Meharry CEO in Botswana for milestone

Friday, August 28, 2009 at 12:10am
Staff Reports

Meharry Medical College President and CEO, Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MBA, MACP, was in Africa Friday to deliver the Convocation keynote address to the inaugural class of medical students attending the University of Botswana (UB).

This class of 36 students officially will embark on their medical education journey after receiving their white coats and reciting the Oath of Hippocrates.

“This is a significant milestone in the long journey toward attaining a doctor of medicine. Having the opportunity to represent Meharry Medical College during this momentous occasion is both an honor and a privilege,” said Riley. “Our missions are aligned as both UB and Meharry strive to meet the health care needs of the underserved and underrepresented.”

The Convocation and White Coat Ceremony is an international practice geared to familiarize the medical students with fundamentals and ethics of the medical profession.  This first class is expected to complete their medical degree program and graduate in 2014.

Professor Major Bradshaw is the interim founding dean of the UB School of Medicine and directed the Oath of Hippocrates.

Prior to the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, members of the School of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences will participate in a workshop on the importance of research in medical education led by Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., Dr. Riley’s wife, first lady of Meharry Medical College and associate professor of Medical Education and Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Meharry is the nation’s largest private, independent, historically black academic health center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals.