Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Chemical Pathology
The Department of Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences at the University of Calabar warmly welcomes you to its official web portal. Our Department is globally recognized as the “Home of Clinical Research”. Our department handles year four courses in a six-year Medicine and Surgery program. All our academic staff are members of the College of Nigeria Pathologists, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Medical Association.
The University has engaged a team of highly experienced and well-trained academic, clinical, administrative, technical, and research-oriented staff, who are deeply committed to teaching and mentoring students, and research. Our students learn and acquire knowledge and skills in a very conducive environment. They develop mental capacity and experience that they use to become professionals in their various places of assignment.
Our areas of specialization include
- Tumour Marker/Oncology
- Toxicology/Therapeutic during monitoring
- Cardiovascular Chemical Pathology
- Nutrition Chemical Pathology
- Paediatric Chemical Pathology
- Geriatric Chemical Pathology
The Department has both general and specialized laboratories that are equipped with hi-tech facilities that stimulate learning and research. We have a rich list of highly accomplished alumni that occupy excellent job positions in ministries, hospitals, research institutes, universities, and private practice.
We hope to meet you soon.
Dr. Asuquo Bassey Ene
Head of Department
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Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective
- To project Department of Chemical Pathology through the standard and quality of lectures given to the students.
- To serve as a reference point through students’ performance.
- To train and retrain manpower of the Department for improved quality of service.
Our vision statement is aimed at being a department known for excellence in training and producing globally competitive medical students, resident doctors, and post-graduate students on the biochemical and metabolic basis of human diseases and on the use of the required knowledge in the diagnosis and management of diseases.
The Department is grounded on the pursuit of knowledge for enlightenment, freedom and Service to humanity.
The specific objectives of the department include but are not limited to the following:
- To teach and train medical students, and postgraduate students on the general principles, operations, techniques, and practice of Chemical Pathology/Immunology and Metabolic Medicine.
- To mount regular seminars that address the current findings and developments in the field of Chemical Pathology/Immunology and Metabolic Medicine (which is evidence-based).
- To organize practical sessions for both clinical students, resident doctors, and post-graduate students in the demonstration, clinical, and research laboratories.
- To carry out hospital-based, community-based, and core scientific research on specific biochemical and metabolic disease conditions.
- To contribute to the general wellbeing of patients and communities through outreach programs.
- To continually develop and upgrade the standards of diagnostic laboratory practice about the diagnosis of biochemical disease conditions.
- To play a leading role in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of core metabolic diseases and metabolic associations/complications of the non-metabolic disease.
The objective of the MBBCh academic program in the department includes:
- To prepare students for the professional part II MBBCh examinations in Laboratory Medicine (Chemical Pathology).
- To teach students the general principles, operations, techniques, and practice of Chemical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
- To teach students to understand the pathophysiology and pathobiochemical aspect of diseases.
- To teach students basic laboratory skills in chemical pathology.
- To teach students the significance of evidence-based laboratory diagnosis of diseases with primary or secondary biochemical basis.
- To teach students on the respective evaluation and investigation of various organ functions e.g liver and renal function.
The department of Chemical Pathology belongs to the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences of the University of Calabar, Calabar. The Department is involved in both academic and clinical training of undergraduate medical students and graduates medical doctors in areas of clinical biochemistry, laboratory medicine, and metabolic medicine. Also, the department teaches and trains both medical undergraduates and graduate doctors in sub-disciplines of immunology, immunodiagnostics, and molecular diagnostics.
Specifically, the discipline of Chemical Pathology covers courses such as laboratory principles, techniques, and operations; pathophysiology and organ function evaluations; endocrinology and metabolism; clinical enzymology and biochemical markers of diseases; immunology and immunodiagnostics; human genetics, molecular biology, and molecular diagnostics; clinical toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring; Chemical Pathology of extremes of age. Generally, each course is offered on the following platforms: lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical demonstrations, and clinical laboratory (block) postings for clinical laboratory experience. The Department of Chemical Pathology started in 1980 under the coordinatorship of Mr. L. Line Enyenihi. A few years later, Chemical Pathology was designed or structured as a sub-discipline of Pathology and was one of the four major disciplines designed for the part II MBBCh professional examination of the University of Calabar. At its earlier stage, the department also offered a course in medical laboratory science for the training of medical laboratory technologists. However, this aspect of the departmental services stopped after the creation of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences.
The following staff assumed the position of headship in the department of chemical pathology:
- Prof. Bolarin, Debayo M. - 1990 – 1993
- Dr. Etukudo Maisie Henrietta - 2001 – 2003
- Dr. Chinyere Ada Usoro - 2003 – 2005
- Prof. Bolarin, Debayo M. - 2005 – 2007
- Dr. NgimNgim - 2008 - 2010
- Dr. Okpara, Henry Chima - 2010 - 2016
- Dr. Inaku Kenneth Ogar - 2016 - 2018
- Dr. Ekpe, Lawson Ekpeni - 2018 - 2020
- Dr. Ene, Asuquo Bassey - 2020 - Date
At its inception, the Department of Chemical Pathology was designed to have three (3) fundamental units which all work in unison to enhance efficiency, proficiency, and professionalism. The various units included:
- Academic and Research Unit
- Clinical Service Unit
- Administrative Unit
In 1999, specialized academic programs were designed under the leadership of the pioneer professor in the department, Professor D.M. Bolarin (MD).
The various academic programs include:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical pathology
- M.Sc Chemical Pathology
- Ph.D. Chemical Pathology