University of Jos, Medical School

The University of Jos is a federal university in Jos, it was established in 1975 as a separate institution (from the University of Ibadan). Jos, is a city located in the belt of Nigeria, in Plateau State.

Those who enrol on the MBBS medical programme at the University of Jos (Unijos) undergo a 5-6 year training programme in the department of medical sciences.

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Medical Student Vs Student Doctor

Which do you prefer: Medical Student Vs Student Doctor?

How do you introduce yourself to patients and other doctors?

Does it really make a difference? Aren’t they the same thing?

We like – Student Doctor. It easily communicates to patients what profession you are training for. And it also gives you a subtle reminder:

Yes, I am training towards being a doctor, diagnosis diseases, treating diseases, prescribing drugs and caring for my patients.

Yes, I have already obtained medical knowledge and skills that will be of help the care of patients.

Yes, I am a work in progress, I do not know it all and I do not need to know it all at this stage, even if it were possible.

 

So, Medics’ Inn likes the term ‘Student Doctor’.

What do you think?

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Starting Clinical Placements – What to know

Here are 3 things you should know before you venture into the practical world of clinical medicine. If you’re already on the wards/theatres/etc., it’s not too late – this will still help!

  1. You are a valuable member of the team! It’s easy to feel insignificant on a busy ward, ward round, clinic or theatre. But remember you are a valuable member of the team! With this thought at the back of your mind, stir up the courage to approach a member of staff (it doesn’t always have to be a doctor) and let them know who you are and what you want to do. E.g. “Hello, My name is Leo/Liz, I am a medical student in my third year. I will be spending the morning with the doctors and learning on the cardiology ward round. How can I help and get stuck in?” You will be pleasantly surprised with the responses you will receive.

 

  1. Be early, not on time, but early. Getting to your location 10-15 minutes early keeps you calm and prepared. You’ll also notice that, just because you arrived several minutes earlier, you will have greater learning opportunities.

 

  1. Remember it is a learning process; you are in a safe and perfect environment to learn from highly skilled professionals and kind patients. You will not be an expert at lumbar punctures, diagnosing aortic stenosis, taking a history or examining a patient on the first day! These are skills you will learn and continue to master throughout medical school and even after you start working as a doctor. Do not be too hard on yourself, enjoy it.

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