The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine and Marmara University Joint International Medicine Program has given its first graduates. A “Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for First Graduates” took place at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Center on Wednesday, the 20th of June 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
22 new doctors received their diplomas at the same night at the 2017-2018 Academic Year Spring Semester Graduation Ceremony. The “Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for First Graduates” commenced with the entrance of EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Hakan Gündüz and Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Ümit Şehirli, EMU Faculty of Medicine academic staff and the 22 graduates. After a moment of silence and the national anthem a Latin music recital was delivered by EMU Faculty of Education, Department of Fine Arts Education academic staff member Serkan Çankaya and his group.
Delivering the opening speech of the ceremony Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora stated that today is a very special day for them: “Today, we are proud to be making history by graduating our first students.” Indicating that the graduates have opened the doors of their new lives after years of hard work and struggle Prof. Dr. Gökçora relayed that their graduates come from five different nations.
Speaking after Prof. Dr. Gökçora, Prof. Dr. Hakan Gündüz stated that they are sharing the joy of EMU. Underlining that the 22 students are taking the first steps of their new lives, Prof. Dr. Gündüz also relayed information regarding Marmara University and Marmara University İstanbul Pendik Education and Research Hospital.
Next, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam took the stage. Highlighting that this is an important day for EMU, Prof. Dr. Osam stated that since the university’s foundation, the concept of health has reached an important position. Extending special thanks to Marmara University, Prof. Dr. Osam emphasized that the two universities have compatible philosophies and that the graduates will be starting their new lives as a result of the two institutions’ mutual commitment. Prof. Dr. Osam concluded by thanking everyone who contributed on the road to the organization after describing EMU’s fundamental academic mission as raising quality individuals that will come in contact with the world.
Dr. Besim: “Be Doctors that produce knowledge”
TRNC Minister of Health Dr. Filiz Besim stated that she is very happy and excited to be present at the organization marking this special occasion. Stating that EMU is very special for the TRNC, Dr. Besim noted that the university is very special for her also because she is familiar with its substantial development. Addressing the graduates by stating that they should be doctors that produce knowledge, Dr. Besim noted that production increases as the production potential is apprehended.
Telling the new doctors to love their profession Dr. Besim advised them to be investigative, interrogative and full of love towards patients.
In a speech of her own, 2017-2018 Top Ranking Student Dr. Çisem Çağdaşer stated that they are proud to be the first graduates of the EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine, noting that they are very happy to be reaping the rewards of their hard work. As the Top Ranking Student, Dr. Çağdaşer nailed her name on to the Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine Graduation Log with Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora.
Delivering a speech on behalf of international students, third ranking student Dr. Whitney Onuarah Adaeze stated that is was very exciting to meet people with different cultures. Indicating that their education was not easy Dr. Whitney highlighted that they never gave up and eventually reached their happy ending.
Following the opening speeches, the top five highest ranking students were presented their plaques and awards. After the final lesson presentation of Anatomy Professor and Marmara University Faculty of Medicine Vice-Dean Prof. Dr. Ümit Şehirli, the new doctors took their Hippocratic oaths accompanied by Prof. Dr. Gökçora. Caps were tossed in air with music. The ceremony came to an end with the cutting of a cake with the Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine logo and a cocktail.
22 Olive Trees Planted in the Faculty Yard
Meanwhile, within the scope of the “Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for First Graduates” 22 olive trees were planted in the Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine Yard on behalf of the graduates. The names of the graduates were tagged on the young trees.