Radiology training in Nigeria

Radiology training in Nigeria comprises a minimum of 48 months of active clinical training in radiology. There are two postgraduate colleges with faculties of radiology with similar programs:

  • National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria
  • West African College of Surgeons

Assessments

Candidates can sit for examinations of either or both colleges. Examinations are usually twice a year. There are three examination stages:

  • primary examination ("primaries")
    • consists of multiple choice questions in the basic medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology) and O-level general physics (mechanics, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, etc)
    • it is usually required that candidates pass this examination before starting formal radiology training
  • part 1 (membership) examination
    • eligibility is after a minimum of 24 months of active radiology training
    • consists of examinations in radiologic anatomy, radiology physics and clinical radiology
    • examination comprises of multiple choice questions, essays, clinical and anatomy image slide shows and image reporting sessions
  • part 2 (fellowship) examination
    • candidates are eligible for this after being successful in the Part 1 examination and completing a minimum of 24 months in clinical radiology rotations
    • candidates are also expected to carry out a research study during this period and submit a dissertation to the college
    • examination comprises of multiple choice questions, essays, clinical image slideshow, image reporting sessions, and defense of the dissertation
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