IAU conducts its 20th white coat ceremony

The 20th batch of students join IAU

Online PR News – 21-May-2012 – Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia – Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia – The International American University College of Medicine conducted it 20th White Coat Ceremony here in Vieux Fort on May 11, 2012. In a glittering ceremony held at the Kimatrai Hotel, a new batch of 24 starry eyed medical hopefuls donned their white coat, marking the beginning of their arduous journey towards a career in medicine.
The event which was attended by the friends and family of the students along with the faculty and staff of IAU, was graced by Hon. Sen. Dr. Stephen King, who was the chief guest for the day. The event was also attended by Mr. Manmadhan Nair, the president of the International American University. Addressing the new students, Mr. King, through his lively and capturing speech, reiterated the importance of doctors as crucial decision makers in the world. He highlighted the significance of doctors presenting themselves as role models in the society and encouraged constructive thinking. Quoting his own life and experiences, Mr. King engaged and amused his audience whilst delivery a thought provoking message.
Before the students took the Hippocratic Oath, Dr. Thomas Heston, a professor at the University, enlightened them about the history and significance of the oath. This was followed by the remarks from the senior students on what to expect during their term at the University. The event saw a lot of interaction between the students and the professors as the new batch settled into their fresh roles. The event also witnessed the presentation of an award to Mr. Jeffrey Schacter, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) exams conducted in April 2012.
Yet another highlight of the event was the handing over of the donations made by the last batch of students who left the island to pursue their clinical training in the United States. Their contributions and donations were handed over to Mr. Rhon Stephens, who accepted it on behalf of the Vieuv Fort Lions Club. Mr. Stephens thanked IAU for its sustained support and hoped that this association would continue forever more.
The event concluded with a dinner and promise from the new batch to excel in their studies and to perform to the best of their abilities. As Mr. Nair mentioned in his address, the onus now rests with the students to utilize the faculty and the resources at IAU, to extract as much as their can from them and absorb it all like a sponge so that tomorrow, they can face the world armed with knowledge and confidence.
The International American University College of Medicine (IAUCOM) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Islands, in the southern district (Vieux Fort) of St. Lucia, West Indies (W.I.). The University is chartered and authorized by the Government of St Lucia to confer various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. We offer a state of the art curriculum in medical education, using the latest technology and teaching methods, based on the U.S model, delivered by a team of expert faculty. Through numerous collaborations with Health Care Organizations, Academic Medical Institutions, and other key stakeholders, we have played a major role in the development of the health and education infrastructure in St. Lucia and have provided training and education for hundreds of health care professionals and students around the world.