The oath ceremony marks an important time for those entering the field of healthcare during which graduates acknowledge their role in the welfare of their patients and communities.
At the successful conclusion of a course of study, the University certifies students by awarding academic degrees. In addition, it is a tradition in many healthcare fields to also administer an oath. The medical oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Written in antiquity, its principles are held sacred by healthcare providers of all kinds to this day: to treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, and to teach the principles of good health care to the next generation of practitioners.
Nearly 100% of U.S. medical schools require graduating practitioners to swear such an oath. These oaths serve to both bring cohesiveness to healthcare traditions through the years and to help guide new practitioners learning to navigate the ethical principles of health care in the realities of a changing healthcare landscape and a world that has witnessed huge scientific, economic, political, and social changes.
Candidates who are participating in oath ceremonies will receive invitations via email from their program.