International Orthopaedics

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 853–856 | Cite as

Pre-internship Nigerian medical graduates lack basic musculoskeletal competency

  • Timothy Eyo Nottidge
  • Udeme Ekrikpo
  • Adeleke Olusegun Ifesanya
  • Richard E. Nnabuko
  • Edwin Maduakonam Dim
  • Clement Inyang Udoinyang
Original Paper



Our aim was to assess the basic musculoskeletal competency of pre-internship graduates from Nigerian medical schools.


We administered the Freedman and Bernstein basic musculoskeletal competency examination to 113 pre-internship graduates from seven Nigerian medical schools over a three year period from 2008 to 2010 at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital. Five specialist residents took the examination to test criteria relevance.


All graduates failed this test, obtaining scores ranging from 7% to 67%. The duration of the orthopaedic posting, and observation of operative fracture fixation, were not significant determinants of the score. The two final-year specialist residents each had a marginal pass in the examination.


Basic musculoskeletal competency among pre-internship Nigerian medical-school graduates is inadequate.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Senior Registrar Musculoskeletal Medicine Curriculum Time 
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Conflict of interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Eyo Nottidge
    • 1
    • 2
  • Udeme Ekrikpo
    • 3
  • Adeleke Olusegun Ifesanya
    • 4
  • Richard E. Nnabuko
    • 5
  • Edwin Maduakonam Dim
    • 1
  • Clement Inyang Udoinyang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Clinical SciencesUniversity of UyoUyoNigeria
  2. 2.Faculty of Clinical SciencesUniversity of UyoUyoNigeria
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Uyo Teaching HospitalUyoNigeria
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  5. 5.National Orthopaedic Hospital, EnuguEnuguNigeria

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