Mangaluru: President World Federation of Medical Education, UK, Prof David Gordon said medical practice requires the highest standards of ethics, judgement, moral purpose and respect for the law.
Delivering the convocation address at the 25th convocation of MAHE at Dr T M A Pai International Convention Centre here, Prof Gordon emphasised on certain values all doctors are expected to practise during their careers.
“New graduates in medicine – and indeed new PhD graduates – are embarking on a career where factual knowledge, practical skill and the arts of communication with patients and colleagues are essential. These are not enough. Medical practice also requires the highest standards in ethics, judgement, moral purpose and respect for the law. The welfare of your patients must always come first,” he said.
He said practice must be rooted out and there can be no corruption, no dishonesty and no bribery.
“To have a medical qualification is one of the greatest gifts possible. You will have careers that will sometimes cure, usually help, and always comfort your patients. You will have the chance to study and work almost anywhere in the world and if you do go abroad, do not forget your alma mater, remember that your main duty is at home and return when the time is right. Bring back the skills, knowledge and values from the finest medical centres in the world,” he advised the graduating students.
Dr Chandana Acharya and Dr Ashwini M V, who have been selected as the best outgoing students, received the prestigious T M A Pai Gold Medal.
As many as 353 undergraduates, 225 postgraduates and 29 PhD scholars were among 607 graduating students received their degrees.