International American University (IAU), hold its 26th White Coat ceremony for 24 new students, at the National Skill Development Centre (NSDC) in Vieux-Fort. The ceremony saw the students being draped in their white coats and stethoscopes, reciting of the Hippocratic Oath, which spelt out what is expected of them as physicians in training. It reads in part: “I approach all aspects of my education with honesty and integrity, embrace opportunities to learn from the patients, teachers and colleagues…”In his welcome remarks, Dean of Basic Sciences, James Villanueva, called on the students to take their work seriously and make the school proud. “Be prepared to work hard and make this journey the most interesting one in your life…” Villanueva said.
He told the students that the task ahead was a challenging one, but they should not give up and to stay focus. Guest of Honour, Mayor of Vieux-Fort , Winhall Joshua, in his remarks, announced that IAU and the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council have agreed on a draft Memorandum of Understanding, which when implemented will go a long way in improving the quality of life of residents of Vieux-Fort. He expressed confidence that IAU will continue to make progress, adding that St. Luca will benefit from its success.
Executive Dean, Cletus Carvalho, called on the students to be prepared for the challenges ahead. “Stay focus, there will be challenges ahead…sometimes there will be failures, but learn from your mistakes,” he said. At the ceremony, awards of excellence were also presented to students who had done exceedingly well in their exams.