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EVEAFRIQUE PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH; Professor Ibiwari Erekosima

by Mitchelle Uzorka 

Professor Ibiwari Erekosima BMedSc (Anatomy), MBBS, PGCME, MMedSc (Nephrology) UK, MAcadMEd, SFHEA UK, FRCP (London)

Prof Ibiwari is a renal physician and clinical academic currently working as a consultant in Renal Medicine with the Salford Royal University Hospital Manchester which is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust where he provides general nephrology and renal transplant services with medical support to the satellite haemodialysis units in Rochdale and Oldham in Greater Manchester. He also works as a teaching-focused Honorary Senior Lecturer/Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester Medical School and a visiting Honorary Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London.

Ibiwari is actively involved in medical research including clinical trials with publications in peer reviewed journals. He has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in the last 25 years and have a scholarly profile with several national/ international conference presentations and publications. He has expertise in renal services development and renal replacement therapy especially haemodialysis (HD)/haemodiafilteration (HDF). He has special interests in preventive nephrology with emphasis on early detection and screening of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), early recognition of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and the interphase between cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension.

Professor Ibiwari has supported the development of sustainable renal care and training in Africa in the last 10 years through the global nephrology program of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). This program is to support the teaching and training of nephrologists in low- and middle-income countries. He was appointed an ISN educational ambassador to developing countries since March 2015 in recognition of his work in Southern Nigeria. He pioneered the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Unit program and partnership as liaison officer between the Salford Royal Hospital UK and University Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Renal Unit since 2016. He is actively collaborating with the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board to establish a sustainable Acute kidney injury early detection and prevention program and first contact cardiovascular risk management program for which we have held several training workshops in Port Harcourt both virtual and in person.

Over the last decade Prof has established a national profile in the field of clinical teaching and medical education implementing teaching-skills programme for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainers in the North-West of England. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer and Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester Medical School and has facilitated several workshops and webinars in medical Education both in the UK and in Nigeria. He is the Deputy Academic Lead for Assessment in year 4 of the MB ChB Programme responsible for the design, delivery, and quality assurance processes of all assessments of medical students in the Salford site in the last five years. He is also an academic adviser in the faculty where he supervises the personal development portfolio of allocated medical students. He was appointed SAS Tutor in the Salford Royal NHS foundation Trust in July 2021 in recognition of his contribution to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

In 2020 he was awarded the internationally renowned Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) UK in recognition of his strategic influence as an educational leader in medical education in the UK and internationally. He is also a member of the Academy of Medical Educators UK, a multi-professional body working nationally and internationally for those involved in the education and training of students and practitioners in medicine, dentistry, and other allied health professionals. It also provides leadership; promote standards and supporting those involved in the academic discipline of medical education.

 

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