DEAN’S WELCOME MESSAGE.
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the Homepage of our prestigious Faculty, the Faculty of Medicine of the largest and most cosmopolitan University in Africa, South of the Sahara. Although Ahmadu Bello University was established in 1962, the Faculty of Medicine came into being in 1967, the first of such in northern Nigeria. The faculty has since grown to become the largest in this university; with a total of 17 departments. In 1961, the then Federal Government of Nigeria in a White paper decided that by 1970 there would be a “full-fledged” Faculty of Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University; this was supported by the National Universities Commission in its report in 1963. On the 25th November 1966, the Council of the University approved establishment of the faculty and in 1967 as a single degree awarding faculty. The pre-clinical complex was commissioned in 1982 (and named after the then Vice Chancellor, Professor IshayaAudu, himself a Medical Doctor) with the aim of providing facilities to train 150 Medical Students and 50 Dental students. The Clinical Complex is currently situated at the Teaching Hospital in Shikaa distance of about five kilometres from the preclinical complex since 2005. Prior to 2005 however, clinical teaching and training was at the Teaching Hospitals at Tudun Wada, Zaria, Kaduna and Malumfashi. The faculty expanded tremendously over the years from the initial seven departments to a total of 17 now and from a single undergraduate awarding faculty, to a multi degree awarding faculty as a result of the introduction of new programs. Currently, the faculty runs the following undergraduate programs, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS), BSc Human Anatomy, BSc Human Physiology and Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc). Furthermore postgraduate programs at masters and PhD levels are run in the Departments of Haematology, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Nursing Sciences, Chemical Pathology, Pathology and Medicine in addition the Department of Community Medicine runs the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Masters in Field Epidemiology (FELTIP). The Doctor of Medicine program (MD) is run by the departments of Medicine, Haematology and Human physiology. Furthermore, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology would soon mount a master’s program in reproductive health. The faculty has since inception had an intimate structural and functional relationship with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. Both organizations began as units of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, until 1985 when all such hospitals were severed from their respective universities and ceded to the Federal Ministry of Health as the nation’s tertiary level healthcare and referral facilities. Nonetheless, considerable intimacy cooperation and collaboration persists between both organizations; the clinical departments and students’ hostels of the faculty are located within the hospital premises and their staff functions in synergy. The quest of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to attain its vision of becoming “a world-class university comparable to any other, engaged in imparting contemporary knowledge, using high quality facilities and multi-disciplinary approaches, to men and women of all races, as well as generating new ideas and intellectual practices relevant to the needs of its immediate community, Nigeria and the world at large” and the faculty motto of “NulliSecundus”are the driving and guiding principles of the Faculty of Medicine. The faculty though competitive, is open to students from all backgrounds and nationalities who meet our admission criteria. Please visit the links to our various departments and facilities on this site, and in case of any queries, we would be glad to get back to you. Thank you Professor A.G.Bakari- MB, BS (ABU), MSc (Ib), FWACP, FACP, FACE, FEMSON. Dean.