Graduates, you are indeed making history today. Not only because you are the first medical graduates to have your degrees conferred virtually
but also because no cohort of students in peacetime will ever had to have completed their training under the circumstances we now find ourselves.
You’re about to embark on your careers as doctors in the most challenging of times for our wonderful National Health Service. Go well graduates,
you are our greatest achievement.
Mr Vice Chancellor I present to you the MBBS class of 2020 to be admitted to the award of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in the School of Medical Education.
This is your commitment to a code of good medical practice as medical graduates of Newcastle University, and now as members of the medical profession.
This oath declares:
I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of humanity. The health and well-being of my patient will be my first consideration. I will respect the autonomy and dignity of my patient.
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient.
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died. I will practise my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice I will foster the honourable and noble traditions of the medical profession.
I will give to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due. I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of
the patient and the advancement of healthcare I will attend to my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honour.