College of Medicine
The Bicol University – College of Medicine
VISION : The BUCM aspires to be the leader in transformative and integrative medical education. It seeks to develop doctors who are active agents of health systems transformation toward self-sustaining and resilient communities.
- To produce physicians with transformative qualities ready to serve the local and global communities;
- To undertake research that evolves measures and models of response to health issues and challenges sensitive to anthro-socio-medical realities in Bicol; and
- To extend proactive services in health education, disaster preparedness and environmental sustainability programs that will develop healthy communities.
The establishment of a medical school in Bicol University was part of the University’s Comprehensive Development Plan 2004-13. Support for this undertaking was made thru the Regional Development Council in its 2009 and 2012 resolutions, and some political leaders. On July 27, 2010, the Academic Council of BU approved the curriculum of the Doctor of Medicine Program crafted by an ad-hoc team composed of the Vice Presidents and BU-College of Nursing faculty who did bench-marking of some medical schools in the country.
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 Five-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 of 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 will be the school’s base hospital. The College of Nursing hosted the medical schools until the inauguration of the new building by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 19, 2014.
In School Year 2014-15, the BUCM opened its doors to the Pioneer Batch with 62 students. Presently, there are 248 students (80 First Year students, 62 Second Year students, 53 Third Year students, and 53 Fourth Year students), 13 full-time and more than 30 part-time faculty members. CHED gave BUCM its authority to operate on November 7, 2017.
Unique Features of the School:
- Dual Program – Aside from the MD Program, the BUCM graduate will also obtain the degree MPA major in Health Emergency and Disaster Management. This is in recognition of Bicol’s being a disaster-prone region in the country. On December 21, 2017, the BU Board of Regents approved the separation of the MD and MPA Programs such that the students have a choice of either taking the MD Program only or enrolling in the double-degree Program.
- Integrative Healthcare courses – These are First to Third Year courses based on the principles of relationship-centered care integrating conventional and
evidence-based complementary modalities for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, believing in the innate healing capacity of individuals, engaging body/mind/spirit, and maintaining that healing is always possible even when curing is not. The aim is transformation in healthcare: from a purely biomedical to a more holistic medicine. This is also in response to the World Federation of Medical Education’s advocacy for traditional, unorthodox and alternative medicine.
- Community Health- All students, divided into groups, undergo a month of community immersion every year in the same assigned barangays, longer during Clerkship and Internship, in order to transform the locale from community-oriented (Health to the People) to community- based (Health with the People), and to community-managed (Health by the people) barangays.
- Return Service – Upon admission to the BUCM, all students are required to sign the Return Service Agreement where upon graduation, they have to work in the Philippines for at least two years.
Doctor of Medicine
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)