By: Gregory Ian N. Opeña and Angela Maria B. Rempillo

The millennial Doctor is not just a skilled clinician, not just a healthcare worker who diagnose, treat and prescribe medication, but a Doctor who is capable of being a clinician, a manager-leader, researcher and an educator all at the same time without sacrificing compassion and quality.” This is one of the several key points emphasized during the Philippine Conference on Community Health (PCCH) held last October 25-26, 2014 at the Philippine General Hospital Science Hall, UP Manila.

There were four medical students from Bicol University College of Medicine who took part in the event including Gregory Ian Opeña, Angela Maria Rempillo, Paul Andrew Abaño and Zarah Mae Madridano.

The two-day activity was organized by the Regionalization Students Organization which became a venue for students from different medical schools in the country to share their insights regarding the practice of community medicine and the actual implementation of a community-based curriculum. Read more…


Billy Chan and John Paul Taday, both first year medical students of Bicol University College of Medicine (BUCM), visited Japan last October 21 to 29, 2014 as two of the 23 Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill under “Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2.0: Medical Service Course Program” among other medical students, nurses, pharmacists and professionals to represent the country.

The JENESYS 2.0 aims to provide a better knowledge of the history, culture and society of Japan to the youths of ASEAN member states as well as non-ASEAN countries like Australia, New Zealand and East Timor. The program, which is under the thematic area of Social Community focused on introducing Japan’s advanced methods for social community development to the participants through Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFF) as organized by Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) in partnership with the Philippines’ National Youth Commission. Read more…