Five Dominicans were among twenty three students of the All Saints University School of Medicine who received their white coats during a ceremony at that institution on Saturday April 12, 2014.
It was the twenty first white coat ceremony of the university since it began operations in Dominica eight years ago.
The white coat ceremony marked the student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences. The ceremony involved the formal robing of students in white coats, the garb physicians have traditionally worn for over 100 years and other health professions have adopted. Dean of the university Dr. John Klir assured the students that they were at an important point in their medical career – a testimony of their successful completion of the initial part of their medical studies and also signifies the beginning of clinical medicine and training.
He reminded them that as medical professionals, they will have to continuously absorb new knowledge to keep up with the advances in medical science. “Do not make the mistake to think that after completing your last exam of your medical training that you will never again have to open books to study, “he warned.
Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Hon Petter Saint Jean, in his address to the students, appealed to them to strive for success and do what is necessary to maintain the confidence of the public in the health care system of their respective countries. “Be true to your mission and serve humanity with a sense of dignity and accomplishment,” the minister said.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hon Alvin Bernard represented Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit at last weekend’s ceremony. He spoke of the strong partnership which exists between the government of Dominica and the All Saints University.
He said the partnership had exceeded the expectations of both partners. All Saints University was founded by a group of dedicated medical and business professionals, all of whom had over 20 years of experience in medical education.
It has a current population of about 700 medical students and over 100 graduates at various stages of their postgraduate or residency training.
Source : news.gov.dm