UL Graduates 38 Doctors, Retires 9 Employees

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Thirty-eight new physicians have been trained by the University of Liberia (UL).
They are the single largest post war graduate class in the history of the medical school.
The 38 new doctors were all schooled at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the UL. They were part of the 95th Commencement Convocation held recently at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
At the same college, 29 candidates graduated from the School of Pharmacy, while 35 others graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.
Prior to the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 18, the 38 newly trained medical practitioners took the Hippocratic Oath (pledge to medical ethics) and were also honored for their academic achievements. The well-attended oath and honoring ceremony was also typified by the conferring of special distinctions and recognition of those candidates/graduates who performed exceptionally during their days in class.
In his keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Band for Development and Investment (LBDI), John B. Davis, described the graduation of the doctors as the celebration of monumental achievement. “This,” he said, “signifies the highlighting of a small step in reducing the doctor-patient ratio, which stands at one doctor to more than 125,000 patients.
Mr. Davis also administered the Hippocratic Oath of medical ethics to the graduates as they pledged to uphold the tenet of their chosen profession.
According to the young banker, “There is a lot  more that needs to be done, and many additional graduating classes far larger than this one would be required before the country can get anywhere in reducing this very dangerous ratio.”
“Your oath writes a new chapter in your professional lives and ensures that you sign a new contract with society. I trust that you will rise to this challenge and discharge the herculean tasks that will accompany the challenge. I trust that you will take the high road to nobility with professionalism,” Mr. Davis urged the graduates.
He observed that the country was already plagued with many problems, and as such, the new doctors should see themselves as a small piece of the solution to a better health delivery system.
He then acknowledged that the medical field, like any other profession, comes with its own ups and downs its celebrations of success and joy, and its moments of despair and apparent hopelessness.
According to him, unlike other developed countries, in Liberia, the medical profession is not an avenue to riches; it is one of the ultimate calls to service.
“We perfectly understand the expectations following years of hard study, but here is the irony in our country, sometimes the pay you take home cannot meet all your expectations.”
Mr. Davis also called on the authorities to do more to advance the cause of a healthy nation, saying that nothing should stop Liberia from attaining the enviable position of being one of West Africa’s referral destinations for superlative medical treatment.       
Meanwhile, UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, has announced the retirement of nine personnel from their “long service” at the institution. Five of those retired were from the College of Agriculture, inluding field workers, a laboratory assistant, and an administrative assistant. They included Moses Borbor, Esther Kpan, Sarah Morris, Philip Bean, and Matthew Kamara.
Others were former Associate Professor, Tabeh L. Freeman of the Medical College; Charles Blyeah the Janitor of Plant Operations; James Peter the Plumber of Plant Operations; and Joseph R. Davis the Director of UL Services. Each of them had served the institution between the period of 25 and 42 years.


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