A rite of passage. The symbol of a profession.
Washington University welcomes the MD Class of 2017.
Written by the incoming class of 2013; pledged August 16, 2013.
With this oath, I commit myself to the responsibilities of a physician in training and to the obligations of the medical profession.
I pledge that the health of the patient will always be my foremost consideration. I am grateful to the patients from whom I will learn. I will endeavor to be worthy of their trust through competence, compassion, and honest communication. I will honor the patients’ unique identities and circumstances. I will safeguard their confidences, respect their autonomy, and serve as their advocate. I will educate and empower them as guardians of their own well-being.
As a representative of the medical profession I will strive to earn the trust of the community, and work to increase the accessibility and quality of health care for all.
In the pursuit of excellence I dedicate myself to a lifetime of learning, teaching, and advancing the art and science of medicine. I will approach my medical education with integrity and humility, and foster a collaborative environment respectful of my colleagues in the healthcare community.
I pledge to care for my well-being so that I may most effectively care for my patients. I will act within my capabilities, recognize my limitations, and work to achieve my potential as a physician.
May I hold fast to the enthusiasm and idealism with which I take this pledge.
This oath I make freely and upon my honor.
- MD Class of 2017