We, the students of the University of Minnesota Medical School, a state funded institution located on Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-ah-nah-bay) and Dakota land, recognize the privilege that this white coat represents and hereby swear to uphold the following oath as a community of physicians.
As public servants and neighbors, we promise to hold ourselves accountable to the values of our diverse communities. I pledge to facilitate trust within my community. I will empower my patients and amplify their voices. I will strive to set an example for practicing and prioritizing mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
Leading with empathy and warmth is crucial for providing holistic, adaptive, and patient-centered care. I will serve each patient with cultural humility while communicating with them in an accessible manner. I will recognize that where I may have limitations, others have strengths. I pledge to utilize my interprofessional team to make informed decisions. As a life-long learner, I will remain curious. I vow to dedicate myself to the advancement of evidence-informed care. I vow to approach the craft of healing my patients as a science and an art. I promise to treat the patient and not just the disease.
I recognize that racism and discrimination have pervasive effects in healthcare today. Traumatic events involving police brutality, COVID-19, and climate change have illuminated the many inequalities that remain. I am cognizant of my privilege and social responsibility. I pledge to recognize and disrupt oppressive systems that allow the continuous social reproduction of disparities in marginalized communities. I pledge to be actively anti-racist. I pledge to be a mentor who fosters future generations that challenge inequitable and systemic biases.
We acknowledge that the empathy, integrity, and dedication required to be a physician are not sustainable without care for oneself. When morally fatigued we will provide space for our mental health and that of our colleagues. We will foster an environment where all feel supported.
We will devote ourselves to interprofessionalism, life-long learning, and service in our communities. We pledge to uphold and reflect upon this oath to be anti-racist, equitable, culturally humble, and empathetic physicians.