IAU White Coat Cer­e­mony

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Kings­ley Em­manuel

Twenty two med­i­cal stu­dents were for­mally en­rolled with the In­ter­na­tional Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Medicine at its glit­ter­ing 29th White Coat Cer­e­mony held at the Na­tional Skills Devel­op­ment Cen­tre in Vieux-Fort last Fri­day. A strik­ing fea­ture of the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion was the pre­sen­ta­tion of the white coat and stetho­scope to the stu­dents, which was truly a spec­ta­cle.

The stu­dents were also pre­sented with the “Hu­man­ism in Medicine” pins which were pro­vided as a gift from the Arnold P. Gold Foun­da­tion, ini­tia­tors of the first White Coat Cer­e­mony in 1993.” It was pro­vided by Dr. Bill G Clut­ter who is the se­nior ad­vi­sor to the pres­i­dent of IAU, Man­mad­han Nair.

The stu­dents read the Hip­po­cratic Oath which spelt out what is ex­pected of them as physi­cians in train­ing. It reads in part: “I pub­licly ac­knowl­edge and ac­cept the priv­i­leges and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties given to me as a physi­cian in train­ing and ded­i­cate my­self to pro­vide care to those who need…”

In his wel­come re­marks, Dean of Ba­sic Sciences at the uni­ver­sity, James Vil­lanueva said, “Con­sider this evening as part of your jour­ney… part of the steps to­wards ful­fill­ing your dreams. There will cer­tainly be chal­lenges along the way but they are all worth it.”

He urged the stu­dents to strive to be bril­liant and ex­press pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes through­out their ca­reer.

“I hope you will lis­ten to the voice of faith, op­ti­mism and de­ter­mi­na­tion, rather than the voice of de­feat,' he added. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Vil­lanueva, there will be pos­i­tive changes at the school which will re­sult in a bet­ter Ba­sic Sciences pro­gramme.

Pres­i­dent of the school, Man­mad­han Nair, in his re­marks em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the Hip­po­cratic Oath, urg­ing the stu­dents to abide by it and let it be their guide.

“You made a pledge that you will take care of your pa­tients with dig­nity and com­pas­sion, so be loyal to your pro­fes­sion. What­ever you do, you will be touch­ing on the lives of peo­ple,” he said.

Nair told the stu­dents that they have en­tered the most re­spect­ful pro­fes­sion that they could ever dream of. He urged them to work hard and not be daunted by the chal­lenges they will en­counter.

“You will face a lot of hur­dles which will be chal­leng­ing but ex­cit­ing through­out your pro­fes­sion. You have taken the first step of a jour­ney which is long,” he said.

Dr. Rasheed Ag­boola, in his pre­sen­ta­tion, said the white coat comes with re­spect and ex­pec­ta­tions. “You rep­re­sent the pro­fes­sion. You have to be hon­est and truth­ful,” he said.

Pre­sen­ta­tions were also made by stu­dents of the school who spoke about the school in glow­ing terms. They promised to do their best in their ex­ams and make the school proud. Awards were pre­sented to stu­dents who did ex­ceed­ingly well in their ex­ams. Among those who re­ceived awards was Stacy Regis, a St. Lu­cian who got the Deans Award of Ex­cel­lence for her out­stand­ing per­for­mance in His­tol­ogy and Gross Anatomy at the Na­tional Board of Med­i­cal Ex­am­i­na­tions and The Pres­i­dent Schol­ar­ship Award for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence.

The mark of a new be­gin­ning: Stu­dents of IAU about

to take on the world of medicine.

Stacy Regis re­ceiv­ing her


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