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here are over 20,000 General Duty doctors providing clinical care at the primary care level in Nigeria. But very few of them have received any formal training in general practice. And fewer still have opportunity for continuous updating of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide optimum care in this current dispensation. This scenario partly explains the high level of preventable morbidity and mortality due to common ailments. Some of the clinicians engage in excessive referrals because they are not confident in handling cases with even the slightest complications. Several poor but discerning patients avoid these first contact health facilities and end up visiting multispeciality hospitals where health care costs are very high, with the risk of becoming poorer!

A "Family Physician" is a multi-competent specialist who is trained to provide comprehensive health care both at first contact and in continuity. The number of "Family Physicians" (that is, doctors satisfying the above definition) in Nigeria is grossly inadequate to cater for the huge and rapidly increasing population. It is with the above scenario in mind that the Faculty of Family Medicine of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) started the 18 – month course leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine.

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General Information

This course is open only to medical doctors who have been qualified for at least 3 years and who have Full and Current Registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The Faculty will not consider any application that is not from a doctor. Details of the Diploma Programme are available on the Faculty web site at: www. fammed. org.ng

All interested candidates are expected to have one personal e-mail address which must not be shared with others for the purpose of this application. (If you wish to get an e-mail account free, please visit any of these sites: www.yahoo.com, www.hotmail.com, www.gmail.com or any other e-mail). The Faculty requires all applicants to have one telephone line to which text messages (SMS) could be sent.

All applicants are expected to be able to browse and check their e-mails from time to time. There will be a screening exercise immediately after the application period closes. Applicants will be informed only through e-mails and text messages (SMS).
(a) Each candidate must complete the application form fully, correctly and honestly. Any false information will automatically disqualify the candidate even at the final stage of the recruitment exercise.
(b) Application submitted after the closing date or incorrectly/incompletely filled or not accompanied with the appropriate information will also not be processed.