Vol. 11 No. 11 - June, 2009

Second-year medical students affirm commitment to medicine

Second Year
The School of Medicine class of 2011 took an oath to uphold the principles of their profession as they prepare to embark on their clinical education.

On April 28, members of the School of Medicine class of 2011 took one step closer to becoming practicing physicians. In a special ceremony, they took an oath to uphold the principles of their profession as they prepare to embark on their clinical education. Gathered at Mechanics Hall, the students recited an oath that they had collectively written, in which they pledged to always put their patients’ health first, to remain balanced and conscientious and to contribute to the future of medicine. In addition to the medical students, the ceremony was attended by members of their families and UMMS faculty and leadership.

Chancellor Michael F. Collins, in opening the event, noted, “A ceremony to mark the transition of medical education from largely classroom based to the clinical years is a relatively recent phenomenon. . . . Early practitioners of medical education . . .
quickly grew aware that healing was a human art, as much as a science, and that our recognition of the place of the patient in the practice of medicine is at the center of our own humanity.”

One of the highlights of the evening

was an address given by Michael Hirsh, MD, in which he encouraged the students to retain their curiosity and to trust themselves.

One of the highlights of the evening was an address given by Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of pediatric surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He encouraged the students to retain their curiosity and to trust themselves, saying their input in clinical situations brings a fresh perspective that often leads to new approaches for experienced clinicians. “You are ready for this,” he assured them. Despite the number of students involved in choosing a featured speaker from among their teachers, Dr. Hirsh was chosen easily by the class, according to Jeremy Robbins, SOM ’11, who introduced him.

The event also featured a rendition of the national anthem by SOM ’11 students Minkash Biswas, Rachel Buglione-Corbett, Mary Linton Peters and Alexis Tumolo.

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