UKZN’s first year Medical students take their
Hippocratic Oath.

A total of 210 College of Health Sciences first year Medical students pledged to be ethical medical practitioners during their orientation at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Professor Richard Hift, Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, led the students in the recital of a Hippocratic Oath pledging they would conduct themselves according to the ethics of the medical profession upon completion of the intensive six-year programme. They pledged to serve humanity and committed themselves to lifelong learning.

The students will spend the first three years of their Medical degree under the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (LMMS), headed by Professor William Daniels, and progress to their clinical training component under doing programmes in Family Medicine, Public Health, Rural Health, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics offered by the Schools of Clinical Medicine and Nursing and Public Health, all within the College of Health Sciences.

College leadership, the College Student Support Services team and the Medical Students Representative Council (MSRC) congratulated the students for making it through a demanding selection process into the first-year MBChB programme. The 210 candidates were selected from a total of 8 425 applicants.

The event also served as an opportunity to orientate students on their six-year journey through Medical School. Daniels told the students that of six years hence they would be professionals qualified in:

·        Professionalism, ethical and legal practice

·        Communication and interpersonal skills

·        Patient and population focused care

·        Team work and collaboration

·        Information technology

·        Leadership and management

·        Cultural sensitivity

·        Diversity management

·        Continuous learning

·        Safety