The College of Medicine was conceived by the founding fathers as a Medical School which is an autonomous entity within the University of Lagos. It was founded to produce highly trained medical manpower to provide specialized medical services and to conduct research into health related problems. In October 1962, the first batch of 28 medical students were admitted into the College and they received their first lectures on October 3, 1962.
Over the past 50 years, successive leadership of the College had worked tirelessly towards the realization of the lofty goals of making the Medical School the foremost College of Medicine located in the University of first Choice and the Nations pride. The College has grown remarkably. It now has three faculties: Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Dental Sciences. The Faculty of Dental Sciences is today the center of Excellence for Dentistry in Nigeria. The College consists of 32 departments with a student population of almost 2000 students and a staff strength of 1,850. The College has to date produced over 6,000 graduates in disciplines of Medicine, Dentistry, Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Physiology, Radiography and Pharmacology.
It has also produced graduates with M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in various discipline and MD degree in Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Clinical Pathology and Child Health & Primary Care. Great strides have been taken in providing facilities for teaching and research. The College Library now has several volumes of books and subscription to current journals with an exquisite e-learning environment. The Audio-Visual unit has acquired computers for interactive training of staff and students. The internet unit is also available to both staff and students. Current information is similarly available from the Medline search and reference access to many databases.
The College has been able to computerize most of its services and students records have been computerized coupled with the fact that the Biomedical Communication unit now has an enhanced and computerized production facility. Biomedical Engineering has been re-activated to now give technological support for computer related problems within the College with its glass blowing unit resuscitated to provide glassware.
Furthermore, the College has acquired digital telephone lines to improve its existing telephone services. The office of the Provost has dramatically been changed into a robust working environment with full internet access, e-mail and phones (See our Contact Page for details). The Medilag Ventures Ltd has improved its services with the acquisition of Digital Satellite Television at the Staff Lounge and Visitors' Lounge
Our commitment to research and publications of research findings has led to the rebirth and regular publication of The Nigerian Quarterly Journal of Hospital Medicine, the Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences and other departmental / Society based journals. Infrastructural development in the College has been tremendous over the years. A 3-storey block of 88 rooms to accommodate female students has been completed along with other key infrastructural development still been geared into motion. Residential halls, academic buildings including the Old and New Great Halls are been rehabilitated.
A student in the College of Medicine will no doubt enjoy the serene environment as well as the cordial and warm atmosphere around staff and students alike. Campus hostel accommodation is virtually guaranteed as well as the security of life and property. Our students are disciplined and responsible Ladies and Gentlemen. Various Alumni/Alumnae hold important positions both locally and internationally. The College of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Students' Association (COMPSSA) assists the management to look after the welfare of fellow students.
You are warmly welcome to the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos.
Prof. F. E. A. Lesi
Provost, College of Medicine
University of Lagos.