College of Medicine
Bicol University College of Medicine’s birth is a product of long and tedious planning, and its start experienced the usual “birthing pains” that provided its strong foundation.
Dr. Faye Lea Patria M. Lauraya, 7th BU President, established the Bicol University College of Medicine through support from influential leaders and the Regional Development Council. Under her leadership, the curriculum was approved. Her determined efforts resulted in the college’s esteemed reputation and commitment to excellence in medical education.
On September 3, 2012, the BU Board of Regents approved the proposal to open the College of Medicine. A week later, a three-person team of the CHED’s Technical Panel for Health Professional Education and Technical Committee on Medical Education, and Professional Regulation Commission visited BU and recommended that the medical school heed the world-wide call for transformative education to develop 7-star physicians.
From the latter part of 2012 to 2013, there was a series of planning workshops involving stakeholders from the Region and the University: DOH, LGUs, medical profession, faculty, and consultants from Manila to come up with, among others, the Vision and Mission, syllabi, and having a Master’s program along with the MD program.
The activities were guided by the 2010 work of the Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century and the document on the Global Consensus on the Social Accountability of Medical Schools. Towards the third quarter of 2013, four faculty members were hired to prepare for the admission of students and recruitment of additional faculty.
On March 5, 2014, the Board of Regents approved the revised five-year MD-Master in Public Administration (major in Health Emergency and Disaster Management). The latter is an existing program of the BU Graduate School. A memorandum of agreement was forged with the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital which became the school’s base hospital. The College of Nursing hosted the medical school until the inauguration of the new building by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 19, 2014. In the school year 2014-2015, the BUCM opened its doors to the Pioneer Batch with 62 students under the leadership of the first Dean of the College, Dr. Ruben Caragay.
Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, 8th President of Bicol University from 2015 to 2023, had a vision of world class and transformative impact on the Bicol University College of Medicine (BUCM). He ensured compliance with CHED’s requirements and obtained the coveted Certificate of Program Compliance on August 5, 2019. This is in accordance with pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722 also known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994,” and by virtue of Resolution No. RO30-2019 of the Commission en banc, which certified that Bicol University, Legazpi City, Albay has complied with the prescribed minimum requirements of CHED to offer the Doctor of Medicine program effective Academic Year 2019-2020. CHED gave BUCM its authority to operate on November 7, 2017. On December 21 2017, the Board of Regents approved the separation of the Doctor of Medicine and Master in Public Administration starting in school year 2018-2019. The BUCM had pure MD Program starting on the School Year 2018-2019.
During his term, in 2019, the first batch of Medical students graduated as the pioneer batch of the College and delivered a staggering 98.1% passing in the Physician Licensure Examination.
In 2020-2023, he expanded the college by securing funding. He supported the hiring of more staff and approved the creation of more departments. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, he implemented safety measures, vaccination programs, and flexible learning delivery. His leadership drove the growth and success of the BUCM.
In 2020, Dr. Luis Domingo Mendoza became the 2nd Dean of the College upon the retirement of Dr. Caragay. Under his helm, the College of Medicine faced the challenging rigors of medical education during the COVID pandemic which started early 2020. He had steered the college during the time of transition of conduct of medical education to Blended learning method, which combines synchronous and asynchronous learning with online and limited face to face. He also led the college during the vaccination programs of the University. The College of Medicine was front and center in continuing educating medical students to be the future workforce of the nation in the most difficult time in recent history yet.
In 2022, Dr. Ofelia Samar-Sy succeeded Dr. Mendoza and became the 3rd Dean of the College of Medicine, with Dr. Jerelyn Adviento as the Associate Dean. Upon the recommendation of Dr. Sy, a College Secretary position was approved and appointed Dr. Karen Marie Gregorio as the First College Secretary. During the Academic Year 2022-2023, the notable changes Dr. Sy started were increase in the number of faculty, staffs, and enrolled students; creation of 8 holistic and integrated departments; the College’s Banner Advocacy Program – the MAPALAD Program was launched which led to increase in first year admission to 156 from various provinces in Bicol Region and in other areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Medical Scholarship Return Service Program has granted over 90% of students with free scholarship under the The Doktor para sa Bayan Law which aimed to answer the dearth of doctors in the country. Likewise, evaluation and changes were conducted in the Curriculum; infrastructure and building repairs initiated; construction of the Simulations Laboratory and BUCM Extension Building were started and strengthening of college-wide training for faculty and non-teaching personnel and ISO, PAASCU and international accreditations and collaborations.
Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III, 9th President of Bicol University, was installed last March 2023. He successfully executed initiatives in the aftermath of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. He oversaw the construction of the BUCM extension building, facilitated procurement of simulation equipment and use of funds which were derailed by the pandemic.
In retrospect, the journey of the Bicol University College of Medicine, from its early planning stages in 2012 to its establishment in 2014, and its continued growth and evolution until the present day in 2023, has been nothing short of remarkable. The development of this manual, its first edition, stands as a testament to the dedication and vision of countless individuals who have contributed to the success of this institution. As we look ahead, this manual serves as a roadmap, capturing the spirit and commitment that have defined the BUCM’s history and guiding us toward an even brighter future in medical education and healthcare excellence.GOALS/OBJECTIVE
To provide a rigorous and comprehensive medical education program that fosters excellence in knowledge, skills, and professionalism among students.
To promote a culture of research and innovation among faculty and students, aiming to contribute to the advancement of medical science and healthcare practices, particularly in addressing the health challenges prevalent in the Bicol region and beyond. To actively engage with the local community and healthcare stakeholders to address the region’s healthcare needs through outreach programs, partnerships, and community-based research initiatives.
Doctor of Medicine
COLLEGE LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Clinical Competence:
Exhibit competence in conducting thorough physical examinations, clinical assessments, and medical histories. Create evidence-based treatment regimens and precise differential diagnoses for patients in a variety of medical specializations.
- Professionalism and Ethics:
Competently carry out standard medical interventions and procedures while abdiding by patient safety guidelines. Display moral rectitude,honesty and regard for the privacy,autonomy, and cultural variety of our students. Exhibit professionalism while interacting with coworkers and other stakeholders as well as in teamwork and collaboration. Respect the laws and ethical guidelines pertaining to students care,medical practice and research.
- Cultural Competence and Social Accountability:
Demonstrate cultural competence by recognizing and respecting diverse cultural beliefs, values, and health practices.Advocate for equitable access to healthcare and address social determinants of health to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.Engage in community service, outreach activities, and advocacy efforts to address the healthcare needs of underserved populations and marginalized communities.
- Research and Scholarship:
Apply principles of scientific inquiry to formulate research questions, design studies, and conduct research projects relevant to clinical practice and healthcare delivery.Critically appraise medical literature, synthesize evidence, and apply research findings to inform clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes.Disseminate research findings through scholarly publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and practice.
These college learning outcomes reflect the holistic development of medical students at Bicol University College of Medicine, preparing them to become competent, compassionate, and socially responsible physicians who can effectively address the healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities.
- Clinical Competence:
Adviento, Jerelyn B.Assistant Professor IVBS Medical Technology (Ago Medical Center & Bicol Christian College of Medicine)Doctor of Medicine (Our Lady of Fatima University)Agcaoili, Ritche M.Assistant Professor IIBS Biology (University of Sto. Tomas College of Science)Doctor of Medicine (Bicol Christian College of Medicine)Aralar, Alejo S.Associate Professor VBS Zoology (Far Eastern University)Doctor of Medicine; Master in Public Health (Fatima College of Medicine; University of the Philippines, Manila)Brocales, Christina Carmelli A.Assistant Professor IIBS Medical Technology (Ago Medical Center & Bicol Christian College of Medicine)Doctor of Medicine (San Beda College of Medicine)Buela, Michelle O.Assistant Professor IBS Pharmacy (University of Sto. Tomas)Doctor of Medicine (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)Buitizon, Rodel R.Assistant Professor IIBS Pharmacy (Centro Escolar University)Doctor of Medicine (Manila Central University)Dy, Alexis C.Assistant Professor IIIBS Medical Technology (Ago Medical Center & Bicol Christian College of Medicine)Doctor of Medicine (St. Louis University Baguio)Gonzales, Abraham L.Assistant Professor IIIBS Medical Technology (University of Sto. Tomas)Doctor of Medicine (De La Salle University College of Medicine)Gregorio, Karen Marie R.Assistant Professor IBS Psychology (University of the Philippines Diliman)Doctor of Medicine (University of Sto. Tomas)Isip, Ricardo Jr. D.Assistant Professor IBS Pharmacy (University of Sto. Tomas)Doctor of Medicine; Masters in Hospital Administration (Bicol Christian College of Medicine; St. Jude College, Graduate School)Lauraya, Rosebe N.Assistant Professor IVBS Biology (Centro Escolar University)Doctor of Medicine (Univ. of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center)Ludovice, Virgilio S.Associate Professor VBS Zoology (University of the Philippines, Diliman)Doctor of Medicine; Master in Public Health (MCU College of Medicine; University of the Philippines College of Public Health)Mendoza, Luis Domingo B.Associate Professor VBS General (University of Santo Tomas)Doctor of Medicine; Master in Hospital Administration (University of Santo Tomas; University of the Philippines)Navera, Michael M.Assistant Professor IVBS Medical Technology; BS Education (AMEC; DWCL)Doctor of Medicine; Master of Arts in Education (Bicol Christian College of Medicine; Aquinas University of Legazpi)Ph.D. in Educational Foundation (Bicol University Graduate School) on-goingRances, Karen Adiel L.Assistant Professor IVBS Biology (University of the Philippines, Los Baños)Doctor of Medicine; Master in Management in Hospital Administration (De La Salle University Health Sciences Campus; Philippine Christian University)Realuyo, Maria Anna AgathaAssistant Professor IIIBS Biology (Angeles University Foundation)Angeles University Foundation (Angeles University Foundation)Rivera, Braulio Jude Y.Assistant Professor IBS Zoology (University of the East)Doctor of Medicine (Bicol Christian College of Medicine)Sy, Ofelia S.Associate Professor VBS Biology (Bicol University)Doctor of Medicine; MS in Health Systems Management; Master in Hospital Management (University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical College; Phil. Women’s Univ.; Phil. Christian Univ.)Ph.D. in Human Resource Management (Bicol College)