presenting a lecture entitled “Internship Versus Residency: Passing the Buck,” the guest lecturer, Dr. Samuel Ukponmwan, called on the authorities of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to urgently look into the plight of young doctors who, after two or more years of graduation, are unable to get a placement for their internship, a compulsory aspect of medical training.

He, however, advised the leadership of MDCN to quickly work out the modalities of accrediting some well-equipped private hospitals with consultants in relevant basic areas of medicine to begin admitting fresh doctors for internship and residency training.

The guest lecturer further stated that the country at the moment produces an average of 4,000 doctors yearly. Out of this, “3,600 medical students qualify from different universities in Nigeria while an average of 400 doctors trained outside the country are registered by MDCN yearly”.

Noting that medical profession is one that deserves discipline, integrity and compassion, he urged the new inductees to always abide by the ethics of the profession as sworn to by the Hippocratic Oath.

He said, “Doctors must keep all secrets confided in them by patients in the course of medical practice except by the permission of the patient.”

Representative of the MDCN’s Registrar, Dr. Victor Gbenro, observed that the council was aware of the plight of the young doctors getting placement for internship after graduation, and was working out modalities of posting all fresh doctors for internship immediately after graduation.

He described medical profession as a noble one that demands high ethical standards and discipline from all its members.

The registrar later led the 46 newly qualified doctors of Igbinedion University to take the Hippocratic Oath in the presence of the principal officers of the university and others

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