36 First-Year Medical Students Initiated At The A.M. Dogliotti School Of Medicine


The A.M. Dogliotti School of Medicine within the College of Health Sciences, University of Liberia (UL), initiated 36 first-year medical students on Saturday, January 7, 2023. The White Coat ceremony for the first-year students, with the class name β€˜Medicas Manus’ (Healing Hands), was held in the auditorium of the Medical School in Congo Town.

Families and friends of the initiated students, UL authorities, and officials in the medical field graced the ceremony. The event was filled with excitement and anticipation as the students took their first steps towards becoming doctors.

Delivering the keynote address at the ceremony, Chief Medical Officer of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center; Dr. Sia Watta Camanor, implored the students to serve more as they learn more. “I will encourage you to serve more as you learn more, and you will earn more. Our society needs you, your patients need you and the future of our medical profession depends on you,” said Dr. Camanor.

Dr. Camanor also urged the students to always put the needs of their patients first, reminding them that they are in the profession to serve and heal. She encouraged the initiated students to make their patients comfortable because they have many concerns, they are anxious, and they are looking for solutions. “Be kind and understanding towards your patients, as it will help you to know more about their condition and provide better care,” she said.

The ceremony was also attended by the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Peter Coleman, who congratulated the students on their achievement and urged them to work hard in order to achieve their goals. He also urged them to be committed to the profession of medicine and to be dedicated to serving their patients.

The White Coat ceremony marks the beginning of the students’ journey as medical students and serves as a reminder of the commitment they have made to the profession of medicine. The initiated students are now ready to take on the challenges of medical school, and to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to become competent and compassionate doctors.

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