Muscat: A career in medicine is a profession of humanity, students who recently graduated from the Oman Medical College, stressed.
“I will become one of the means of God’s mercy to human beings. That is the most important reason of choosing this (Medicine) as a career,” Maria Mohammed Al Bandari told the Times of Oman on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony held on Sunday at the Inter Continental Muscat Hotel.
“As for becoming a doctor, you have to treat everyone with equality, give the same treatment to your friends and opponents, relieving the pain from the sorrows, and most importantly dedicating our lives to people,” she noted.
Speaking about the scope of the medical profession Maria said, “I would put it at the top of the list in terms of importance as it is an essential profession in any society and no society can rise without healthcare and its professions.”
“I believe that we (Oman) have a very good health system that is available free of cost to all Omani citizens and that itself is raising our rate,” she added.
The Oman Medical College organised the graduation of 116 medical, pharmacy and health science students, under the patronage of Sayyid Bader bin Hamed Al Busaidi, secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The graduates comprised the 8th batch of 65 medical students, 7th batch of four health science and 47 students in BPharm.
According to Ahmed Mohammed Khalaf Al Saidi, a graduate in pharmacy, the pharmacy profession has a promising future in Oman and it will evolve continuously. “The presence of the pharmacist in every health institution is essential and cannot be ignored,” Al Saidi said.
“The need for a pharmacist has become vital, and this is a dynamic field with new medical drugs being discovered every day,” Tharaya Hamed Saif Al Kharusi, another graduate in pharmacy told the Times of Oman.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean of health sciences and the Dean West Virginia University.
Also present were the His Highness Sayyid Mohammed bin Salim Bin Ali Al Said, chief of protocol department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the members of the board of directors, along with the special guests, and the parents and relatives of students.
The Oman Medical College was set up in 2001 in partnership with the West Virginia University of Medicine specifically to educate young Omanis who will serve the needs of the Sultanate.