The UP Medicine Blog Rounds: A UP Medics Interview

Photo via

I recently wrote a feature article for UP Medics on medical students from the University of the Philippines Manila who have blogs. Here are excerpts from the interview.

Continue reading “The UP Medicine Blog Rounds: A UP Medics Interview”


Why is Christmas Day celebrated on December 25?

Photo credit: midiman via Visual Hunt / CC BY

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?

Continue reading “Why is Christmas Day celebrated on December 25?”

‘A Second Chance’: Reflections on Love and Marriage

Photo Credit: Star Cinema. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


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.

Continue reading “So this is clerkship”

#FOAMed: Philippine Clinical Practice Guidelines

It’s undeniable that the Internet has transformed education. Not too long ago, students would leaf through a library’s card catalog to get information they needed. Nowadays, “googling” is the quickest way to get answers. For us who have grown up with the Internet, its use has become not only an adjunct but also an indispensable tool for our learning. Continue reading “#FOAMed: Philippine Clinical Practice Guidelines”

Buying in Bambang


Last week I went to Bambang to shop for monitoring gear and some stash for my pedia ER rotation. Bambang refers to the general area around Bambang Street corner Rizal Avenue in Sta. Cruz, Manila where there are rows of shops selling medical supplies. You could consider it the Divisoria of medical supplies. From stethoscopes to scrub suits, IV cannulas to nasogastric tubes, glassware to wheelchairs, you can find them at Bambang and at the best possible prices. Continue reading “Buying in Bambang”

Top Performing Medical Schools in the Philippines (2011-2015)

Today, thousands of medical graduates will be taking the four-day day Physician Licensure Exam (PLE) which starts today until next weekend. During these days, medical schools across the country anxiously await the results of the board exams. In the meantime, let’s find out which medical schools have been leading the boards in recent years. Continue reading “Top Performing Medical Schools in the Philippines (2011-2015)”

Getting into a Residency in PGH

By Cary Amiel G. Villanueva, UPCM Class 2017

This article was originally published via UP Medics.

“Getting a residency in the specialty you desire, at the institution you crave, is a COMPETITION.”
(Dr. Kenneth V. Iserson, Getting into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students)

For many medical students, the career plan includes specializing in one of the several fields of medicine. ( lists at least 60 different specialties.) UP Medics recently spoke with chief residents from two departments at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on getting into a residency. Continue reading “Getting into a Residency in PGH”