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AIMSR Hosts 'White Coat Ceremony' to Welcome the Freshers

Oct 13, 2014   19:20 IST 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research welcomed the freshers for the MBBS course by hosting the 'White Coat Ceremony' on Monday at RNR Auditorium, Banjara Hills. Dr. Prathap. C. Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals group, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Ms. Sangita Reddy, Dy. Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, faculty from the Institute, parents of students were present to catch sight of this unique occasion.


White Coat Ceremony is a memorable experience for students taking their initial steps into the noble medical profession by joining the medical school. In the presence of family, guests, and faculty members, students were welcomed into the medical community by faculty and ceremonially "cloaked" with their white aprons. The students dressed elegantly in white, later took the Hippocrates oath, traditionally sworn at graduation.


Speaking on the occasion Dr Prathap Reddy said, don't limit yourself to being another doctor. There are several challenges ahead. India has to make its mark in this rapidly progressing world and the need to fulfill that dream lies on your shoulders. Healthcare has seen several changes, the challenges of yester years, the communicable diseases have been overcome. However the challenges ahead are much bigger, the Non Communicable Diseases - Diabetes, Cardiac, Cancer and infectious diseases. Over 36 million people are dying of these diseases. The cost to manage these diseases will be $ 30 trillion by 2030 and the cost for India will be $ 8.5 trillion, almost 60% of our GDP, can we afford this. Therefore its essential that we undertake the four essential steps to prevent such a disaster, we need to create awareness of primary prevention, people's participation in managing their health, upscaling the skills of medical and para-medical professionals and constantly innovate. The day we accomplish these, we can be confident of winning 99% of the war.


According to Ms Sangita Reddy, by establishing this meaningful ritual at the beginning of their academic voyage at the medical school, we at Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, hope students will become aware of their responsibilities from the first day of training. The ceremony is intended to impress upon them the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship. It encourages them to enter into a psychological contract in which they accept the obligations inherent in the practice of medicine: to be excellent in science, to be compassionate, and to lead lives of "uprightness and honor." It is designed to clarify for students that a physician's responsibility is to take care of patients and also to care for patients. The message transmitted is that doctors should "care" as well as "cure", says Ms Reddy.


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