Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health hosts open house
The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) hosted an open house for prospective medical students last November 26, 2016. The event gave students and parents a chance to take a closer look at ASMPH - its curriculum, admission process, and facilities.
Interested students were able to meet members of the school community like ASMPH dean Manuel Dayrit, faculty member Dr. Jose Anthony Jocson and third year medical student Dustin Jan Cruz. Alumni Drs. Raphael Santos (MD-MBA 2015) and Mikko Manalastas (MD-MBA 2016) were also present to share their experiences.
The open house kicked off with a program at Chung Te Auditorium. Dayrit spoke about the type of learning ASMPH offers. He said ASMPH gives students a big picture of how the health system works. ASMPH graduates are “adept clinicians—people who can treat patients, understand health systems and work in public health.”
As the first and only Philippine medical school that confers a joint MD-MBA degree, ASMPH molds students to be leaders and social catalysts, he stressed. The broad exposure and training enables students to address health and social problems. Dayrit said this is why ASMPH is always on the lookout for students who have the “desire, capacity, and potential” to engage socially.
The second speaker, Jocson, provided an overview of the ASMPH curriculum as well as its vision. ASMPH, he said, is committed to forming outstanding clinicians who will “affect and effect systemic changes in the society through the health sector.”
Jocson talked about the subjects per year level and modes of learning. He drew attention to ASMPH’s unique features like the transitional summer program, Learning Experiences in Communities (LEC) and mentoring system.
The transitional program takes place before a student enters medical school. The program’s activities, Jocson said, are meant to immerse the student in Ateneo culture. “It prepares you for the rigors of medical school.”
LEC, on the other hand, is an immersion program for the students. It entails the supervision of medical students as they visit different communities and organizations.
ASMPH’s mentoring system is another distinct feature of the school. It helps students cope with the complexity of studying medicine, said Jocson. “We will be there to help you during your stay. The mentoring system is such that the assigned faculty mentor will be with you until you graduate medical school.”
Meanwhile, Cruz, who is also the current president of the ASMPH student council, talked about campus life. “ASMPH offers a lot of opportunities for you to explore your passion outside of medicine and your life in the school.”
The 2 ASMPH graduates offered guidance in pursuing a medical career. “Know what you’re doing,” Santos said. Whether one becomes a doctor or not, what is important, Santos stressed, is to arrive at a decision that one will not regret.
Manalastas echoed the sentiment. “If this is really what you want, then all the hard work will be worth it,” he said.