No fewer than 50 graduates of Medicine and Surgery of the Abia State University (ABSU) in Uturu were, last Thursday inducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
The epoch event was held at the school auditorium. It had in attendance dignitaries from all walks of life. The graduands who were clad in blue academic gown beamed infectious smiles as they marched into the auditorium with their families, friends and well wishers. Declaring event open, The Vice- Chancellor (VC) Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu who was represented by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor Professor Ifeanyi Elekwa, thanked the guests for honoring the invitation of the school and faculty of Basic health sciences. In his words, “I thank you all who are here, because this event will not be complete without you. Thank you once more for honoring the university with your presence”.
Congratulating the graduands, the Vice-Chancellor hailed the lecturers of the Faculty of Basic Health Sciences for nurturing the young doctors. He advised the doctors not to engage in practices that could tarnish the image of the university, stressing that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) would be forced to withdraw license of anyone found wanting in compromising standard of the profession. In his address, the provost college of Medicine ABSU, Professor Christian Aluka hailed the vice- chancellor for being a great pillar of support to the activities of the medical school. Addressing the graduands, he said “I congratulate you for your great achievement. At the end of this ceremony, your status will change; you will become members of the noble profession.
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Our profession enjoins a high social status, regard and esteem. Society in return expects more from you in your character AND morals. Your induction today marks the beginning of your career in Medical practice. I advice you to practice this profession with the fear of God and he will give you the wisdom you need to succeed. Put the welfare of your patients first, render skillful, competent service and you own needs will be taken care of “. Concluding his address, the provost told the graduands to keep abreast of new development in medical practice. In his words, “make personal efforts to continually update yourself with current knowledge in the profession and try to specialize in an area of medicine so as to be an efficient and effective practitioner.
Professor Paul Feyi-wabaso, Dean Faculty of clinical Medicine, while giving professional advice to the new doctors, admonished them to dress well always. He also taught the doctors medical Ethics. According to him “medical ethics are dichotomy that guides the doctors. It involves morals, discipline and so on. It aims that doctors practices with dignity and honour to the benefit of patients, God and the noble profession. He ended his address with a bible passage from Philippians 4vs 8. The highlight of the event was the administration of the Hippocratic Oath on the inductees by the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria (MDCN) representative, Dr. Oji Kalu oji and issuing of certificate to the graduands.
Dr. Mrs. Gloria Nkechinyere Davidson was adjudged the best graduating doctor; same feat which her Sister Dr. Esther Nzotta achieved during the last induction ceremony. In her speech, Dr. Mrs. Gloria Nkechinyere Davidson attributed her success to God and hard work. “I would not have achieved this feat if not for God and also my parents who supported me. Medical school is very tedious, but I conquered it with hard work. I am grateful to have a sister who has achieved the same feat. Throughout my stay in medical school, she encouraged me. An inductee Chukwuma Okereke said, “I am elated having become a doctor today. The journey has not been a walk in the park, but I thank God who helped me surmount the challenges which I encountered in medical school.” Bonaventure Ifoegbu, a 100level student of Medicine and Surgery. Said, “I am happy for my senior colleagues who have officially become doctors. I look forward to the day when I will be inducted too.” Uchechukwu Amanze, 100level, Department of Medicine and Surgery, ABSU and Favour Nnadi, 300 level Department of Medical Laboratory Science, ABSU.
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