Muslim Canadian Student at MSIH takes Physician’s Oath

“When I spoke to my same patients as a researcher instead of a physician, I quickly learned that no matter how well intentioned we are, we do not always intend to say what our patients and their families hear. These patients and families shared that the more they get to see our humanity, the stronger their connection and the quality of their healthcare experience.”

These profound words were spoken by MSIH 2007 alumnus, Dr. Javeed Sukhera, guest speaker at the Physician’s Oath Ceremony for the class of 2021. Dr. Sukhera, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at Western University, Ontario, Canada, explained how the best-intentioned physicians may have prejudices and preconceptions that can affect their patients – and can lead to feelings of emptiness and pointlessness for the physician him/herself.