In her modest way of celebrating the success of the one hundred twenty-four (124) passers in the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination, the MHAM successor-educator honored the new Matias doctors in a testimonial luncheon held at AVRs 3, 4 and 5 last May 11, 2018.
Delighted by the noteworthy achievement that they have bequeath to the Alma Mater, the President and Chairman of the Board, Mrs. Elma Aznar-Sierra, personally conveyed her laudatory greetings to some of the new physicians who took the MHAM-led Hippocratic Oath given by the Professional Regulation Commission Regional Office (PRC VII) through the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine a night prior to the testimonial luncheon.
“I can’t express of how grateful I am today in this testimonial luncheon in honor of our new doctors who passed the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination. MHAM is so proud of your achievements especially Dr. Jay Orehuela for garnering the second place. The four straight years, we are on top. Truly MHAM has changed the image of the medical history of Cebu, Visayas and Mindanao especially the MHAM history and you are part of that”, said the MHAM successor in her speech.
The youngest daughter of the founder also extended her sincere gratitude to the people behind the achievement of the new physicians; the vice presidents, the dean, associate deans, department chairs, faculty members and the support staff.
Moreover, the successor-educator expressed her gratefulness to the new physicians for the donation they have shared to the Alma Mater. “Thank you for the prestige you gave to MHAM. Most of all, thank you for your batch SOLARIUM for donating classroom chairs to our new building, our permanent home. Rest assured that MHAM will take care for these chairs for the benefit of those who will avail our education, the MHAM way”, she concluded.
Having been inspired to preserve the legacy of her father and transformed it into a globally service-oriented educational institution, the MHAM successor in her unrelenting vigor, stands still in the midst of challenging times since MHAM has separated from Southwestern University. Rebuilt itself into supreme conviction to academic excellence by producing topnotchers for four years in a row, Mrs. Sierra continuously supported the school’s community projects to continue her beloved father’s mission in shaping the future of the young generation who desires to become mavens of the field.
In her welcome address, College Dean Dr. Ma. Socorro Manaloto expressed her delight to see her former students who are now licensed physicians. “Congratulations and welcome to this simple celebration because we are happy that you made it. Last night I think you were not able to dine well because of your very elaborate attire and the board examiners were really happy to see you in wonderful suits”, said the College Dean.
The new physicians were among the 1,601 examinees nationwide who took the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination which was administered at the PRC testing centers in Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga last March 4-5 and 11-12, this year.
This year, 1,067 (66.65%) passed the examination and are now embarking into another step and career path in the residency training, research, academe, and private practices.
Out of 124 successful examinees in the recent board exam, only twenty-seven new Matias doctors were able to attend due to scheduling conflicts and anticipated appointments.
Newly-appointed Vice President for Academics for the MHAM COLLEGE INC., Dr. Arlene Diaz, also expressed her personal sentiments for the success of her former students who are now full-pledged doctors. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank this batch. I remembered very well that this batch was the one exposed to the historical split and I would like to thank you for believing in us that you came with us because without you there will be no MHAM”, Dr. Diaz said.
The VP for Academics also extended her gratitude to Dr. Jay Labay and to Dr. Jay Orehuela for staying with MHAM amidst the chaotic circumstances. The former was then the college governor during the historical split in 2014 while the latter was one of the scholars under the founder’s grant. “Thank you Jay Labay for rallying behind MHAM and because of that the other students also went with you. Thank you very much for your leadership. Thank you also Jay Orehuela for staying with us. Actually it is all in God’s control. We have some problems along the way, we were confused, we do not know what to do but God is with us. If God is with us, who can be against us and always bear that in mind”, Dr. Diaz added.
Among the new physicians from Batch SOLARIUM who graced the President’s invitation were Dr. Mary Ann G. Abella, Dr. John Jette M. Amante, Dr. Stella A. Apa, Dr. Manuel J. Arendain III, Dr. Donna A. Borres, Dr. Hazel Anne V. Buctuanon, Dr. Sheila Mhel M. Calinga, Dr. Lica Jamane L. Carabaña, Dr. Rose Marie A. Clerino, Dr. Ayesa M. Cobarde, Dr. James A. Dela Cruz, Dr. Sadamitsu Eramis, Dr. Joyce Ann T. Francisco, Dr. Addin D. Gedaro, Dr. Jay-Conrad G. Labay, Dr. Arthur Dale Y. Laguerta, Dr. Philipp Vincent B. Lim, Dr. Nicol Alexis D. Machacon, Dr. Simon Peter P. Mollaneda, Dr. Edelle Marc D. Paculba, Dr. Jannevee E. Pajantoy, Dr. Jo-Ann V. Santillan, Dr. Kier M. Tamparong, Dr. Roderick G. Tantan, Dr. Ma. Cristina T. Vallejos and Dr. Richel Vida G. Villarubia.
March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination 2nd placer, Dr. Jay R. Orehuela, also graced the luncheon gathering with his inspiring speech where spontaneity, eloquence and excellence glowed once again.
“For those who were present during the oath taking last night I guess you heard my speech and I’ve mentioned four points and I promised thirty-three so this is the continuation”, said the top 2 whose introduction drew laughter from the audience.
The consistent achiever added that coming back to his Alma Mater was like coming home to a family. “I feel happy to be back here in MHAM and now that I am no longer in the med school I have realized that MHAM is like a family. When I was a student I had many rants to be honest but at the end of the day there’s no perfect family. Just like any time of the day you come home to it and that’s what I feel right now by coming home to a family. I am happy to be with my mentors and my fellow physicians. I think it’s time that we take pride in being doctors and in being products of our Alma Mater. Let’s be proud and we can all be great if we want to. Let us all arrive at a level of maturity. Once again I thank this institution for giving me free education and I will never be tired of repeating these words, thank you MHAM. To the Aznar-Sierra family, thank you for the free medical education you don’t get to have that opportunity always”, Dr. Orehuela said in his privilege speech.
Meanwhile Dr. James A. Dela Cruz, who was the Vice President of batch SOLARIUM, led the ceremonial donation of chairs for the soon-to-be-opened MHAM new building in Banawa.
A delightful lunch offered by the MHAM successor made the event more memorable with the new physicians’ new medical milestone as they solemnly pledged to consecrate their lives to the service of humanity.
The luncheon gathering was also attended by some of the departmental heads, faculty members, administrative personnel and non-teaching employees.
Hosted by HR Director Mr. Pedro U. Pañares, the testimonial luncheon ended with a take home message and gratitude from the MHAM President to the new physicians in their achievement with her supplication that God will continue to shower blessings to MHAM as a family, as a community.
Challenged to perform and serve for perpetual duties as licensed physicians, the new doctors who were recognized one by one during the short program will take another step forward for the Residency Program in due time.
Moving forward as one community with its new lifetime brand to produce competent, compassionate and committed physicians and young professionals, the MHAM College of Medicine is ever more bound to its lifetime commitment to produce competent doctors and to maintain the utmost respect for human life with the MHAM mavens of the field here and abroad. (Ana Liza Abao)