Emmanuel Adeola Lawal

Emmanuel Adeola Lawal

My name is Emmanuel Adeola Lawal, a 4th year medical student in the University of The Gambia. My hubbies are numerous to mention all, but on the top of that list are listening to music, singing, playing the drum, acting, playing and viewing football (I am an arsenal fan by the way), I also love playing video games. I am passionate about everything I do whether academical or not, I always want to be a winner

AforA has been a source of joy, rest and peace to me and my family. You have paved a stress and worry free academic path for me and my family.

Spring semester 2017

well 2017 academic year has really been interesting. I’ve learnt a lot and developed a lot of clinical skills in my medical program such as venipuncture, wound dressing, history taking, analytical thinking etc. After the flop in the introductory course to surgery, I did very well in the introductory course to medicine and almost got a distinction. Also I have witnessed a lot of surgical operations at the theatre. Presently I just started my course in pharmacology and laboratory medicine so with this new challenge there is a lot to learn and achieve, so I am hoping for the best of time in this new phase

Fall semester 2016

On the 19th day of September 2016, resumed school for the new academic year, which is my 4th year in the medical school now. The 4th year of medicalschool in the Gambia is when the students are introduced to clinical science. So on the 19th of September I started my first clinical course which is called Basic Nursing Skills, this course will run for 6weeks. The first 2weeks were theoretical and the remaining 4weeks were spent in the hospital wards. The hospital that we are being taught at is the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, which is the only teaching hospital in the Gambia. I served as a nurse in the wards from Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm daily, usually I stay beyond 2pm because I enjoyed the work and desired to develop my nursing skills and on some days I also went to the hospital at night to serve. It was a wonderful experience as I got exposed to the clinical work acquiring basic nursing skills like taking vital signs,cannulation, blood sample collection, nasogastric tube insertion, catheterization, wound dressing and a lot more, the only sad aspect of it was the mortalities I witnessed. Personally my favorite ward was the surgical ward though I also spent time in the in Pediatric wards, obstetrics and gynecology wards, medical wards, intensive care unit and the Accident and Emergency department. I completed my nursing skills training on the 28th of October. I will be writing my exams on Monday the 7th and Friday the 11th. Immediately after my basic nursing skills exam, we will begin our community medicine training for 8weeks which will end towards the close of the year then we go on Christmas and New Year break. Immediately the year begins we will starting another course called introduction to medicine and surgery for another 6 or 8 weeks. Pharmacology and lab medicine will be the final 2 courses I will be taking before my second professional exams, which is at the end of the semester.

Fall semester 2017

2017, has been a very interesting year for me. I started this year after the political impasse with introductory courses in medicine and surgery. Taking these courses gave me the privilege to be in the wards and theatre which stirred my passion towards clinical sciences after been in the biochemical and premed class in the past 3 years. Presently I have started my laboratory medicine courses which are pharmacology, medical microbiology ( bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, virology), hematology, chemical pathology, and anatomical pathology. these courses have been both challenging and very interesting. I will be taking an exam on these courses in the month January 2018.

Spring semester 2018

Well so far, I’ve done my end of semester exams. I was able to score an A in pharmacology but the result for lab medicine is yet to be released. I expect to do well also in laboratory medicine, I might not score an A in it but will do well by God’s grace. I will be also be doing my professional exams starting from the 21st of May to the 30th of May 2018.

Fall semester 2018

Well 2018 has been a good year. I passed my 2nd professional exams which involved pharmacology and laboratory medicine. Also I did an 8 course in community medicine which was eye opening as I travelled to the provincial regions of our country. I thereafter started my clinical rotations and have so far completed my medicine 1 and Paediatric 1 rotation and credited both exams. I’m presently in my 3rd and favorite rotation which is surgery.

Spring semester 2019

It’s been challenging but also had the most interesting medical postings so far. I did a posting in obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2 surgery postings and also a posting in pediatrics. I’ve been able to excel in all the posting so far

Fall semester 2019

2019 has been an amazing year filled with many memories. During the course of the year, i’ve done several postings various departments in the hospital and interestingly my favorite posting has been obstetrics & gynaecology. I ended this year by going out on a community posting to a village in the rural part of the country, it was fulfilling 3weeks stay in the village. As the year comes to end I’m now preparing for a professional exam in April 2020

Spring semester 2020

Well so far, I’ve completed my postings in obstetrics & gynaecology and pediatrics. Due to the Corona pandemic my professional exams have been postponed.

Fall semester 2020

This year 2020, I’ve been able to take my third professional exam which is constituted by pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. Also I’ve taken rotations in subspecialties of medicine and surgery.

Spring semester 2021:

I’ve passed all the exams we’ve done and I’m about to write my final professional exam.

August 2021

I will like to thank you and the entire A for A family especially my sponsors family for your benevolence all through my medical journey, I’m forever indebted n grateful. I am now waiting for graduation date.  At the moment a date is yet to be fixed but hopefully by the end of this month or in the month of October.

October 22, 2021

A big thanks to you, the Dahlstrand family and the entire A for A family. Thank you for making a dream become a reality! 💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️ With Love from me and my family

November 2021

We’ve been called to sign our contract agreement today at the hospital.  The housemanshipi is a 2 year service period for new doctors. 6months in internal medicine, 6months in surgery, 6months in pediatrics and another 6 months in obstetrics & gynecology. Wwe have a medical hierarchy to which we report to, a medical officer, registrar and a consultant. We work as a groupbut there are individual task assigned and expected to be obtained during the course of training.


January 2022
Started two-year housemanship at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. It is 6 months of each internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics