The Role of Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in Enhancing Competency of Graduating Medical Students and Preventing Disruptions in Academic Calendars in Nigeria: A Review.

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Uche R Ojinmah
Ofem E Enang
Nkiru P Onodugo
Iroro E Yarhere
Melanie N Nwabueze
Chinechelum N Anyanechi
Aburu N Arag

Keywords

Medical Consultants Association, Competency, Graduating Medical Students

Abstract

In Nigeria, the medical education system faces challenges ranging from inadequate infrastructure to a lack of qualified personnel. These challenges not only affect the competency of graduating medical students but also lead to disruptions in academic calendars. The role of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in addressing these issues is crucial. This review examines the impact of MDCAN in enhancing the competency of graduating medical students and preventing disruptions in academic calendars in Nigeria. It discusses the importance of maintaining academic continuity and explores the reasons why disruptions in academic calendars are not viable options for pressuring the government to improve doctors' and lecturers' welfare packages. Through an analysis of relevant literature, this review underscores the significance of collaboration between stakeholders to ensure the quality of medical education and the smooth functioning of academic institutions in Nigeria. Ultimately, this paper proffers some solutions to mitigate the negative effects of strikes and improve the quality of undergraduate medical education.

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