Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) presents another programme in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (COMUI). This time around the programme was organised by the class of ’99 (’95 set). The programme held on the 2nd of August, 2019 at the famous Osuntokun Auditorium at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The theme of the programme was Medical Innovation & Business: What We’ve Learnt in 20years. The class came together to share the experiences they had incurred over the years and to enlighten medical professionals and medical students on how they can bridge the gap between medicine, the use of modern technologies and business.
The Chairman of the event was Prof.Akinyinka Omigbodun, FAS. The Chief Host was Prof. E. Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa (Provost, College of Medicine) with the Special Guest being Prof. Jesse Otegbeyo (Chief Medical Director, U.C.H). They were all unable to attend the programme and they sent their apologies for not being able to attend.
The programme started in a calm and relaxed atmosphere at about 11:15 a.m. after series of jokes from the Master of ceremonies. The guest speakers for the programme were Mr. M. Ahmad, Dr. Z. Yunusa-Kaltungo, Dr. A. Olaleye and Dr. F.O.Robert.
The first speaker was Mr. M. Ahmad, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Clinical Director, Poole Hospital, Dorset, UK. He spoke extensively on the topic: Bridging the innovation gap. He delivered his wonderful presentation which was brief and concise in 15minutes. He spoke of the opportunities abound in modern technology for medicine and how the innovation gap between these two fields could be bridged.

He stated that every innovative expenditure always encountered challenges but the trick to achieving breakthrough is persistence, he cited the discovery of warfarin treatment and the landing of humans on the moon as a case study.

The second speaker was Dr. Z. Yunusa-Kaltungo, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. She spoke on the topic: Rising through the Ranks: Career Leverage on Cause and Community. She did justice to the topic by sharing her wealth of experience as she rose through leadership roles in Federal teaching hospital, Gombe.

Dr. Z. Yunusa Kaltungo

She benefitted the audience with the privilege of knowing how they have to persevere when the going gets hard. She also advised that they should always make do with what they have and not complain whenever they don’t get what they want.
Other speakers at the programme were Dr. A. Olaleye and Dr. F.O.Robert who spoke on Applying Business to Medicine and Applying “-OMICS” Technologies in Medicine: A peep into current realities respectively. Dignitaries present at the programme included Prof .(Mrs) Shokunbi, Dr .Balogun (Consultant Neurosurgeon) and others.
The programme came to an end at about 2:10 p.m. with members of the class of ’99 taking a walk to the Alexander Brown Hall to awaken some the memories they had as students in the prestigious College of Medicine, Ibadan.

Written by: Tijani Adiat