Newcastle University medical students graduate early with FlipGrid

Newcastle University medical students graduate early with FlipGrid
Virtual ceremony enables doctors to support NHS amid Covid-19 pandemic

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Over 200 junior doctors from Newcastle University have joined the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) following a virtual graduation ceremony conducted through Microsoft FlipGrid.

The medical students recorded and uploaded their Hippocratic Oaths to a custom FlipGrid created by the university, where the university’s leadership also shared speeches.  

“No cohort of medical students in peacetime have had to complete their training under the circumstances in which we find ourselves now,” said Chris Day, vice-chancellor and president of Newcastle University. “Our students are embarking on their careers as doctors amid an extraordinarily challenging time for our NHS and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.

“We understand how hard our students have worked over the last five years to graduate, and how disappointing it is for them not to have a ceremony, so we wanted to mark the occasion the best way we can virtually.”

The doctors graduated early following a request from Matt Hancock, the UK’s secretary of state for health and social care, for additional support in hospitals and GP practices.

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