In recognition of their completion of the Basic Sciences, twenty-six students participated in Trinity School of Medicine’s Fifth Term Student Clinician Ceremony on Tuesday, August, 19th at the school.
In the midst of mixed emotions, students gathered in their white coats, animatedly exchanging sentiments, minds set on the event taking place. After welcoming remarks from student Christina Kim, Fifth Term Student Speaker, Leighton Elliot stood at the lectern and gave a speech which further intensified the emotions of his classmates and others present.
Elliot began by saying that, regardless of where they came from and where they would be going, Trinity had given each one of them a special chance. He was adamant that although they will separate as they move on to the next phase in their careers, the experiences that Trinity afforded them had created an inseparable bond.
“We will continue on this journey as one. We will continue to stay shoulder to shoulder as we have done in these lecture halls, although we will be scattered in different states,” he said.
Informing his colleagues that “tonight is about celebrating our class”, Elliot went on to call each by name and to highlight each one’s special attributes that had contributed to that individual’s success and that of the group. It was at this point that the emotions went to their peak. Everyone cheered, laughed, cajoled, and gave special commendations. Elliot thanked Faculty and Staff, reminding them that, “We started this journey as strangers but we will continue as friends!”
Keynote Speaker at the Ceremony, Dr. Bernadette Scott, Clinical Tutor, addressed the gathering. She began by telling the students that she remembered herself at that same point in her career. She said that she had been a student in the Caribbean when Hurricane Ivan had struck. She recounted some of her experiences stating that at one point she had to hold the hands of others in the same storm in order to make it through.
“You may not have gone through that, but you would have gone through your metaphorical hurricane,” she told them. “You could claim your own hurricane. You have held hands through the gusty winds at Trinity and have made it.”
Dr. Scott expressed that that class in particular had given her a very unique experience, and concluded by quoting Edgar Albert Guest’s poem, ‘Equipment’, which began with the encouragement, “Figure it out for yourself, my lad, You've all that the greatest of men have had” and ended with the profound words, “With your equipment they all began. Get hold of yourself, and say: ‘I can’."
Students were presented with their Professionalism Pins by Dr. Frances Jack, Associate Dean of Students and Dr. Conrad Nedd, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Preceptor. Student, Janelle Hadley then solemnly said the words of the Gold Foundation Humanism Oath.
Student Government Association President, Zach Curtis, presented the following awards:
- Most outstanding 5th Termers - Leighton Elliot and Pedro Ramirez
- Best Pre-Med Faculty - Dr. Bernadette Scott
- Best Term 1 and 2 Faculty -
Dr. Nagadharshan Devendra
- Best Term 3 and 4 Faculty -
Dr. Dragan Jovanovic
- Best Term 5 Faculty - Dr.Gilles Lauzon
- Best Supportive Staff -
Dr. Andreas Reymann, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Evaluations, and Professor of Pharmacology, presented the awards from the Faculty.
- Best Results in Basic Sciences - Amy Yu
- Best Results in the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) examination - Josee Proulx
- Future Physician Award - Brian Folan
- White Coat Award - Christina Kim
We wish our students the very best as they transition to the second half of the MD program and prepare to tackle the major milestone of the USMLE Step 1 Exam.