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Professor Uchenna Onwudiegwu
Director
Institute of Medical Education  
Bayelsa Medical University

Professor Uchenna Onwudiegwu is the Director, Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at the Bayelsa University Teaching Hospital and also functions as the Dean of the Faculty of Science of the university. He holds the MBChB medical degree of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1979), fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1987) and fellowship of the International College of Surgeons (1995). He is one of Nigeria’s celebrated medical education experts. He trained in the discipline of medical education at the Department of Medical Education of the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an International Fellow in Medical Education with distinction (FAIMER, 2005).

He is also a Harvard University alumnus and Harvard Takemi Fellow (1993/1994) and is certificated in Research and International Health. He is a major resource for the West African College of Surgeons in Assessment techniques and pioneer trainer for the College in the use of OSCE for training and assessment. He has been instrumental to the introduction and use of OSCE as an assessment tool in several Nigerian university medical schools.


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Dr Ibiwari Erekosima
International Director
Institute of Medical Education   
Bayelsa Medical University

Dr Ibiwari Erekosima is the International Director, Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He is a Consultant in General and Renal Medicine at the Salford Royal University NHS Foundation Trust Salford Manchester and also undertakes outreach general nephrology, dialysis and kidney transplant services in Greater Manchester.

He trained at the University of Port Harcourt Medical School in Nigeria qualifying in 1988 and proceeded to do his postgraduate training in University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and the University College Hospital Ibadan in Nigeria and became a Senior Registrar in Internal Medicine in 1997 before proceeding to the UK for further training at the Sheffield Kidney Institute in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London.

He has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in the last 20 years and has keen interest in Medical Education in his current role as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester Medical School. In recognition of his contribution to medical education nationally and internationally he was awarded Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy UK and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators UK. He is the Postgraduate Lead Tutor in the Salford Royal Hospital Manchester and a Visiting Professor of Medicine to the University of Port Harcourt College of Health Sciences Port Harcourt Nigeria.

He is currently an International Society of Nephrology educational ambassador to developing countries in recognition of his work in Southern Nigeria. He pioneered the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Unit program and partnership as liaison officer between the Salford Royal Hospital UK and University Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Renal Unit.


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Ms. Grace Azuoma Igwe
Administrative Secretary
Institute of Medical Education   
Bayelsa Medical University

Ms. Grace Azuoma Igwe is the Administrative Secretary of the Institute of Medical Education of the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She holds both B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. degrees in Mass Communication from Madonna University and Rivers State University (RSU).

She is a highly skilled and dedicated Mass Communications professional with several years of experience in the fields of Banking, Hospitality and Higher Education.

In 2017, she worked as an Administrative Officer at University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State, after a period with the Sterling Bank and subsequently was transferred to the Bayelsa Medical University Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Her wealth of experience and enviable work ethic will undoubtedly be of immense benefit to the institute’s vision and objectives