An event was held by the University of Kyrenia Faculty of Medicine, at Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu Republic Hall on the occasion of the 14 March Doctors’ Day.
The ceremony was attended by University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Rüveyde Bundak, Secretary General, chief physician, department heads, physicians, academicians and students.
Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu: “Medicine has been the most respected profession throughout history”
At the beginning of the ceremony Prof. Dr. Rüveyde Bundak made the opening speech and then University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu started his speech by wishing a Happy Doctors’ Day to all physicians, healthcare professionals and future healthcare professionals.
Prof. Dr. Salihoğlu in his speech reminded the lines of the famous poet Nazım Hikmet, emphasizing that physicians sometimes perform their duty for people they do not know, by risking their lives.
Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu said that almost everyone has observed this fact after the pandemic, and reminded that some physicians and health workers who served their patients and humanity during this period have lost their lives, and stated that they commemorate them with respect.
Addressing young medical students during his speech, University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu stressed that the medicine has been considered as the most respected profession throughout history, which is a fact that no one can change.
Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu concluded his words with Nazım Hikmet’s lines “We will see good days, sunny days”.
Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener: “Being a medical student requires hard work and constantly self-improvement”
At the 14 March Medicine Day event organized by the University of Kyrenia Faculty of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener took the floor to make her presentation on the meaning and importance of the day.
In her speech titled “Being a Medical Student”, Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener said that this meaningful day symbolizes hard work, effort, success and pride.
Referring to the history of Medicine Day celebrated on March 14 in Turkey, Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener reminded that although its history dates back to 1874, this special day has been annually celebrated since 1919 with the movement that started under the leadership of medical students.
Reminding that in view of this fact, University of Kyrenia Faculty of Medicine has celebrated the Medicine Day online during the pandemic period, Prof. Dr. Gidener in her speech, especially focused on how a good physician should be and the students future profession.
Stating that knowledge is one of the personal characteristics that physicians should have, Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener also underlined also different subjects such as constantly adjusting to changes, communication skills, medicine in the future world conditions, teaching responsibility, personalized medicine, the key drivers of change in medicine and changing paradigms.
Saying that being a medical student requires hard work and constantly self-improvement, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Kyrenia Prof. Dr. Sedef Gidener, on the other hand, underlined that necessary measure should be taken to prevent both violence against healthcare workers and the brain drain that has been increased recently.
Prof. Gidener concluded her speech by referring to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s words to students who went to study abroad in the first years of the Republic of Turkey, “I am sending you out as sparks, you will return as torches “: “You came here as a spark and you will return back as a torch. ”
After the speeches, the 14 March Medicine Day event ended with a group photo shoot and a cocktail.