UNILAG’s College of Medicine inducts 134 doctors

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The College of Medicine, University of Lagos has inducted 134 medical and dental graduates into the Medical and Dental professions respectively.

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The Provost of the College, Professor David Oke, in a welcome address where the induction took place at the Old Great Hall, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, charged the inductees to be good ambassadors of the college and the nation.

“Remember that your training is a combination of godliness and excellence, which is what will define your future.

“The good physician treats the patient who has the disease. If you want to succeed in this profession, never neglect your connection with the Great Physician,” he said.

According to him, the difficulties facing most Nigerians currently but expressed confidence that the inductees would pull through by relying on the training they had received.

He said, “It is a well-established fact that the Nigerian terrain is difficult, but I am confident that with the quality of training you have received, you will rise above all the difficulties you may encounter and make a positive impact in your chosen profession, the health sector.

“I charge you inductees that your future should not be a confusing time, but a demanding and challenging time.

“Demanding because it will often require you to multitask, and undergo interdisciplinary collaborations. Challenging because it is a terrain you are not used to but you have to flourish.”

The provost also enjoined the inductees to explore new frontiers of knowledge and become distinguished professional practitioners.

He said over the years, despite the increase in the student population, funding to the Health Sector had dwindled.

He added that this had resulted in decay in the college’s infrastructure, despite the efforts of successive administrations.

He, therefore, called on the college’s alumni, corporate bodies and philanthropic individuals to invest in the college.

Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, who administered the oath-taking and affirmation for the inductees, warned them to desist from taking to social media to criticize the regulatory body.

“This is a regulated profession; there are certain conducts expected of you as doctors, you don’t go to the social media disparaging your regulatory body,” he said.

Sanusi added that the attitude of taking every matter to social media may cause the inductees to disclose confidential information about patients under their care to the public of the social media.

He warned that this would, thereby, be a violation of their oath and affirmation to keep patients’ medical information private.

He also warned the inductees of strict sanctions and punishment prescribed by law against any of them that breaks the guidelines, whether in Nigeria or abroad.

Speaking, Dr. Olayemi Dawodu, the Chief Executive Officer of Clina Lancet Laboratories and an alumnus of CMUL, charged the inductees to remember that graduation is not merely an endpoint, but the start of a new chapter and dawn of new possibilities.

Dawodu encouraged them to continue to seek knowledge, embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and always uphold the highest standards of ethical practice and compassionate care.

She advised the inductees to invest in themselves, develop clarity of purpose, authenticity and self-assurance, self-audit, hard work, resilience, develop a team of mentors and strive to be great ambassadors of the CMUL, UNILAG.