The Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences started as one of the three Faculties in the College of Medical Sciences of the University of Calabar.
At inception, the Medical School had the status of a Faculty, and the Provost was just another dean. Later it was organized into two schools, namely, School of Basic Medical Sciences and the School of Clinical Sciences. They were ‘schools within a school’ and were not recognized as schools by the University. The two schools were, at least in theory, manned by Deputy Provosts who were also hardly recognized by the University. The Provost was the only officer of the Medical School that was recognized. This situation persisted until 1998, when a proposal for a College of Medical Sciences was submitted to the Senate of the University of Calabar. The proposed College had three Faculties, namely, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, and Faculty of Laboratory and Allied Health Sciences.
The Departments of Biochemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology made up the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, while the Faculty of Clinical Sciences was made up of the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Ophthalmology. The Faculty of Laboratory and Allied Health Sciences had nine Departments namely, Chemical Pathology, Public Health, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Haematology, Nursing Science, Pathology, Pharmacology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiography.
In 2000 the new College Statute which recommended the three Faculties was approved by Senate and the Faculty of Laboratory and Allied Health Sciences took off in the 2000/2001 session with Professor (Chief) GabrielEjezie as the pioneer Dean. However, he suspended his Deanship in June 2001 to go on sabbatical, and Dr. A. E. Udoh was appointed acting Dean from then till the end of January 2001, when Prof. Ejezie, now back from sabbatical leave, took over and completed his first term as Dean. He was re-elected for a second term, which he completed in September 2004. Professor Jones Akpan took over as the second elected Dean of the Faculty from the 1st of October 2004.
In August 2005, as a consequence of the denial of accreditation to our MBBChProgramme, the College was restructured to meet the demands of the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council. The restructuring affected the compositions of the Faculties. The Departments of Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Medical Microbiology, and Pathology were moved to the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, and the Department of Pharmacology was moved to Basic Medical Sciences. The remnant of the Faculty was renamed Faculty of Health Sciences, and Prof. A. E. Udoh then Deputy Provost of the College was appointed Dean and his tenure spanned through 1st October, 2008, while Prof. Jones Akpan, the former Dean, was appointed Acting Deputy Provost. Professor James Epoke was over the mantle of leadership from 1st October, 2008 to 30th September, 2010. At the expiration his tenure, Professor Mildred E. John was elected as Dean for another tenure of two years – 1st October, 2010 – 30th September, 2012. Following the assumption of Professor Anne E. Asuquo as the Dean from 1st October, 2012 – 30th September, 2014. Professor Monday F. Useh was unanimously elected as Dean and he assumed office from 1st October, 2014 – 30thSeptember, 2016. At the expiration of Prof. Useh’s administration, Professor Maisie H. Etukudo, the current Dean assumed office on 1st October, 2016 – till now. The Faculty now had four Departments, namely Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing Science, Radiography and Public Health. The Faculty has settled down and Academic programmes restructured to make them relevant to the needs of our Society and Nation.
Moreso, the Physiotherapy programme has been established and domiciled in the Department of Radiography & Radiological Science. The Centre of Excellence has also been established for Human Resources for Health Management training, and this programme is domiciled in Department of Public Health.
Subsequently, the name of the Faculty was changed to Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, and the name of Public Health was changed to Environmental Health Sciences. Later, the name was reverted back to being called Public Health Department.There are now five Faculties in the College of Medical Sciences namely: Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy.