HISTORY
The department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria started in 1985/86 academic session with the appointment of a Head of Department.

The programme curriculum leading to the award of Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation – Physiotherapy (BMR – PT) degree of the University of Nigeria was developed by a team of experts, from the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, other specialists in Medicine, and the practice now regulated by the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration) Board of Nigeria.

Physiotherapy is the treatment, management, and rehabilitation, of patients by physical means. This means that ailments are treated by the use of therapeutic machines, manipulations, physical exercises, massage, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic reagents.

The first admission of students into the programme was in 1987/88 academic session with just seven students. But over the years, increased awareness of the programme has led to tremendous increase in the number of candidates clamouring to become professionals in physiotherapy.

Undergraduate
The department of Medical Rehabilitation offers a five-year standard professional programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) [B.M.R. (PT)] degree. The curriculum involves a 1-year preliminary studies with courses taken in all aspects of Biological, and Physical sciences which include Combined Biological Sciences, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry and Physics, and the General Studies – Use of English and Humanities.

During the pre-clinical period (second and third year of study) students embark on intensive study of the Basic Medical Sciences which include Human Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology and Biochemistry of the human body in addition to pre-clinical concepts and practice.

The fourth and fifth years are years of clinical training and practice. During this period, students are introduced to methods and means of physiotherapeutic management of patients. Areas of concentration this time include the treatment and physiotherapeutic management of all medical and surgical conditions as related to Medical Rehabilitation. Stress areas include:
v Orthopaedic Physiotherapy
v Neurological Physiotherapy
v Obstetrical and Gynaecological Physiotherapy
v Cardiovascular Physiotherapy
v Paediatrics Physiotherapy
v Geriatrics Physiotherapy
v Sports Physiotherapy
v Psychiatric Physiotherapy
v Manipulative Physiotherapy
v Community – Based Rehabilitation
v Pre and Post-operative Physiotherapy
v Physical Fitness

After a successful completion of the programme, graduation and induction into the profession, a fresh physiotherapist is expected to undertake a one-year Internship Programme in one of the accredited hospitals in Nigeria, before enlisting in the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).

Postgraduate
The department of Medical Rehabilitation offers postgraduate programme leading to M.Sc and Ph.D in Medical Rehabilitation.

This post-graduate programme is designed not only to meet academic staff needs of the department but also to catch up with the ever improving methods of clinical care and its technology. It is hoped that after the training, the candidate would become more effectively equipped in his/her chosen area of specialization.

Duration
(a) Masters Degree Programme (M.Sc. Med. Rehab)
Full-time: 12 calendar months minimum
3 calendar years maximum
Part-time: 18 calendar months minimum
5 calendar years maximu.
(b) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
Full-time: 2 calendar years minimum
5 calendar years maximum
Part-time: 3 calendar years minimum
6 calendar years maximum

Other Opportunities
Employment opportunities exist in health Institutions, tertiary Institutions, and in the Military according to the area of a specialization as a Clinician, Educator, Researcher, Consultant, or Administrator.

Areas of Specialization
These include: Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gait Analysis, Functional Anatomy, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Gerontology and Paediatrics

Former Heads of The Department

                NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

PERIOD   OF   HEADSHIP

Dr.  G. Ike Izuora

MBBS; FRCS

1985/86-1987/88

Professor F.N. Udeh

MBBS; FRCS

1988/89-1990/91

Dr. Ugbam

MBBS; FRCS

1991/92-1993/94

Dr. S.T. Ekeokoro

B. Sc; MSC; DR. MED. SC.

1994/95-1996/97

Dr. G. C. Okoye

MBBS; MSC; Ph.D

1997/98 -2003/2004

Mr. S. E. Igwe

BMR (PT) MSC

2004/05 -  2006

Dr. G. C. Okoye

MBBS MSC, Ph.D

2006       -  2007

Ibeneme Sam

BMR (PT); MSC

2007       -  Date

 

ACADEMIC STAFF

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

WITH DATES

INSTITUTIONS

RANK

Dr. G.C. Okoye

MBBS (1978)

Ph.D (1984)

University of Lagos

University of Strathclude

Snr. Lecturer

1990

 

Dr   Okeke Hano

Chatered

Physiotherapist  1996

B.PT 1973

M.A. (Physio) 1989

Ph.D 1999

Chatered

Society London;

University of

Manitoba

Canada

New York

Uni (NYU)Hawaii  Pacific Uni USA

Senior Lecturer

Adjunct

 20th Oct, 2006.

Mrs. A.C.Ukaejiofo

B.Ed. (1985)

M.Ed. (1994)

Ibadan

“       “

Lecturer 1 1st Oct, 2002

Mr. Sam Ibeneme

BMR (PT) 1998

M.Sc 2003

UNN
UNN

Lecturer 1

 1st Oct, 2005

Mr. S.E.Igwe

BMR (PT) 1995

M.Sc  2003

UNN

UNN

Lecturer 11

1st Oct,2004

Mr. A.A. Amaeze

BMR (PT) 1992

M.Sc 2003

Ibadan

Adjunct      Lecturer 11 2006

Ibikunle Peter

BMR (PT)-1992

M.Sc (Kinesiology)-2006

OAU

UNN

 

Adjunct Lecturer II

Ms. V. Umeasiegbu

BMR (PT) 1995

M.Sc 2006

UNN

UNN

Grad. Asst.

1st August, 1998

Mr. C.C. Anyachukwu

BMR (PT) 1996

M.Sc 2006

BUK

UNN

Grad. Asst

10th Feb, 1999

Mr Ezema Charles

BMR (PT) 2001

M.Sc 2006

UNN

UNN

Grad. Asst

2006

Ezeugwu Antoninus O.

BMR-2003

UNN

Graduate Assistant

 

SENIOR NON- ACADEMIC STAFF

 

 

RANK WITH DATE

 

Onyenadum  Nkechi

Prin. Con. Sec 11 1st Oct, 2005

 

Nwogwugwu   Gladys

Asst Chief  Typist, 1st Oct, 2000

 

Ozougwu Pascal

Library Officer

 

JUNIOR NON ACADEMIC STAFF

 

 

Okarekpe Rose

Cleaner/Mesenger

2000

 

Mbah Rita

Lab Attd. (temp.)

 

Okoro Sylvanus

Lab Attd. (temp.)

 

 


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