Diploma in Family Medicine Programme

Our Vision

To produce the middle cadre Family Physicians across all parts of Nigeria and across West African Subregion and the world in the provision and upliftment of the standard of care in Family Practice.
We have developed a robust quality standard of training leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine the products of whom will be capable of delivering effective quality health care as a first contact Physician and thereby reducing the burden of medical problems in Nigeria and beyond.

The Diploma in Family Medicine Programme is designed to be a part-time course (mostly one weekend per month) of 18 months. There are 3 groups running the program in the North, East and Southwest Zones. The groups will meet on most Friday afternoons and Saturdays of designated weekends for lectures, practicals and demonstrations. The course period is divided into 6 quarters. And 3 modules will be covered every quarter with a terminal test after each module. At the end of every quarter there will be a continuous assessment test these previous assessments will contribute to the final exam scores.
Lectures are given using powerpoints. Practicals consist of demonstrations and hands-on skills acquisition at designated centres. Candidates are expected to make a minimum of 75% attendance at lectures and 75% attendance at the practicals/clinicals during each quarter. During the 18-month period, he/she is expected to attend 2 workshops and 1 Revision course.
The distance learning aspect of the program is being strengthened to achieve greater interactions between enrollees and designated lecturers in between one-on-one weekend interactions.

All enrollees are expected to register with the College as an Associate Diplomate.

Requirements for completion of Diploma in Family Medicine
1. Pass in MCQ for all modules.
2. Assignments passed for all modules.
3. Log book satisfactorily completed.
4. 2 workshops and 1 revision course fully attended.
5. Pass end of semester assessments.
6. Pass College final exams.
7. No financial indebtedness to the College or Faculty
8. Strict observance of the rules and regulations of the programme.

What Certificate Will Be Obtained
Successful completion of the programme will lead to award of the Diploma in Family Medicine (DFM). This certificate would be registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). A possessor of this certificate would be able to provide comprehensive first contact care to all patients at any point of care in the country. He/she should be a valuable asset for any health care facility anywhere in the country.

Fees payable for the Programme
1. DFM Processing Fee: ₦25,000
2. Associate Diplomates Registration: ₦30,000
3. Associate Diplomate Annual Subscription Fee: ₦20,000
4. Course Fee: ₦600,000
5. Examination Fee: ₦200,000
6. Convocation Fee: ₦350,000
Please note that:
Payment 1 (DFM Processing Fee) must be paid before the close of registration on May 31st, 2023.
Payment 2 (Associate Diplomates Registration Fee) is expected to be paid once before admission into the programme.
Payment 3 (Associate Diplomates Annual Subscription Fee) which is ₦10,000 annually, thus ₦20,000 over 18 months of the programme is to be paid once before admission into the programme.
Payment 4 (Course fee) of N600,000 is to be paid once or in a maximum of two installments of ₦300,000 each. The full payment or first instalment must be paid before admission into the programme. Therefore, Payments 2 and 3 and the full payment / first installment of Course Fee must be paid by 30th June 2023. The second installment of the course must be paid before 31st December 2023.
Payment 5 (Examination Fee) – The deadline for the payment of examination fee will be on the last day stipulated for examination registration, 28th February 2025. Please note that the registration for exam will be between 1st January – 28th February 2025.
Payment 6 (convocation fee) is expected to be made once by all Diplomates that are successful at the end of programme exam.

Diploma in Family Medicine Curriculum

Diploma in Family Medicine Log Book

S/n Name Position Email
1 Dr Lamkur SHEDUL DFM Committee Chairman lamkur.shedul@npmcn.edu.ng
2 Dr Fatai Akindele OLANIYAN DFM Committee Secretary fatai.olaniyan@npmcn.edu.ng
3 Dr Nicholas D. BAAMLONG DFM Comm. Member & Faculty Chairman facchairfmcfm@npmcn.edu.ng
4 Prof Ita B. OKOKON DFM Comm. Member & Faculty Secretary facsecfmcfm@npmcn.edu.ng