Guyana’s Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings addresses Commencement Ceremony of the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT), Montserrat, in Miami, Florida

Ministry of Public Health, Georgetown, June 21, 2016 – In recognition of her sterling efforts in the field of public health in Guyana, the executive board along with the graduation committee of the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT), of Montserrat, invited Guyana’s Honorable Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings to deliver the commencement address for its Class of 2016.
Minister Cummings outlined her own journey as a medical professional in the medical profession underscoring that her desire to be a medical doctor sprang from her deep love for assisting humanity. She also pointed out that driven by the ability to offer live changing solutions to patients as well as being able to witness the positive changes in patients as a result of her medical interventions provide great satisfaction. “The prospect of establishing incredible physician-patient relationships through rapport, physical examination, treatment, and education, motivates me every day to continue in this most noble profession.  That I can produce life changing and life saving effects, directly impacting, not only the lives of my patients, but also of their families, their communities and the country as a whole, inspire me, and strengthen my belief and hence I resolve to continue practicing medicine,” Minister Cummings stated.
The students were urged to take their Hippocratic Oath very seriously. “Today you take the Hippocratic Oath. It is the most important pledge you will take in your life. Honor it. Live it. Let the patient be the center of your existence as doctors,” Minister Cummings said.
“I urge you to firmly ground yourself in your passion and never permit distractions to sway you from your commitment to your patients. Those who suffer, need you to be so much more than just a physician in a white coat. Patients need a physician who, not only offers great knowledge and skill in the advances of medical science and technology, but also your humanity, your genuine care, and your concern for each and every person, whether patient or family member, colleague or administrator,” Minister Cummings emphasized.
Minister Cummings highlighted that: “Professionalism, high ethical standards, and compassion, should forever remain the driving forces propelling you forward in your journey as competent medical practitioners regardless of the specialty areas you will eventually choose.”
She encouraged the granduands to “Always strive to convert the science and the art of being an exemplary doctor into a life changing legacy for generations to come.”
The University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT), of Montserrat is an offshore private medical school located near Olveston, Montserrat. It was established and licensed in September 2003 by the Government of Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, and is now the fastest growing School in CARICOM.
Minister Cummings’ trip was funded by the USAT.

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