HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
The College of Medical Sciences, Gombe State University was initially conceived as Faculty of Medicine in 2006 as enshrined in the Academic Brief of the University. A senior academic in the field was invited to advise the University Management on how to establish Faculty of Medicine with specific terms of reference; (1) The location of structures, (2)Equipment to be acquired, (3) Staffing, (4) e-resource Library, Books and other learning materials, (5) Curriculum Developments (6)Laboratories pre-clinical and clinical, (7) Any other advice to have a Medical School that will train manpower to meet the needs of the twenty first century both Nationally and Internationally. He presented his report to the University Council in February 2006.The pre-clinical building was designed and funds was immediately released by the then Executive Governor Alhaji Muhammad Danjuma Goje. The pre-clinical building was completed, equipped and furnished by March 2012.
A committee was set up February 2010 to look at the first report and design the curriculum. It concluded its report in March, 2010 and re-named the Faculty, the College of Medical Sciences in conformity with National University Commission NUC guide-line and for obvious advantages. Another curriculum and Physical Development Committees were set up in August 2012 Headed by Prof. Idris Mohammed, assisted by the Provost Prof. G. D. Kalayi and coordinated by Prof. S.S. Danbauchi, the curriculum was reviewed and approved by the Council.
Required pre-clinical staff were recruited and pre-clinical activities started. Approval for the commencement of the programme was granted in 2013 by both National Universities Commission (NUC) and Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) following a successful Resource Verifications exercise.
The first set of students were indexed by MDCN and commenced the clinical postings in October 2016. The former Federal Medical Centre Gombe was converted to Teaching Hospital by a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal Government and the Gombe State Government with effect from January 2014.
The clinical permanent site consist of the College Administrative Building for the Provost, Deputy Provost, Dean Clinical Sciences, Academic staff offices and Teaching and Research Laboratories and students hostel was constructed by the Central Bank. The Medical Library, Students Hostels, Simulation Laboratory [skills acquisition], two Lecture Theatres (250 capacity each) constructed by TETFUND. A large Auditorium with capacity over 1000 has also been constructed by TETFUND. With all these in place the university has made all the necessary facilities available for the successful and effective training of the medical students. The university is looking forward to the take off of other programmes in the near future.
The first sets of Medical Doctors graduated in January, 2020. Currently, there are three Faculties in the College. They are:
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences with the following Departments
Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences and Clinical Sciences with the following Departments
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hematology and Blood Transfusion
Medical Microbiology and Parasitology