INTRODUCTION

The Faculty of Clinical Sciences is one of the two Faculties that make up the College of Health Sciences.  The Faculty was established on the 1st of April, 2004 when the former Faculty of Health Sciences assumed the Collegiate status.

The Faculty has ten departments namely: Anaesthesia, Behavioural Science, Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Department of Nursing, Medicine, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiology and Surgery.

The Department of Anaesthesia started with the establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Ilorin in 1977. It exists as an academic Department in the University and a clinical Department in the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Both arms of the Department are involved in research, training and community service.

Cardinal Objectives:
At the end of the preclinical and clinical training programmes.

  1. The student will be expected to have adequate theoretical knowledge  and clinical skills in Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences.
  2. The student must He should be able to appreciate the importance of holistic (biopsychosocial) approach to health and ill-health.
  3. He should be able to carry out programmes to promote mental health and prevent mental ill-health.
  4. He should be able to manage common mental health problems that are usually found in the community.

Objectives

At the end of their training in Epidemiology and Community Health, the products, as medical officers of health, should be able to:

  1. Function effectively in providing primary health care (PHC) services.
  2. Make adequate community diagnoses.
  3. Identify and proffer solutions to health problems of public interests
  4. Mobilize communities to take responsibilities for their health
  5. Seek and mobilize resources for health care management and
  6. Carry out community-based research activities.

It is clear from these objectives that the scope of the curriculum entails the PHC concepts which address the main health problems of the community providing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitatives.    However, since these services reflect and evolve from the economic conditions and social values of each community, they vary in character in each community, but usually include at least the following components which are emphasized during lectures, seminars and field trips.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To inculcate in trainees the discipline of directing own learning in order to solve clinical and public health problems through Research.
  2. To expose students to the ethics, law and standards of medical practice throughout the entire duration of the four clerkships in Medicine.
    The curriculum in medicine will be largely a student-centred programme, the aims of which are:
  • To impart the skills of the art of medicine.
  • To involve the students in taking adequate medicine history and perform systematic physical examination of patients.
  1. To involve the students in integrating the history and clinical examination to evolve a number of different diagnoses, and for the students to be capable of selecting the investigations needed to arrive at a definite diagnosis. He/She should be able to perform the simpler of these investigations (see below).

The student is to be able to institute adequate management including: follow-up of the patient. This should include the performance of common and simple bed-side skills (see below). The student should acquire adequate knowledge of prognosis.
To involve the student in impacting effectively with patients (History taking, Physical examinations, Laboratory Investigations, and patient management) and to communicate his findings in writing and/or discussion with his colleagues and other members of the health care team.
To provide adequate theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to make possible the acquisition of all the above with respect to common medical problems.
To base his clinical practice upon the knowledge of the basic mechanisms of normal and disordered structure and function.
To expose the students to the rudiments of medical ethics and standards in medicine practice.    
To inculcate in trainees the discipline of directing own learning in order to solve clinical and public health problems through Research.    
To expose students to the ethnics, law and standards of medical practice throughout the entire duration of the four clerkships in Medicine.