The Residency Programme trains postgraduate doctors in for the Fellowships of the West African and National Postgraduate Medical Colleges (FWACP and FMCP). The postgraduate student population has progressively increased over the years and currently is made of 25 Registrars and 26 Senior Registrars. The programme spans a period of 6 years with 2 stages culminating in qualification as a Fellow and Consultant Paediatrician. The Part I Examination of the FWACP and FMCP is the equivalent of the MSc, while the Part II is the equivalent of PhD.
The PG training activities include:
- Tutorials, seminars, Journal Clubs and Mortality audit review meetings
- Research topic presentations for Dissertations
- Clinical drills and teaching ward rounds
- Supervised Specialist clinic consultations
- Intra-departmental and extra-departmental posting rotations
- Intensive Revision Courses organized by the PG Medical Colleges.
All the present senior staff in the department did the residency training in the department and up to about 2-4 doctors successfully completed the program to qualify as consultants annually.
2.3 Other trainings
- Postgraduate supervision of candidates of Masters (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) projects of various Medical and sciences departments of ABU Zaria.
- Training of students on rotational postings from clinical (e.g. Obstetrics and Family Medicine residents) and non-clinical departments (e.g. Physiotherapy).
- Training of Pre-registration House Officers for Certification by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
- Training of Community Health Officers in conjunction with the CHO Training Programme of ABU Teaching Hospital of Community Medicine Department.
- Lectures for Basic and Post-basic Nursing of the School of Nursing ABUTH
- On the job Training Workshops for staff on:
- Newborn resuscitation and Neonatal life support (NLS) Training for ABUTH doctors, nurses, midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) drawn from communities in and around Zaria. It is also conducted for doctors, nurses, midwives and TBAs from Teaching and Specialist hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and General Hospitals across North West, North East and North Central Zones of Nigeria.
- HIV infection and Paediatric Anti-retroviral Therapy.
- Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).
- Breastfeeding, Lactation Management, the BFHI and Infant feeding in the context of HIV.