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Pioneer students of Babcock Medical University inducted as doctors

By William Ajayi, Lagos

About 13 medical doctors of the Benjamin Carson Senior School of Medicine of Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, have been inducted into the medical profession by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Speaking at the induction, held in the university on Monday, Provost of the school, Prof Iheanyichukwu Okoro said he was proud of the inductees who made it to the end out of 14 that were admitted at inception.

He noted that the university had completed the three stages of accreditation by the MDCN in its first three academic years, a feat the institution achieved through effective planning and commitment.

Prof Okoro congratulated the new doctors and charged them on the way forward in the profession.

He said: “I congratulate you for having the courage to be used as guinea pigs. It is not easy pioneering a programme, especially a medical one. Please be the best you can be. Do not become qualified quacks by delving into cases that are beyond your competence… you are being sent to change the medical landscape of this country.

You must endeavour to improve yourselves in the profession. Distinguish yourself in the profession. Once you are good, you will have more work. Move forward and be specialists.”

Presenting the inductees, the Acting Registrar of MDCN, Dr T. Sanusi commended the university for gaining quick accreditation of the medical school, noting that MDCN accreditation is just as important as the National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation.

Also speaking, Vice Chancellor, Prof Ademola Tayo, noted that the university was graduating it’s first medical doctors five years after they were admitted through direct-entry programme into the university’s medical school, a feat that has not been paralleled in the last 20 years in Nigeria.

He counselled the inductees to be healers rather than doctors, so that they can affect the spiritual body as well as the physical one.

“Let me warn you that your profession requires of you, honesty, hardwork, patience and empathy. As you move out there to practice, I urge you to maintain the high standard for which this university is known… I implore you to build your future success on a foundation of integrity, good character, a compassionate lifestyle and honest dealings with the people you meet and those who come under your care.”

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