A jampacked gymnasium greeted Class 2012 as the College of Medicine welcomed its 265 freshmen students of School Year 2008-2009 to its Opening Exercises and Recognition Day last June 10, 2008. It was a well-attended activity with the Deans from all four Colleges present, along with the Director for Research Institute for Health Sciences, Dr. Fernando S. Sanchez Jr., and other important Administrative, Academic and Hospital Officials led by the President, Dr. Romeo A. Divinagracia.
The Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Alfaretta Luisa T. Reyes, warmly welcomed the new students and congratulated them for having hurdled successfully the strict requirements imposed by the College. The students were also challenged by the Dean to take the course seriously and to face up to the challenges of being part of the College. The Dean´s talk was followed shortly by the inspirational message from President Divinagracia, who stressed to the students the differences between a good doctor and a bad one, and encouraged everyone to deliberately choose to be the former of the two.
The activity then proceeded with the recognition and awarding of both the faculty members and students who performed well and/or had important accomplishments in the last school year. Faculty members who were currently appointed as President of a Specialty Society or Chair of Specialty Boards were recognized, as well as those who received awards and citations from different societies. The recipients of the Best Teacher Award, which was re-launched towards SY 2007-2008, were then announced.
The Dean Joven Cuanang Best Teacher Awardees in Clinical Sciences were also named:
Each of the Best Teacher Awardees will be receiving US$75 each from the UERM-Alumni Foundation USA, Inc.
The Committee on Scholarship and Academic Honors, headed by Dr. Lily Sia-Vargas, presented the scholars of the College of Medicine. The following students received the President Dalupan Scholarship, which is awarded to incoming freshmen who graduated Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude (entitling them to a full scholarship) or Cum Laude (partial scholarship) with no grade below 2.5 from the pre-med course:
Beginning this school year, the College will also be awarding University Entrance Scholars to students who graduated with Latin Honors and obtained a National Medical Admission Test result of 85% or better. Recipients of this scholarship for SY 2008-2009 are
The Dean´s List or the Top 10 performing students of each year level for SY 2007-2008 were likewise recognized. These students, who will be receiving US$150 from the UERM-Alumni Foundation USA, Inc., are:
For the First Year Level:
For the Second Year Level:
For the Third Year Level:
For having obtained a general weighted average of 2.0 or better, the following students in the Top 10 were also given Scholarships for Academic Excellence:
This year´s Committee on Opening Exercises was headed by Dr. Grace H. Encelan-Brizuela, with the following members:
Grace H. Encelan-Brizuela, MD, MSPH
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