Top 5 colleges of medicine in Nigeria


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College of medicine in Nigeria is a part of the tertiary education system that teaches and awards a professional degree for medicine and surgeons.

The professional medical degree can be Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Master of Medicine (MM), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D).

College of medicine also carries out medical research and operates teaching hospitals. Medical degrees are awarded to medical students after the completion of their degree program. MBBS degree is awarded after five years undergraduate and minimum of three years for a graduate program.

In this article, we shall list the top 5 colleges of medicine in Nigeria. This ranking is on vital criteria; faculty resources, the academic achievement of their entering students, and research productivity.

5. College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University 

The College of Medical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University came into being in 1967. Founded to advance the frontiers of learning of Medicine and Medical Sciences through teaching, research, and dissemination of knowledge to produce high-level medical professionals.

The first graduates were awarded the MBBS certificate in 1972 and graduated 27 qualified medical doctors. Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital is attached to the College of Medical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University to delivering high-quality healthcare services and train skilled and efficient health workers.

The college is the best medical school in Northern Nigeria and one of the leading medical colleges in Nigeria. This College of Medical Sciences has since grown to become the largest in this university and has 17 departments. 

It presently operates four faculties: Basic Medical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Basic Clinical Sciences, and Clinical Sciences.

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4. College of Medicine, University of Nigeria

The College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria was established in 1982. It provides outstanding medical education through its faculty, institutes, staff, programs, centres of excellence, and affiliates.

The College of Medicine has developed into one of the most excellent medical schools in Nigeria. It provides top-notch medical education. This college has many affiliated hospitals; the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, National Orthopaedic Hospital and, National Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

The College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria is the only college of medicine in Nigeria that operates three medical institutes. The institutes are the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Public Health, and the Institute of Maternal and Child Health.

University of Nigeria Medical College started with two faculties, but today has four faculties; Basic Medical Science, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Technology, and Medical Science.

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3. College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University

The College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University is one of the best colleges of Medicine in Nigeria. It offers high-quality medical training and cutting-edge programmes.

It was established as a faculty of medicine in 1971 and later became the College of Health Sciences in 1995. The Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC) serves as the teaching hospital to the college.

OAUTHC is a leading teaching hospital with the best medical facilities in Nigeria. The College of Health Sciences at Obafemi Awolowo University comprises three faculties and one institute; Basic medical sciences, Clinical sciences, Dentistry, and The Institute of Public Health.

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2. College of Medicine, University of Lagos

The College of Medicine of the University of Lagos came into being as a Medical School in 1962. It provides highly trained medical professionals to provide specialized medical services and conduct research into health-related problems.

The first batch of medical students (about 28) got admitted into the College, and they received their first lectures on October 3, 1962. Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is attached to the College of Medicine, the University of Lagos, and provides medical students with experience through placement and work experience. LUTH is the largest Teaching Hospital in Nigeria.

The College has been working with the Harvard School of Public Health on APIN Project since early 2000. Presently LUTH and the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos collaborate with Harvard and Northwestern University on capacity building through the Building Research and Innovation in Nigeria’s Science (BRAINS) proposal.

The College has grown amazingly. It now has three faculties: Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Dental Sciences. The Faculty of Dental Sciences is today the centre of Excellence for Dentistry in Nigeria.

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1. College of Medicine, University of Ibadan

The College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan is a top college of medicine in Nigeria. It is located within the structure of the University College Hospital (UCH). It is a flagship tertiary health care institution in Nigeria that offers world-class training, research, and services.

The Faculty of Medicine was one of the first Faculties created when the University College Ibadan was founded in 1948.

The collaboration of the Medical School and the University of London helped attract the recognition of the General Medical Council of Great Britain. By this arrangement, medical students of the University College Ibadan took courses leading to the degree of MBBS of the University of London.

University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan has some of the best medical facilities in Nigeria. It currently operates four faculties; Basic medical sciences, Clinical sciences, Public health, and Dentistry.

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