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NiMSA harps on medical students to develop leadership skills


UNIBEN student teaching primary school pupils as part of activities to mark NiMSA week

UNIBEN student teaching primary school pupils as part of activities to mark NiMSA week

Officials of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA), has called on its members to be interested in politics and to see beyond their profession.

Dr. Ugbodagha disclosed this at the maiden edition of the association’s leadership summit, which held at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.

Speaking on the topic, Medicine And Politics: Mentoring Medical Students For Leadership, Ugbodagha stressed the need for medical students to develop leadership skills while in schools, so that they could be able to function effectively outside the school system.

He noted that the few medical personnel in politics is grossly affecting the advancement of the profession, adding that other professions are doing well because many of their members are in politics and are advancing their course.

“Sadly, many medical students are too conscious of the workload they have to cover that they fail to develop their political and leadership skills. They just pass through medical school without any thing to hold on to. If we have enough doctors in the National Assembly, they will push for laws to help better the health of Nigerians. Pending health bills will be passed into law and even the medical students will benefit because their exchange programme will be well catered for,” he said.

Dr. Amina Okhakhu, President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Edo State chapter while speaking on Medical Career And Life Outside Medicine: Finding A Balance called students to balance their activities with their studies.

“Many of you came into medical school with lots of talent and skills, but seem to have lost them because of the workload you are to deal with. You really need to revive those talents of yours because we need medical doctors in other sectors of the economy.

The four-day event tagged Leading: For Now and the Future, which was chaired by Rev. Olu Martins, had other speakers advise students on how to be effective outside the classroom.

Highlight of the summit were dinner party, football match, presentation of certificate of attendance to participants and health talks by officials of the Red Cross and the Rotary Club.

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