Monday, July 23, 2012

Search for Most Outstanding CIM Alumni or MOCA 2012

by: Henry Yu, MD

The Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) in its objective of seeking to give recognition to exceptional and outstanding achievements of its graduates is now accepting nomination for the Most Outstanding CIM Alumnus Award (MOCA) .
The MOCA Award envisions to give recognition to the alumnus whose exceptional achievements in the art and science of medicine fall under any of the following categories:
1.     The achievements are widely perceived to have benefited a large segment of society or the community.
2.     The achievements are unique in nature and have contributed to the better understanding of a disease and/or its control.
3.     The achievements are of lasting significance and have resulted in changes in current perception of medical practitioners.
4.     The achievements represent years of dedicated service.
5.     The achievements are recognized by his/her peers either locally, nationally or internationally.
6.     The achievements are shining examples to all alumni and students of the Cebu Institute of Medicine.
Any individual, public or private entity, organization and association, may nominate one or more alumni for the award by filling up for each nominee the nomination form which is available at the Dean’s Office, Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu City. Any alumnus of CIM may be nominated. For further details, you may call: (032)-253-7412 or (032)-253-3124.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

PSMID Midyear Convention 2012 in Cebu A Success

More than 300 people comprised of nurses, medical technologists and physicians including municipal health officers and other doctors from various parts of the country attended the successful 9th PSMID Midyear Convention held last July 5-6, 2012 at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel.
The theme of the convention was "X-pose of X-plosive weaponry against X-tremely dangerous bugs". It was hosted by the PSMID Cebu chapter.

In the superhero-inspired convention, the topics included (but was not limited to the following):

  • Batman Begins: Community-acquired infections in metamorphosis.
  • X-Bugs First class: Multi-drug-resistant bugs
  • Mystique: Cutting Edge Beauty (Dealing with Infectious Risks in the Quest to be the Fairest)
  • The Avengers: Tackling HIV Chronicles
Speakers from various specialties and locations include Dr. Mediadora Saniel, Dr. Jaime Montoya, Dr. Roentgene Solante, Dr. Elizabeth Nuqui, Dr. Raul Destura and Dr. Michael Lloyd Towns among many others.

One of the highlights of the convention was the presentation of the latest figures in Cebu regarding HIV and the "Creative" Session on Pediatric Infectious Controversies and Dilemmas.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Unilab Ideas Positive Finalists undergo social marketing bootcamp

Here is an update of the Unilab Ideas Positive this year.

12 finalists have already been chosen with seed money of P100,000 each. In preparation for the implementation of their respective projects, teh finalists underewent a social marketing bootcamp at the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong City recently.

The teams are the following:

  1. Focusing on the problem of malnutrition through fun and innovative ideas are: 
    1. Team Five for Life (Metro Manila), 
    2. Tamang TEAMpla (Metro Manila),
    3. Team Kabataang Katipuneros (Iloilo City) and 
    4. Team Green Label (Davao City)
  2. Focusing on the improvement of hygiene practices of native settlers are:
    1. Team Ba (Baguio City)
    2. Team FNEC (Bicol)
  3. Taking on the challenge of environmental preservation and care:
    1. Team Protogenia (Batangas)
    2. Team W.A.Y.A. (Iloilo City)
  4. Seeking to establish cleanup efforts for their rivers are:
    1. Team Matalaw (Batangas) and 
    2. Team JEYTUDITUSI (Cavite)
  5. Developing water-filtering systems are:
    1. Team Bang (Cebu) and 
    2. Team Transit (Cebu)
Social marketing bootcamp

As part of their learning adventure, the students spent time with the country’s best industry
practitioners: social marketing guru Dr. Ned Roberto, social entrepreneurs Mark Ruiz,
Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Jayson Lo, Krie Reyes-Lopez and Chit Juan, and creative and
communication strategist Peachy Pacquing. Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin of the DOH National Center
for Health Promotion gave the students an overview of the country’s health and wellness

Meanwhile, social marketing consultants and academicians Harvey Keh, Ma.
Christine Reyes and Dr. Sylvia Claudio, among others, dug into the implementation details
of the students’ projects to ensure smooth rollout. Social advocate Jay Jaboneta and award-
winning director Jim Libiran also inspired the participants with their stories of their own

The teams were also brought to the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Bulacan to witness
social marketing and innovation in action, led by a talk by GK Founder and President Tony

Previous Unilab Positive Ideas winners also shared about their bootcamp and project implementation experience.

Looking forward to implementation

In the next six months, all 12 student teams will be implementing their projects in their
respective communities, mentored by social marketing practitioners from around the country.
From the 12, the five most successful youth teams in project implementation will advance to the
finals for a chance to become the Unilab Ideas Positive 2012 grand winner.

For more information on the event and each team’s progress, visit
Unilab.IdeasPositive and

“Unilab Ideas Positive was developed to create meaningful change towards the nation. We
seriously take our role as a health and wellness company in building the nation, which is the
reason behind the nationwide expansion of the program this year,” - Unilab Ideas Positive program lead Barry Barrientos.


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