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.

#InforMedics Pre-Conference Blog: Social Media Guidelines for Medical Schools

by Amiel Villanueva, Class 2017; Benjo Kho, Class 2020

With social media taking a more dominant role in many aspects of our society and culture, online medical professionalism is placed on the spotlight. The medical community's image is now on display all over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. It’s a new age for medicine as health professionals and patients connect and interact online. And so there are arguments that the principles observed by health professionals of preserving the relationship, confidentiality, privacy and respect for patients and other persons should also apply online (Farnan et al, 2013).

Lakbayanis at US Embassy Incident Share Their Story


by Anna Cruz, Class 2020; Benjo Kho, Class 2020; Nefren Lobitana, Class 2020; Diego Mina, Class 2021

Noong Oktubre 19, 2016, nag-rally ang pambansang minorya at mga nagpoprotesta sa US Embassy, at ilan sa mga tao roon ay sinagasaan ng Manila Police District (MPD). Ikinagagalit ito ng napakamarami sa social media nang pinakita ang video ng pangyayari. Nakapanayam namin ang mga ilan sa mga napahamak sa rally, at ilan sa mga saksi sa pangyayari ay sina Reinaldo Moldon, Valeria Catubigan, Lee Daniel Suelan, at Pholyn Balahadia.

Si Reinaldo Moldon ay isang lalaki na taga-Mindoro Oriental. Ginarote siya ng apat na pulis sa rally noong Oktubre 19.

Si Valeria Catubigan ay isang sisenta’t uno (61 taong gulang) na babae at isa sa mga sinagasaan ng pulis. Lumakbay siya mula sa Surigao del Norte upang maglaban.

Si Lee Daniel Suelan ay isang LU3 na estudyante sa UP Kolehiyo ng Medisina, Class 2021. Isa siya sa mga nasagasaan ng pulis. Ang kaniyang kaliwang binti ay nabangga ng humaharurot na police-mobile, at tumilapon siya sa gilid. Nagkaroon siya ng sugat sa tuhod at sa paa.

Si Pholyn Balahadia ay ang USC Chairperson ng UP Manila sa School Year 2016-2017, at kasama sa mga nagrally noong Oktubre 19. Nasa ospital siya noong dinala 'yung mga nasugatan sa ER, at nakita niya ang nangyari sa PGH habang ginagamot sila.