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The Department of Medicine was established under the Provostship of Late Professor O. A. Adebo. The pioneer Head of Department was Professor Ayo Arije who was a Visiting Professor of Medicine on Sabbatical leave from College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He was appointed on the 28th of May 2012, at a time when the College was preparing for an accreditation exercise conducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. Other Academic members of Staff of the Department were Prof. O. O. Bademosi and later, Prof. B. J. Bojuwoye, both retired Professors of Medicine on contract appointment with the University.

Dr. O. O. Ogunwobi, a Lecturer I/Consultant Psychiatrist joined the Department October 2013.

Prof. Ayo Arije has since completed his extended Sabbatical leave and returned to his base at the University of Ibadan effective from 30th of September, 2013. He was succeeded by Prof. B. J. Bojuwoye in an acting capacity as Head of Department until his substantive appointment as Head of Department of Medicine from April 2014. His appointment as HOD was renewed effective from the 1st of August, 2014.

The Department currently has as its Associate Lecturers, Prof. Ayo Arije and Dr. (Mrs.) A. Adeniran who doubles as HOD Family Medicine Department of the University.


The Department as an integral part of the College of Health Sciences, for now, runs only the M.B.B.S. Programme which is an integrated programme along with other Departments of the College.


The Department receives 400 level Medical Students, who have just completed their First Professional or Part I M.B.B.S. Examination and at the commencement of their Clinical Programme. They rotate through the Department during four phases referred to as postings i.e.

Phase I -Introduction to Clinical Clerkship – a 2-week intensive course.

Phase II -Junior Medicine Posting (MI) lasting 8 weeks and comprising didactic lectures, tutorials, seminars, clinical work in the clinics and bedside teaching of clinical skills.

Phase III -Intermediate Medicine (M2) Posting lasting 8 weeks and comprising didactic lectures, clinical activities and side laboratory testing.

Phase IV -Senior Medicine Posting (M3 Posting) as the final phase of their apprenticeship. In addition, courses in Mental Health (Psychiatry) including 8 weeks lectures and clinical activities are housed in the Department of Medicine. A pass overall in Medicine and a Pass in Clinical Examination are pre-requisites for graduation.


Lecturers of the Department double as Honorary Consultant Physicians/Psychiatrist to the Bowen University Teaching Hospital where they run Consultant Outpatient clinics, conduct ward rounds and research activities.  In the course of their carrying out these duties, they impart clinical, investigative and therapeutic skills to Clinical Students of the University. They also nurture the students and teach them about ethical principles and proper professional practice as well the need to show empathy to patients.


(a)Academic Full-time

1.Prof. O. O. Bademosi-Professor

2.Prof. B. J. Bojuwoye-Professor & HOD

3.Dr. O. O. Ogunwobi-Lecturer I (Psychiatry)

(b)Associate Lecturers

1.Professor Ayo Arije-Professor of Medicine

2.Dr. (Mrs.) A. Adeniran-Senior Lecturer (Internal)

3.Dr. A. O. Akinboro  -Dermatologist from LAUTECH Teaching Hospital



Departmental History and Activities

Family Medicine Department has the privilege of inheriting a rich culture of Family Medicine training at Postgraduate level that started since 1981, when the program of General Medical Practice Postgraduate Training started in Nigeria, the first of its kind in West Africa sub region. It was also the only department with full accreditation by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate Medical College from inception of Bowen University Teaching Hospital.

The Department trains clinical students through the first and second years of clinical training (2 block postings, one each at 400 level and 500 level). The Family Medicine Examination will be done at the end of the 500 level. Family Medicine will be taught through organised lectures; clinical exposures in the General Outpatient Department (GOPD), recognised Family Medicine Private hospitals, State Hospitals, Leprosy and Tuberculosis clinics, special lectures in the principles of Family Medicine, Medical ethics and jurisprudence, health care delivery systems, health management and financing etc, some of which are not regular medical teaching topics. These help to provide a broader base of knowledge acquisition for medical systems management and medical treatment for the newly qualified medical doctors.  

The training of resident doctors in Family Medicine is already being handled by this Department through training curricula of the relevant Postgraduate Medical Colleges (The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians) amended to suit local strengths and challenges in BUTH.  

The Department runs the Family Medicine Clinics (formerly called the General Out-Patient Department), the Staff Medical Services of the hospital, the NHIS/Managed Care Services and the Global Fund supported HIV Care Services. 

The Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit, Intensive and Critical Care Unit (ICU) and Tb & Leprosy control programs supported by the Damien Foundation Belgium, are also run by staff of the department.

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