Postgraduate Studies

Benjamin S. Carson (SENIOR) School of Medicine

MISSION STATEMENT

To offer high quality medical education to students within a system of demonstrated Christian values and beliefs, that will foster the molding of Christian physicians, educated to provide whole-person care to individuals, families, and communities.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Benjamin S. Carson (Snr) School of Medicine include:

1.     Creating an environment in which medical students will acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes appropriate to Christian Health Professionals and scholars.

2.     Creating an atmosphere of inquiry and discovering new routes to wholeness through basic and clinical research.

3.     Training and producing medical doctors with internationally acceptable knowledge of the scientific foundations of medicine, but with a clear orientation towards the health and medical problems in Nigeria, especially in respect of the necessity for the young doctor to assume responsibility for independent actions and decision in many spheres soon after internship.

4.     Producing doctors who in addition to practical skill for handling common health problems, medical emergencies, a strong inclination to broad community health, preventive medicine, as well as ability to lead a health team and manage, at least, a small health service in this country and be suitable for postgraduate training anywhere in the world.

            REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MBBS

1.     Courses of instruction shall be provided leading to the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. to be denoted by the letter MBBS.  A distinction may be awarded to candidates of special merit in any subject.  A mark of 70% and above qualifies for distinction.  For a student to obtain a pass, he must score 50% in each subject and must obtain a pass in the Clinical Examinations. Study for the degree shall be on full time basis and normally over six years.

2.     Admission requirements:The entry requirement shall be through Unified tertiary institution admission(UMTE) a minimum of Five Credits in core sciences namely, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English language.

3.     For Direct Entry, a higher school certificate or its equivalent or Bachelor of Science degree with second class upper division in life science disciplines – Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Nursing, Physiology, Physiotherapy, Public health and Zoology from Babcock University or any institution recognized by the Senate of Babcock University.   All eligible candidates must present their transcript and credit in English language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at one sitting in the Ordinary Level examination.

The candidate must pass the Babcock University Medical School Admission Test (BUMSAT).

4.     Length of Courses and Examinations: The curriculum for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery shall normally not extend over six (6) years, provided that candidates may be permitted by senate to extend the period of study on the grounds of absence from the school or from the relevant courses of instruction owing to ill-health or for other reasons as may be approved.

5.     The examination for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) shall be in five parts.  The school shall place strong emphasis on continuous assessment system in order to ensure that students demonstrate excellence throughout the entire period of study. However, to proceed to 200 level of MBBS, a candidate must pass all core courses at 100 level on one and the same occasion. The score expected of such a candidate shall not be less than 50% or a C (letter grade). There will be no resit or carryover at the end of 100 level courses. Candidates who fall short of the requirement shall be advised to pursue a course in one of the natural sciences.

6.     (PART I) PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION.  The subjects of the Part I examination shall be: Anatomy Physiology and Medical Biochemistry

a.      The Part I examination shall be held in August and re-sit examination will be in six weeks after the first examination.

b.     Candidates who fail one or two of the subjects of the Part I examination will be required to repeat the failed subject(s) at the next sitting of the re-sit examination.

c.      Candidates who fail in three subjects of the Part I examination will be required to repeat the whole year.

d.     Candidates who fail a re-sit may be allowed to repeat the whole year.

e.      Candidates are allowed only three (3) attempts at the Part I examination before they are advised to withdraw from the School.  Candidates who fail to pass the papers in Part I examination after two (2) years in school will be advised to withdraw.

f.      Candidates who fail in any of the subjects after the re-sit examination are required to provide a letter or other documentation giving reason to believe they will be successful if allowed to repeat the year by senate on the recommendation of the academic board.

g.     Candidates who have not completed the requirement for the Part I examination must petition and may be allowed to join the in-coming first year class and repeat the continuous assessment.

h.     No candidate shall be admitted to the Part 2 examination unless he has passed in all subjects of Part 1 examination.

 

7.     (Part II) Professional Examination:  The subjects of Part II Examination shall be:

a.      Pathology-Morbid Anatomy, Hematology & Immunology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Chemical Pathology, and Pharmacology.

b.     No candidate shall be admitted to the Part 2 examination unless he has passed in all subjects of Part 1examination.

c.      Candidates attempting the Part 2 examination for the first time shall present themselves for examination in all subjects in May of the fourth year.

d.     Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in one subject of the examination may proceed with their clinical postings, but must submit themselves aftersix weeks for re-examination in the subject which they failed. Those who failed the two subjects will be required to repeat the whole year.

e.      Candidates who fail in any subject of the re-sit examination shall be required to repeat the whole year.

f.      Each candidate is allowed a maximum of four attempts (including re-sit) after which he/she will be advised to with draw from the program.

8.     (Part III Professional Examination): This examination will be conducted January of the sixth year of study. The subjects to be examined shall be Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Candidates who fail to satisfy the Examiners in one or all subjects must submit themselves after six weeks for re-examination in the subject or subjects in which they failed.

Candidates may be allowed to continue their clinical postings while preparing for their re-sit in their respective subjects.

No candidate shall proceed to the next stage of the examination unless he has passed the required subjects in the previous stage of the examination.

9.     (Part IV) Professional Examination: The examination will be conducted in June of the sixth year and the subjects in this Examination shall be Medicine and Surgery.( Community Medicine)

Those who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the two subjects may submit themselves at the next following occasion for re-examination in those subjects which they failed. Any candidate who is unable to pass completely at the end of the 9th year of study will be advised to withdraw from the program.

SCHOOL EVALUATION SYSTEM

Progressive assessment is a periodic test taken at the end of each body system, a posting or an equivalent program.  Because of the intensiveness, uniqueness and integrated nature of the medical curriculum, a weighting is given to C.A (Continuous Assessment) which constitutes 30% of the final or professional examination.  A student whose overall C.A does not satisfy the qualifying score (50%) for that examination/subject is not eligible to sit for the final examination. 

The performance of medical students during the program is based on two types of examination:

(a) Continuous assessment

(b) Final or professional examination

In either case the examination may be in the form of theory, practical, clinical, and viva voce or a combination of some of these.

Class attendance, at 75% minimum attendance before sitting for any examination.

EXTERNAL EXAMINERS

External examiners shall be invited to participate in the conduct and moderation of the professional examinations.

GENERAL SUMMARY

Candidates who for no acceptable reason absent themselves from any examination shall be deemed to have failed the examination.

Candidates shall be required to satisfy the school with regards to period approved for the practical course work as may be defined in the syllabus.

The list of successful candidates for the degree shall be published with the names arranged alphabetically indicating those who pass with distinction in any subject.

Any of these regulations may from time to time be altered by the senate on the recommendation of the College Academic Board.

 

Admissions Requirement