The State Of Residency Training In Nigeria – Resident Doctors' Perspective

Nwachukwu AC
2019 World Journal of Innovative Research  
Residency training program is a supervised specialist medical training. The duration varies from specialty to specialty with a training period of 4 to 6 years for most specialties, and 7years for Otorhinolaryngology(ENT) and Neurosurgery1. The quality and seriousness of this training also varies from centre to centre. This study is set out to determine the state of residency in training centres across Nigeria. METHODOLOGY: This study was carried out from 2012 to 2014 by use of semi-structured
more » ... estionnaires and telephone interviews of the presidents of association of resident doctors in 31 Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres across Nigeria. These presidents in turn interviewed various residents in their centre who are in different specialities to ascertain the state of things in those places. RESULT:This reveals irregular intake into residency training by 71% of centres, inadequate consultants in 51.6%, lack of modern or functional MRI in more than 90% and CT scan in greater than 70% of centres. 54.3% of resident doctors are not getting adequate hands on experience. CONCLUSION:Even though residency training started about 54years ago, the quality of training is not yet adequate as perceived by the trainees themselves. There is need to improve on equipment procurement, trainers employment and quality of supervision of residents.
doi:10.31871/wjir.6.4.32 fatcat:s6q36zto4vcydobw3rfppqktvm