Thirty-one students from the All Saints University School of Medicine received their white coats at an official ceremony at the school’s auditorium on Saturday, August 8th. The ceremony marked the 25th White Coat Ceremony of the institution.
The White Coat Ceremony traditionally marks the educational milestone of students who have completed four semesters of basic sciences.
Dean of all Saints University, Dr. Terrance Marcelle admonished the students to wear the coats with respect and dignity. He reminded them to be humble and kind.
“Remember that greatness is not found in position, prestige or power; it is discovered in your goodness, character and humility,” he said.
The Hon. Minister for Health and the Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux represented the Hon. Prime Minister at Saturday’s ceremony.
The Hon. Minister advised the students to not pursue this noble profession only for economic gain but love for humanity.
“I would like to express heartfelt congratulations to all of you who are now making this transition from basic medical sciences to clinical. As you now begin to apply your knowledge to treating patients in a clinical setting, it is my wish that you come to appreciate more and more this decision which you made to choose All Saints an Dominica,” Hon. Dr. Darroux said.
The school which began with just over 100 students 10 years ago, has now grown to a roll of over 500 students.
“We are aware of the challenges of your growing student population and your need for classroom space. We are very heartened and encouraged by the fact that you have taken the initiative and moved quickly to procure the available, though perhaps not ideal space, in the city.
“We are committed to working with you in your efforts to relocate to a more permanent location here in Dominica. It means you are here to stay.”
The Hon. Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean was also at the ceremony.
In his congratulatory remarks, he told students that the service which they will provide will have ripple effects since a healthy population leads to a productive economy.
Isuamfon Williams, Olaleye Ayoola and Ugochi Calista were awarded the top three spots.
While addressing the 31 students who received their white coats on Saturday, Hon. Saint Jean says as the number of the students attending the school increases annually, Dominica and Dominicans continue to benefit from the school’s economic and social activity.
He detailed Government’s decision to move the All Saints University to a more permanent location.
“It is for this and many other reasons that the Government of the Commonwealth Dominica has taken a decision to facilitate All Saints University School of Medicine [as it becomes] a truly first class medical school. I speak here of the recent decision to allocate 10.74 acres of land in the Warner area to All Saints for the construction of a state-of-the-art university complex,” he said.
He challenged the management of the school to begin construction at the site in earnest.