Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Health Sciences organized an oath ceremony for the graduates of the 2017-2018 Academic Year Fall Semester. During the ceremony that took place at the Health Sciences Faculty Amphitheatre at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the 30th of January 2018, a total of 128 undergraduate and associate level graduates recited their medical oaths.
At the ceremony that commenced with a moment of silence and the national anthem, the opening address was delivered by EMU Health Sciences Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç. Prof. Dr. Malkoç stated that today is a proud and important day as their young colleagues are taking the first steps towards their prospective careers. Prof. Dr. Malkoç thanked the Health Sciences Faculty academic and administrative staff for the important roles they played on the road to the students’ graduation. Addressing the graduates Prof. Dr. Malkoç requested that they act ethically and keep up to date with new developments in order to help their country and stay bound to Ataturk’s principles and reforms. Prof. Dr. Malkoç concluded her speech by extending her best wishes to the new graduates in their prospective careers.
Upon completion of the opening speech, EMU Health Sciences Faculty, Departments of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Health Management and Sports Sciences undergraduate students recited their oaths as well as students from the associate programs, Oral and Dental Health, Anaesthesia, Surgery Services, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, First and Emergency Aid, Radiotherapy and Medical Imaging Techniques. The oaths specific to each department, were recited together with department chairs or program coordinators.
All health personnel take oath before starting their careers in the field. The oath shows devotion to the principles and ethical values they will abide by throughout their careers. Oaths that are generally accepted as tradition in the field of health can show slight variations between different universities and departments.