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Internal Medicine

The Department of Medicine is one of the oldest clinical departments of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. It renders both general and specialized clinical services to the hospital in a bid to meet its aims and objectives.

Objectives and goals


The Department has three medical wards (stroke ward inclusive) with a total of 87 beds. The stroke ward is the first of its kind in Nigeria, offering specialist and multi-disciplinary care to patients with cerebrovascular accident (stroke).
There is a fourth ward, which is located close to the Accident and Emergency department , serving as its annex for medical patients requiring short hospital stay, stabilization with intravenous fluids or blood transfusion.
Patients are usually admitted into these wards through the Accident and Emergency Unit, or from the Consultant Out-patient clinics.
The Consultant Out-Patient Clinics
There are general medical out-patient and specialist clinics where patients are attended to throughout the week. Out patient clinics are held between 8.00 a.m. and 2 p.m. except on Wednesdays when they are held between 12 noon and 5 p.m. The Anti-Retrivial Therapy (ART) Clinics hold from Monday to Friday daily.

Specialised Services Units

There are also organized programmes for the training of Resident Doctors. These include: –

  1. Departmental clinical meetings on Tuesdays.
  2. Postgraduate Seminars on Wednesdays.
  3. Early morning case Reviews of Admitted patients daily.
  4. Clinical clerkship on Thursdays.

In line with Departmental objective of specialized training, there are Resident Doctors in the various sub-specialties. The Department also hosts Residents from sister training institutions for clinical attachment in subspecialties such as Nephrology, Pulmonology, Neurology and Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. She also hosts Residents from sister Departments such as family medicine, Community medicine, Anaesthesia and Dental Surgery. These Residents are expected to rotate through the Department as part of their Residency training.

Vision for the Future

The vision of the department is to improve in present output and efficiency. This would be in the areas of teaching and training of medical students, and training and re-training of doctors, as well as in the area of research activities, for the uplifting of the department, and the hospital in general.

Ongoing Research

There are opportunities for Resident Doctors to attend update courses, Research methodology sessions as well as Management courses outside the hospital. These courses are usually sponsored by the hospital.
Consultants in collaboration with Residents usually carry out Research work in their respective subspecialties, resulting in journal publication and presentations at both local and international conferences.


The Department currently has 22 Honourary Consultants. They all practise General Internal Medicine and also provide specialist services to their patients.
The list of Consultants with their correspondence is shown below:

There are 45 Residents comprising both senior and junior Residents. Other staff in the Department include 6 Medical Officers for the Institute of Human Virology unit, a Chief Typist, 2 ECG/ Spirometer , Technicians, Endoscopy / Technologist, a senior clerical officer attached to the ECG laboratory and a Head Messenger.
Support staff available from the University of Benin includes a Machine Supervisor, a Clerical Officer and an Office Assistant.