University of Ibadan Medical Students' Association
The University of Ibadan Medical Students’ Association (UIMSA), established in 1960 is the representative body for all medical students in the prestigious College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. The annual numerical strength of the Association is over a thousand Students from 100 level to 600 level from different religious, cultural and ethnic background, from every geopolitical region of Nigeria.
The University of Ibadan Medical Students’ Association (UIMSA) is the first medical students’ Association in Nigeria and the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and remains the best. Our history dates back as far as 1948 when the prestigious premier university, the University of Ibadan, was founded, with membership strength of more than 1,000 Medical Students. The Association boasts of having produced skilled, responsible and highly renowned doctors in the continent and beyond. Notable alumnus of the association include Emeritus Professor Akinkugbe, Emeritus Professor E.O. Akande, Professor I.F. Adewole (the current Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria), to mention a few. One of the objectives of UIMSA is to contribute effectively to society by being a part of all health projects where its members can impact on humanity. This is achieved through capacity building workshops for our members as well as health sensitization outreaches/public health campaigns in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, affiliates, individuals, etc. UIMSA is engaged in health awareness programmes (e.g. Annual World AIDS Day Celebration, Breast Cancer Awareness, Community Health Awareness etc.), sports, social and advocacy issues. She coordinates relevant training and capacity development programmes among Nigerian Students. UIMSA also provides opportunities for medical students to undertake exchanges and research in other institutions worldwide. The Association pursues her aims without political, religious, social, tribal discrimination.
UIMSA is affiliated to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the Nigeria Medical Students’ Association (NiMSA), West Africa Medical Students’ Association (WAMSA), the Federation of African Medical Students’ Association (FAMSA) and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA).
UIMSA has the required national spread and framework to diligently prosecute health programmes on a national basis. With her achievement and unique niche in the society and national network, the Association is ready and willing to take action on improving the health status of Nigerians and Africans as a whole, having partnered with a lot of reputable organizations like Ford Foundation, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Health Life for All Foundation, LEAP Africa and Tony Elumelu Foundation in planning and implementing programmes all geared towards improving human health.
With her active relationship with NIMSA, FAMSA, IFMSA, this student body boasts an international traffic of students with the drive make to effect changes globally.