Mr. Omotayo Adediran, the Regional Manager of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, South West presented 288 test kits to the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. These kits were received by Prof. Olayinka O. Omigbodun FAS, the Provost, alongside Prof. A. Ogunniyi, the Chairman of the College Research and Innovation Management (C.R.I.M.) Unit and Dr. A. O. Adebiyi, the Coordinator of C.R.I.M., at the Biomedical Building College of Medicine, University of Ibadan on Wednesday, 19th August, 2020.
Saturday, 1st August, 2020 remains memorable as it marked the first day at work of Professor Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun FAS, the 1st Female Provost and the 12th Provost of The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Professor Omigbodun joined the Principal Officers of the University of Ibadan, the Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, the Head of the Department of Nursing, the entire Department of Nursing and other well wishers to lay a foundation for a new building in the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. This was her first official task marking the commencement of a new administration in the the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
UpToDate is a Premier Clinical Decision Support Tool authored by 7100 World Renowned Physicians who synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted evidenced-based recommendations. This tool was granted to the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan through a competitive application to ‘Better Evidence’. The Provost, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun FAS, formally commissioned UpToDate for use during a brief ceremony which held at the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library on Thursday 3rd September, 2020.
Present at this ceremony were the University Librarian, Dr. Mrs. Helen. O. Komolafe-Opadeji, the Deputy Provost, Professor Ade Fatai Adeniyi and the Acting Medical Librarian, Dr. Grace A. Ajuwon. The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, was represented by Dr A. M. Adeoye. The Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Prof Mayowa. O. Owolabi; the Dean of Dentistry, Prof Juliana O. Taiwo and the Director of Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IMRAT), Prof. Catherine O. Falade, Prof A. J. Ajuwon, a former Deputy Provost, Dr. A. A. Adebiyi who gave an outstanding demonstration on how to use this tool and other dignitaries were present virtually and physically.
The acting Medical Librarian, Dr Grace A. Ajuwon narrated the story behind the five year free access to UpToDate in her speech tagged: Story Behind the Five-Year Free Access to UpToDate at the College of Medicine and the University College Hospital.
“In October 2016, at the 15th Biennial Congress of Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa hosted in Tanzania, I learnt from two of my colleagues, the Director, Library Services at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania and the Head, Sir Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, that their libraries have access to UpToDate. I knew that UpToDate was a very expensive clinical decision support tool, and I wondered how they were able to pay for it. Both of them applied for it and their institutions were awarded. I was determined to ensure that clinicians in my institution also have access and my colleagues gave me the contact details of the Better Evidence Program upon my request. I later contacted a member of the team in charge of the programme, who provided all the relevant information and the application procedures.
I invited the Better Evidence Team to attend the 16th Biennial Conference of Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) that was hosted in Ibadan in October 2019 at the Otunba Subomi Balogun Confere
nce Centre, University of Ibadan. I did this to provide an opportunity for the African Health Librarians to learn about Better Evidence Project and UpToDate. One of the Better Evidence Team members attended the AHILA Conference and made presentations on Better Evidence and UpToDate and delegates were encouraged to apply.
I responded by sending in an application. It was a highly competitive application process and eventually two institutions in Nigeria, the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and the Lagos State University College of Medicine were awarded the grant. This is the brief history behind the five-year free subscription to UpToDate at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan that is now available for use by students, faculty, hospital consultants, resident doctors among others in both the College of Medicine (CoMUI) and University College Hospital (UCH).”
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The University of Ibadan held her first-ever virtual matriculation ceremony for newly admitted students for the 2020/2021 academic session on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10.00am at the Trenchard Hall of the institution. The University’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor A. B. Ekanola, in his opening remarks, congratulated the matriculants and urged them to imbibe the school’s distinctive traditions and cultures.
While speaking further, Prof. A.B. Ekanola promised the matriculants that they would grow in the confidence and pride of being members of the University of Ibadan community. He declared that they would have such experiences that will crystalize into fun memories and last through their lifetime which by the grace of God will be extraordinary, impactful and fruitful. He informed the gathering that the University of Ibadan, at the moment, has all its programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) fully accredited by the National Universities Commission. He pointed out that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Ibadan has adopted the emergency remote teaching approach to facilitate online teaching and learning. He admitted that although this method comes with challenges, they are not insurmountable.
Following the already set high tempo, the matriculation speaker, Dr Boluwatife Ndidiamaka Ikwunne, a 2020 Young Innovation Leaders Fellow and Winner of the 2021 Rhodes scholarship for West Africa gave her speech. In her address, Dr Ikwunne confidently re-assured the matriculants that they are all capable of greatness, as it lies within them. She reiterated that fortunately, in coming to University of Ibadan, they have found a great place to achieve excellence. Having been in the same place as the matriculants some eight years before, she highlighted some keys that could help them in their journey to success. These keys include purposeful living, perseverance and humility. She emphasized the need to study smart, set goals, practice proper time management, show kindness to self and others while maintaining proper physical, mental and spiritual health. She ended her speech with a quote by the immediate past Vice of Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, and “if it is from the University of Ibadan, it must as a matter of necessity be of the best quality”.
The University Librarian, Dr. Helen O. Komolafe presented an award of excellence to the matriculation speaker, Dr. Boluwatife Ikwunne whom she described as an embodiment of academic excellence worthy of emulation. This was immediately followed by the Matriculation oath taking ceremony which was presided over by the Registrar, University of Ibadan- Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi.
The Provost, College of Medicine, Professor Olayinka. O. Omigbodun was one of the dignitaries present at the event.