UST 2nd in med boards, 3 Thomasians in top 10

By Sherwin Dane Zauro C. Haro - The Varsitarian


THE UNIVERSITY ranked second among the top-performing schools in the September 2018 licensure examinations for physicians, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.


Ernest Matthew Paggabao led the newest batch of Thomasian physicians, grabbing the third spot with a score of 90.58 percent.


UST graduate Luisa Encarnacion secured the fifth spot with a score of 90.08 percent.


Thomasian Tristan Paolo Madrigal placed seventh after scoring 89.92 percent.


The University’s passing rate rose to 98.71 percent, or 459 out of 465 examinees, from last year’s 97.10 percent or 468 out of 482 examinees.


The Cebu Institute of Medicine was the top-performing school anew after registering a 99.3-percent passing rate, or 149 out of 150 examinees.


The national passing rate stood at 81.84 percent, or 3,717 out of 4,542 examinees, down from last year’s 82.19 percent or 3,340 out of 4,064 examinees.

Outstanding Thomasian doctors honored

By Marem A. de Jemel - The Varsitarian


UST PAID tribute to 147 exceptional graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery on Sept. 28 in line with the faculty’s celebration of its 150th year.


Dr. Ma. Lourdes Maglinao, Medicine dean, said Thomasian history rebuilds itself in every Thomasian doctor as they bring glory to the University’s legacy in medical practice.


“You are your alma mater’s contribution to the present-day history. You are itself, history, unfolding,” Maglinao said.


Doctors in research, medical society, education, public and private health, and government service were given recognition.


Dr. Consuelo Suarez, chief program officer of the UST Research Center for Health Sciences; Dr. Raymond Rosales, chief editor of UST Journal of Medicine and Dr. Sandra Teresa Navarra, a member of the editorial board of Lupus Science and Medicine, were honored for their significant contributions in the field of research.


Among the 27 recipients of the recognition in the medical society category were Dr. Ida Marie Lim and Dr. Roy Cuison, heads of the faculty’s department of clinical epidemiology and integrative medicine unit, respectively.


Chairmen of different departments of Medicine dominated the 31 awardees for excellence in the field of education.


Recognition for their contribution in the private health sector was bestowed upon 52 Thomasian doctors.


Doctors Edwin Rodriguez, Eliseo Banaynal, Jr., Godfrey Robeniol, Emmanuel Surposa and Noel Rosas were honored for their outstanding in medical practice.


In the public health sector, 21 Thomasian physicians were recognized, including Dr. Robert So, director of clinical services of the Ospital ng Makati; Dr. Ray Sarmiento, department chairman of surgery of the Rizal Medical Center; and Dr. Leilani Chavez-Coloma, chairwoman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.


Former senator Dr. Luisa Ejercito was also recognized, along with seven other Thomasian doctors for their exemplary government service.

The Department of Pharmacology of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery will hold its 11th biennial postgraduate course on October 19, 2018 (Friday) at the CME Auditorium. This time an ingenious topic which highlights the vulnerable population will be tackled.


 Pharmacology department chair Dr Leoncia N. Olonan and Course director Dr Flordeluna Z. Mesina and Dr Minerva Calimag are excited and boast of the high yield program they prepared. The high-caliber roster of speakers and panelists are composed of Dr Jody Dalmacion and Dr Dennis Flores who will talk on Pharmacology in Pregnancy and Lactation and Pharmacology in Pediatric patients, respectively. Dr Jean Uy-Ho will discuss pharmacology in malnourished and obese patients. The afternoon session is equally engaging. Dr Jude Guiang, Dr Clifton Pe and Dr Romell Romano are tasked to discuss pharmacology in critical patient with multi-organ failure. And to end the day, the geriatric patient and polypharmacy will be discussed by Dr Mark Henry Joven, Dr Inocencio Alejandro and Dr Josephine Lumitao.


 The department is inviting everyone! Let us enhance our knowledge on Pharmacology in special population! To register please email or call 02-406-1611 local 8290.


Department of Pharmacology 11th Post-graduate course Highlights the “Vulnerables”


UST-FMS goes for gold
in the 2018 Medicine Advocacy Week


by Frederick Michael R. Evidor

Secretary, UST Medicine Student Council


The UST Medicine Student Council (UST MSC), in cooperation with the UST Medicine administration and the different student organizations of the Faculty, spearheaded the Faculty’s annual Medicine Advocacy Week entitled “Oro Del Mundo” from February 19 to 23, 2018 at the St. Martin de Porres Building.


The week started off on a high note with a back-to-back championship by the UST Medicine Glee Club and the UST Terpsichorean Circle in the 2018 MedGroove MedRhythmia, an annual inter-medical school chorale and dance competition organized by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges - Student Network (APMC-SN) last February 18, 2018 at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University.


An opening ceremony was held at the Medicine Auditorium on the morning of February 19, 2018. The main beneficiary of the Medicine Advocacy Week, a nonprofit youth organization called Cancervants PH which served to bring hope and medical assistance to pediatric cancer patients, was introduced to the UST Med community by its founder Ms. Mots Venturina. The special guest speaker Mr. TJ Manotoc of ABS-CBN News talked about the realities of living with mental illness and how one could seek help. The UST Medicine Glee Club also performed their winning MedRhythmia contest piece “Better World”. The opening ceremony ended with an address from Dr. Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, as well as a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to formally open the Medicine Advocacy Week. A Eucharistic celebration headed by the Faculty Regent Rev. Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, OP was held after the opening program.


A week-long food fair was also organized by the UST MSC, inviting various food concessionaires to set up shop in front of the St. Martin de Porres Building. Free ice cream sponsored by Magnolia Philippines - San Miguel Foundation was also given away to medical students at the food fair.


St. Martin’s Cup, an Amazing Race-inspired obstacle course competition sponsored by Sip Purified Water, was held on the afternoon of February 19, 2018 at the UST campus grounds. Students from the various year levels represented their sections in a race designed to test medical wits and agility. Winners received trophies and gift certificates from Jollibee.


The Thomasian Medicine Advocates (TMA) 2018, a pageant competition for UST medical students, was held on the night of February 19, 2018 at the Medicine Auditorium. The pageant winners for this year’s TMA were Francis Fuller of 3B and Frances Paglinawan of 3D, and both will be competing to represent UST-FMS in the upcoming Thomasian Youth Ambassador and Ambassadress.


A blood drive entitled “Juan Life Juan Blood”, for the benefit of the Philippine Blood Center of the Department of Health, was held on the second day of the Advocacy Week (February 20, 2018) at the UST Medicine Museum.


Fantasia: Naturevolution 2018, a student pageant advocating the use of recycled materials and concern for the environment, organized by the UST Medical Missions Incorporated - Student Group (UST MMI) and the UST Medicine Glee Club, was held on the night of February 21, 2018 at the Medicine Auditorium. The pageant winners for Naturevolution 2018 were Iñigo Yutangco and Patricia Santos, both from 3D.


The 2018 Medicine Student Awards, organized by the UST MSC in cooperation with the various academic departments of the Faculty, was held on February 22, 2018 at the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Auditorium. This awarding ceremony served to recognize last year’s academic achievers excelling in the different subjects in the medical curriculum, the top ten students per batch, and the official student representatives of UST-FMS in various international and local academic competitions. Also recognized were the departments of the year and the outstanding faculty and support staff.


Gold Rush: the UST Medicine Variety Show was held on the night of February 22, 2018 at the Medicine Auditorium, featuring performances from the UST Terpsichorean Circle and the popular local bands The Ransom Collective and Ben&Ben.


To cap off the Medicine Advocacy Week, the 32nd Annual Freshman Night was held on February 23, 2018, at the UST Medicine Auditorium, which celebrated the various talents of UST-FMS Batch 2021 in band performance, dancing, and acting. The overall champion for the Freshman Night was Section 1D.




Thomasians dominate top 10 of September 2017 physician board exams


By Ianna Gayle S. Agus - The Varsitarian


September 22, 2017


THOMASIANS ruled this year’s licensure examinations for physicians, with six Medicine graduates making it to the top 10.

UST graduates occupied the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and 10th places. Vincent Edouard Anthony Gullas led the latest batch of physicians with a score of 90.50 percent.


The University’s passing rate rose to 97.10 percent, or 468 out of 482 examinees, from last year’s 94.84 percent or 423 out of 446 examinees, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.


UST graduate Marc Vincent Barcelona secured the fourth spot with a score of 89.83 percent, while Ana Erycka Elaine Peralta placed fifth with 89.67 percent.


Stephanie Marie Seno bagged eighth place with a score of 89.42 percent, Simon Go placed ninth with 89.33 percent, and Kelvin Ken Yu clinched the 10th spot with a score of 89.25 percent.


The Cebu Institute of Medicine and Saint Luke’s College of Medicine were hailed as the top-performing schools after after registering 100-percent passing rates.


UST placed fifth on the list of top-performing schools.


The national passing rate rose to 82.19 percent, or 3,340 out of 4,064 examinees, from last year’s 78.46 percent, or 2,899 passers of 3,695 examinees.

Beloved Educator Passes Away:

Corazon T. Lim, M.D.

February 1, 1938-August 10, 2017


August 30, 2017


With great sadness, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology of the UST Faculty of Medicine & Surgery marks the passing of a dear friend, mentor, educator and  Thomasian physician.  A member of UST Medicine Class 1961, Dr. Lim joined the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery  in 1962 ex-officio as a Resident in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. She rose from the ranks and held in her long and illustrious career various academic and professional leadership positions within and outside of the University. These include being Department Chair in OB-GYN at the UST FMS, President of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (Foundation), Inc. (POGS), President of the Philippine Society of Reproductive Medicine (PSRM), Chair of the Philippine Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (PBOG) and Chair of the Council for Residency Education Enhancement and Development (CREED) in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Lim retired from the Faculty in 2003. She will be remembered well by generations of undergraduate and postgraduate student by her strict but passionate demeanor which no doubt demonstrated her underlying profound love of teaching, whether in the classroom, hospital ward or operating theatre.


- Gil S. Gonzalez, MD


UST FMS Department of Pediatrics holds 43rd Postgraduate Course

MED-ED Prepares UST-FMS Batch 2016 for Physician Licensure Examination (PLE)

July 28, 2017


A few days after our young doctors graduated from their Internship program, they are now faced with one of the greatest challenge of the medical profession...the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE). Before the coveted title "MD" is attached to their names, they have to hurdle barely two months of sleepless nights and intensive review.


 The UST-FMS extends its all-out support to our medical graduates. Through the Committee on Medical Education (Med-Ed) headed by Dr Remedios Chan in cooperation with the Continuing Medical Education (CME) headed by Dr Ivan Villespin, the UST Medical Board Review Program which has been running for several decades now, just got better! The course aims to provide the most comprehensive synopsis of all significant information in all the major subjects of the Medical Board Exams. They have brought together the best lecturers and specialists from the different departments to give comprehensive lectures and review. They also incorporated pre-test and post-test; simulation exams and provided summarized handouts to the reviewers. They have collaborated with the Medical Informatics Center (MIC) headed by Dr Tim Trinidad, to enable teleconferencing from at least two major venues and to produce recorded lectures posted on the UST website if ever there is cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances especially this rainy season. The review started last July 1 running up to August 16, 2017 and it is open to UST and non-UST medical graduates. According to Dr. Therese Mallen, coordinator of the program, there's a very good enrollment turn-out exceeding the projected enrollees and so multiple venues were opened. Last year the overall passing rate was 80%, 93% passing rate for the UST-FMS medical graduates and 2 were on the Top 10 list. Every year, the aim is to achieve a 100% passing.


From the Faculty and the whole UST Community, we would like to wish the best of luck to UST-MEDICINE Batch 2016 for your upcoming Physician Licensure Exam!


Thomasian Lands Top 7 in March 2017 Physician Licensure Examination

May 15, 2017


The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 813 out of 1,317 passed the Physician Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga last March 2017.

The members of the Board of Medicine who gave the licensure examination are Dr. Clarita C. Maaño, Chairman; Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, Dr. Miguel L. Noche Jr., Dr. Eleanor B. Almoro, Dr. Eleanor J. Galvez and Dr. Ma. Graciela Garayblas-Gonzaga, Members.

UST registered 88.89% passing rate out of 36 examinees with our alumnus, Dr. Kevin Agustin Arao placing 7th with a rating of 86.17%.


The results were released in three (3) working days from the last day of examination.


Pharmacology will hold a course on drug delivery systems

September 27, 2016


The Department of Pharmacology of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery will hold its 10th Biennial Postgraduate Course on October 21, 2016 at the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Auditorium of the Medicine Building. The course is entitled F.A.S.T. Drug Delivery Systems - Formulations, Approaches, Systems, Technologies. It will include plenary lectures on PK-PD Modeling and Drug Delivery Pumps, Understanding Drug Formulations, Drug Delivery Systems for Diabetics, Drug Eluting Stents, Glycopyrronium and Indacaterol for COPD Patients, Fixed Dose Combinations in Acid-Related GI Disorders, and Immunotherapy for Cancer.


For inquiries, please email

UST FMS kicks off Sesquicentennial Celebration

September 26, 2016


The countdown to the 150th anniversary celebration of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS) was launched last September 26, 2016 at the Medicine Auditorium. A eucharistic mass officiated by the Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P, UST Rector Magnificus, kicked off the celebration. The mass celebrated the feast day of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of the Faculty, as well as the results of the recently-concluded Physician Licensure Examinations, in which six (6) Thomasian doctors landed in the top ten.


The program proper, which was hosted by Dr. Willie Lagdameo, Dr. Peachy Natividad, and Alec Duñgo started after the mass. A lively performance from the Terpsichorean Circle and select members of the medical faculty set the stage for the rest of the activities. Dr. Jesus Valencia, the Dean of the UST-FMS, and Fr. Angel Aparicio, UST-FMS Regent, gave inspirational remarks before the formal launching of the countdown to the Sesquicentennial Anniversary by the Very Reverend Father Rector. A stunning indoor fireworks display made for an unforgettable launch.


The second half of the program started with an overview of the events planned out for the official countdown to 150 years, which was presented by Dr. Patria Punzalan, Events Committee Head of the Sesquicentennial Organizing Committee. Dr. JJ Pua unveiled the new and updated website of the Faculty and also presented the Sesquicentennial teaser video. This was followed by inspirational messages from guest speakers Dr. Tyrone Reyes, UST Medicine Class 1965 President Emeritus, and Dr. Jose Evangelista, UST Medicine Class 1968 and F.A.C.C. Honorary Consul General of the Philippines.


The program was ended by a moving performance from the UST Singers, which included a modified rendition of the song prepared for the 100th anniversary celebration of UST-FMS. Dr. Mary Ruby Josephine Tiongson, the Chair of the Organizing Committee, gave the closing remarks.



Frederick Michael R. Evidor

Executive Assistant to the Secretary

Publications Head

UST Medicine Student Council


Thomasian tops medicine board, 5 others in top 10

September 21, 2016


Six Thomasians grabbed places in the top 10 of the September 2016 physician licensure exams, while UST ranked sixth on the list of top-performing schools.

UST recorded a 94.84-percent passing rate with 423 examinees passing out of 446, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. This was lower than last year’s 98.31 percent, wherein 408 passed out of 415 UST examinees.

Still, UST produced the most number of doctors this year, led by Jeri Charlotte Albano who topped this year’s exams after posting a 89.50-percent passing rate. Edwin Mark Chiong ranked second with a score of 88.75 percent.

Other Thomasians who placed in the top 10 included Jaffar Carag Pineda (88.33 percent) and Kevin Michael Yu (88.25) who landed on the 7th and 8th spots, respectively. Lorenz Kristoffer Daga and Beverly Lynne Ong placed 10th with a score 88.08 percent.

The national passing rate declined to 78.46 percent (2,899 out of 3,695 examinees) from last year’s 85.28 percent (2,491 out of 2,921 examinees).


Alhex Adrea M. Peralta, The Varsitarian

In-house workshops on basic peripheral nerve blocks using ultrasound and nerve stimulation


April 29, 2014


The Department of Anesthesiology of both the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the UST Hospital is conducting an in-house workshop on basic peripheral nerve blocks using ultrasound and nerve stimulation on Aprils 23 and 30 and May 7 and 14, 2014 respectively. Topics in this course include “basic principles of ultrasound, knobology, safe use of peripheral nerve stimulation and the five common peripheral nerve blocks”.


-Edwin V. Rodriguez, MD

April 29, 2014


The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is hosting the 2014 Annual Convention of the Physiology Society of the Philippines from April 24-25, 2014 with the theme, “The Physiology of Resuscitation”. Top notch academicians and clinicians shed light on various timely and relevant topics in physiology delving on “fluid and volume resuscitation, cardiovascular resuscitation, organ protection in the peri-arrest period and ethical considerations in the dead and dying”. A small group activity followed in the afternoon. Two interesting topics were included, one on basic life support and the other on addressing learners’ needs. Professor Larry S. King, MD, Chairperson of the Department of Physiology of the USTFMS and President of the Physiology Society of the Philippines spearheaded this event.


-Edwin V. Rodriguez, MD


April 24, 2014


A renowned and outstanding Thomasian alumna recently came back to deliver the 311st Dr. Luis E. Guerrero Memorial Lecture last April 22, 2014. A multi-awarded medical educator, writer, author and researcher who presented the evidence-based guidelines in hypertension. Dr. Lerma is a member of UST Medicine Class 1991and has trained in adult nephrology and hypertension in Chicago, Illinois USA. The event was spearheaded by the Section of Nephrology of the UST Hospital, led by Dr. Elizabeth L. Roasa, Chief of the Section of Nephrology with the assistance of his chairman, Dr. isaias O. Lanzona. EDWIN V. RODRIGUEZ, MD


April 24, 2014


The Department of Medical Education, chaired by Professor Remedios D. Chan is again sponsoring the third (3rd) of its series of awareness lectures on outcome-based education on April 23 and 30, 2014 at the Neuroanatomy Laboratory. For this edition, three lectures on an overview of OBE, curriculum design and instructional design making. A workshop with hands on application shall follow in the afternoon. EDWIN V. RODRIGUEZ, MD

Outcome-based education series rolls on


April 24, 2014


The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery held its Commencement Exercises last April 21, 2014 at the Quadricentennial Pavillion. Leading the 461 new Thomasian medical doctors are Class Valedictorian, Anna Vanessa A. Gan, MD (Summa Cum Laude) and Class Salutatorian, George Michael N. Sosuan, MD (Summa Cum Laude). Reverend Father Rodel E. Aligan , OP, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Santo Tomas and Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology was the presiding officer for the graduation ceremonies.


In her address of gratitude, Dr. Gan thanked her Alma Mater, the University of Santo Tomas for providing her with the environment needed to polish her skills and hone her innate intelligence. This year seventy two (72) graduating students copped honors with six (6) Summa cum laude graduates.


Also present were Dean Jesus V. Valencia MD, Reverend Father Raymund Fernando P. Jose, OP, Regent, Assistant Dean Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao MD and Edwin V. Rodriguez, MD, Faculty Secretary.



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