by Mark Teo, Class 2023
Last Friday, February 3, 2017, members of the Medicine Student Council (MSC) and representatives from the different Learning Units of the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) convened at Paz Mendoza Room 104 for the Social Media Guidelines Workshop in order to discuss a rather controversial topic: the Social Media Guidelines.
The Social Media Guidelines, the first of its kind among all medicine schools in the Philippines, was designed to regulate the social media activity of those affiliated with UPCM and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Key points include the sections pertaining to patient privacy and commenting negatively on UPCM and PGH issues. The guidelines, which have been undergoing heated discussion, is fervently being pushed by the administration to be passed as policy, due to several past occurrences where some say that social media was used inappropriately. Gathering data from their fellow students, the MSC and the representatives discussed future actions towards the social media guidelines.
by Diego Mina, UPCM 2021
On the 12th of November 2016, the RiseUP for Climate Justice Summit was held in the ER Complex Conference Room 218 of the Philippine General Hospital. The participants were members of councils, organizations, fraternities, and sororities that are part of the to-be-established Science and Environment Assembly of Leaders (SEAL).
The first half of the program was a forum on current environmental issues for which Anna Sasil, the chair of Agham Youth UPM, acted as master of ceremonies. The second half was a campaign consolidation, which was presided over by Miguel Aljibe (Class 2020), the University Student Council (USC) councilor for Science and Environment and the convener of SEAL, where it would be formally established and promulgated.
by Leander Quilang, Class 2020
Defending champions UP MedRhythmics, the UP College of Medicine’s premier dance troupe, participated in this year’s MedGroove MedRhythmia, at the Aliw Theater last Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Themed “Mulat”, this year’s MGMR focused on songs that talked about national issues, tackling problems like women’s rights, police brutality, and the current war on drugs. The UP MedRhythmics’s performance was centered on issues regarding the country’s senior citizens. It was an emotional performance, encapsulating the struggles of being 60 years old and above in the Philippines.
by Nadine Uy, Class 2020
Last December 15-17, 2016, students from the University of the Philippine-Manila, College of Medicine participated in the 21st Biological Science Graduate Congress held in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ourlad Alzeus Tantengco and Markyn Jared Kho from Class 2020 won the first and second price, respectively, in oral presentation under the theme Applied Science and Biotechnology.
The Biological Science Graduate Congress is yearly organized by the University of Malaya (UM), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chulalongkorn University (CU) to serve as a platform for international graduate students to exchange their research findings, ideas and thoughts under the umbrella of Biological Sciences. Studies are showcased orally or by poster. The best presenter of their research per theme wins. Four themes were included this year: (1) Applied Science and Biotechnology, (2) Biochemistry and Physiology, (3) Biodiversity, Ecology and Systematics, and (4) Cell and Molecular Biology.
by Michelle Ann B. Eala, Class 2020
Mulat sa UP, sa UP muli – this was the theme of this year’s UP Medical Alumni Society (UPMAS) homecoming. Organized by the Silver Jubilarian Class of 1991, the homecoming was highly anticipated by UPCM alumni, celebrating and non-celebrating classes alike. From Class 1951 to Class 2016, all had come to join in the festivities. Being honored throughout the homecoming alongside the Silver Jubilarians was the Golden Jubilarian Class of 1966, for having reached a major milestone of 50 years after their graduation from medical school.
The UPMAS Parade was held on December 20, 2016, at the PGH grounds. It began with an early Thanksgiving Mass at the PGH Chapel, after which the attendees proceeded to the Nurses’ Home for breakfast and to elect the next set of UPMAS officers. After the welcoming messages of UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla (Class 1981) and PGH Director Gerardo Legaspi (Class 1987) and a performance by the UP MedChoir, the parade of the classes began.