On July 20, 2011, ANPA President, Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku, will be at the Lagos State University College of Medicine Campus in Ikeja for the first ever mentoring and career workshop to be held for Nigerian medical students. The workshop is sponsored by the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), an organization once led by Dr. Nwariaku. The students workshop is jointly hosted by the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
This unique mentorship program continues the educational outreach to the West African region that the AAS began in 2008, under Dr. Nwariaku’s presidency. Approximately 100 students from all over the country are expected to gather in Ikeja to participate in this interactive event to be facilitated by faculty from the US, UK, and Nigeria.
In addition to the students’ workshop, the AAS will also hold a concurrent Fundamentals of Research and Career Development Course, and Minimally Invasive Surgery Workshop for resident doctors and junior consultants. While the students’ workshop is being held for the first time, the other courses have run annually since 2008.
The mentoring program for medical students is the brainchild of another ANPA member, Dr. Benedict Nwomeh, who is currently part of the AAS leadership. According to Dr. Nwomeh, this workshop will be open to all Nigerian medical students irrespective of their career aspirations, and not only for those interested in the surgical specialties. “We feel the program will be strengthened by representation of students from all medical schools”, he said, adding that the AAS is making registration free to any medical student in Nigeria who wishes to attend. However, attendees to this workshop must be preregistered.