The Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, presided over the 15th edition of the Oath swearing ceremony of Medical Students, from the University of The Gambia’s School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (SMAHS). This was on June 22nd 2022.
Every year, the school organizes this ceremony to swear-in newly graduated medical doctors after successful completion of their medical training. This serves as a proper induction into the medical profession as qualified medical doctors by the Medical and Dental Council of The Gambia.
In his speech, Minister Prof. Gomez congratulated graduates and outlined that this year, ‘UTG is adding 40 doctors to the pool of doctors in the country as opposed to 36 last year’. Hon. Prof. Gomez is hopeful that graduates will stay and work to support health care delivery in The Gambia for at least some years.
‘Go out now and restore hope and health, for the nation is calling’ was his message to the graduating class.
He went on: ‘As doctors, you have the monopoly to heal the sick and you must not abuse that power. Being the only group with the skills to prevent the premature loss of life, you must learn to place the needs of your patients ahead of your personal comforts. I wish you all great and prosperous careers’.
The Minister also extended congratulations to the UTG Vice-Chancellor, the Provost, lecturers and support staff of the school for working tirelessly against several challenges towards the achievement of this feat and all other objectives of the school.
This batch of doctors brings to total, 321 number of doctors so far produced from SMAHS since the first batch graduated in 2006.