The Student’s Pledge – an oath of initiation for modern times

Olinda Timms, Mario Vaz

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.057


The taking of oaths by medical students at graduation or other times during training have become common practice globally, particularly in the last century. While some use the modern versions of the Hippocratic Oath, other colleges encourage students to frame their own. Inspired by the Oath of Initiation of Caraka, a student oath at the start of medical education, when idealism is high, can be formative as it introduces the values of the profession. The proposed student pledge could find a place in the foundation course and white coat ceremony of the new MBBS curriculum. Keywords: student’s pledge, initiation ceremony, orientation, medical curriculum, fraternity.

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