The final year medical students of the University of The Gambia, accompanied by their lecturers, on Wednesday paid a visit to the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Fajara
Annually, final year medical students from UTG and their lecturers visit the Unit to acquaint themselves with the work of MRC in The Gambia and some of the research projects it is undertaking. The visit also accord the students and their lecturers the opportunity to know more about research. This year’s visit attracted a total of 44 students.
As a source of inspiration to the next generation of doctors, the students were opportune to meet with MRC Gambia’s principal investigators and research clinicians, who delivered short presentations on their current research and their transition from medicine to research.
Amongst the presenters was Professor Umberto D’Alessandro, Unit Director. He dilated on the scientific vision of the MRC Gambia unit, describing The Gambia Government as an essential partner in their activities. This, he went on, has contributed to their development agendas by producing evidence based research to improve health in West Africa and beyond.
Dr Jane Achan, a Ugandan, presented her projects on malaria control, urging the students to stay focused as they are in their final year so they can be good doctors in the future.
The visit was also punctuated by question and answer session between the students and presenters.
by Binta Jammeh