442 graduates of the Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University – Sofia took the Hippocratic Oath and received their diplomas at a solemn ceremony in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture on January 23, 2020. The Bulgarian graduates were 237 and the foreigners – 205 from 25 countries. ” In a solemn day like today you should never forget the efforts of your parents and relatives, who have sacrificed their time and money to support you in this professional path you have chosen. Together with them your teachers feel satisfaction as a result of the successfully completed achievements, said in his academic speech the Rector of Medical University-Sofia Prof. Dr. Victor Zlatkov and added – Let us never forget, that the meaning of our profession is:
Salus aegroti suprema lex “Welfare of the patient is the most important law! ”
Traditionally in this ceremony the recent graduates leave their strong message to the first grade students – those, who are now beginning their training. This is the “torch of humanity”. This year the torch was received by the first year student Nikolay Grigorov.
With their diploma in hand, the graduates take the difficult path of the art of medicine. From today on they become your doctors – the smart, the intelligent, the ambitious and the educated ones. Cherish them – they are the worthy practitioners of Bulgaria, said the presenter of the ceremony and invited Deputy Dean Prof. Silvi Georgiev to read the Hippocratic oath. Then the graduates repeated the sacred words.
Six were the excelled graduates of 2019. By decision of the Academic Council of the university they were awarded with the “Golden Hippocrates” and a cash prize of 2,800 levs from the legacy of our sponsor, Dr. Andrey Georgiev from the United States. These were Dr. George Galev, Dr. Gabriella Belahsen, Dr. Victor Konstantinov, Dr. Antonia Topalova, Dr. Dimitrina Petkova and Dr. Alexandra Kyuchukova. The prizes were handed over by the Rector of Medical University-Sofia Prof. Dr. Victor Zlatkov.
The special prize for entrepreneurship and innovation went to the young physician Dr. Vanyo Vezirov, which was handed over to him by H.E. Ms Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bulgaria.
All the best in your future endeavors, dear graduates!