On the morning of Monday August 1st 2016, a white coat was donned on me as a symbol of the beginning of my journey as a student of medicine and as a healthcare professional. I also took the Hippocratic Oath, outlined below:
I do solemnly swear by whatever I hold most sacred, that:
I will be loyal to the profession of medicine and just and generous to its members;
I will lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor;
I will do no harm;
Into whatever home I enter it shall be for the good of the sick and the well to the utmost of my powers;
I will hold myself aloof from wrong, from corruption, and from corruption, and from the tempting of others to vice;
I will exercise my art solely for the cure of my patients and the prevention of disease, and will give no drugs and perform no operation for a criminal purpose, and far less suggest such a thing.
Whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of men and women which is not fitting to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret;
These things I do promise.
In proportion as I am faithful to this oath, may happiness and good repute ever be mine, the opposite if I shall be forsworn.
After reciting the above, the reality of being an M1 student dawned on me fully and in four short years, I will be reciting this oath again as a doctor of medicine. However, the White Coat ceremony was the beginning of the journey and I am very much looking forward to it.
Much love from Smithia
PS: Today, we went over a third of college level intro psych in about 30 minutes. #stunned #drinkingfromafirehose