12 thoughts on “All About The MDCN Housemanship In Nigeria

  1. Hello,
    I am nigerian studying medicine abroad. I signed up for the MD program which includes a year and a half of internship (housemanship). Is this degree acceptable in nigeria or will i be made to repeat the housemanship after passing the examination?

    1. Hi, to answer your first question,

      There’s nothing bad with studying medicine outside of Nigeria neither is the MDCN against that.

      However, due to the fact that it’s not all medical schools that are globally accredited, the MDCN and other medical councils of other countries do not accept medical degrees from medical schools without accreditation.

      To see if the school you are attending is recognized and accredited, you should visit https://wdoms.org/

    2. For your second question,

      if you mean passing the MDCN exam then there will be no point not to do the housemanship in Nigeria. This is because international medical graduates write the MDCN exam to have eligibility to do the Nigerian housemanship.
      So, to answer your question, if you write the mdcn exam, you have to do the housemanship in Nigeria.

      Also, It’s a good thing that your school also do housmanship. However, you should note that the housemanship you do there is independent of the housemanship in Nigeria.

      What this means is that whether you do the housemanship over there or not, you still have to do the housemanship in Nigeria if you intend to practice in Nigeria.

      So ask yourself- do you want to practice in Nigeria? If you want to, then you must do the Nigerian housemanship.

      As a recommendation, I will recommend you to complete your MD program there, do the country’s housemanship there, and also do the Nigerian housemanship.

      The housemanship you do over there will make you eligible to practice over there. While the housemanship you do in Nigeria will make you eligible for practice in Nigeria.

      For Nigerian international medical graduates, it’s always best to do the Nigerian housemanship regardless of whether your internal medical school or their medical council offer theirs.

      So, you should do both housemanship as it gives you the eligibility to practice in the two countries.

    3. Actually in my school we do our internship and it is acceptable here in Nigeria. I decided to redo my internship because I graduated since 2016. But it is absolutely unnecessary to do it again if you don’t want to. All you have to do is get your internship certificate verified by EPIC and apply at MDCN for full license. Writing MDCN exam does not necessitate repeating your internship. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just go to the MDCN office in your area and ask them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *