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Physician's Oath

The administration of the Hippocratic Oath or Physician's Oath at graduation time has become a tradition in the western medical world and recognizes our debt to our ancestors for pointing the way to ethical and moral behavior in the midst of the multitude of scientific activities of the medical profession.  The Oath is thought to have originated in the fourth century BC and has come down to us in several translations.  Today's version, the so-called Geneva version of the World Medical Association, has been altered to bring its words and ideas into consonance with today's trends and to free it from unnecessarily irritating or inciting phraseology. 

Based on input from recent students and approval of the Medical School Executive Committee in the spring of 2000, an additional alteration was made in the oath taken by students at the School’s Hooding Ceremony.  It serves to remind us once again of the high standards of performance and behavior to which each of you aspires and with which each of you is challenged as you receive your degree and enter upon your professional career as a physician.


AT THE time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession,

I SOLEMNLY pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

I WILL give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;

I WILL practice my profession with conscience and dignity;

THE HEALTH of my patient will be my first consideration;

I WILL respect the secrets, which are confided in me;

I WILL maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;

MY COLLEAGUES will be my sisters and brothers;

I WILL respect and value the lives of all persons;

I WILL not discriminate against any person in medical decisions;

I WILL maintain the utmost respect for human life; even under threat, I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

I MAKE these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.



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