By Godwin Anyebe
US-based Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Dr Oyetokunbo Ibidapo-Obe, has encouraged Nigerian medical students to consider building a career in clinical-academic medicine to reposition the Nigerian healthcare ecosystem and to advance medical research outputs across the African continent.
This was revealed during the first edition of the Oyetokunbo Ibidapo-Obe’s Medical Student Summit at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos (CMUL) which seeks to advance the longevity of medical art across the country.
The summit, which was themed “The Nexus between Striking Academic and Professional Relevance Across the Global Medical Landscape,” featured the Vice President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Tunji Adenekan, as well as an Australian-based Nigerian Emergency Physician, Dr Osiomah Omogbai-Musa Anthony, who offered extensive career-related counsels on how Nigerian-trained medical students could positively contribute towards reshaping the Nigerian medical space across the global landscape through leveraging collaborations and mentorship opportunities at all levels.
Commenting on the need for medical students to consider a career in academic medicine, Dr Ibidapo-Obe noted that being an academic physician affords one the opportunity to carve a niche within the global medical terrain while also making tremendous contributions to both academic medicine and clinical practices.
“The academic space within the global medical ecosystem gives you the opportunity as a budding physician to explore possible areas of interest you might not have considered initially. This is because academic medicine takes you to an unbeatable height of professional excellence which is not comparable to what being a regular doctor affords you.
This is made evident as clinical-academic medicine enables medical practitioners to contribute towards the advancement of medicine, while also developing a strong network of medical researchers, with the option of then pivoting into the world of private practice,” she said.
Speaking on leveraging opportunities inherent in exploring mentorships and collaborations, Dr Tunji Adenekan, the Vice President of the NMA, further admonished students to explore the networking opportunities the NMA provides upon completion of their programme. This is because it keeps them updated with the developments across the Nigerian medical community.
“As you advance in your medical career irrespective of your area of specialisation, it is advisable that you key into the NMA upon completion of your studies regardless of where you are practising. This is a critical part of your career as it keeps you informed about possible collaborations, including medical-related events that could set you apart in the medical field” he noted.