permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has been
reminded the fourth batch of medical doctors of the American International
University (AIU) West Africa that the first day they wear medical
practitioners’ White Coat is not only a transition to become doctors but the
beginning of an unending humanitarian assistance to save humanity.
Dr. Cherno Omar Barry told the forty doctors that once they take the White Coat, they are expected to shun away everything evil and be objective in their service to humanity and to even those of their enemies because they are wearing something that give hope to their patients.
Dr. Barry appeared at the medical university’s Fourth White Coat ceremony in Kanifing on Friday where he also told the doctors that once they wear the White Coat, they no longer represent themselves but the profession and the people they will be serving.
The White Coat Ceremony (WCC) is a relatively new ritual in some medical, dental, optometry, audiology, chiropractic, dietetic and veterinary schools that mark the student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.
At some schools where students begin meeting patients early in their education, the White Coat ceremony is held before the first year begins. It is an example of a matriculation. WCCs typically involve a formal “coating” of students.
“As you put that coat over your shoulders, you are no longer the same persons that you were. You have transited to the real life challenges of saving lives,” Dr. Barry told the graduates.
He said knowledge is not only what a person learning within the four corners of the classroom but it must also appear in attitude and action.
Consequent to the approval of the charter of American International University West Africa by government of The Gambia, in August 2010, AIU established Health Science Center at The Gambia, consisting of five colleges, College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Health Professionals.
The University signed an agreement in September 2011 with Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to utilize all the government owned health facilities for educational purposes for its students.
The University’s president, Dr. Dinesh Shukla told the forty men and women that their next step to become doctors has begun when they open their shoulders to wear the White Coat.
Dr. Shukla advised the doctors to strive to establish a strong foundation of the verse knowledge and to make on the clinical scenarios which will define their career. “Rule number one is you must earn to listen.”
He said 131 students have graduated at AIUWA since its coming to The Gambia coming from different countries around the world including The Gambia.
According to him, in every matriculation, the university gives 10% to Gambians with full scholarship.
Dr. Kanti Solanki, the university’s dean of Medical School and Dr. Mariama Sarr, vice chancellor of International Open University (IOU) both congratulated the doctors and reminded them of the lofty humanitarian service ahead of them.