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19 UNIMED students bag First Class

From Sade Adewale, Ondo

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No fewer than 528  students and 57 postgraduate students will graduate from the University of Medical Sciences in Ondo City.

The Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi stated this at the Pre-Convocation Press Conference held at Council Chambers, UNIMED, Ondo, adding that a total of 183 students will graduate from professional programmes with unclassified degrees: 96 students from Medicine, 12 students from Dentistry, and 75 students from Physiotherapy.

Fatusi further said that 348 students are graduating from undergraduate programmes with classified degrees, consisting of 19 students with first class (5.5%), 217 students with second class upper division (62.9%), 94 students with second class lower division (27.2%), and 15 students with third class honours (4.3%).

According to him, the number of endowed prizes in the university has grown over the years, and the fastest growth in that respect was recorded in the past year.

He said that the university secured the full accreditation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) in 2023 for both the medical and dental programmes.

According to him, the school had experienced an increase in enrolment and courses taught were accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as well as various professional regulatory bodies.

“We have also been successful in NUC’s resource verification exercises for the establishment of 13 new courses. These new courses include Audiology, Biotechnology, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dental Technology, Dental Therapy, Health Care Administration and Hospital Management, Information Technology and Health Informatics, Medical Physics, Medicinal Chemistry, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacology”, Fatusi added.

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The VC said the convocation will take place on Thursday, 1st February 2024, saying “we are proud that we have remained at the forefront of transforming the health professions education landscape in our country.

“This ceremony, wherein the first sets of physicians ever produced on the soil of Ondo State along with many other highly promising young people are graduating, is eloquent testimony of that. We are not just graduating one set of physicians, but four sets; consisting of two sets of medical practitioners and two sets of dental practitioners.

“Our first set of medical practitioners had their professional induction by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on 23rd May 2023, while the second set of medical practitioners along with the first and second sets of dental practitioners were inducted on 19th December 2023.

“In addition, no university in the history of Nigeria has ever produced a set of dentists within its first decade of existence. Thus, UNIMED has set a new record! We have successfully produced our first two sets of dentists within our first nine years of existence.

“As our newly-minted physicians go into the world with their degrees proudly written as MBBS (Ondo) and BDS (Ondo) and demonstrate excellence in medical and dental practice, the name of the Sunshine State will reverberate for good around the world.

He revealed that the university will graduate its first cohorts from three undergraduate programmes: Health Information Management, Environmental Health Science, and Community Health Science and first set of graduands from four master’s programmes: Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MSc) in Public Health, Master of Science in Health Law and Policy, Master of Science in Medicinal & Organic Chemistry.

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Fatusi, therefore, expressed deep appreciation to the Governor of the State, His Excellency, Honourable Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, for his quick intervention in the release of the N250 million pledged by the government towards the construction of the faculty building.

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