The Oath

Here is the oath which my classmates and I swore on August 23, 2013 upon entering the field of medicine:

On my admission to the Practice of Medicine

I pledge to devote my life to the service of humanity.

The care of patients will be my first consideration.

I will strive to acquire and share new knowledge with my colleagues and my patients;

I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity, and to the best of my ability and judgement.

I will approach each patient with charity, attention, humility, and commitment;

I will hold all life dear, and let knowledge, wisdom, courage, and compassion guide my therapy;

I will use my medical knowledge and skills to promote human rights, social justice, and civil liberties.

I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, faith, ethnic origin, gender identity, nationality, race, sexual orientation, social standing or other forms of discrimination to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will respect the confidences with which I will be entrusted;

I will give gratitude and respect to those from whom I have learned my Science and my Art;

I will uphold the integrity of the medical profession;

I will cultivate peace in both personal conduct and political expression; I will not use my knowledge contrary to the spirit of this Affirmation.

I make these promises in witness of those who have stood here before me, and those who will come after.

Solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.

Based on the declaration of Geneva as modified by the graduating class of 1990 and revised 2008 | Stanford University School of Medicine

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