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NUC approve clinical sciences doctoral programme as it settles row with MDCAN

 Anthony Iwuoma 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) have ended their quarrel over doctoral programme.

Both parties have resolved that the Ph.D. is not a compulsory qualification requirement for the career progression of clinical consultants.
This decision followed intervention of the National Assembly and was arrived at in meeting between the NUC, MDCAN, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and other stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday.

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The NUC had in a circular in December last year insisted that clinical teachers with PhD would be promoted faster than those without it. The pronouncement made had led MDCAN, the umbrella body of teaching hospital consultants who teach clinical medicine, to declare industrial action.
However, following resolution of the matter in the Abuja meeting, a statement signed by MDCAN President, Prof. Ken Ozoilo, and Secretary General, Dr. M. P. Chingle, said that the Ph.D. would not determine the career advancement of clinical consultants.
The statement reads: “At the end of the meeting, the following resolutions were reached: That the Fellowship is the highest qualification for clinical specialists and remains the qualification for employment for clinical lecturers into the University (Lecturer I).