Statistics |with Miss Madelo-Lim

 

 

For a couple of weeks now, we have been talking all about research and alongside research, we would also be tackling on the topic statistics. According to Merriam-Webster,  Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data. It could also be a collection of quantitative data.

 

Back in my undergraduate years, I was exposed to Spearman and Pearson’s coefficient when we did our thesis entitled “Cross-Sectional Study of the Level of Physical Activity and Demographic Factors Among College Students of Cebu Doctors’ University”. We then grouped the statistic that we gathered into low, moderate and high physical activity.  We used median as our measure of central tendency because our results were quite odd from each other.

 

Being in Miss Madelo-Lim’s class yesterday brought back memories from undergrad other than the fact that she was the statistician for our research. I made sure I listened to her lecture, writing down specific notes here and there, because I didn’t want to be dumbfounded when I start filling up the details of our research study now in Med school. Although she taught us how to compute for our sample size, our current research involves having to interview ALL  52 households of the Ati Commuity in Naga City, Cebu.

 

Our action now is to finish filling up FORM 4a so that we will be able to know when we will have our research proposal. I guess reading more about statistics is vital because it could be used in future research as well.

 

Overall, the lecture was a great reminder of how one should never stop learning. Even if I already did a study in my pre-med, I still learned new things and the ways on how to interpret our study in the months to come.

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IDOL PHYSICIAN RESEARCHER | Dr. Leon Domingo Sr.

 

It’s going to be a tough one to decide who my idol physician researcher is. But I guess coming from a family of doctors, my idol would be my great grandfather who started it all. My great grandfather is Dr. Leon Domingo Sr. He was from the province of Isabela in Cagayan Valley. He was one of the first graduates of Doctor of Medicine in the University of the Philippines. There was a scarcity of doctors in the Philippines back in the early 1900s and the eight graduates were assigned at different parts of the archipelago. My great grandfather was deployed at Eastern Samar, my home province, in region 8 where he met his wife and started his family and his legacy.

 

I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet my great grandfather because he died way before I was born. But I heard countless stories about him from his daughters, my grandmothers, about how he treated patients during the war. Japanese, Americans and Filipino soldiers would come to him at that time to get treated because he was the only medical doctor in the entire province. He found a lot of ways to treat patients that were out of the ordinary because of the lack of resources during the war.

 

I have always wanted to continue my family’s legacy. My great grandfather and my grandfather are doctors, along with my parents. I have looked up to all of them and pray someday that I become successful in my plight to become one as well. As much as I loved being a physical therapist and treating patients with musculoskeletal diseases among others, there’s that voice in my head of me wanting to be more than a paramedical professional.

 

Honestly, I am interested in being a researcher someday; finding cure for certain diseases or researching about new medications that could benefit society. This is not a made up thought from an aspiring motivational speaker. I want to be someone who encourages people to strive more and give their 110% every single time. I hope I can embody my grandfather’s perseverance, patience and bravery. It’s not easy to treat patients with different needs especially during the war in the 1900s.

 

Someday I know I will be as great as the many idol physician researchers in the Philippines. I admire a lot of them and their efforts to provide evidence based practice. But for now, I want to be able to get pass through all of the hardships without being too hard on myself. I guess we will take it one day at a time and see where life takes us.

CMO18 | CDU-CM V/M/G

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THE CMO18 according to CHED is the implementation of drug testing in all higher education institutions. It talks about the rationale, policies, objectives, scope and coverage, definition of terms among others as to why it should be implemented.

 

I have read about the program outcomes of Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine and one of its goals is to produce professionals that should be role models to the society. And because of that I agree that random drug tests should be done in order for the school to monitor what their students are up to. We are going to be future doctors and in my experience, a lot of people look up to doctors as their role models and having a great character and a “healthy” well being is what is expected of us.

 

Since Duterte went into office, there has been a war on drugs and that is evident in the numerous killings of drug lords and pushers without due process. This, I think, is one of the cons of having mandatory drug tests because there are going to be a lot of factors as to why an individual would use illegal drugs. According to my research on google and other platforms, some medical students use shabu or cocaine to stay awake because of the hectic duty schedules at the hospital. Party drugs such as ecstacy are used to get away from the stress of the real world and marijuana is used to help them sleep. I think the danger of drugs is ignorance and peer pressure. A lot of individuals do it because they want to be part of a crowd or whatnot.

 

 

What we should do as future medical professionals is to educate people about drugs and its adverse effects; friends, neighbors, colleagues, family. Poster campaigns are not enough. Seminars should be done about it to people who have tried drugs and to people who haven’t tried it as well. I know there are already government programs that focus on DRUGS and REHABILITATION and I think this should be more widespread especially in the provinces.

 

The CDU-CM’s vision and mission and goals are there for us to individually embody it and to guide us through this rollercoaster of a post graduate study which is Doctor of Medicine. From the moment you enroll, you have already agreed to be the best version of yourself and to always do the greater good. We should be professionals with compassionate hearts all the way.

 

 

#TweetChat #HealthxPH

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On August 16 & 17, we had our very first tweetchat with Dr. Helen V. Madamba. On the 16th, we talked about our mission, vision and goals and whether or not it aligned with Cebu Doctors’ University’s M/V/G as well with the hashtag #CDUCM. On the 17th, we talked about how research is important and its impact in our life today. It was in line with the weekly #healthxph hosted by different doctors in Cebu & in Manila.
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I honestly was one of the frontliners of the first tweetchat. We were at school that day and we were off to watch the talent show for Mr. and Ms. Med. We were basically multitasking and tweeting out our vision mission and our goals. For now, I want to be a pediatric oncologist because I have always had a thing with treating kids (I am a licensed Physical Therapist) and my family has the cancer gene. On the other hand, research was talked about on the 17th and I think it is important because it allows us to be effective doctors especially if we do evidence based practice. There are a lot of hearsays that sometimes confuse both healthcare professionals and the masses and research helps set the record straight.
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Twitter is not foreign to me. The first time I joined twitter was way back in 2012 when I was still a third year high school student in the province. Now, 7 years later, it’s become a medium not only for rants and word salad but a medium to communicate with health professionals and convey facts and opinions about things that boggles our mind in the field in medicine. It is a medium to meet new friends and interact with people who are distance apart.
I learned to voice out my opinions and my thoughts without being hasty nor shy about it. Sometimes, when we talk to doctors or other professionals who play a great role in our society, we tend to not speak up for the fear of voicing out a blunder. But with the tweetchat, people were open and it was a safe ground for each and every one who participated. I am looking forward to the next tweetchat. I am loving the interaction with my fellow future doctors and my idol doctors.
Overall, it was one of those experiences that test your ability as an effective communicator and I will gladly join in again on the next tweetchat

Hello there!

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My name is Beafleur Elaina Cui and I am a first year Medicine student at Cebu Doctors’ University. After passing the Physical Therapy boards back in August 2018, I felt burnt out and lost. I didn’t want to proceed to Medschool, “just cause”. So for a year, I went on a journey of self-love and self discovery and I am so glad I did. Because now my soul and my heart is ready to conquer whatever challenges come my way.

Growing up from a family of doctors, I’ve always wanted to be just like them. Honestly, I wasn’t forced to study Medicine just because it was the family’s badge. I wanted to study Medicine because I want to be able to be a part of people’s journeys; I want to be there to guide them, give the appropriate medical advice & treatment  and be their helping hand in their times of need. I think being a doctor embodies everything that I want to become as a person in the next five to ten years; responsible, caring, smart among others. And with that being said, I want to be a pediatric oncologist. Cancer runs in my blood and yes, it sucks to have the cancer gene. But what draws me to focus on pediatrics is my love for children and entertaining small beautiful humans all still full of hope and light. Cancer sucks no matter how old it hits you but for these babies; who’ve only just been in this Earth for a couple of years, who haven’t seen the worsts yet, to have this incurable disease is just deafening. I want to fight their battles with them and be an instrument of healing.

I think what I dream to achieve someday aligns with what my school, CDU-CM, visualizes for the future. I believe being in this institution would help be become a happy & well-rounded doctor bringing light to the kids that I will hopefully be treating in my plight to becoming a pediatric oncologist. I have not doubted CDU’s capabilities of honing an individual to be the best that they can be because even my parents– my role models– studied and graduated from this very university that I am enrolled in. Truly, CDU CARES.

 

 

 

08/08/19

Another day, another SGD.
Another chance for us to have a group picture! + we’re finally complete this time around.

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If you guys didn’t know, SGD is short for Short Group Discussions. Instead of the traditional ratio of 1 lecturer:40-50 students, we are grouped into 10s & each of us have a facilitator that would assist us in our “discussions”. Our facilitator (a doctor), presents a case & we are given the chance to define terms, state the problems and make a hypothesis about what the case is all about.

It takes some getting used to, to be honest, because instead of just listening to one speaker, you listen to nine other opinions about the case, brainstorming causes and effects and whatnot. It’s been fun, so far, but we haven’t even tackled the difficult topics yet so we’ll have to see.

So here’s another picture of us! You guys are going to be seeing more of these people in my blogs & vlogs since they are my SGD groupmates for my entire first year in Medicine. Also, I did vlog today so there might be a “MedLife” vlog soon. We’ll have to see!

With love,
beyscapades

SGD GROUP 14;

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I met my groupmates today. Honestly I have been waiting to make new friends since Med started but due to the endless orientations that we had to attend, for two days plus the weekend that went by, I was left wondering about who are these individuals that I’m going to be spending every short group discussion with for the rest of my first year in Medicine.

We, all ten of us, are diverse in such a way that we have four medtechs, two nurses, a psychometrician, a bio major, a physical therapist (me) & the one that left me in awe, a dentistry student. Four of us came from CDU & the rest are from schools like USC, Velez, UP Cebu & even La Salle Bacolod.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but our group dynamic had potential. I hope we will all get along in the days and months to come!

So here is a picture from our “acquaintance lunch” at YellowCab.

PS. I did ask permission from them if I could post them here.
PPS. Kulang kami ng isa! But may sub naman. Find the sub 😉
PPPS. Insert John

With love,
beyscapades
#PTRPtoMD

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I am at peace
For the longest time I thought
Peace was elsewhere
Peace was a place
Peace was with someone else
Peace was a person
Peace was out there, somewhere
Hidden amongst the clouds
Scattered away by rain
Vaporized by the sun
But I’ve searched for it out in the world
And I didn’t find it anywhere but here;
in my heart, in my mind
I found it in loose threads & I sewed it together slowly, with every part of my being
I took my time to patch the little holes
Where sadness would peep through
Where loneliness could come creeping in
Again & again, I did this day by day
Weeping some days out of happiness
While some days out of hate
There were minor setbacks;
Though none that could break the seams
They were there to remind me
that I am human, that I have emotions
That even with the seldom streams of tears
Being at peace, My peace;
Makes every frustration seem small

From PT to MD.

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Out of 200 first year MED students, there are only five of us (to my knowledge) who studied Physical Therapy for their pre-med. After FIVE excruciating years and a board exam deemed to be the third hardest in the Philippines, here we are, facing yet another FIVE years of sleepless nights & burnouts.

Why do we even do this to ourselves? We could have been great Physical Therapists in various fields— sports, pediatric, geriatric among others, breaking the “masahista” stereotype and proving to everyone we are so much more than that. But I guess we follow what the heart wants and the fulfillment of being a doctor someday, diagnosing, treating and saving lives, are what inspires us to study more and BE MORE.

I could have chosen an “easier” pre-med but I don’t regret taking up Physical Therapy. I would not trade the knowledge that I have learned, the experiences I have gathered and the memories I have cherished just to get ahead in life.

Cheers to my first two days in Med school! Guess I have nothing to do for the weekend because we haven’t discussed anything yet.

With love,
beyscapades

06/27/19

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Yesterday I was at the hospital to have my blood extracted and I was sitting next to this little girl, around 6 years old, which I assumed had cancer with her bloated stomach, bald head and a mask around her face. She was going to have her labs checked as well and the MedTech was going on about her WBCs (which further confirmed my suspicion that she may have cancer).

The little girl looked so happy still, she didn’t even cry when she went inside and got her blood extracted. She was smiling despite everything. And looking at this cute little girl, she reminded me about how much I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist back when I was still studying my pre-med.

I remember during my interview with the Dean of the College of Medicine, he asked me what specialty I was veering towards since I didn’t write it down on the short essay on my med application. I told him I wasn’t sure yet but I might take up a Masters in Hospital Administration. Having said that, he asked me again what specialty I had in mind aside from taking up a masters.

“Endocrinology” I quipped, “…or Oncology” I continued. I don’t really like telling people how much I want to be an Oncologist because most would tell me that my heart is too weak for it; I would only cry every time I lose a patient to cancer. But you know what, I don’t care because I want to be part of their journey. I want to be there for these people suffering from this incurable disease.

I have lost someone to cancer; five relatives have come and gone. I know what it feels like to have a family member going through all of it. It’s sad, it’s crazy, it’s deafening. But something about being an Oncologist, a Pediatric one to be exact, has me daydreaming and wanting to be a doctor more than I ever did before.

Hey, it still might change. I’m still a first year and first years have so much hope for the future. We’ll really just have to wait and see!

PS. Picture is so unrelated to my sentiments but I really don’t know what to put 😂

With love,
Beyscapades