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As per the Hippocratic Oath, which white coat recipients at the recently held White Coat Ceremony of the American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine (AUS) recited, there is a social component to medicine. Healthcare professionals are expected to adopt this social aspect and apply it so as to achieve optimal care for their patients. Such expectations were not missed by the student and the words were certainly uttered with sincerity as when the opportunity arose to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, the medical students of AUS did not hesitate to assist.
It was not merely giving, but rather the selfless act and service to others at a time when these were mostly needed, gave the students a sense of pride in making the contribution. Medicine is an art as well as a science. The scientific aspect can be easily learnt through text books. However, that social component is best learnt through one’s interaction with the people. At AUS, the medical students have already started mastering that very important social aspect of medicine.
On Thursday, 14th September, 2017, the students and management of AUS contributed several cases of water, crackers, toilet paper, soap, pampers and other items to victims that were recently affected by Hurricane Irma. Amidst the giving, the medical students present at the handing over of the items also had an opportunity to work on their communication skills, which is vital in medicine, as they interacted with other persons who were also contributing to the hurricane relief effort. It was time well spent away from the classroom and a powerful as well as a memorable occasion for these students. Indeed, acts of kindness of this sort will likely mould these medical students into becoming better physicians.
First established in 2012, the American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine is a medical school, located at New Montrose, St. Vincent. It is locally registered by the National Accreditation Board of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and is recognized by the World Health Organization.