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Penn State President Eric Barron, Keynote Speaker Dr. Valerie Williams and Interim Dean Dr. Kevin Black shared words of wisdom with the graduates, as did each class’s student speaker.
One copy of the printed program was mailed to every graduate. Additional copies are available to those who are interested. Please fill out this form for additional copies.
I have entered the serious pursuit of new knowledge as a member of the community of graduate students at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. I will strive to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism and scholarship.
I will uphold academic and scientific honesty.
I will conduct and apply research objectively, using my knowledge responsibly.
I will not allow financial gain, competition, or personal ambition to cloud my judgment in the conduct of ethical research, and the advancement of public health.
I will share knowledge and resources resulting from my research and experiences, within the limits of the law.
I will contribute to the public understanding of the scientific process and the impact of my results and interventions.
I will minimize the adverse effects of my scientific pursuits on society and the natural world.
I will build a strong foundation of knowledge.
I will recognize the limits of my knowledge, and will pursue life-long learning.
I will fulfill my responsibility to mentor and instruct the next generation of scientific professionals.
By all that I hold highest, I promise my patients competence, integrity, candor, personal commitment to their best interest, compassion, and absolute discretion, and confidentiality within the law.
I shall do by my patients as I would be done by; shall obtain consultation whenever I or they desire; shall include them to the extent they wish in all important decisions; and shall minimize suffering whenever a cure cannot be obtained, understanding that a dignified death is an important goal in everyone’s life.
I shall try to establish a friendly relationship with my patients and shall accept each one in a nonjudgmental manner, appreciating the validity and worth of different value systems and according to each person a full measure of human dignity.
I shall charge only for my professional services and shall not profit financially in any other way as a result of the advice and care I render my patients.
I shall provide advice and encouragement for my patients in their efforts to sustain their own health.
I shall work with my profession to improve the quality of medical care and to improve the public health, but I shall not let any lesser public or professional consideration interfere with my primary commitment to provide the best and most appropriate care available to each of my patients.
To the extent that I live by these precepts, I shall be a worthy physician.
I pledge to perform the following duties with honesty and dedication:
These duties are pledged with sincerity and upon my honor.