Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, Aug.21, GNA – Dr Eric Asamoah,
Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana, has called on medical
students to adopt the spirit of dedication and integrity in their chosen
He said the impact of the medical profession
on human life was enormous and that the mistakes made by doctors, unlike other professions,
He urged them to be careful such that they
would avoid committing any terrible mistake in the course of their duty when
they eventually start practicing as trained doctors.
Dr Asamoah was speaking at the recent Seventh
White Coat Ceremony held at the University School of Medical Sciences (UCCSMS)
to signify the transition of 68 level 400 medical students from the study of
pre-clinical to clinical health sciences.
The white coat ceremony, a ritual by medical
schools that involves a formal robing of students in a doctor’s traditional
wear, “the white coat” had been adopted by the UCCSMS, the first medical school
in Ghana to have performed the ceremony.
He said medicine was not studied in the
classroom alone but by the bedside saying being a good medical student did not necessarily
make one a good doctor but the employment of respect, compassion, love and
application of ethical values made one a good medical doctor.
Prof Francis Offei, Dean of UCCSMS, asked the
student not to see the ceremony as a mere event but a symbol of ushering the
students into the ethics of the profession.
He reminded them that whatever they did could
affect the patient and therefore they must be careful with their attitudes and
adopt ethics that were appropriate for the profession.
He said medicine was an art and that the
second state in their studies at the hospitals would teach them the art aspect
The outgoing Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof
Kuupole entreated the student doctors to be guided by the truth, honesty,
openness and transparency, motivation, show of compassion and uphold their oath
in everything that they do.
He commended the SMS for training and
producing quality medical doctors who were excelling in the various hospitals
across the country.
Prof Amonoo-Koufie, Provost, College of Health
and Allied Sciences, said the UCCSMS recognized the significance of a strong
academic foundation for a successful medical career.
He said it has, therefore, structured
innovative programmes to train a unique breed of doctors who will be
compassionate whilst respecting the rights of patients.