Students intending to study medicine should be prepared to spend 10 years in the university, henceforth.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, was reported to have said this at the maiden matriculation of the Univetsity of Medical Sciences, Ondo State.
He said henceforth those wishing to read medicine, would no longer spend the present seven years but have to study as first step a science course before graduating to medicine.
He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled: Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges.
Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was necessary in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.
He said the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying basic sciences in university after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.