BUCM Barrios, MSC receive awards on nationwide search for outstanding medical stud, org

Wednesday March 24,2021

Kevin George B. Barrios, a Junior Medical Intern, joins the top 5 of the Natatanging Mag-aaral ng Medisina ng Punong Rehiyon - Timog Katagalugan (NCR-SL) award and top 10 in the Natatanging Mag-aaral ng Medisina ng Pilipinas (Nationals) while the College of Medicine (CM) Medicine Student Council (MSC) was awarded the Seal of Good Governance (Gold) during the 4th Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) National Convention on March 21, 2021.

APMC – Student Network (SN) is an assembly of Philippine medical students represented by their respective Medicine Student Council working in partnership with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation to promote an active role for students in the development of medical education. On the other hand, APMC-SN National Convention

It can be recalled that the BUCM pioneer batch in 2015 was given the ‘observer’ status during the 1st APMC-SN and later became a full-fledged member school in 2019. The network is divided into groups: Luzon with 9 member schools, Visayas with 15, and NCR-South Luzon with 23, where BUCM belongs.

APMC said the award aims to acknowledge the efforts of exemplary medical students from each region who went far and beyond themselves in their academic and leadership direction and long-term socio-civic engagement commitment.       

Looking back, Barrios shared his journey before receiving two prestigious awards in their field. It started during the 1st Natatanging Mag-aaral ng Medisina ng Pilipinas awards announcement on December 2020 where every medical school across the country may send up to three nominees.

“Since I thought of wanting to inspire our college mates amid the pandemic and make BUCM be known na rin nationwide, I tried submitting requirements upon securing nomination form from the Dean,” he said.

By January, Barrios was screened for an interview and received his results the following month. He received an email confirming his slot for the Top 5 nominees in the NCR-SL region that also qualifies him for national round.

“So ayun po luckily, I was set for the interview last March 3, where 20 of us from the 4 regions was screened by a panel of 5 interviewers that consists of the Philippine Medical Association President, a representative from HIV/AIDS LoveYourself, Indigenous People advocate, TOYM awardee, and the TOSP Alumni President,” he recalled.

The criteria for judging were 30% Academics, 30% Leadership, 30% Social Responsibility, and 30% Self-Analysis Essay.

After the rigorous interview, results were announced on March 20, 2021.

Amid the pandemic and uncertainties, Barrios said that his current situation has changed him to persevere more and relate socially. This only proves that even the pandemic is not a hinder to achieve goals and aspirations.

“More than being blessed for myself, this added laurel to BU and BUCM's cap which is one of my goals din ever since pumasok ako sa council because I wanted our humble alma mater from the south be known in the entire archipelago. Sobrang nakaka-happy lang to know that we are recognized and this served as a validation and testament that even small schools, we can deliver beyond,” he said.

He hope that this will inspire more aspirants in the field to strive for excellence while keeping grounded and socially relevant even at the early stage of being a medical student and despite the trying times we face.

On the other hand, BUCM MSC was also grateful for receiving the Gold award for Seal of Good Governance.

“It is with overwhelming gratitude that we are now informing you that the MSC has just been awarded the Seal of Good Governance (Gold) during the recently concluded 4th APMC-SN National Convention. This feat would not have been possible without, first and foremost, the trust given to us by the BUCM student body. We dedicate this award to you,” they wrote on a Facebook post.