The Department of Surgery was one of the earliest departments established in the College of Health Sciences, then Faculty of Health Sciences; when the University came to existence in 1971. The department was created as a composite Surgical Division comprising Surgery, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, and Radiology. With time Radiology, Orthopaedics and Anaesthesia became departments on their own with the available facilities being further shared and whittle down with each creation.
The Department has however developed particularly in terms of manpower and can boast of stable and experienced Specialist Surgeons in virtually all the disciplines of Surgery in general.
Philosophy and objectives
The Philosophy and objectives of the Undergraduate Education of the department of Surgery are in line with the National objective of Medical Education. It is expected that on graduation in Surgery a doctor would have acquired skills which could immediately be put at the service of the community and would possess internationally acceptable knowledge of the Scientific foundations of Surgery and be well orientated towards the health and medical problems in Nigeria.
Students are exposed to surgical specialties including Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Anaesthesia, Radiology, Urology, Oncology, Paediatrics Surgery, Cardio-thoracic and Plastic Reconstruction.
All students go through continuous in-course assessment including Theory (MCQs/Long Essays), Clinical attendance (Clerking and Presentation of Long Cases), Attitudinal Ratings, Short Cases, and Orals.
All the Lecturers are Honorary Consultants to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife. Some are External Examiners to other Medical Schools and Postgraduate Medical Colleges.
The feat of first Renal Transplantation to be undertaken by a team of indigenous Surgeons in any public institution in this country was in this Department. Similarly the separation of Siamese twins was successfully carried out on two consecutive occasions recently in the Department. The department has also started minimal access surgery and is about to commence open heart surgery.