by Leander Quilang, Class 2020
When the Supreme Court approved of the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) raised its voices in protest. Being only one block away from the Supreme Court, members of UPCM joined the “Black Friday” anti-Marcos rally held on November 25, 2016, culminating in a mass demonstration in Luneta Park.
With the chant being “Marcos! Hitler! Diktador! Tuta!” and “Marcos! No Hero! No Glory! No Shame!”, the rally kicked off with a gathering at the lobby of the Rizal Hall of the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at around 1 PM. After an hour, it proceeded to go around the UP Manila campus, gathering strength as it went along the other colleges before ending in front of the UP Oblation on Taft Avenue.
by Regiel Christian Q. Mag-usara, Class 2020
A journey does not merely begin with a single idea. It starts with a collection of thoughts and dreams that build upon each other and assemble to become a single vision that seeks to be fulfilled. For the UP Medicine Choir, their vision was to be able to display their talents on a bigger international stage. For years now, the MedChoir has graced the stages here and abroad with their talent and passion, winning numerous accolades along the way. However, with their love for singing and desire for excellence, the choir naturally sought higher and newer horizons. This was the beginning of their uncharted journey towards their 2016 Europe Tour.
by Michelle Eala, Class 2020
Last November 15, 2016, the Department of Pathology and the Department of Medicine held a Clinico-Pathologic Conference (CPC) at the Buenafe Hall of the UP College of Medicine. In attendance were medical students, residents, Dr. Raquel Fortun, Chair of the Department of Pathology, and Dean Agnes Mejia. Presiding over the event was Dr. Manuel Jorge II, Chair of the Department of Medicine.
The case for this conference was a 22 year-old male who presented with abdominal pain. Dr. Mark Anthony De Lusong of the PGH Section of Gastroenterology served as the discussant, providing a very thorough analysis of the case.
Student representatives Tiffany Uy (LU IV), Leonard Javier (LU V), and John Jefferson Besa (LU VII) were also given the chance to share their thoughts on the case. Despite the lack of clinical experience, these medical students were able to present sound differential diagnoses that were in line with Dr. De Lusong’s analysis.
One of our professors once said, “The PGH ER is the collective smell of the Filipino nation.” This is something I can indeed vouch for after my experience volunteering at the PGH Emergency Room. But looking back, I think he meant more than just the literal smell of blood, sweat, and tears that plagues the PGH ER.
by Regiel Christian Mag-usara, Class 2020
On Monday, November 7, 2016, the UP Medical Students’ Society held an Alumni Career Talk for its members and applicants at the MSU 2/F. The event, organized by the Society’s Alumni Relations Committee, featured stories and insights from three alumni of UP MSS, namely Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr., Dr. Richard Nepomuceno, and Dr. Mark Onglao.