President’s Message

Welcome to the U.P. Medical Alumni Society website! The 2019 UPMAS Board continues to be guided by its vision and mission. We continue to be significant by committing to the ideals of the College which nurtured us during our medical schooling and be responsive to its needs, of our fellow alumni, and the Filipino community.

FOR THE COLLEGE.
The College’s biggest project at the moment is the creation of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB). The present leadership of the College headed by Dean Chiong envisions this building to provide conducive spaces for the topnotch transformative medical education the UP College of Medicine is known for. The alumni have made their contribution and will continue to contribute until this building is completed.

In addition, the Silver Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Program will be implemented starting this year. Here, the silver class contributes to the pool of mentors for the incoming freshmen of the College. This is a commitment of 4 alumni for at least 5 years until these new students graduate and become doctors themselves. The pearl and coral class jubilarians may contribute to the pool as well. The mentoring program of the College is not only for academic learning but also one for professionalism and for life’s lessons.

UPMAS is also constantly updating the whereabouts of the alumni for a more efficient networking and for linkages.

FOR THE ALUMNI.
Improving the membership benefits is at the core of the UPMAS Board plan. The Research Dissemination Grant, Legacy Slot, and the Annual UPMAS Awards for outstanding alumni are all well in place. Details of such can be gotten from the UPMAS office and other publicity materials. We hope to revive the UPCM Alumni card, a discount card intended to be mutually beneficial to both the consumer alumni and the businessnessmen alumni.

FOR THE COMMUNITY.
Tapping more alumni at the regions, both local and foreign, is foremost also in this year’s plan. The provision in the By-Laws of Regional Chapters is now a reality with the Davao Region as the first official UPMAS Regional Chapter. Through the various regions, alumni of the UPCM will get to bond better, plan better for the College and come up with activities geared towards helping the Filipinos in the regions.

THE HOMECOMING CELEBRATION.
Lastly, my silver class of 1994, has been preparing since a few years back to make the homecoming celebration significant for everyone. We chose the theme “Puso at Galing, dito Galing, MaDe in UP”. Timeless is our theme indeed, all doctors from UP realize that these two good traits of “puso at galing” are very essential and should always come together.

The continuing medical education program through the weekly (or more frequent) online medical updates, the UP Med Webinars, continues to gain strength in viewership. Provincial CME activities have also brought the class to Cebu (March) and Dumaguete (April). We will go to Koronadal in August. The PGH Community benefits in its Manila leg of the CME series in December.

The homecoming celebration bannered by the parade and the ball are much awaited events. Please be with us on December 18 at the UPCM and PGH grounds for the parade and “pabidahan”. It is time to revisit the College and the Hospital. Come December 19, be with us at the Marriott Grand Ballroom for the homecoming ball.

See you all! Go UPMAS!

JEAN ANNE B. TORAL, MD, MSc
UPMAS President, 2019


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