Question: What do Doctors do?
Answer: A doctor is person who uses the formation given by a patient d other signs he can pick up from the patient with or without laboratory investigations to arrive at a diagnosis and then determine the appropriate treatment for a particular illness.
Question: What does it take to be a doctor?
Answer: Becoming a doctor requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice. This is because of long periods of time spent studying and attending lectures, clinical meetings and to patients which continues throughout the medical career. In school you have to be a science student and do subjects like English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and any other subject in the SSCE, However only Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English Language are required with at least a credit pass, You have to also pass the JAMB examination and also do the post-JAMB examination after having met the cut-off point of you chosen university.
Question: How many years are needed to study medicine?
Answer: It takes six years of undergraduate study to obtain a Bachelor of medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBSI MBCHB). The first year is spent studying basic sciences Physics, Chemistry, Biology, the second and third years are then spent studying basic medical sciences, the fourth and fifth years studying clinical sciences and the final year in community medicine, This pattern may however vary depending on the particular school.
Question: After graduation what next?
Answer: After graduation with the MBBS degree the new doctor would be required to do a rotation of housemanship through four clinical postings of Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology under consultants in these fields in recognised specialist hospitals, After housemanship he will undergo one year of National Youth Service as a general practitioner (GP). After this, one becomes a full time registered GP:
Question: What further education path can be taken as a graduate of medicine?
Answer: One can now go on to specialise in any of the various specialties which require another minimum of 5 years of training in a, teaching hospital to become a consultant in that field or even further to become a professor, Alternatively one can pursue a masters or doctorate degree in any of the medical sciences,
Question: What are the challenges?
Answer: Medicine requires a lot of dedication and would involve sacrificing time which would have been spent on extra-curricular activities on studying and attending to patients, Question: What is your advice to the youths who hope to become doctors in future?
Answer: First of all they should actually decide that its the field of study they wish to pursue and would be willing to remain dedicated. Prospective doctors however should not be worried about the volume of work because with determination and planning, that can be made relatively easy. Lastly, being a doctor should not mean isolation from the world, There should be a balance between all aspects of the individuals life. Medicine is no excuse to compromise the deen of Allaah, and remember there is no success except by Allah.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited