Evaluation of adolescent medicine sub-specialty training in Nigeria: trainees’ perspectives

  • MT Abiodun
  • AI Omoigberale
  • MO Ibadin


Objective: To evaluate the extent of coverage of curriculum contents pertinent to Adolescent Medicine, as well as the adequacy of facilities and professionals in Nigeria using residents’ viewpoint.
Design: A descriptive cross-sectional study.
Setting: The Intensive Course in Paediatrics of the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria.
Subjects: One hundred and three paediatric residents from training institutions in all zones of the country.
Results: Altogether,68.0% and 32.0% of the participants were from Southern and Northern geopolitical zones respectively. Only 14% of them stated that a rotation in an AM unit is a part of training in their centres. None specified its duration. Coverage of AM topics, physical facilities and trainers were rated as inadequate by 77.0%, 82.8% and 70.8% of the respondents respectively. Residents from north were more likely to rate interview/confidentiality in AM as covered (either partly or well) than their colleagues from the South, (p < 0.01, OR = 5.3, 95% CI = 1.5-19.5). We found no difference between federal and state residents’ perceived adequacy of AM training.
Conclusion: AM in paediatric residency programme in Nigeria is still an unmet challenge. There is a need for a revision of the training curriculum to specify mandatory duration of clinical rotation in AM units.

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