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It was another momentous occasion for the students of the American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine (AUS) as twelve multinational medical students were donned in their white coats at the institution’s 14th White Coat Ceremony. The aspiring physicians from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines beamed with joy and had a sense of pride as they were formally introduced into the medical career. “White coat recipients, your presence at this White Coat Ceremony and your agreement to embark on a career of medicine signify your commitment to the field. This is not merely a job but rather it is a commitment to individuals, populations and even the country in which you will serve” were some of the words uttered by Assistant Professor and Dean of Student Affairs at AUS, Dr. Shakel Henson, who gave an address on the significance of the white coat. Dr. Henson also informed the budding physicians that “the white coat inspires confidence and trust among patients”. She warned the students to refrain from taking advantage of their position as a medical student and later on as a doctor as they are expected to serve their patients and should never engage in actions that will compromise that doctor-patient relationship or lose the trust of their patients. The enthusiastic group of new medical students was also reminded that the white coat is a symbol, which serves to remind physicians and medical students of the need to execute their professional duties in the field of medicine with integrity and honour. Dr. Henson not only encouraged the students to enhance their knowledge and to continue learning but she also warned the students that the path to success is rugged and winding but the endpoint may be reached through hard work and dedication.
Welcoming the aspiring physicians into the MD programme was the Dean of Basic Sciences, Dr. Dommalur Jayarangaiah. Dr. Jay emphasized that the white coat symbolizes professionalism and commitment and thus medical students show start learning how to care, show compassion and be empathetic from the onset as such qualities will likely mould them into admirable medical professionals. He stressed the need for these new students to develop a good attitude as this will help them to better manage the great responsibility that lies ahead. His words were captivating and seemed to be well received by all medical students who were present at AUS’ White Coat Ceremony, which was held on Friday, 8th September, 2017 at the NIS building.
Having been donned in their white coats, the budding physicians demonstrated a sense of pride and accomplishment as they were officially introduced into the noble profession of medicine. Through their recitation of the Hippocratic Oath, this diverse group of medical students accepted the challenges and responsibilities of becoming healthcare professionals with a commitment to serving others.
This special occasion, the White Coat Ceremony, was witnessed by management, Faculty, staff and students of AUS as well as family and friends of the white coat recipients. It marked the initial steps of a journey that leads to a dignified career for these medical students. Representing regional as well as international countries, the students beamed with excitement and enthusiasm as they were welcomed into the field of medicine. The ceremony, which often symbolizes a significant milestone in the lives of medical students, entailed the cloaking of these individuals in white coats. This incoming diverse group of students will further contribute to the cultural mosaic, which is seen at AUS.
The closing remarks were delivered by the Pre-Med Coordinator, Mr. Kenroy Johnson. He congratulated the students on their decision to take up the challenges of medicine and for wanting to embark on such a noble career. Additionally, he reiterated the need for these aspiring physicians to work hard so as to accomplish their goal of becoming a medical doctor and reminded them that they had the support of the AUS family.
AUS’ Dean of Basic Sciences, Dr. Dommalur Jayarangaiah, the Operations Manager, Mr. Shyam Nair, faculty and management were pleased with the evening’s event and vowed that AUS’ White Coat ceremonies in the future are likely to witness even more students entering its Medical programme. New students, enrolled in the Pre-medical programme, were also present at the ceremony. These students hail from Zambia, Nigeria and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
First established in 2012, the American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine is a medical school that is located at New Montrose, St. Vincent. It is a registered institution, which has been registered by the National Accreditation Board of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Additionally, it is recognized by the World Health Organization. Click here to view more pictures