The Oath of the Class of 2019 HMS/HSDM students pledge a promise to patients May 30, 2019 Education Image: Steve Lipofsky Today, upon being admitted to the professions of medicine and dentistry, I pledge to honor to the best of my ability and judgement this oath. I make these promises to you, my patients. To uphold your dignity: I will listen with curiosity and without judgment, recognizing that behind every illness is a human story. I will respect your privacy and treat you with kindness, empathy and humility. I will empower you; I will give you voice and offer you choice. I will cure when possible, heal to the extent that I am capable and comfort you always. To offer my best self: I will remember that I am worthy of this profession and the privilege of caring for you. I will embrace my imperfections with compassion, viewing them not as failures but as opportunities for growth. I will practice and promote self-care, openly sharing my vulnerabilities to create safe spaces for healing. I will be courageous and willing to risk failure, admit error, and ask for forgiveness. To foster collaboration and mutuality: I will work with others on your team, united by the common goal of caring for you. I will recognize the expertise of your lived experience and share decisions in partnership with you. I will ask for help when I reach the boundaries of my abilities and offer help to those reaching theirs. I will cultivate a culture of resilience, advocating for structural changes to support my profession. To practice the highest quality of care: I will be a lifelong learner, recognizing that medicine is an ever-changing art and science. I will advance knowledge through scholarship and innovation, guided by integrity. I will celebrate the hard-earned progress made by those who came before me and share this learning with those who seek it. To care for all: I will embrace my citizenship in humanity and my obligation to act for the benefit of all human beings. I will challenge my biases, striving to provide care that is inclusive of all aspects of identity. I will combat structural oppression, promote social justice and model ethical action. I will leverage my position of privilege to confront health inequities and restructure systems that fail you. Today: I stand with my peers in solidarity, united by our professions and these promises. I celebrate where I have come from and look to the future with hope. With gratitude to all who have supported me, I take this oath freely, joyfully and upon my honor.