The most anticipated – first of it’s kind -master class leadership training program organized by the legislative arm of the Association of Medical Students, University of Lagos (AMSUL SENATE) took place on the 26th of May, 2018 at the department of Medicine, College of Medicine University of Lagos (CMUL) and it was a success. In attendance were the AMSUL Executives and senators, as this first edition was limited to only the association’s leaders; the program started by 9:30am and was anchored by Senator Alimi and Senator Jennifer.
The first speech was taken by Dr Oremosu, a lecturer in the department of Anatomy who addressed the attendees on “Team work and Ethics”. He spoke on effective communication, where the team must meet regularly and show respect for hierarchy in profession. He ended his speech with this beautiful mnemonic for TEAM – “Together Everyone Achieves More”.
The second keynote speaker was Professor Abdulkareem of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology Department, and she spoke on “Achieving Leadership Excellence”. She elaborated on the fact that “leaders are not born but are made” and she listed the qualities of an effective leader such as honesty, wisdom, passion, courage, sincerity and confidence. She emphasized on the need for team members to contribute and not be redundant. Afterwards, an interlude session came up with educative videos on leadership skills displayed to the audience.
The program then progressed into a panel session titled “building the future”, which was anchored by Senator Aminat Taiwo and the panelists were Dr Abiola Olokodana and Dr Tolu Adegbesin. After much enlightenment, questions were asked about their journey so far in school and on campus, as they are alumni of the great CMUL institution.
They shared how some departments were redundant when they entered medilag, Idi-araba and how they were motivated to make a change alongside others. They also told the attendees how leadership positions have fortified them in the outside world, about time management and getting various certificates. Afterwards the training took another dimension were financing and budgeting was discussed by Mr Niyi and Dr Olufunlayo, a community health physician. The session was greatly educative.
Finally, the President of the Association gave his closing remark were he wishes the Association will involve more AMSULites in the nearest future to benefit from such great innovative training. Then Aminat Taiwo the deputy of Senate President gave the closing remark and the training came to an end by 2:45 pm.