From the bumper walls of the university auditorium, amidst bulging eyes, thumping hearts and eager spirits; joy overflowed and dreams became realities today, the 13th of February, as 47 new doctors were initiated into the Medical profession as rightly exemplified by tradition and the rigorous processes that heralded completion.
This being done in accordance with the recitation of the updated and highly revered Hippocratic oath.
The university in its glory and honor, has cultivated this enviably prestigious culture since 1983 when it inducted her first set of medical practitioners. The newborn medical doctors, being the first batch of their highly deserving set, Optimo Generis [class of 2018], became the 35th set to be inducted and admitted into the profession since the inception of the University Faculty in 1978.
The glorious event was graced and heralded by the University’s primal figures of authority, the College of Health Sciences’ heads of administration, Faculty Deans, Sub-deans, Heads of Departments and directorial forces to reckon with.
The Medical elders, Professor Soladoye, a Physiology Professor per excellence and a Former Provost of the college itself alongside Dr. BabaIta, a well-achieved, well-travelled and accomplished clinician stood in the position of the Medical elders in which each graduands would bow to and acknowledge immediately after affirming the Hippocratic oath.
The guest speaker, Professor Bababode James Bojuwoye, a retired Professor of Medicine and Former Provost of the Unilorin College of Health Sciences highlighted some problems affecting medical education in Nigeria and admonished the graduands to always ensure that they are in good standing so as to diminish the scourge of curricular atrophy and lack of awareness of global change in medical education.
The provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Olanrewaju Timothy Adedoyin, in his provostorial speech, advised the graduands to ensure that they are professional at all times by striving to be the best and by also constantly improving their selves at all time.
He also praised the support of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sulyman Age to the College as it has brought a host of unique innovations to the well-being of administrative and student folk. He further appealed to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to increase the quota of graduation from 150 to 200 with a note of concern and urgency.
Furthermore, Halimat Abubakar, a blazing star amongst many, grabbed 22 awards out of 28 which made her emerge as the overall best graduating student including the best in Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Obstetrics and Surgery with Uzoma Uzokwe seconding her( Best Preclinical Student and Physiology).
Omokhuale Margaret won the best student prize in Community Health with Adekanye Rilwan bagging the best graduating student prize in Neuropsychiatry.
Otis Akpovona, the class representative who was electively awarded the Leadership award, in his regnant and prospective appreciation speech made a promise that his set members will become stalwart names that will grace the pages of newspapers and tabloids in years to come.
He deeply appreciated the university for turning him and his colleagues into the fine figures that they are today and admonished the juniors to step forward to the task and aim for the stars.
In conclusion, the 47 doctors had an official photographic session with the university figures and bade farewell as the future in its uncertainty and brightness awaits each and everyone of them.
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