Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Cape Coast, Aug.
15, GNA - The University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences (UCCSMS), on
Thursday held its 10th white Coat Ceremony to mark the transition of
74 level-400 clinical students from pre-clinical studies to clinical.
The ceremony, which
involved 40 and 30 males and females, is a ritual that involves a formal robing
of students in a doctor’s traditional wear, the white coat.
received thunderous applauds and cheers from their parents, friends and
relatives as they donned the white coat and took the medical oath to abide by
the ethics of the medical profession.
The oath read in
part ” I will practice to the highest standards of conduct by doing what is best
for my patients and allowing neither greed nor stinginess nor desire for great
reputation to corrupt me”.
cultivate the virtues of integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, respect and
self-sacrifice in myself and colleagues. Be compassionate and never see in the
patient anything less than a fellow creature in pain."
students and parents, Dr Kwasi Atikpui Eli, the Registrar of the Medical and
Dental Council, counseled the medical students to exhibit high level of
humility and respect for humanity in the discharge of their duties.
This is the
greatest asset, he said, to have an impactful and successful career that would
serve as an emulation to the younger generation and the world at large.
The wearing of the
white coat, he said, "symbolize great responsibility to humanity” and also
to remind them of the enormity of the challenges and task ahead of them to
prepare adequately to face it.
He said: “You must
accept that the wearing of the white coat is a symbol of dedication to duty and
a position of task and you must desist from engaging in unlawful and indecent
acts that will tarnish your hard won reputation of family, profession and the
nation at large.”
He advised the
medical students to develop excellent interpersonal communication skills and
working relationship with other staff to enable them work in unity to achieve
the target goals of enhancing the health of all humanity.
Dr Atikpui Eli
commended the University for maintaining its enviable high academic standards
of training medical students who were excelling all over the world and urged
UCC to jealously guard it to maintain integrity and professionalism.
The UCC is the only
medical school in the country which performs the White Coat ceremony and should
be proud of it, he said, and urged parents to continually counsel and support
their wards both emotionally and physically to avoid the excesses associated
with youthful exuberance.
Kwame Nyame, Chairman, Ghana Medical and Dental Council, congratulated the
students, parents and the institution for their commitment to give unrivaled
attention to quality education.
The students must
bring to the task the love of labour, perseverance and be uncompromising in the
respect for all.
They should respect
the hierarchy of the system especially their colleagues and other health
workers and patients; cultivate the habit of a clean appearance to inspire
confidence," he said.
said there is the need to sustain a continuous consultation between the Council
and UCC especially concerning its new programmes and its affiliate
Francisca Edu-Buandoh, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UCC, reminded the students on
the need to obey the rules, regulation and ethics of the profession in order
not to derail their determination to save lives.
They should let
patience be their greatest virtue and guard their utterances especially with
all patients and continually pursue diligence to the zenith of their carriers.