Posted on December 12, 2017

Qatar University College of Medicine (QU-CMED) held on December 8 its 2nd Annual White Coat Ceremony, in which 73 second-year Medical students took the College of Medicine Student Oath and donned the symbolic white coat in front of an audience of more than 260 invited guests and well-wishers.

The event aimed to celebrate the second-year Medical students who successfully completed their transition year and entered the Medicine program. It is designed to acknowledge the students’ commitment to the profession and reassert values of compassion, professionalism, and dedication to patient care, as they enter the medical profession. Attendees included QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft, Medical Director and Director of Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation (QCOT) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Hamad General Hospital Dr Yousef Al Maslamani, as well as QU officials and CMED students and their families, faculty, and staff.

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In his remarks, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “We, at Qatar University, are committed to equipping our students with the necessary skills in order to become highly effective physicians in line with the best international standards. This medical oath is a commitment that you, as students, take upon yourselves from now and forever. I wish our students all the best in their medical studies.” He added: “Qatar University is also committed to equip its College of Medicine with the best facilities. We are discussing with the Ministry of Public Health and Hamad Medical Corporation the possibility to build a new hospital that will provide student clinical training in the near future.”

Dr Egon Toft said: “Today marks an important transition for the new students into the medical profession and underlines the level of their commitment to making great strides in their future career goals. I encourage you to become lifelong learners in your role as providers of optimum health care to your community. This symbolic event is just the beginning of a long journey that will open you to a wide range of opportunities that will ready you to contribute to advancing the health and welfare of the Qatari society.” He added: “As a college, we are committed to provide Qatar with qualified doctors who are embedded in the local community, in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy. The College will continue to deliver on its mission to graduate physicians and future leaders who are competent, caring and motivated with a strong sense of responsibility towards the health of the community.”

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Dr Yousef Al Maslamani gave a lecture, in which he welcomed the new students who will start their training at HMC hospitals. He pointed to the role of trained physicians in helping the new students to join the workplace and achieve success. Student Ali Abdullah Al-Maraghi said: “Today, we are starting an important academic phase that requires hard word, commitment and determination. Wearing the white coat, we are now members of the health care family and we are committed to contributing to the society. I am grateful to my family for their continuous encouragement and support.”