First year medical students officially set out on the long road to graduation when they recited the Hippocratic Oath at the 2012 Opening Ceremony on the Medical campus on 27 January.

The Ceremony featured presentations by senior management of the three schools within the College of Health Sciences which are responsible for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.

Mr Msizwa Mkhwanazi, Director of proceedings and Students Services Officer within the Medical Student Representative Council (MSRC), said: ‘This medical campus has produced prestigious alumni such as the current National Minister of Health, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, the MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal and the Vice-Chancellor of UKZN. We hope that the Class of 2017 will produce the same.’

President of the MSRC, Mr Tamuhla Gilbert had wise words for the class: ‘Beware of Umbilo Road due to the heavy traffic, strangers that you will meet in hospitals and in the city, HIV, alcohol and anything that looks suspicious.’

The students also heard a presentation by Professor Richard Hift, Dean of the School of Clinical Medicine, who told the class that if their foundation was weak their output would suffer. ‘The harder you work, the more you learn and the more you learn, the more expert you become.’

Professor William Daniels, Dean of the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, advised students to ‘make the right choices and behave appropriately so you may all be successful graduates’.

The class were also fortunate to have a presentation by internationally renowned scientist and recipient of many esteemed awards, Associate Director of CAPRISA, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim. Karim encouraged the class to consider a career in research. ‘Research is about appreciating knowledge but more importantly it’s about generating new knowledge that advances a community, country and the global arena. Research is important for the transformation of societies.

‘Research is not something you can enter
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