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See your Professional Calling as a Call to Duty, Ogunbodede Admonishes New Doctors and Dentists
See your Professional Calling as a Call to Duty, Ogunbodede Admonishes New Doctors and Dentists

The new medical and dental graduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have been charged not to see their professional calling as an opportunity for personal aggrandizement, but rather as a call to duty in the service of God and mankind.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede gave this admonition while speaking at the professional induction ceremony for seventy four (74) medical doctors and thirteen (13) dentists of College of Health Sciences, noting that the inductees are taking their oath at a crucial time in the nation’s history, with challenges in virtually every sector: economy, health, education, to cite but a few.

The Vice-Chancellor who continued that the inductees are being accorded official recognition to practice at a time of great potential and hope on the one hand, and of scarceresources to get the job done on the other, adding that the ceremony is indicative of the “birth” of a new generation of young professionals, the picture of tomorrow and the future, that the founding fathers of OAU and the Medical College dreamt of.

“Young people who will uphold their professional oaths, serve our people and nation with commitment and purpose, and pursue, a life of excellence and impact”, he said.

While assuring all stakeholders in the University of the commitment of his administration to the duty of creating an impeccable teaching-learning organization and sustaining an academic environment where innovation is cherished and promoted, and excellence is celebrated, Professor Ogunbodede stressed that the university is aware of the many challenges that are confronting the College of Health Sciences, in terms of equipment for teaching and research infrastructure.

He therefore appealed passionately to all alumni and parents to join hands with the College and the University to confront these challenges.

The Provost, College of Health Sciences, Professor Kayode Ijaduola used the occasion to express his appreciation and that of the College to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede for the goodwill and support the college has continued to enjoy even in the face of resource constraints, even as he also thanked the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Professor Victor Adetiloye for the partnerships and collaborations as worthy professionals.

Professor Ijaduola however appealed to the inductees to always keep in touch with their alma mater and endeavour to contribute their quota to its development, charging them to rise up to be counted among the dutiful and committed alumni.

The CMD of OAUTHC, Professor Victor Adetiloye, who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Professor Kayode Olabanji, stated that placement for housemanship has become an issue of great concern to all stakeholders, submitting that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health is planning to re-organize internship in order to ameliorate problems with placement of fresh graduates of the various medical schools in the country.

He announced that the Management of OAUTHC has increased the number of graduates offered automatic internship appointment to top ten (10) for dentists and top twenty (20) for medical doctors since last year.

Professor Olabanji promised that the OAUTHC will always continue to do its best and remain a good partner in progress with the College of Health Sciences and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in training of doctors and other health professionals.