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RCSI Bahrain celebrates White Coat Ceremony
150 students at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) yesterday celebrated their transition to clinical training during the annual White Coat Ceremony at the Busaiteen campus.
Regarded as a seminal moment in the course of medical training and future careers, the ceremony is a symbolic event based around the presentation of the students' white coats and takes place in the Intermediate Cycle stage.
Yesterday's event featured an address by RCSI Bahrain's Head of School of Medicine, Professor Joe McMenamin, who highlighted the significance of wearing the white coat and the responsibility associated with it. His message to the students on being a good doctor was; "Don't just hear what your patients say to you but listen to what they say."
Guest speakers were Bahrain Medical Society General Secretary, Dr Manaf Al Qahtani, who advised students about professionalism, empathy and compassion as doctors, and RCSI Bahrain Senior Cycle student, Maryam Fareed Ashoor, who outlined her own experiences and what might lie ahead for her peers.
The ceremony concluded with the students' recital of the professional declaration, through which they vowed to maintain professional attitudes and behaviours in work and relationships with classmates, teachers, patients and the community.