U of Pittsburgh med students pen own oath; covers COVID-19, eliminating biases

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The oath for the class of 2024 discusses COVID-19, healthcare disparities and racial injustice.

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Members of the class of 2024 at the medical school wrote the oath, and trainees recited it throughout orientation occasions for the fall semester, in addition to a standard version of the Hippocratic oath, the university said.

University officials said each inbound class of medical school trainees from now on will have the opportunity to write its own oath during orientation week

” As the going into class of 2020, we begin our medical journey in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and a national civil rights movement renewed by the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. We honor the 700,000+ lives lost to COVID-19, in spite of the sacrifices of health care workers,” begins the oath, which trainees spent 80 hours writing while dealing with consultants and student affairs leadership.

A brand-new oath recited by first-year medical trainees at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine addresses racial oppression and misinformation, according to NPR.

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The oath likewise asks physicians to “promote diversity in both medication and society and promote an inclusive environment by respecting the viewpoints of others and relentlessly seeking to identify and eliminate my individual biases.” In addition, the oath asks doctors to combat misinformation and inform themselves on social determinants of health.

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Tito Onyekweli, a first-year medical student, said in a press release that the oath-writing committee believes the new oath “acknowledges the context of U.S. history and medication, and uses it to explain our existing state.”.

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