Celebrating the medical milestone that made every Matias rejoiced with pride and honor for having ranked third among top performing schools in the March 2019 Physician Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Medicine awarded MHAM for the exemplary feat during the oathtaking of new physicians held at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Roxas Boulevard, Manila last May 1, 2019.
Chaired by Dr. Eleanor B. Almoro, the members of the board of Medicine including Dr. Ma. Graciela Garayblas-Gonzaga, Dr. Clarita C. Maaño, Dr. Eleanor J. Galvez and Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando graced the much-awaited event among new doctors mostly from the National Capital Region. Philippines’ national scientist, Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo, was this year’s guest honor and speaker.
Graciously distinguished together with other top performing schools during the ceremony, Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto received the plaque of recognition for MHAM as this year’s 3rd top performing school for physicians in the Philippines with a passing percentage of 81.08%.
Forever grateful to the ‘Giver of Gifts’ and to particular individuals who accorded a huge part of their success and academic achievements as student-scholars, Dr. Daniel Panaglima and Dr. Jessa Elaine Fronda of batch ELIXIR once again made history as they reaped the harvest of their labor and persistence bringing with them the Matias branding of pass-it-on culture of excellence to continue the topnotchers’ feat in the Physician Licensure Examination for five consecutive years.
Beaming with high regard for producing one hundred twenty-two (122) successful examinees mostly from batch ELIXIR, Dr. Panaglima topped as this year’s third placer with 88.75 percent rating while Dr. Fronda clinched on the fifth place with a rating of 88.33 percent. Both of them were proud products of the MHAM Scholarship Committee who graduated in 2017 as cum laude. In addition, Dr. Fronda was also lauded in 2012 after she topped the Nursing Licensure Examination on the ninth place.
Known to be lifelong friends who both finished the same pre-med degree at the Manila Adventist College, the Matias topnotchers were both consistent achievers, registered nurses and devoted Seventh-day Adventism (SDA) believers from Occidental Mindoro. Together, they graced the ceremony and flanked with other topnotchers in the country as they took the oath of Professional and Hippocrates aside from being recognized as topnotchers.
Joined by his beloved mother and aunt, the Matias scholar-alumnus was deeply honored as he received the plaque of recognition and medal from the PRC board together with Dr. Manaloto.
A product of benevolence and humble beginnings who planned to go back to serve his beloved hometown in Lubang, Occidental Mindoro through the DOH’s Doctors to the Barrio Program, Dr. Panaglima will pursue Internal Medicine in the future with his dictum to forever remember God who causes him to prosper.
In an interview with the MHAM topnotcher during the oathtaking ceremonies of new physicians from fifteen medical institutions hosted by MHAM last May 5, 2019 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, he delightfully divulged that representing MHAM on the national scene together with Dr. Fronda was indeed an honor and a blessing.
“It was truly an honor especially that we can represent MHAM in that podium together with other topnotchers; a testament that MHAM is at par from other medical schools in the country. I felt blessed that the Lord has allowed me to be a vessel to tell other people that when we truly trust God, we can do mighty things more than we can ever imagine”, Dr. Panaglima said.
The 27-year old achiever further said that out of fourteen lauded examinees who garnered the ten highest places in the PLE this year, seven were Seventh Day Adventists where two of them are his close friends since they entered the portals in med school.
“I am happy that seven Adventists are in the top ten where the two of them are my closest friends since the last ten years of my medical journey. My family, who supported me throughout my journey in med school, is blissfully happy for me. I am more than grateful to MHAM especially to the Scholarship Committee chaired by Dr. Luditha Lumapat-Pe who constantly reminds us that excellence will follow if we pursue for greatness with humility. I am thankful to my mentors in MHAM who modeled me into that kind of person”, he concluded.
In his heartwarming response during the MHAM-led oathtaking rites in behalf of the two hundred twenty-eight (228) successful examinees who took the oath, Dr. Panaglima urged his fellow colleagues during his speech to give the warmest applause to their parents whose sacrifices can never be measured.
“When we look back and consider what we have been through; all the sleepless nights, the bucket of tears, sweat and blood, burning the midnight oil, and the years of studies, we can now sigh the sigh of relief that we have come to this glorious moment. However strong we are, as we might want to take because of what we have accomplished, the reality is that we can never make it through even the first day of med school without the help and support of other people. To all my colleagues, let us now consider the privilege that was given to us today to be called doctors. In our finite capacity, life will be entrusted in the hollows of our hands, that we have the front seat in seeing the beginning of life, from its first heart beat, to its very last, the closing of one’s eyes”, Dr. Panaglima said in his privilege speech.
Led by the chairman of the board of Medicine Dr. Eleonor B. Almoro who also gave the keynote address to the inductees, MHAM once again received the same recognition through the college registrar and chairperson of the scholarship committee, Dr. Luditha Lumapat-Pe.
Dr. Almoro was also joined by board of Medicine member, Dr. Maria Graciela E. Gonzaga during the recognition rite where the two MHAM topnotchers, Dr. Panaglima and Dr. Fronda, took the limelight in front of the attending inductees, family members, guests and friends.
In a separate interview with the overall chair of the MHAM-led oathtaking ceremonies, Dr. Marilou Viray, she expressed her redefining sentiments as she joined the same joy and gladness for what MHAM has achieved in the March 2019 licensure examination. A phenomenal milestone that every faculty member can instill a sense of pride, Dr. Viray cited that transformation and improvement happen if an organization strives for progress instead of perfection.
Designated as the chairperson of Obstetrics and Gynecology department last June, 2018, Dr. Viray always involved the OB faculty members every departmental meetings to evaluate the impact of their teaching and to reecho and engage them towards collective progress where the task of leadership sets the key to continuous improvement.
“MHAM has progressively been improving in producing quality graduates and counting. Am happy that I am part of what MHAM has become today and continuing to be at par with other schools in the country. We strive for progress, not perfection”, Dr. Viray said.
Known as silent but passionate faculty doctor since she started her teaching career in 2015, the 63-year old chairperson is also the current associate dean for Clinical Sciences in MHAM aside from being the clerk preceptor at Chong Hua Hospital. “What makes the school is the student, and it’s not the school who will make the student. It’s the student who will be giving a big name to the school regardless of its status, and it builds prosperity to the school”, added the MHAM OB chair.
While some students and even board examinees do seem to thrive on last-minute reading to approach an exam, Dr. Viray emphasized that aspiring doctors should value the significance of reading with time management and preparation from the very start of their medical journey.
“We have seen the changes that students are having a hard time to adapt. We give only the lectures of what is not in the book just to update and that’s the reason why they didn’t read the book. They are thinking that what we are lecturing are the only things that will come up in the exams. They have to read the book because they will always have the basis of what they do no matter what happened thus, they have to be textbook wise. During the practice, that is the time to learn on how to diversify with evidence-based lifelong learning”, she concluded.
Out of 1,579 examinees nationwide, 1,209 medical doctors passed the most recent exam administered in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga.
Hosted by MHAM for five years now, the new physicians from Silliman University Medical School, Cebu Doctors’ University, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation, Cebu Institute of Medicine, University of the Visayas Gullas College of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Davao Medical School Foundation Inc., SWU Phinma School of Medicine, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine, Mindanao State University-Marawi City, University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences in Leyte, Central Philippine University and Iloilo Doctors College of Medicine took their oath to preserve the finest tradition of their calling as instruments of healing.
Out of 228 fully-licensed medical doctors who pledged their commitments to uphold a number of professional ethical standards, 93 of them were MHAM doctors mostly from the class of 2017 who set the crosspiece higher this time.
Geared to improve the national passing percentage and mentoring programs in pursuit of keeping the legacy as a leading medical institution, the Matias roster of faculty moves forward and beyond through the cooperation of the entire MHAM community with the direction to form globally competitive and morally upright medical professionals by 2025. (Ana Liza Abao)