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«I gave the Oath of Hippocrates and the Gods heard me» – Russian Medical School graduates in Kos

“I gave the Oath of Hippocrates and the Gods heard me! This was a unique lifetime experience…”, sincere words from Katerina Ternechkaya, one of the 80 graduates from Rostov Medical University, who fulfilled a lifetime dream; they took the Hippocratic Oath in Kos.

“I swear by Apollo the Physician and Asclepius and Hygeia and Panaceia and all the gods, all the goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath…” echoed the Oath of Hippocrates in Asclipeion, Kos.

“The Oath of Hippocrates, a sacred text for the Russians, expresses, in an astounding manner, the ethos of classic Medical Science, but also ancient Greek thought”, proudly states the Dean of Rostov Medical University, distinguished Doctor and Professor, Alexei Savisko, to ANAMPA. Wearing a toga and a laurel wreath, he recited the Hippocratic Oath in Russian, followed by the future Doctors in the sacred Asclepeion premises.

The delegation’s arrival in Kos, was made possible, thanks to the Greek member of the Russian Duma, Ivan Savvidis, organized in consultation with the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Giorgos Nikitiadis. In 2010 the Medical University of Rostov, celebrated its 80 year anniversary and on the occasion of the celebration, Savvidis Foundation awarded the graduates and their professors, offering them the coveted journey.

“I am a citizen of another country, but my heart is here and I am ready to do whatever I can, as a politician and as a businessman to help Greece. Don’t forget our great Ancient Mentors, such as Hippocrates, who said; As long as I preserve my life and art pure and dignified – everything will go well!”, states Ivan Savvidis to ANAMPA, while he committed to establish the Oath ceremony for Russian Medical School graduates in Kos, stating that “Russia must stand by Greeks in these difficult times and there are many ways of cooperation…”.

The representation of the Hippocratic Oath, in Greek and Russian, was held in Asclipeion, in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Giorgos Nikitiadis. Addressing the young Russian doctors, he also expressed his wish “to turn the event into an institution, with participations from other Universities and become a “dream” for every Medical School student to swear in Hippocrates’ homeland and the Asclipeion, the oldest medical school”.

Mr. Nikitiadis also noted that, such events highlight our wealth historical tradition, unique monuments and natural environment, beneficial to Greek tourism and an asset amid the competitive international environment.

The oath was also taken by distinguished Russian doctors who travelled with Rostov graduates to Kos. Academic, Ivan Katerinichi, Professor Cardiologist, stated to ANAMPA;

“As a cardiologist, I know how to “set off” a stopping heart…

Despite serving medicine for over 30 years, I feel the awe, here in Kos, homeland of Hippocrates. This is very important for every doctor”.

“The Hippocratic Oath is a code, empowering us to pursue our work, addressing any of possible difficulties everyday”, states Yuri Petrov, Dean of the Department of Gynecology and distinguished member of Rostov medical community.

“Hippocrates taught us that we must first see the man, and then the illness. It is important to preserve this grand goal and always act as real healers”, states Olga Romanova, evidently moved, who took the Oath again.

“We should draw inspiration, ponder our future and sacrifices we must do, serving as doctors”, states young doctor Gregory Ostapenko. “I chose psychiatry and I declare myself as an admirer of Hippocrates. He was the first psychiatrist, because he taught his students to heal the patient and not the illness”.

“Our profession deals with many secrets and emotions. The belief alone, that we have a mission on a daily basis – helping the fellow human – keeps us going. This is what Hippocrates taught us”, states Helena Ivanova.

A warm welcome was provided to the Russian visitors by local authorities. According to Deputy Mayor of Culture and Tourism, Giannis Belalis, it was the first time a mass swearing in ceremony was held in the island, a fact that can contribute to the development of “Hippocratic tourism”.

The visit in Kos included a one day excursion to Nisyros, where locals, along with Mayor Nikos Karaconstantinou, “embraced” the delegation, also comprised of Russian journalists who covered the event.

“Greece is a country that every Russian dreams of. I am preparing a great report and I hope it will be yet another beautiful story, attracting more tourists in your country”, states journalist Svetlana Sarakovskai, from “Argumenti i Fakti” newspaper.

Source: ANAMPA

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