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In July, the 2023 cohort at Queen Mary, Malta made the transition from being students to becoming qualified doctors. As they celebrated this significant achievement, students and staff took a moment to reflect on their learning experiences while studying medicine in Gozo—the triumphs and the challenges—and shared their thoughts on what lies ahead.
The ceremony commenced with an opening address by His Excellency Dr George Vella, the President of Malta. Vella is a doctor himself, graduating from the Royal University of Malta in 1964, and a fervent advocate for the medical field throughout his political journey.
“We are gathered in these historic and imposing surroundings to celebrate your success and achievements,” expressed President Dr George Vella of Malta. “This is the day you’ve been waiting for. You all commence here, proud of your achievements, with smiles and happiness, gazing steadfastly into the future.”
Medicine is profession for everyone
Professor Mark Caulfield, Vice Principal for Health and Director of the NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Centre, highlighted how Queen Mary’s multicultural setting positions students on the right track.
“Our sites host more than 170 nationalities, and we firmly believe that the collision of diverse cultures, ideas, and thought processes will shape better doctors. The graduating group today has a promising future. They are building upon a 900-year heritage, notably with St Bartholomew’s hospital and numerous distinguished predecessors. Undoubtedly, among them are our future global leaders in healthcare.”
Ehsan Gauher, the second student president of Queen Mary, Malta, shared inspiring words with his fellow graduates.
“As the president in 2019, I had the privilege of delivering a speech at the official opening of the medical school building. At that time, I asserted that the students from this medical school would go on to become exceptional doctors. I’d like to conclude by emphasising that point because I can now say with certainty that all those graduating today are destined to be exceptional doctors.
“Time will take this graduating class to various corners of the globe, including back to Malta. I, for one, am excited to witness the paths our medical degrees will take us, and I’m sure you all share this anticipation, for this degree is just the beginning for the class of 2023.”
“People that graduate today, they’ll become part of the care foul play for the greater good of humanity.”
Robert Sciberras, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean