Dr Timothy Letsa, Volta Regional Director, Ghana Health Service, has called on medical students of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) to eschew all forms of medical negligence and professional misconduct.
“In your practice you must aim at improving health outcomes, minimizing complications and disabilities and above all saving”, he advised.
Dr Letsa who was speaking at the second white coat ceremony of UHAS following the successful transition of the students from pre-clinical training to the clinical sciences, said the profession was guided by a professional code of ethics and that students were expected to operate within the regulatory and policy frameworks of the facilities.
He advised them to always listen to their patients because quality of care was critical in service delivery and must be held in high esteem.
Professor Henry Tagbor, Dean of School of Medicine, UHAS, said the students were prepared to embark on their clinical after a successful pre-clinical training, mainly done in lecture halls and laboratories.
He advised the students to be academically and psychologically prepared and apply the knowledge acquired when dealing with patients.Prof. Tagbor asked them to work diligently and attend to patients irrespective of social standings.
Professor John Gyapong, Vice Chancellor, UHAS, called on parents and guardians to continue supporting their wards because the years ahead for their clinical training could be very challenging.