As we reflect upon our initiation into medicine during a pivotal chapter of racial and social justice amidst a pandemic, we, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Medical School Class of 2024, pledge this oath to ourselves, patients, colleagues, and community:
I pledge that my patient will always be my foremost consideration. With a compassionate touch and an empathetic ear, I will provide comfort, strive to heal, preserve dignity, and promote wellbeing. I pledge to uphold the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship through honesty, integrity, and humility – holding sacred the stories of my patients and their loved ones, respecting their autonomy, and serving as their advocate.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not.” I devote myself to the continual pursuit and implementation of new knowledge in my practice of medicine. I vow to actively care for my well-being such that I may best provide care for others. I pledge to reflect upon my thoughts and actions as a professional to maintain the utmost ethical and professional standards.
I will challenge my implicit biases and disavow discrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, disease, disability, political affiliation, creed, nationality, sexual orientation, and any other factors. I will recognize the importance of diverse perspectives and interprofessional expertise while approaching conflicting ideals with compassion and respect.
Our commitment to our patients must extend beyond the exam room; I pledge an honest engagement with the legacy of medicine, by fully understanding it has both brought tremendous social good and inflicted violence on generations of marginalized individuals and communities.
As a class we pledge to align ourselves within our communities by making our education expansive and inclusive, building alliances, and advocating for the underserved. We will leverage our position of power and privilege as physicians to dismantle oppressive systems and policies, recognizing that harmful structures and social conditions are inseparable from our patients’ health.
We acknowledge that equitable medicine requires the presence of representation from diverse communities and recognize that there are many people who should be joining us here but are not. We pledge to reduce these barriers of entry for future physicians.
Recognizing that we, as physicians, have a unique potential to bring change, our final commitment to ourselves, our patients, colleagues, and communities is that we will continuously push the boundaries of medicine and challenge the status quo.
May we, as a class, remain steadfast in upholding the values we pledge within this oath. It is only through our collective effort that we can make our oath a reality.