Suggested Readings – Introduction to Bioethics

Recently I gave a lecture on medical ethics as part of the IDC 201: History of Medicine course which direct entrants to the Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) Program take in their last semester before moving on to medicine proper.

In this page you’ll find the slide deck used as well as suggested articles for further learning.

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5 Lessons from the PLE Experience

5 Lessons from the Physician Licensure Examination Experience

Doktor na talaga ako!”

I was so excited to say these words to my parents.

But the days leading up to the two weekends of the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE), I was still left feeling unprepared. When the time to take them came, the tests seemed more difficult than how they were described. Continue reading “5 Lessons from the PLE Experience”

The UP Medicine Blog Rounds

This article written by Cary Amiel G. Villanueva (UPCM Class 2017) was originally published via UP Medics.

Long before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were around, there were blogs.

Blogging has been in existence for over a decade. Originally online repositories of personal thoughts and experiences, blogs have evolved to cover a range of topics from news and reviews to guides and how-to’s. There’s a blog for nearly every topic there is. Continue reading “The UP Medicine Blog Rounds”

Why is Christmas Day celebrated on December 25?

In the Philippines, Christmas is in the air as early as September when Christmas decors and songs start to sprout. The early festivity is also reflected liturgically with the nine-day Simbang Gabi leading up to Christmas Day. But how did December 25 come to be the day to commemorate Christ’s birth?

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“A Second Chance”: Reflections on Love and Marriage

I got “a second chance” at watching the much-awaited sequel to John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo’s “One More Chance” which came out way back when I was in first or second year high school. “A Second Chance” now holds the record as the highest grossing local film apart from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Continue reading ““A Second Chance”: Reflections on Love and Marriage”

So this is clerkship

We’re practically halfway our ten months of clerkship. This week is the beginning of my extended Christmas break. Clerks at the Philippine General Hospital enjoy a two-week vacation for the holiday. (Yup, you read that right. Other med schools / hospitals don’t even get a break.) Since our block’s elective rotation — which you can take in advance either in full or partially in during the summer — is scheduled right before the official break, our Christmas vacation is longer than usual.

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