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The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has been in existence for 142 years and has since time immemorial been the birthplace of countless achievers in the field of medicine, the sciences and the healthcare professions. It has enjoyed the status "Center of Excellence" conferred by the Commission on Higher Education. This Level IV accreditation aptly positions the UST Faculty Medical Surgery in equal standing with the rest of the premiere medical institutions in Asia.
Our current medical curriculum (Doctor of Medicine) has integrated both "traditional" (educator-directed) and "innovative" (student-directed) teaching models apt for post-graduate learners in medical school. Our curriculum has also blended both "real" (classroom learning) and "virtual" (electronic learning) as teaching-learning activities are being conceptualized, actualized and evaluated using information technology. Our curriculum also provides holistic education by harmonizing ethics and informatics carefully bridging the art of humanism and the science of medicine through didactic and case-based scenarios.
As part of its efforts to widen its specialization as a learning institution, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery runs two masteral programs namely, the Master in Clinical Audiology, program internationally accredited and linked with the University of McQuarrie of Australia and the Master in Pain Management which is also internationally affiliated as a distance education program tied up with the University of Sydney.
The Research Center for the Health Sciences (RCHS) continues to promote and support basic and clinical researches in medicine. In the past year, it has generated researches acclaimed here and abroad, published in peer-reviewed international publications and generated by well-respected and multi-awarded faculty researchers and investigators. The RCHS encourages faculty members to engage more in basic science research.
The Medical Informatics Center (MIC) remains to be the hub of technology-savvy medical students and faculty members who find the vast array of available online subscriptions useful in the conduct of their assignments, reports and researches. Through the university-wide “e-Leap” program, faculty members can download lectures, advisories, assignments while students can submit requirements, take examinations and share insights and commentaries on subject-related issues making education possible even with the barriers of physical presence.
The Clinical Skills Facilities (CSF), a collaboration between the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and UST Medicine Class of 1967, has provided medical students with a venue for demonstration-return demonstration, small group discussions and even practical examinations and performance-based evaluations like the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
The Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum, the FIRST in Asia is a step towards globalizing medical education. A classic merger of technique and technology, the integration of the ultrasound as an adjunct tool to diagnosis and treatment in applicable situations will again put the medical school ahead of its counterparts. Faculty and student exchanges towards improving the transfer of expertise and experience will greatly enhance the successful implementation of this endeavor.
The distinction of being the recognized medical institution in the Asia-Pacific to conduct basic life support training,advanced cardiac life support training and pediatric advanced life support training by the American Heart Association again reiterates our respectable reputation as a credible and able provider of learning and skills to healthcare professionals and medical practitioners. The program also extends its educating the non-medical and laymen project as part of our social commitment.
UST offers various faculties in Undergraduate and Postgraduate fields for medical practioners.
The study period for studying Medicine at the undergraduate level involves:
Pre – medical School – 1.5 years – 2 years (Depending on the student’s transcripts)
Medical School – 4 years
Total course duration excluding internship – 5.5 years
The Philippines officially known as the Republic of the Philippines is a sovereignisland country situated in the western Pacific Ocean.With a population of at least 99 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world.
Philippines is slowly becoming known as the university belt of Asia. Home to the first university of Asia – University of Santo Tomas, it has grown to become a hub for education since the last century with most of the popular international universities being atleast half a century old.
It has also become a favorite destination for foreign students and foreign tourist enrollees because of the highly advanced educational system of the country, which is now being positioned as the knowledge center in Asia and the Pacific.
The country is known for its people’s hospitality and joyfulness. Visitors everywhere marvel at the way they are treated in each place they visit. They also enjoy the number of festivals that are held for every locality that reflects the country’s rich and diverse culture and traditions.
Studies also show that it is more affordable to study in the Philippines compared with other countries offering high quality education. It is because a person can live a modest lifestyle by only spending US$350 to US$500 a month.
The Philippines is one of the largest island groups in the world with 7,107 islands and islets lying off the southwest coast of the Asian mainland between Taiwan and Borneo. It is bounded in the west by the South China Sea, in the east by the Pacific Ocean, in the south by the Sulu and Celebes Seas, and in the north by the Bashi Channel. Its strategic position finds the Philippines at the crossroads of international travel lanes.
It has a total land area of 300,000 sq.km and a coastline of 34,000 km, the longest in the world.
The land consists of coastal plains with many central peaks and mountain ranges. Mount Apo in Mindanao is the tallest in the country, rising 9,600 feet.
The Philippines has three major islands – Luzon, the largest island where the capital of the Philippines is situated; Visayas, known for its fine beaches and idyllic coves; and Mindanao, whose exotic forests make it an irresistible haven for nature lovers.
The history of Philippines has been very interesting. From being a Spanish colony to an American colony to ultimately becoming an independent nation.
The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 marked the beginning of Spanish colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer RuyLópez de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565, the first Spanish settlement in the archipelago was established, and the Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in the predominant religion in the country being Roman Catholicism. During this time, Manila became the Asian hub of the Manila–Acapulco galleontrade.
As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the Philippine Revolution, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, and the Philippine–American War. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands. After World War II, the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation.
Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant amount of Spanish and American influences.
Traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. These community celebrations are times for feasting, music, and dancing.
Both the Spanish and the Americans have influenced the culture of Philippines over time which reflects in their architecture, life style, work style and their affinity for westernization and following the western trends.
There are five major sports in the Philippines. These are basketball, boxing, billiards, football, andvolleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating is a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations.
Filippinos are known to be lovers of the performing arts especially music.
Music of the Philippinecomprises of various genre and styles. The music of the Philippines is a mixture of other Asian, European, Latin American, American, and indigenous influences.