The FECAMDS Family: The Making of a Nation of God’s Children

by: Fabian Chinenye Adili-George

 from Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja

 as at the time of writing this piece he was the National Ex-officio FECAMDS, NIGERIA; 2014/2015.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” –Henry Ford

If I ever have the opportunity of being questioned about my most inspiring moment of life, i bet I would say; it’s whenever I see the wonder of every new day, after the quiet dark of the night fades, and a new day is birthed. That which is most amazing is when I have the opportunity of witnessing that very moment when the skies bow in a slowly fading fashion and separate the night from the glow of a brand new day, and then the morning is etched with the echoes of faraway whistling birds. Wow! Is all that comes out of my mouth accompanied with this deep sense of reverence of the Almighty.

Science would tell us that my above description best fits the word “dawn” i.e. the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise, recognized by the presence of weak sunlight while the sun itself is still below the horizon- the depth of knowledge behind this phenomenon is endless as many postulations on how and why it comes to be fills the air spaces and in the dotted lines of bulky textbooks, but if I was asked to explain that which happened, I would likely simply say ;”it’s a miracle born out of the works of the only creator of the universe who is God”.

One would surely be tempted at this stage to wonder where all this actually leads, but do not be alarmed as this write up is about “the FEDERATION OF CATHOLIC MEDICAL AND DENTAL STUDENTS, (FECAMDS) and her twentieth (20th) year of existence” she should be likened at this age to this “dawn” I speak of and is to blossom forth into her full blown “day” if we (her members) come to the understanding of some germane facts. Hence, we would be discussing twenty (20) steps we must all consider at our 20th year of existence as a nation of God’s chosen children. They are as follows: Continue reading “The FECAMDS Family: The Making of a Nation of God’s Children”

Amazing facts about the Human Body

by: Oluyinka K. Amodeni

100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body 

The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system, one that still baffles doctors and researchers on a regular basis despite thousands of years of medical knowledge. As a result, it shouldn’t be any surprise that even body parts and functions we deal with every day have bizarre or unexpected facts and explanations behind them. From sneezes to fingernail growth, here are 100 weird, wacky, and interesting facts about the human body.

Today we look at The Brain;
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Ameloblastoma

by: Nwadije Johncross Chidubem

Ameloblastoma (from the early English word amel , meaning enamel + the Greek word blastos , meaning germ is a rare, benign tumor of odontogenic epithelium (ameloblasts, or outside portion, of the teeth during development ) much more commonly appearing in the lower jaw than the upper jaw .

Types

There are three main clinical subtypes of ameloblastoma: unicystic, multicystic, peripheral.

The peripheral subtype composes 2% of all ameloblastomas. Of all ameloblastomas in younger patients, unicystic ameloblastomas represent 6% of the cases. A fourth subtype, malignant, has been considered by some oncologic specialists, however, this form of the tumor is rare and may be simply a manifestation of one of the three main subtypes. Ameloblastoma also occurs in long bones, and another variant is Craniopharyngioma ( Rathke’s pouch tumour) Continue reading “Ameloblastoma”

A Medical Student tells of his First Months in College

by: Okonkwor Christian Oyor

           

     Welcome to Part one

 

The words above seem to be most fitting for this article. I told myself those same words when our first year results were released, that seems far away now, like a distant dream. It was with huge relief that we all welcomed the news that we were starting our registration, immediately we all rushed to school with documents, didn’t even question when we were told to pay this, pay that(little wonder why BDS students paid AMSUL dues).Of course there were the slackers, guys who couldn’t be rushed into anything, they took their sweet time, lounging at home while many of us were in the ancient structures of CMUL, pushing, pseudo-queuing and ultimately hustling to complete the registration .Looking back now I wonder why I did not chill like the slackers because they did their registration with ease, without their nostrils being assaulted by the stale smell of closely packed human bodies. Again I guess it was the fresher spirit still in me. All said and done, registration came to a halt, with most slackers pushed from their mummies bosoms’ by the threat that late registration attracted a fine of #10,000.

 

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Medical Puns

by: Adefolalu Toyosi

Definition of Pun

A pun is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

1. Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

2. There was a sign on the lawn at a drug re-hab center that said ‘Keep off the Grass’. Continue reading “Medical Puns”

The ‘D’ Obsession…

by: Uchendu George Ifeanyichukwu

HEY PEEPS!

It feels good to be back!Its being a pretty long, soul searching & seemingly never-ending sabbatical but i am happy i am back sharing my thoughts on burning issues in & around medical schools.

Having discussions with some of my colleagues brought this issue to the fore…WHATS WITH A ‘D’?Why does a ‘D’ seemingly transform the ‘life’ of a medical student in the eyes of his/her peers?For a part 1 & part 2 medical student, getting a D is the clincher, the APEX/PINNACLE of his medical education & you won’t blame them because a lot actually changes at the sight of that big, bold, black letter beside a matric. number at the result board. The class begins to see you in another dimension. They begin to see you as an academic god, one with brains associated with the likes of Ben Carson & co.Basically, the respect & attention sky rockets! Continue reading “The ‘D’ Obsession…”

Doctors practice what you preach!!!

by: Uchendu George Ifeanyichukwu

 

Hey people!

I am so pleased to be back! I know I owe all of you ‘loads’ of apologies for my disappearance. I am so sorry I deprived you sumptuous articles on this platform. Studies took its toll but I am happy to be back! At least ‘better late than never’ don’t you think?

Over the past 3 weeks, we have been experiencing something new in our academic careers. We have been introduced (or would I say initiated) into the clinical cycle through the ‘BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS’ training. Now, we get to relate with patients, examine them and make appropriate diagnosis.(now I am feeling like a doc!*winks) Continue reading “Doctors practice what you preach!!!”

Doctors strike again!!!

by: Uchendu George Ifeanyichukwu

A lot of things in our beloved country have become ‘the usual‘…’recurrent decimals‘ sort of. We have corruption, low value system, unemployment to mention but a few. Apparently, joining that long list is the regular crippling of hospital services due to strike by doctors. Since my teenage years, it has being one strike to another majorly due to ‘money palava‘.Once again, the resident doctors of LUTH have downed their tools…once again, practically bringing hospital activities to a halt, I don’t want to go into who is wrong or right (that is another presidential debate on its own).I’d rather focus on the effect of the strikes on the average medical student and by extension, the average Nigerian patient.


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Your Talent and Your Career- The Link

by: Uchendu George Ifeanyichukwu

Good evening readers!

It feels good to be here again sharing my thoughts with y’all. Before I get on with it, I must send my hearty felicitations to a brother, friend, colleague and co-writer OGAMBA CHIBUZOR FRANKLYN LINUS as he adds a year today. May your creative spice never lose its taste, may your creative juice never run dry!

I was privileged to be at the career fair organized by the Association of Medical Students, University of Lagos (AMSUL) on the 15th of July (yesterday) titled MEDICINE: BEYOND SPECIALIZATION with sessions talking about politics and policy making, academics and research and the business of health care management (Health insurance). I was at the session on politics (that is my inclination) and I must say, it was very insightful.  HON.DR. AJIBAYO ADEYEYE, a former AMSULite, very active in school politics then as he was a founding member of the AMSUL and one time Senate President of the association, a Medical Doctor (anesthesiologist), a front line politician (Immediate past majority leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly, 2007-2015) explained in details the workings of the political landscape in Nigeria and the big roles doctors are meant to play in policy making especially as regards health issues. Continue reading “Your Talent and Your Career- The Link”

The Song of a Sinner

by: Prince Ndionyenmah

How beautiful is this day for it is the Lord who made it so. He tells the Sun to give its heat again, and the atmosphere it’s weather. O! How wonderful is this day for He fills the birds in the skies whose songs are like a morning hymn. The leaves He bathes with the dew, and so they flourish with every pride. For I am healthy and strong this morning; only last night did I sleep very weak and weary. And then who says this day isn’t perfectly crafted…who says each day isn’t a gift. Show me the man who hates this life and let me be a proof that life is worth living. Continue reading “The Song of a Sinner”