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INFORMATION ON CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL OF NIGERIA NOTICE OF MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL DOCTORS

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria hereby reminds all medical doctors and dental surgeons of the extant regulation that all doctors must participate in suitable continuing professional development programmes in order to update their knowledge and skills to enhance their ability to render appropriate service to patients.
Council has directed that doctors be reminded that this participation in continuing professional development programmes is a mandatory requirement for licence renewal AND COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO ENFORCE THIS during the licence renewals for the year 2003 and subsequently. The period of grace before the stated enforcement date is to enable all doctors take necessary steps to meet the requirement, as the intention is not to keep any qualified doctor out of practice, but rather to enhance the relevance currency and competence of all doctors.
To this end, the attention of all doctors is hereby called to the following details.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME?
Continuing Medical and Dental Education is designed to update and renew the knowledge and skills of practitioners for adequate and appropriate service to patients at all times. It is mandatory for all practitioners to acquire Continuing Medical and Dental Education for continuing registration and licensing with the council.

CURRICULUM FOR CONTINUING MEDICAL AND DENTAL EDUCATION
The programme shall cover Basic Medical and Dental Sciences as well as Clinical Sciences in the following areas:

1. Pathology including Microbiology and Parasitology
2. Pharmacology and Therapeutics
3. Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sub-Specialties
4. Paediatric and Sub-Specialties
5. Medicine and Medical Specialties
6. General Medical Practice
7. Surgery and Surgical Specialties
8. Public Health and occupational Health
 9. Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management
10. Sports Medicine
11. Dentistry and Specialties in Dental Surgery
12. Medical Ethics and Forenstic Medicine
13. General Principles of Management and Administration
14. Human Resources Management
 15. Budgeting, Financial Management and Accounting Principles
 16. Computer Studies and Management of Heads Information
17. Basic Legal Principles and Laws Concerning the Practice of Medicine.
18. All other areas that may be considered relevant from time to time.
REQUIREMENT FOR CONTINUED LICENSING

Any Continuing Medical and Dental Education Programme which runs for a duration of at least one (1) hour, earns a full participant one (1) credit unit. Programmes running for more than one (1) hour are rated accordingly. The current Regulation requires a medical doctor or a dental surgeon to obtain a minimum of thirty six (36) credit units in every two (2) years to be eligible for continued licensing. A doctor who is below sixty five (65) years of age must obtain a minimum of twelve (12) units and a maximum of twenty-four (24) units yearly in order to meet the continuing professional education requirement.
All doctors are advised to seize this golden opportunity to keep abreast of rapid developments and expansion in medical knowledge, skill and equipment.
Ensure that you begin today to participate in Continuing Medical and Dental Education.


              

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