The School of Medicine and Dentistry has organised its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021 at the new Examinations Hall, Charles Easemon Building at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The Dean, Professor Margaret Lartey in her welcome address said the year 2018 White Coat Ceremony was the fifth to be held by the School.
She urged the students to take the Ceremony serious because it was a very important milestone in their training as medical and dental students.
According to her, the White Coat Ceremony (WCC) is a relatively new ritual in some medical, dental and other health training schools that marks the student's transition from the study of preclinical sciences to clinical health sciences.
The Vice-Dean, Dr. Francis Kwamin stated that the Ceremony was an important one in their journey to become medical doctors or dental surgeons.
He indicated that prior to entering the current level of their studies, they were used to cadavers but that would be a thing of the past because they will now be dealing with real human lives.
Dr. Kwamin advised them to show appreciation to patients that will allow themselves to be used by these students for their studies.
He continued that the Ceremony requires a change in attitude, behaviour and their general perception of life. He concluded that how the students start this phase of their training will determine how they will end it.
The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Rev. Professor Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi in his remarks congratulated the students on how far they have come in their studies.
He advised the students to be committed to the tenets and ethics of the noble profession of medicine and dentistry in order not to bring the dignified name of the profession into disrepute.
The Provost urged the students to continue to give their faculty the utmost respect so as to encourage the faculty to give off their very best to them. He reminded them that their training is by apprenticeship so they need to respect their faculty.
The Provost reminded the students that the White Coat Ceremony does not change their status as students to that of medical doctors and dental surgeons, and cautioned them not to attempt to do any medical procedure they have not been instructed to do.
The Guest Speaker and Chairman of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, Professor Paul K. Nyame indicated that the students also fell under the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857), hence the need for them to behave professionally.
He advised the students to constantly read the code of ethics of the profession in order not to engage in practices that have the potential to bring the name of the profession into disrepute.
Prof Nyame again advised the students to wear their white coats while on study clerking or studying as students. He noted that the wearing of the white coat onwards needed to be enforced by hospital authorities even when they have graduated as doctors and dental surgeons. According to him, patients feel reassured to see a doctor who turns out in a professional look.