Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Babcock University, Ilisan Remo yesterday inducted its 4th set of 48 medical doctors graduates of Benjamin Carson Senior School of Medicine into Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN)
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Ademola Stephen Tayo has therefore urged the new medical doctors to be godly care givers with a difference, remained dedicated to serving humanity while also using the holistic knowledge acquired during their five years training at the institution to revolutionise practice of medicine for the benefit of mankind.
Prof Ademola Tayo urged the new set of doctors to be faithful to God whose profession they have just been licenced to practice saying “Keep in your hearts and minds always the ethics and essence of being a godly person and doctor. Remember that you were trained to be missionaries and not mercinaries. You may not be able to to heal or cure all but you can be good source of comfort, that gentle, soothing influence that gives hope for people to go through the next minutes”.
While urging them not to place pecuniary gains above selfless service, the VC urged the newly inducted medical doctors to be compassionate and empathetic like God, the master healer while also flaunting the core values of integrity, accountability, servant leadership, excellence among other heritage of the university wherever they found themselves.
Prof Tayo while recounting the meterioric rise of the study of medicine in the university explained that the 100% pass rate recorded by the newly inducted medical doctors in their qualifying examinations spoke volumes of the dedication and commitment of the university to pursuing excellence.
The VC said as a deliberate policy of improving its medical training and service to the community, the university was about completing a 600 seater capacity lecture theatre housing six standard laboratories with world class equipment while the institution was also on the verge of acquiring MRI scanner.
Prof Tayo has therefore pleaded with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to increase its student intake for medicine from its current quota of 50 explaining that the school has now become the much sought after for medicine and it had in the past rejected hundreds of qualified and willing students due to this regulatory order.
Speaking at the event, the Provost, College of Health Sciences and Medical Sciences, Prof Iheanyichukwu Okoro urged the medical doctors to be guided by the theme of competence, characters and compassion while doing their best to bring healing and succour to the sick world.
Prof Okoro explained that the university which started its medicine studies eight years ago in the midst of so much suspicions and distrust has continued to record giant strides in healthcare delivery with its cardiovascular centre performing over 100 open heart surgeries, total hip and knee replacement and several spinal cord surgeries and thereby stemming the tides of medical tourism to India and other countries of the world.
The Registrar of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Dr Tajudeen Sanusi while performing the induction for the 48 medical doctors has however told them stay committed to the The Physician’s oath warning that the council would not hesitate to wield its big stick on anybody found guilty of unethical practices.
Dr Sanusi pleaded with the medical doctors to know their limitations and therefore consult or use referrals when the occasion demanded adding that “you are in a regulated profession because you deal with life here, so don’t think you know everything. Consult others when necessary or use referrals, stay away from every unethical practices that could make your names to be struck out from our register. You may have to wait for another ten years to get your license back that is if you have not even been to jail”.