This Is What Our Healthcare System Smells Like: My Experience As a Volunteer at the PGH Emergency Room

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.

UP MSS Holds Alumni Career Talk

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.

Red Alert: A Disaster Preparedness Seminar Returns

by Iris Ditan, Class 2021

Last October 8, 10, and 11, 2016, the UP Medical Students’ Society held Red Alert: A Disaster Preparedness Seminar, hosted at several venues within Calderon Hall. On its second year, the seminar lasted three days, featuring key speakers from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, and lectures and activities which aimed to disseminate relevant information on risk reduction, prevention, and response in the event of a disaster, and share with UP students real-life experiences in disaster situations.

A Photo of Med-school Life by the UPCM Collective

by Louie Dy, Class 2021

While the UPCM community has many different organizations towards community-oriented medicine directed to the underserved – consisting of medical missions, seminars, immersions and the like, a bunch of friends who are passionate about photography and the visual arts emerged as an incipient organization that will soon fill an important niche.

Meet the UPCM Collective, founded by Toby Paulino (Class 2019), Alyssa Pejana (Class 2019), Mandy Esquivel (Class 2019), Arden Quiambao (Class 2019), and Markyn Kho (Class 2020). Currently, aside from the founders, there are about fifty members in the group. Consisting of people with different skill sets and skill levels, from various Learning Units of the College of Medicine (as well as a few residents of PGH), the UPCM Collective’s members are interested in different aesthetics and genres, but at the heart of the formation of this group, founder Mandy Esquivel says, is the passion they want to share with others.

Tuesday Conference: Bioethics Symposium on Futility Decision-Making and End-of-Life Care

by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021

The Bioethics Symposium, entitled “Ethics of Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment in a Child”, was held at the Buenafe Hall last October 25, 2016. Organized by the Department of Physiology, the event was hosted by Dr. Dolores Bonzon, professor of Physiology and Pediatrics. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Chair of the Department of Physiology.

Dr. Marc Andrew Perez, fellow from the Section of Pediatric Nephrology, presented the clinical case protocol of a child in end-stage renal disease, as well as the psychosocial makeup of the child and his family. He then presented the points for discussion, which centered on the ramifications of whether to continue medical care or resort to palliative end-of-life care. He also commented on the implications of futility judgment in facilities with meager resources and large volumes of patients such as the Philippine General Hospital.