‘Quality Must Remain Benchmark of Your Output’

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Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has urged medical practitioners of the Liberia Post Graduate Medical Council (LPGMC) of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) that they should do all to maintain quality as the benchmark of their outputs.

The VP spoke Friday, June 27, when he served as the inducting officer for the Executive Board and Foundation Fellows of the LPGMC of the LCPS.

The VP said he was urging them to uphold quality in their profession all the more such a great necessity especially considering the critical importance and life-saving nature of their professional calling.

“This is why on occasions of this brand—swearing in vital leadership organs of professional entities of this high standing—I pivot essentially one and the same mantra.  I implore them to truly pursue their defined mission of correctly nudging the entity on its plotted course forward.  I know enough to recognize that you are governed by an oath that is ever greater—the Hippocratic Oath.”

The Liberian Vice President further told them that with the existence of the graduate medical education program, theirs “is the call to steer it on the solid goal-getting course–a trajectory that pivots the yielding of quality products that Liberia can be proud of. The fact is that, in your vocation, multitudes of credential-toting characters less endowed qualitatively pose a serious dilemma for any nation.”

“The least we can expect, therefore, is that you will wield existing best practices in the drive to enrich your cohorts with the most impactful course content. This should find justification in the enhancement of our medical care delivery regimen. I sure can trust you on this.”

The Vice President emphasized to the board members that they should firstly convince themselves that they are indeed strengthening the College.

“The sharpness of the leadership acumen of every board is in even greater demand when we take into account the pervasive scarcity of resources, which sadly is the order of the day. I hence always warn that boards never to shirk in their oversight responsibility to ensure that the emphasis is on quality as much as it is grounded in parsimony.”

“You, the Board members and Foundation Fellows, carry the prime responsibility of fashioning result-oriented programmatic systems—systems that will ensure that specialists you produce here are so imbued that they know no fears confronting any professional challenge anywhere,” he told them. 

Speaking earlier, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Bernice Dahn, said the coming into being of the post graduate medical program was a dream come true for Liberia’s frail health sector, which was badly hit during the country’s civil crisis.

Also speaking, Dr. Roseda E. Marshall, president of LCPS, believed that this is the time and season to begin the training of medical specialists for the country.

Dr. Marshall, a Pediatrician, disclosed that the country does not have pathologists, anesthesiologists, hematologists and other specialists so the training of these specialists in the post-graduate program was paramount.

Those inducted by Vice President Joseph Boakai included Dr. Marshall, Dr. Robert M. Kpoto, Dr. Benjimin Harris, Dr. Rose Jallah Macauley and Dr. Stephen Kennedy.

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