To be the leading College of Medicine in Africa.
To produce world class graduates in the health sciences who would be contributors to global medical practice and research, utilizing cutting-edge technology and innovation for the advancement of humanity.
The first Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Folabi Olumide set up an Advisory Board in 1987 towards the establishment of the Lagos State University College of Medicine based on the recommendation of the Tertiary Education Review Committee. A favourable report was submitted but nothing could be done for another 10 years because of the problems facing the University. However things changed for the better when Professor Akesode (now deceased) revived this issue again. Working assiduously, he got the approval of the Military Administrator and set up a new Advisory Committee headed by Prof. Deji Femi-Pearse for the establishment of Lagos State University College of Medicine in July 1997. The following month August 1997, the Committee submitted its report to the Military Administrator, Col. Mohammed Buba Marwa who accepted most of the recommendations. The recommendations included:
- the establishment of a College of Medicine by the Lagos State University;
- that the institution should train medical doctors and other allied professionals, carry out research, and health care services;
- that the General Hospital, Ikeja should be developed as the main Teaching Hospital for the College; and
- that a School of Nursing should be established in the College of Medicine.
Thus, on February 9 1999, the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) was 'born' after 10 years of incubation. The College was commissioned by his Excellency, Lagos State Military Administrator, Col. Mohammed Buba Marwa and from its humble beginnings has taken great strides.
Over the years the population of Lagos State continued to expand as people from all parts of the country migrated to the state in search of better living conditions and job opportunities. The latest population of the state by an independent international census group was put at 18 million. In order to serve this ever growing population the Government of Lagos State, in its wisdom, therefore decided to train doctors and paramedical personnel to complement the numbers of this cadre of medical personnel settling in the state following graduation from already established medical colleges.
These young men and women are trained to treat patients, recognize the acutely ill ones and, when they are posted to rural areas, refer the deserving patients to appropriate centres and hospitals.They should also have sound knowledge in primary health care. This notwithstanding, the programme is as a matter of course designed to produce doctors of international standard. Thus, the basic function of this medical school (LASUCOM) is to train medical doctors and other allied professionals, conduct research and deliver high quality health care services to the state and the nation.
Appreciating the sensitivity of the medical profession, medical ethics are taught at all times and at all levels. Comportment and behaviour of a very high standard is expected from these students who are the leaders of tomorrow. They are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities approved by the College. A beautiful football field has recently been built with a covered sitting area as well as courts for basketball and lawn tennis. Students are encouraged to participate in National and International sports competitions.
The Students' Affairs Unit of the College Administration handles issues relating to welfare of the students with co-operation from the Chairman, Student Affairs Committee and the Hall Master and Hall Mistress. These officers ensure that peace and harmony exist among the students a vital prerequisite for excellent academic pursuit. In order to support students academically, socially and psychologically each student is assigned to an academic staff member as his/her adviser.
The student population has grown gradually from the initial intake of 44 into the 200 level year in 1999 to the present total of 365 students. Parallel of this growth in student population has been the increase in the number of constituent departments of the College, the major contribution coming with the establishment of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in the year 2003. There are now sixteen (16) departments with eight (8) in the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and eight (8) in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
The total number of academic staff has also increased but more importantly there has been a shift in the ratio of permanent academic staff to associate lecturers weighted in favour of permanent appointments. To enhance morale, teaching and non-teaching staff are encouraged to attend seminars and workshops relevant to their professional development. Many of these personnel improvement programmes are partly or wholly sponsored by the College as available funds dictate.
Appropriate office and laboratory accommodation for this growth in personnel is being addressed in the phased infrastructural development of the College guided by a master plan. It is no wonder then that the College has been, rightly, referred to as the fastest growing modern College of Medicine in the Nigeria.
The institutional goal of the Lagos State University College of Medicine is to produce medical doctors and health professionals who shall be:
- of acceptable national/international standards
- of high quality, and in such numbers as are required to meet the health care needs of Lagos State and the nation at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels
- capable of performing various roles in the health management team and ready to motivate, educate, supervise and lead other health workers in health promotion, and in the prevention and treatment of diseases
- capable of undergoing further development in the health sciences such that they can function effectively as hospital specialists, teachers in medical schools or as health management experts
- conscious of their duties as medical doctors or other health professionals and will observe at all times the tenets and ethics of their profession.
At the end of the undergraduate course, the graduate must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the institution that he has the knowledge, ability (skills) and attitudes (human qualities) essential for good professional practice as listed below: Knowledge (Cognitive)
The graduate must have adequate knowledge of the :
- normal structure, function, development and growth of the human body and their impact on behaviour and society;
- appropriate promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures that can be used to identify, analyse and also to solve the health needs and problems of individuals, families and communities;
- disorders of structure, function, development and growth of the human body and their impact on behaviour and society;
- humanities, to broaden and enhance general education, including economics, politics, management and administration.
The graduate must demonstrate the necessary skills to:
- collect, record and analyse information about the health needs of individuals, families and communities;
- identify, recognize and diagnose the health problems of individuals, families and communities;
- utilize appropriate promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures in solving health needs and
- problems of individuals, families and communities;
- communicate effectively on the health needs and problems of individuals, families and communities;
- search and critically evaluate relevant literature about health matters
The graduate must possess:
- the discipline of self education which should continue throughout his/her professional life;
- the ability to assess health needs or problems, whether of an individual, family or community comprehensively;
- the ability to observe professional ethical standards;
- an awareness of scope and limits of his/her role and of the necessity to seek advice and collaborate with other health workers;
- a high sense of responsibility towards work and calmness especially in emergency situations;
- an inquiring and analytic disposition to health matters which may lead to simple problem-solving research;
- the readiness to plan, manage and evaluate health services for individuals, families and communities;
- the readiness to educate, motivate, supervise and lead or support other health workers and the community in health promotion and the prevention and treatment of diseases;
- the willingness to function optimally, critically and innovatively at all times even when manpower and other resources are limited;
- the highest standard of morality and integrity.