Submitted to the NARD Ordinary General meeting at Bauchi between 26th and 30th May 2020

The committee was inaugurated on 31st January 2020 with the following members

  1. Dr Oladimeji Adebayo-Chairman
  2. Dr Shehu Umar-Secretary
  3. Dr Onubogu Ifeanyi-Member
  4. Dr Cyril Jomusu-Member
  5. Dr James Hendris- Member
  6. Dr Efam Okonta- Member
  7. Dr Okorie John- Member

Key attainments

  1. Expansion of Research Collaboration Network (RCN)
    The trainee led research collaboration currently has 143 members which make it the largest of such collaboration in sub-Saharan African. The collaborators are from more than 30 NARD centres.
  2. COVID 19 publications
    NARD COVID 19 fact sheet, NARD COVID 19 research update (3 issues so far), articles of COVID 19 related themes for peer-review journals (2 reviews, I letter to the editor) have been developed.
  3. RSC/RCN website The website has been updated, and there would be regular exciting articles from the blog section.
  1. CHARTING study I
    This year alone over eight articles derived from a survey of about 900 participants are in various stage of production mainly in international peer-reviewed journals. The participants form part of the most extensive investigation of early-career doctors in Nigeria.
  2. CHARTING study II
    This second phase of CHARTING study is in the advanced stage of design, and it is poised to recruit 2000 participants from more than 32centres. CHARTING II is designed to be bigger than CHARTING I.
  3. NARD Statistical Update
    The 2020 database of NARD has reached an advanced stage. The committee is working with the Secretary-General to ensure rapid acquisition from all NARD centres.
  4. Robust research engagement
    The RCN has been a veritable source of research engagement and promotion of scholarship among NARDites since inception.

Dr Oladimeji Adebayo Dr Shehu Umar
Chairman Secretary



The following NARD members were inaugurated at National Executive Council meeting held at Abuja as members of the Research & Statistics Committee(RSC) on 31st January 2020.

  1. Dr Oladimeji Adebayo(University College Hospital, Ibadan)-Chairman
  2. Dr Shehu Umar(Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital, Zaria)-Secretary
  3. Dr Onubogu Ifeanyi(Federal Medical Centre, Keffi)-Member
  4. Dr Cyril Jomusu(Federal Medical Centre, Yola)-Member
  5. Dr James Hendris Izibewule(Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Balyesa)- Member
  6. Dr Efam Okonta(Federal Medical Centre, Katsina)- Member
  7. Dr Okorie John(National Orthopedic Hospital Enugu)- Member

Digital data in ARD administrative processes

Digital data in ARD administrative processes

The Research & Statistics Committee (RSC) carried out one of the proposed workshops she intended carrying out for the year 2018/19 on Friday 10th May 2019 at the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD). The workshop was titled “Digital data in ARD administrative processes? Making it simple and doable” and facilitated by Dr Oladimeji Adebayo, Chairman of RSC and Dr OluwaseyiOgunsuji, member of Research Collaboration Network (RCN). The slides are available at

1: The two facilitators: Dr Oladimeji Adebayo(R) and Dr OluwaseyiOgunsuji(L)

2: The Facilitators with some members of the RSC and RCN. From Left to Right: Drs SelekeoweiKpuduwei,
OluwaseyiOgunsuji, Joshua Agbogidi, Francis Fagbule, Oladimeji Adebayo and OlutobiOlaopa


ResearchGate: Snippet on the social media for you

ResearchGate is one of the biggest and popular social media platforms for researchers, scientists and academicians where they can connect with top researchers and academicians. 1,2 It was created by the trio- Ijad Madisch, Sören Hofmayer & Horst Fickenscher and launched on May 2008. Bill Gates is one of the top identifiable seed investors after putting $35million with Tenaya Capital in the firm headquartered in Berlin, Germany.2 The site is

In the last 8 years, it has garnered 11million users worldwide, currently ranked 576 on Alexa and deemed the largest academic social network in terms of active users.1 The New York Times in 2012 in an article by Thomas Lin, he described the site as a combination of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.3 A blogging opportunity to write review on shared articles on the site, ask questions and be answered by experts, in addition to engaging in private discussions of various topics with other researchers.1,3

Figure 1: Map showing others institution researchers UCH member have collaborated with. Source: ResearchGate UCH page

The site currently allows you as a researcher to share papers, ask and answer questions, view job listings and find collaborators.3 It serves as a great place to showcase your research endevours & outputs and get inspired in a research career path. Currently, it has many of our trainers and teachers on the site. It serves as a good avenue to follow their good works and alternative opportunity to be exposed to their research outputs. There are probably a few faculties that do not have a member that is a performer on the platform due to their prolific output.

It serves as a site to get many full journal articles which are otherwise not available openly on other sites websites such as Google Scholar or PubWeb. Currently, there are not less than 350,000 full articles self-reposited on the site.3 This is no doubt a big opportunity to get a rich cache of full article for your research, especially for post-part one candidates.

The alternative social media for researchers include and Mendeley although may not be popular as a social media platform for researchers. Mendeley is much popular here in Nigeria as a reference manager rather than a social media platform for researchers.

And as Thomas Lin quoted Maxine Clarke, executive editor of the commercial journal Nature “a unit to award grants or assess jobs and tenure.” regarding research publications, it may be about time getting on the train since a resident post fellowship academic career depends on research.3  So getting into a “cyber-research place” for inspiration may be a way to go.

Written and modified by

Dr. Oladimeji Adebayo ( )

**First published by the author in Secretariat bulletin of the Association of Resident doctors, UCH, Ibadan. Vol 1 no 3(March issue, 2017)


1.       ResearchGate. Wikepedia 2017 (2017).at <>

2.       ResearchGate. CrunchBase (2017).at <>

3.       Lin, T. Cracking Open the Scientific Process. New York Times (2012).

Research Collaboration Network (RCN)

Research Collaboration Network (RCN)
A creative initiative of National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD)
Residency training programme in Nigeria is faced with many challenges that border on funding, manpower, overall job satisfaction, quality of training, and standard of training institutions. One of the greatest albatross to solving many of these perennial problems is lack of data that concretize these formidable issues as well as its reporting and proffering evidence based solutions.
In line with the objectives of our Association to promote healthcare delivery and to express views on different government policies on residency training and Nigerian healthcare system, we consider it critical to examine some of the main sources of these challenges and other related issues upon which a premise for policies that would restructure the programme so that better output can be established.
Burnout, conflict ideologies, doctors’ migration, leadership capacities, practice dissatisfaction and quality of life amongst doctors, research attitudes and research gaps, skill acquisition challenges and working conditions are some of the many issues that we hope to address, by way of policy framework and implementation, working together with the government through the Research and Statistics Committee of NARD and her Collaboration Network.
I am confident in the capacity of our human resources led by Dr Oladimeji Adebayo to develop working documents that will guide both the doctors in this advanced specialist programs and the government, in order to bridge the gap and fix all broken links.
It is my hope that the product of this work would remain relevant to successive administrations in NARD as well as all stakeholders of medical education.
Thank you.

Segun Olaopa
National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria