Professor Harold Amoono Kwofie, Dean of the UCCSMS announced this on Wednesday when 52 students made up of 32 females and 20 males where robed in white Coat normally worn by medical doctors to signify their transition from the pre-clinical to the clinical stage of their studies.
The white Coat ceremony is an annual ritual of the UCCSMS to usher in the level 400 students to become members of the healthcare team looking after real patients and not dummies.
Prof Kwofie explained that this phase requires the students to act responsibly by observing ethical and moral precepts that govern the practice of medicine, while devoting themselves to the acquisition of the needed knowledge, skills and competencies.
He said the vision of UCCSMS is focused on modern medical education.
“We seek to preserve the best from the traditional medical curricula while at the same time embracing new and innovative methods of teaching and learning that are proven to be valued,” he said.
He said the school curriculum has a conscious bias towards the discipline of community medicine and public health and also designed to meet the needs of a doctor in the 21st century.
Prof Kwofie urged the students to act professionally and endeavour to exhibit psychosocial and humanistic qualities such as caring, empathy, humility and compassion as well as social responsibility and sensitivity to people’s culture and belief in course of their duties.
Dr Eric Asamoah Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council, who was the guest speaker, said the colour white symbolises frankness, perfection, purity and above all kindness and urged the students to let the dress remind them daily of these virtues.
Prof D. D Kuupole, Vice Chancellor, commended the authorities of the Central Regional Hospital for the support to the medical school and asked that facilities at the regional and district hospitals should be improved to enable the UCCSMS to increase its intake of students.