MEDICAL CURRICULUM EDUCATION IN ABU
The medical curriculum extends over 6 Academic years/sessions. It is divided into two major parts; Pre-clinical and Clinical Training.
- Stage 1 (100 Level)
At this level, students register and offer basic science courses
(. i.e Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the Faculty of Science,
Two Faculty of Medicine based courses (History of Medicine and
Introduction to Medical Sociology) and General study courses in the first year.
- Stage 2 (Level 200 and first semester of Level 300)
The teaching of the normal structure and function of the human body dominates this period of the curriculum; (i.e Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Biochemistry). It extends over 3 semesters, the whole of the second year and the first semester of the year. The basic principle of Community medicine and pharmacology are also taught at this stage.
These stage of the curriculum cover a period of not less than 46 months. The main objective at this point is to assist the students to acquire the necessary core knowledge and develop those skill and attitudes that will form the basis of their subsequent medical practices. To achieve this, students will be involved in all aspects of patient care as they rotate through the different disciplines. There will also be a conscious effort to get the student to develop interest not only in his patients, but also in patients families and environments, so as to appreciate the role of the individual, the home and the community in the prevention of diseases, promotion and maintenance of health and the treatment of illness.
The second semester of the 3rd year which covers a period of not less than 14 weeks. The objective at this time is to introduce the students to clinical Medicine with these courses:
- Introduction to Laboratory Medicine
- Introduction to Clinical Methods (Medicine and Surgery)
- Stage 4 (Level 400)
This is the beginning of consolidation of student’s direct contact with patients. Students will rotate through the following postings:
- Phase I Medicine and Surgery
- Phase II Medicine and Surgery
- Block Laboratory Medicine
- Laboratory Medicine Examination to end the posting.
- Stage 5 (Level 500)
At this stage, the students will be posted to the following disciplines:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Anaesthesia and
This will cover a period of not less than 48 weeks, before the part VA examinations.
- Stage 6 (Level 600)
This is the last stage of the curriculum. At this time, most systematic instructions would have been completed. The students are given increasing clinical responsibility under supervision as part of his final preparation for the award of MB; BS. The students undergo further training in the following disciplines:
- Community Medicine