Savoring the sense of fulfillment with pride for having been successfully passed the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination, the new physicians took the Hippocratic Oath during the MHAM-led Oath Taking Ceremonies of the New Physicians at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Lahug, Cebu City last May 10, 2018 in the evening.
A total of one hundred thirty-six new physicians from fourteen medical schools in the country took part of the most-awaited event among Filipino doctors given by the Professional Regulation Commission Regional Office (PRC VII) through the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine.
The MHAM school chorale known as the MHARMONY graced the night event in their soulful voices as they led the invocation, national anthem and intermission number.
This year, the new physicians from Our Lady of Fatima University, Davao Medical School Foundation, University of Saint Lasalle, University of Perpetual Help Las Piñas Dalta System, Silliman University Medical School, Mindanao State University, Central Philippine University, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical School, Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine, Cebu Institute of Medicine, SWU Phinma School of Medicine, University of the Visayas Gullas College of Medicine, Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine and MHAM College of Medicine took the center stage as they solemnly pledged to consecrate their lives to the service of humanity.
Gracing this year’s oath taking rites include the current Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine Chairman, Dr. Eleanor Galvez; Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine Member, Dr. Maria Graciela Gonzaga; University of the Visayas Gullas College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Niño Ismael Pastor; Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Enrico Gruet; MHAM COLLEGE INC. VP for Academics, Dr. Arlene Diaz; MHAM College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto; and PRC VII Representative, Ms. Ruth Tantan.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto expressed a laudatory statement to the inductees, parents, relatives and guests for their presence during the momentous event. “We are here tonight for the oath taking ceremony of our new physicians. It is just but fitting to make this occasion memorable because today marks another chapter in the phase of your career as licensed medical practitioners”, stated the dean.
Newly-appointed VP for Academics for the incoming MHAM COLLEGE INC., Dr. Arlene Diaz, gave the introduction of the keynote speaker during the memorable event among new doctors.
An alumna of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila for her preparatory and Doctor of Medicine degrees, Dr. Eleonor Galvez continued her scholarly pursuit medical career with Master of Arts in Demography and Master of Science in Public Health Major in Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines. Over a decade of practice of the medical profession and administrative positions that were entrusted to her, Dr. Galvez enjoyed and learned the most from being a director of the Center of University Extension Service which made her a strong advocate of lifelong learning.
In her keynote speech, the Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine expressed her fascination and admiration as the inductees were in best-tailored attire suited for the occasion.
“Today marks the milestone for the one thousand sixty-seven new doctors who passed the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination. Indeed, this moment is a crowning one of the successful examinees and their significant others. As a way of introduction to this oath taking, let us first take time to thank and honor the parents and guardians of these successful examinees who have seen these new doctors in their decades of preparation to become the physicians that you and your parents dreamt you to be”, Dr. Galvez said.
This year’s most distinguished guest of honor also presented a few slides as part of her presentation and from the last five years data showed that only 40% of the overall PRC-regulated professions out of forty-three degrees have passed. In addition, the performance of the Doctor of Medicine graduates for the past five years has the average passing rate of 74.4%. In April 2018, there were about a total of one hundred forty thousand four hundred thirty medical professionals, however, only 50% are active by which two thirds become general practitioners and one third for specialization.
Having been challenged to assess their chances of being employed or to set up individual and independent practices, Dr. Galvez made a quick survey as she asked the new physicians of their preferred career pathway may it be in the academe, research, residency training, private practice, go abroad and take the USMLE.
Since majority of the new passers raised their hands and preferred to enter into residency training, the keynote speaker gave some pieces of advice to the new physicians. “Presently we are reviewing the Resolution 25 which is the Recognition of Society Specialty Boards and Certification of Specialists, these are some of the things that you want to bring home with you. Enter an accredited training program, finish the training if you started it and pursue to become a diplomate and fellow”, said the Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine.
The awarding of plaque of appreciation to the keynote speaker was facilitated by Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto and Dr. Enrico Gruet.
Administered by the Board of Medicine headed by its Chair, Dr. Eleanor J. Galvez with Dr. Eleanor B. Almoro, Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, Dr. Miguel L. Noche Jr., Dr. Ma. Graciela Garayblas-Gonzaga and Dr. Clarita C. Maaño as members, 1,067 (66.65%) successfully passed the examinations out of 1,601 examinees nationwide who took the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination.
Out of one hundred twenty-four MHAM passers, seventy-three inductees were present during the MHAM-led oath taking ceremonies.
Meanwhile two of this year’s top performers in the Physician Licensure Examination who graduated from Cebu City-based medical schools were duly acknowledged in a recognition ceremony facilitated by Dr. Eleonor Galvez and Dr. Maria Graciela Gonzaga of the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine.
Escorted by his parents and respective dean, this year’s 8th placer, Dr. Ommar T. Pacalundo of Cebu Doctors’ University received a certificate of distinction and a medal for his exemplary performance in the most recent PLE.
2nd placer and MHAM pride, Dr. Jay R. Orehuela who has been recently honored by the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), was also awarded with a medal, plaque and certificate of distinction. Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto, who also witnessed the recognition given to the Philippines’ top performers at the PICC, accompanied once again the MHAM topnotcher during the awarding ceremony.
Inducting officers Dr. Eleonor Galvez while Dr. Ma. Graciela Gonzaga of the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine officiated the much-awaited Oath of the Physician and the Hippocratic Oath.
In behalf of the new physicians’ response, Dr. Jay Orehuela wowed the audience as he gave a non-conventional speech as he pointed out and congratulated his fellow inductees for belonging to a profession whose primary tenet is the understanding of human life. “Being a non-conventional speaker that I am, I will therefore speak from my mind that intangible counterpart of the most intricate anatomical structure of the human body. My humble aim for tonight is to inspire or at least to influence your minds to believing the principles that resonate with my own life princicples. As I’ve said, every speaking engagement is an opportunity to be in a position of influence, therefore, allow me to fulfill that motive”, said the MHAM topnotcher.
Meanwhile the University of the Visayas Gullas College of Medicine College Dean, Dr. Niño Ismael Pastor, gave the closing remarks with a reminder to the new physicians that it is empathy and the ability to feel what the patients are feeling can make a successful practitioner.
He also added that in generating empathy, the new physicians need to be guided by the oath they have taken and to put it into their mind, heart and soul.
Hosted by MHAM Chief of Clinics, Dr. Axel Elises and Department of Internal Medicine faculty, Dr. Virgette Gay Diomampo, the MHAM Upbeat dance group also added color and grace with their nifty moves during the memorable night among the country’s new life savers.
Having been sworn the Hippocratic Oath in the presence of their respective families, benefactors and friends, the new physicians, including MHAM alumnus, Dr. Jay-Conrad G. Labay, could not contain his delight as he finally took the sacred oath after the grueling and sleep-deprived years being a medical student.
“Now that I have taken the oath it could be a challenge for me to do good and to help other people with my first advocacy which is to spread about health”, said the new Matias doctor.
A registered nurse by profession who had been working for three years before he took up Medicine, Dr. Labay was then the class president during his ‘med days’ in MHAM. In due time, he will take another step forward towards another goal to pursue on the opening of the Residency Program for Pediatrics.
A dynamic student-leader from batch SOLARIUM, Dr. Jay, as he is fondly called, took a DOH-program during his Post Graduate Internship in Manila. “I am encouraging the students especially the interns to go for a DOH or a PGH program and to take a challenge one step further”, he added.
Challenged to embark into a much-fulfilling journey with their perpetual duties as licensed physicians, the distribution of Professional Identification Cards by each medical school followed right after the 4-hour night event.
Beaming with pride and honor for the overwhelming moment and for reaping the harvest rooted from passion and hard work to become what they want to be, today, the new physicians along with their lifetime commitment to maintain the utmost respect for human life are now ready to take up the next challenge to fulfill the Hippocratic Oath with conscience and dignity and above all, as God’s instruments of healing. (Ana Liza Abao)