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Re-writing Pre-Clinical Medical Textbooks to Reflect Local Content - A Prerequisite for Building Better Clinicians in Africa

Innocent Abi* and John Odo Ibu

Department of Physiology, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Innocent Abi
Department of Physiology
College of Health Sciences Benue State University
Makurdi, Nigeria
Tel: +2348139746811
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 18, 2016; Accepted Date: November 25, 2016; Published Date: November 30, 2016

Citation: Abi I, Ibu JO (2016) Re-writing Pre-Clinical Medical Textbooks to Reflect Local Content - A Prerequisite for Building Better Clinicians in Africa. J Health Edu Res Dev 4:201. doi: 10.4172/2380-5439.1000201

Copyright: © 2016 Abi I, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Textbooks are vital tools in the training of medical students. In Africa, there is a huge deficit in terms of literary medical works compared to the western world. Ultimately, this leaves the aspiring African clinician at the mercy of the western authors when it comes to acquiring knowledge about local health issues. The textbooks we use in teaching preclinical medical students in Africa are by foreign authors which fail to adequately capture the local content. Poor funding of biomedical research by governments of African countries has left the output of local authors dismally low. Reliance on foreign authors in writing our pre-clinical textbooks has left some disconnect between the pre-clinical and clinical stage of the medical training in African medical schools. Paying close attention towards bridging this gap by stimulating African biomedical researchers towards developing pre-clinical medical textbooks that reflect the African peculiarities; is of topmost importance The current pre-clinical textbooks used for training medical students will need to be re-written (to fully reflect local content) if the quest for high quality clinicians in the continent will be realized.

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