The College of Medicine, University of Lagos, on Friday inducted 105 of its students in the 2015/2016 academic session as medical doctors and dental surgeons.
Prof. Foluso Lesi, Provost of the College, said 90 holders of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences degrees and 15 holders of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degrees were inducted at the ceremony.
Lesi congratulated the students and urged them to work with empathy and not with sympathy.
“I congratulate their proud teachers for positively impacting these young doctors and dentists.
“Finally, let me congratulate my young colleagues for finishing the race.
“I know it was not easy but you will all agree with me that it was worth it at the end.
“As you graduate from this medical college, I want you to leave with the charge to be a change agent.
“I want you to work with empathy and not with sympathy.
“I want you to strive to know more and do not think that you already know everything.
“You can learn from anybody and you can even learn from inanimate objects, just as Isaac Newton got the idea and propounded the law of gravity from a falling apple.
“I want you to know that despite the leadership role of doctors in the medical team, doctors alone cannot render the needed services in the healthcare system.
“Remember that the battle ahead is huge and to overcome requires more skills and competencies than one person can claim to have.
“One of the hallmarks of excellent service delivery, particularly in the health system the world over, is the ability to work in teams,’’ he said.
The provost also urged the new medical practitioners to collaborate with other experts in the profession.
“I also leave you with the thought that there are multiple paths open to you after graduation. I pray that you will choose the path that will be tailor-made for you.
“The problems we are aiming to solve in healthcare are very complex and interwoven and will need that collaboration of physicians and scientists in the clinical and basic sciences to advance the frontiers of medical knowledge.
“It will require a commitment to interdisciplinary research and service.
The provost urged the new inductees to seek more knowledge and update their skills.
“Today, as we release you into the world, I want to remind you that “We only care, it is God that heals”.
According to him, Norman Cousins noted that “the human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the
direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon.
“They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription. Hope is sometimes the only medicine you can give and it always works its magic,’’ he said.
The Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria administered the Hippocratic Oath and issued Practicing Licences to the inductees.
Some of the inductees said they were ready to contribute to and improve the nation’s health sector.
Dr Maryam Abdulfatah, expressed excitement on her induction, saying that she would be an agent of change through her work.
Abdulfatah said that she would ensure that her immediate community benefited from her services.
“I will ensure that my immediate community will have access to quality healthcare through my services.
Dr Adara Joshua, a dental surgeon, said that he would do his best to provide adequate services, wherever it was needed.
According to him, I am ready to make sacrifices for my patients, without necessarily counting the costs.