UDS introduces new programme to train more doctors

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye delivering the matriculation address.

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye delivering the matriculation address.

The University for Development Studies (UDS) has introduced a parallel window programme to offer opportunity to students who did not gain admission through the regular intake to be trained as medical doctors.

To run alongside the regular medicine student intake, the programme which would commence from January next year would offer qualified applicants the opportunity to enroll and train as medical doctors.

Addressing the 25th matriculation ceremony of the school here on Friday, the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, said there was a persistent increase in the demand for the study of medicine by persons who apply to study in the school.

However, due to inadequate facilities, only a few are admitted annually, adding that “there is a persistent sharp increase in demand for the study of medicine. The number of applicants who were shortlisted for admission to do medicine for this year was 722, but the university could only admit 100.”

The Vice Chancellor said it is to address the challenge and create the opportunity for more students to be offered the opportunity that the university had decided to roll out the parallel window to train more medical students.

He explained that the new window would run alongside the regular intake and would offer same opportunities to students who enroll under just like their counterparts in the regular session.

Apart from this, Professor Teye said the university was on the verge of introducing new academic faculty and programmes to offer potential applicants more option of study.

He said already the Academic Programmes Committee (APC) and the Academic Board had approved the said programmes for implementation in the 2018/2019 academic year.

Professor Teye outlined the faculty and programmes as the faculty of Geosciences and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bsc. Health Education and Promotion (Bsc-HEP), Bsc. Medical and Health Information Systems, Bsc. Medical Imaging Technology and Bsc. Anaesthesia respectively.

He said the university would continue to mount programmes that were relevant to the development of the country and to the enhancement of the quality of life of the communities in their catchment areas.

Touching on the matriculation, he said the university received applications from 11,531 students but could grant admission to only 7,971.

Out of this figure 4,709 representing 59per cent were males whilst, 3,262 representing 41per cent were females, adding that “This shows an increase of female admission of 35per cent and a decrease of male students of 65per cent over those admitted last year.

Professor Teye admonished the new students to seek knowledge and put it to productive use to give meaning to the motto of the university.

He also used the occasion to launch the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the University.

 

From Cliff Ekuful. Wa

 

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