A Young Doctor’s Oath

What a whirlwind-week. From the Oath Taking Ceremony to Graduation to packing up all my belongings and trekking 1000km to my old-new home. It felt so wonderful, being inducted as part of the medical profession. And the graduation cloak helped too – I felt like someone at Hogwarts and it was really fun!

Oath-taking was really special to me, so I made this soundbite. I had the desire to thank a whole lot of people and to impress how many people contributed to my success*, and this was the closest I could get – I should probably add TO ALL MY BLOG READERS WHO HAVE KEPT ME SANE!

What a journey these six years have been. Here’s to a new era.

* Most of this came to me during a rest station in the OBGYN final exam… the Muse never promised to be considerate!

P.S: speaking of saying thank you… check this guy who thanked his parents at his grad recently – it’s so sweet!


  1. I helped put a girl through College (Business School) and she was in her teens or early twenties. Anyhow, you got shoes and a Cellphone and thanked me. She is in the Philippines. She became one of the top students finishing 1st in her class. Our lives are sometimes not what we hoped or expected for, but like you the work was worth it.

    I am proud of you because you push forward to a better thing and hopefully patients lives won’t burn you out. It must be hard to be caring and trying to set those feelings aside. Keep up the great wok, I am pulling for you.


    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you so much for your great encouragement 🙂

  2. Very lovely woman too. I will keep in touch here and again thanks for being kind of to blog and to consider what I say to be important.

  3. Megz, Thank you for recording this and letting me hear your voice again. This brought tears to my eyes. Tears of pride in you, tears of longing, wishing I could just hug you. Tears knowing you already ARE all the things you promised. I have no fear that you will slide backward. This ‘good’ thing: it’s in you. With love and fierce pride, Jackie

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you for being AMAZING, Jackie. You always have the kindest words of encouragement. I miss you and can’t wait to see you again!


    Wishing you only the Best ! But what about the Blog ? And where will you be domicile?

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you! I will still be blogging and I will still be in South Africa 🙂

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Congratulations!! Best wishes to you in the next phase of your journey!

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you so much, Carrie!

  6. Peace says:

    Oh dear, there was a longing sensation that won’t leave me today. It hit me later, it was your blogs I was missing. You are such a sweet person Megz. I’m glad I came through your blog. Words can do you justice. You make me strive to become a better medical student and doctor. Good luck with your future career.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you so much! You are so kind, I am lucky to have a reader like you! Keep on keeping on 🙂

  7. Baie geluk Ek spog sommer met jou hier by die aftreeoord. Geniet die ruskansie en ek sien uit na volgende jaar se interessante blogs.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Vreeslik baie dankie!

  8. Hi
    love this and congratulation.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you very much!

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you so much, Tiffany!

  9. Congratulations and best wishes as you embark on your career! 🙂

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you, Lianne!

  10. koharjones says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful oath. To the students whose passionate ideals inspire me to maintain my own–thank you.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      You are too kind – thank you!

  11. Nancy Ackelson says:

    That was lovely Mariechen! I wish you much satisfaction and a nice long run in your profession, congratulations!!!!!


    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy!

  12. harveylisam says:

    Ummmm so I’m in love with your accent. 😛

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