It was a proud day for 119 graduates as they received their temporary certificates in a special Hippocratic Oath ceremony organized by the Faculty of Medicine, UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL RCMP).
The Presentation of Temporary Certificate and Oath Taking Ceremony was held at Casuarina @Meru Hotel on Friday, 28th June 2019. The Hippocratic Oath was led by Dr Jasminder Kaur A/P Hari Singh, a Malaysian Medical Association award recipient.
The Dean’s and Surgery award recipient, Dr Sophia Sharom Nizan, in her valedictorian speech said she was thankful her hard work eventually paid off. “Studying at UniKL has opened me to lots of opportunities I will never get elsewhere. I took an active role in clubs, organized events and experienced new things outside the scope of MBBS. I do realize one thing that is not to limit our knowledge within the university’s syllabus. To pass an examination is important but wanting to learn new stuff is equally important.”
The President and Chief Executive Officer of UniKL, Prof. Dato’ Dr Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, in his keynote address congratulated the graduates for their excellent achievements in their Final Professional Examination.
He said: “The university is truly proud of you and what you have achieved, and we join your parents and loved ones in celebrating this special occasion with you. Today is a great time to feel good about accomplishing something that very few people do in their lives, which is graduating from a university as a doctor.”
“There are many people out there who wished to be in your shoes. It is you that Allah has chosen to become a doctor. Therefore, treat your patients with love, diligence, professionalism and humility. Listen and remember that many times you will need to listen more than you need to talk. You will be surprised that you can learn from your patients a lot more than you can learn from books if you care to listen.”
He reminded the graduates to prepare themselves to face the real challenge which will be totally different from the university environment. “I believe the two years’ horsemanship training at government hospitals will make you a mature and well-rounded physician.”
He expressed his hope that more UniKL graduates will follow Malaysian trainee surgeon Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri footstep. She has accomplished many achievements and will go the extra mile to help others. Malaysia is proud to have her and Dr Mazliham hopes to have more Dr Nur Amalina in UniKL.
The Oath Taking Ceremony continues with the presentation of awards to nine outstanding graduates in recognition of their academic and curriculum excellence performance.
The graduates who received their awards were Dr Jasminder Kaur A/P Hari Singh (MMA), Dr. Nurul Huda Binti Ismail (O & G), Dr. Muhammad Yahya (Pediatric), Dr. Muhammad Danial Mohamad Rosni (Orthopedic), Dr. Muhammad Firdhaus Pazil (Primary Care), Dr. Theviyaah Thiagarajan (Mental Health) Dr. Nur Fitriati Azhani Fauzi (Public Health) and Dr. Wan Nur Adilah Wan Halim (Medicine).
Meanwhile, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor Syed Rahim Syed Hamid, in his speech advised the graduates to treat patients equally and humbly regardless of their status and race.
“My advice to you would be humble as you do not become any less of a doctor by being so. You will be working together as a team with categories of healthcare members. Do not look down on them as you are part of the team with one common goal which is the safety and wellbeing of your patients. Mutual respect is very essential. You will realize soon enough that you may learn a thing or two from them. Believe me, I did.”
Also present at the ceremony were Prof. Dato' Dr Azanam Shah Hashim, Deputy President of International, Industrial & Institutional Partnership (IIIP); Puan Nor Zaini Abu Kassim (MARA Perak Director); Hisshamuddin Omar, CEO/ Head of Campus UniKL RCMP, Dr. Suresh Subramaniam, representing Chairman of Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Perak; Dean of the Faculty of Medicine RCMP Associate Professor Dr Mah Kin Kheong, and Puan Haslina Tan Sali, representing the Director, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh.