Photos used with permission from the MPAS Office.
Orientation Week concluded with the Inaugural Exercises. The Class of 2019 was the first in the University of Manitoba's PA program's history to be inaugurated in the Stethoscope Ceremony format. The Stethoscope Ceremony has grown in popularity among medical schools and PA schools recently. The Program Director cites preference of the Stethoscope Ceremony over the White Coat Ceremony as the stethoscope better represents the relationship between the medical practitioner and the patient. The stethoscope is only useful when there is communication between the medical practitioner and the patient, where the medical practitioner must first and foremost listen to the patient.
Faculty members, representatives from both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and the Canadian Physician Assistant Association, media representatives as well as family members, partners, and friends of the incoming PA students were present at the ceremony. Special speakers gave insight and advice to both the incoming students and their loved ones about the PA school journey. Each student was presented one by one with their biography. The students read the Hippocratic Oath, then received their stethoscope as well as inspirational books on medicine from Faculty members.
This ceremony was a great way for all of the students, family and friends, and faculty to meet each other. It is a great way to formally welcome the students into the PA program and future profession along with all of its values. It also importantly sets the tone for PA school as the students will need to put in lots of study time while managing a lot of stress, and will require a lot of understanding and support from their loved ones.