Institute of Medical Education


Medical Education is defined as the study, research and application of educational methods and processes employed in the training of physicians and other healthcare professionals with a view to ensuring continuous quality and standards, thereby leading to knowledgeable, competent and proficient health professionals for the overall improvement in healthcare delivery and health of the people.

Historically health professionals are appointed to academic positions with limited knowledge of the principles and processes of medical education (curriculum design, teaching methods, examinations and assessments, teaching quality assurance etc), as well as very little knowledge to enhance quality teaching. As of today most medical teachers and lecturers in Nigerian universities lack knowledge in the areas of curriculum design and development, pedagogy and modern assessment techniques which are foundational platforms in training our medical workforce. Teachers have relied on their intuitive abilities to teach and examine without any formal training or at best copy or replicate what they saw their own teachers do.

In the establishment of the Bayelsa Medical University in 2018 one of the key priorities of the university is staff development in medical education hence the initial formation of a Centre for Medical Education which has been responsible for holding workshops on pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment techniques. But as part of expanding the medical education program of the university to include a university certificate, postgraduate diploma and Master’s degree in medical education, the transition of the centre to Institute of Medical Education (IME) became necessary.

The establishment of the Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University therefore will be blazing the trail in Medical Education in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. It will serve as a hub in Nigeria and most of Africa for the training of medical and health experts in modern instructional, curricular and assessment techniques as well as in research. It will also reverse the present trend where health experts travel to North America and Western Europe for acquisition of expertise in Medical Education, further conserving needed foreign exchange and retaining such workforce to meet the needs of our state and country.

Professor Uchenna Onwudiegwu
Professor Uchenna OnwudiegwuDirector Institute of Medical Education

Professor Uchenna Onwudiegwu is the Director, Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at the Bayelsa University Teaching Hospital and also functions as the Dean of the Faculty of Science of the university. He holds the MBChB medical degree of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1979), fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1987) and fellowship of the International College of Surgeons (1995). He is one of Nigeria’s celebrated medical education experts. He trained in the discipline of medical education at the Department of Medical Education of the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an International Fellow in Medical Education with distinction (FAIMER, 2005).

He is also a Harvard University alumnus and Harvard Takemi Fellow (1993/1994) and is certificated in Research and International Health. He is a major resource for the West African College of Surgeons in Assessment techniques and pioneer trainer for the College in the use of OSCE for training and assessment. He has been instrumental to the introduction and use of OSCE as an assessment tool in several Nigerian university medical schools.

Dr. Ibiwari Erekosima
Dr. Ibiwari ErekosimaInternational Director Institute of Medical Education

Dr Ibiwari Erekosima is the International Director, Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He is a Consultant in General and Renal Medicine at the Salford Royal University NHS Foundation Trust Salford Manchester and also undertakes outreach general nephrology, dialysis and kidney transplant services in Greater Manchester.

He trained at the University of Port Harcourt Medical School in Nigeria qualifying in 1988 and proceeded to do his postgraduate training in University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and the University College Hospital Ibadan in Nigeria and became a Senior Registrar in Internal Medicine in 1997 before proceeding to the UK for further training at the Sheffield Kidney Institute in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London.

He has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in the last 20 years and has keen interest in Medical Education in his current role as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester Medical School. In recognition of his contribution to medical education nationally and internationally he was awarded Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy UK and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators UK. He is the Postgraduate Lead Tutor in the Salford Royal Hospital Manchester and a Visiting Professor of Medicine to the University of Port Harcourt College of Health Sciences Port Harcourt Nigeria.

He is currently an International Society of Nephrology educational ambassador to developing countries in recognition of his work in Southern Nigeria. He pioneered the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Unit program and partnership as liaison officer between the Salford Royal Hospital UK and University Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Renal Unit.


Bayelsa Medical University
P.M.B. 178, Yenagoa,
Bayelsa State, NG.

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