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MEDx 2017

By µΣΦ • 2 May 2017


MEDx 2017 seeks to inspire new doctors, forge unconventional paths in fulfilling RSOP by Franco Emil O. Macaspac, ΜΣΦ Batch 2017 'Where to next?' This is the question looming over the Interns of UPCM Class 2017 and their Post-Graduate (PGI) counterparts, as they near the end of the one-year Internship Program of the Philippine General Hospital. This end would mark the beginning of another challenge they must overcome as they approach the September medical boards season, and eventually arrive at being full-fledged, licensed physicians. ‘Where to next?’ This is the question that the speakers tried to answer during MEDx: The Medical Career Expo 2017 held last 2 May 2017 at the UPMASA-PGH Science Hall. Through their stories of passion and triumph, and sharing of insights and inspirations, the speakers revealed various occupational options available to the future doctors. The series of talks started with the segment on Research and the Academe. This was opened by Dr. Blessile Suzette Salvano-Mantaring, current Section Chief of Histology at the Department of Anatomy of UPCM, with her story of an unplanned but very fulfilling teaching career. This was followed by the giving of advice on health research in particular, and service to society and human development in general, by Prof. Nina Castillo-Carandang, resident Health Social Scientist and current Assistant Chairperson at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of UPCM. The second segment discussed Public Health and Health Innovations. Dr. Beverly Lorraine C. Ho, current Research Division Chief of the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau of the DOH, started the segment with an overview of the technical and practical aspects of her work experience in the field of health policy. Next was Dr. Maria Ellen Licup-Medina, Manager of the Community Health Partnership Program of the Zuellig Family Foundation, who shared her life story of searching for the right career path. Currently, she is in a community-oriented public health practice of bringing out solutions by targeting governance, one of the six building blocks of health. The discussion on public health as a career option was further enhanced as Dr. Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go injected his wisdom from his years of experience in the field, retelling stories and his learning from these. He encouraged the interns to have a good foundation of the clinical way of thinking – residency is a sure way to go. However, he also challenged them to look at the bigger picture and, maybe after residency for most, consider doing something beyond or along with clinical practice that would make an impact on health. Primary Care and Community Medicine was the focus of the third segment, and the presentations of the two speakers became a tandem talk to introduce the Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) Program of the DOH. Dr. Jana Deborah B. Mier, Municipal Health Officer of Quezon, Quezon, showed through a photo slideshow the technical aspect of her work under the program. This was complemented by Dr. Brent Andrew G. Viray, a former DTTB and MHO, who also closed the series as the last speaker, by sharing the frustrations and the fulfillment of being a doctor in the community and serving the Filipino people, at large. The varying interests and plans of the interns emerged as the open forum rolled out after each segment. Many of the inquiries sought to explore the practical aspect of going into such fields discussed, and each of the speakers responded with much eagerness as they shared their piece of advice. The open forum for each segment was a testament that there is a growing number of medical students who are considering these fields in health as direct career paths, and that those who came first are very much open and enthusiastic to take new people in. The context in which this event was organized and the rationale for the choice of topics and speakers were explained by Dr. Anthony GH. Cordero, Chairperson of the Return Service Obligation Program Committee of UPCM, before the segments started. Chancellor Carmencita David-Padilla, Dean Agnes Dominguez-Mejia, and Director Gerardo D. Legaspi gave their messages of support, hope and encouragement to the soon-to-be doctors. Dr. Alfredo Quintin Y. Pontejos, Jr., Chairperson of the LU7 & Internship Committee, shared with the excitement of the interns of anticipating the end of Internship and the difficult decisions that comes with it as he officially opened the program. Mr. John Jefferson V. Besa, President of UPCM Class 2017, in his closing and synthesis, remarked that hopefully, as the interns look into the future, they may be guided by the mission of medicine in service. MEDx: The Medical Career Expo 2017 is an event possible through the partnership among the UP College of Medicine Class 2017, the Return Service Obligation Program Committee of UPCM, and the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity & Sorority.