Viewpoint: Not another culinary metaphor?
- By: Joseph Ogirima Ovosi
Medical education all over the world is challenging for teachers and students. The expansive curriculum and the timeframe for learning the science and art of medicine mean that teachers and students face great physical and mental hurdles.
The situation in Africa is even more challenging, especially for students. Apart from the socioeconomic problems in Africa, medical students have to use Western medical literature if they are to learn medicine to a standard comparable to that in Europe and America.
The use of Western literature is not devoid of problems, however. There are numerous instances of Western culinary items being used to describe medical conditions. Although European students are familiar with these terms, African students have usually never even seen these items, let alone used them, and therefore have to use their imagination to try and understand what is being conveyed.
There have been comic scenarios in most African medical schools