MedSchool Tales: Someone Pinch Me!

img-20161017-wa0013Hello Stranger,

In case you missed the text,  am already in medschool…  well it is the thing i have wanted all my life i have been trying to achieve .. and yes i have 😀

This year’s White Coat Ceremony at MUHAS took place on October fourth, just 3 days before our first lecture session. The day was filled with a number of memorable moments, which were all bathed in a feeling of togetherness that I hope will last for the duration of our time in medical school. Making new friends, getting ready to working in the anatomy lab with cadavers, figuring out study methods, and most of all, getting comfortable with this new part of our identity and how it fit in with the rest of our lives. But as i grappled with these challenges, i hoped we had each other to talk to, laugh with, and lean on

That day we did a oath based on the ideals that modern-day physicians should embody. Its instead of reciting the Hippocratic Oath, and I think it’s a great exercise in figuring out what we value in a physician on an individual level as well as a community. At the core of a physician’s career is a deep commitment to others, but every person interprets that commitment differently. Many years from now, when we will be out in the world, my classmates and I will wear many different hats. Some of us may be master clinicians, and others may have their own labs. Still others could be writers, health policy experts, teachers, politicians, and so much more. But the essence of the oath that we recited is something that we will all carry in our careers. We promised to work individually and together for the betterment of our world in small and big ways.

Before we received our coats and recited our oath, we listened to two incredible speeches: one by our dean’s representative talking about the importance of strength and perseverance in difficult times, importance of listening and what it means to be there for both our colleagues and our patients. I found myself almost tearing up during both speeches because their words hit home in the best of ways.

And finally, it was time to get our coats. We were called on stage in groups where we were coated by MUHAS academical staff. Seeing my classmates getting their coats was even better than getting my own in some ways. I found myself almost tearing up yet again. Then, it was my turn. With butterflies in my belly, I walked on stage and found that a friend had snuck his way to take close-up photos. Classic Faby.

I’ll never forget what it was like up there. The lights, the weightlessness of one’s excitement, and the feeling of the coat on my shoulders. Truly a moment that I won’t forget +The hematology professor who gave me. 😀

I’m reminded of something that happened during orientation week  when I got into a conversation with a relative in at home. After I mentioned that I had just started medical school, she asked, “So you’re going to be a doctor, huh?” And for the first time in a long time, I didn’t say, “That’s the plan” or “God willing.” I just said, “Yes, I am.”

I’m still waiting for someone to pinch me, cause it still feel like a dream! 😀

The Oath was something like this

We recognize that practicing medicine is a sacred privilege.  we  commit:

  1. To promote a culture of wellness and mindfulness for ourselves, our peers, and the communities we serve;
  2. To be humble agents of change in the pursuit of equitable care;
  3. To actively challenge discrimination at large and bias within ourselves;
  4. To reflect upon our own limitations, and those of the medical tradition, using them as catalysts for learning and progress;
  5. To bring a mindful presence to each patient encounter;
  6. To collaborate with patients, colleagues, and communities to foster mutual understanding and education;
  7. To empower patients to be partners in their own care, and
  8. To approach our patients holistically with love, empathy, and respect for their individual strengths and vulnerabilities

In the spirit of curiosity and with a passion for service, i think i enthusiastically accept these responsibilities.

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