Wow I didn’t even realize how much Borongan has changed in just a span of three months. Apparently, a lot of establishments opened up at the start of 2020 and sadly everything’s on hold because of the quarantine.
How is everyone doing? It’s been so weird to be home— merging my old life with my current life. I was here for a year from September 2018-July 2019 and I had a year filled with drama, adventures and all those crazy stuff on the side. I was always out and about, rarely just at home.
And now it’s April of 2020 and I’m opening books about the male and female reproductive system, finishing up cases for school and I haven’t been to the beach since I arrived 21 days ago (which is very unlikely).
Here’s to 21 more days till April 27 which is the date Cebu has has set as the end of their enhanced community quarantine.
Honestly, everything’s on hold right now. So i really don’t know what will happen when we get back. But I hope everything goes back to normal soon.
Happy Palm Sunday, everyone!
Dungis na dungis but throwback to the last Sinulog street party that I’ve been to which was still way baaaack 2016.
I’ve had my fair share of attending the sinulog festivities when I was kn undergrad and I would really go out on a Sunday, drink and party while shouting “Pit Señor” but as soon as I got to my fourth year in Cebu, I stopped charging into traffic and avoided the rampant behavior of the streets of Cebu.
The years after that, my sinulog weekend were spent island hopping (2017) in Mactan, hosting mini house parties (2018) at my old apartment in Banilad, chilling by the beach back home in Eastern Samar (2019) away from the clamor of “prititit” here and there.
And for 2020, I’m off to spend it at the dorm or at a nearby coffee shop because our college decided that the best time to have our Block Exams (it’s like a bimonthly/midterm exam ish but not really) is THE DAY AFTER SINULOG WEEKEND.
For those of us who are in med school, HAPPY STUDYING & may we all pass our blocks.
And for those of you who can drink & party their asses out onto the streets, have fun! Pit Señor & Happy Sinulog weekend.
I have been debating since I woke up at 7 am this morning if I should go out and go to a coffee shop today in order to feel productive. And hey, it’s 2pm and here I am at the Bo’s coffee shop near my dorm, sitting down, waiting for my hot café mocha and hoping that I might actually do something.
Honestly, I tried reading about cardiology and I failed. I failed because I couldn’t bring my brain to focus on a paragraph for more than a 9 minute. I was always distracted by my willingness to watch YouTube videos or Netflix instead (I watched the first episode of the Witcher and couldn’t even finish that too)
Alas, here I am, trying to come up with something to write, not sure about what my goal for 2020 really is. I kind of just been living in the now and so far, it’s not doing me any good, I think. But my most recent achievement is starting and finishing the entire season of YOU Season 2 yesteray and you guys should definitely watch that because it is morbid but it is great.
I know this blog post is so random but atleast I am writing something and I hope after this one I will proceed to write other articles, those that are deemed relevant and worthy to be published and not some gibberish from a bored first year medical student aspiring writer and vlogger.
With love always,
Have you watched my vlogs yet?
And just like that, we’re getting closer to the end of the year and with that, the end of the first semester!
I just wanted to post this one here because I truly appreciate each and every single “night-outs” I had for the past four months (I still honestly drank a little too much). But, who says Med students are too busy to drink and party? We’re done with yet again another block (Goodbye Block 3!). It was a great 6 weeks and I honestly loved Block 3 and tomorrow it’ll be the first case synthesis for Block 4 which is the official start of our second sem!
Yes! I know. We’re starting Block 4 right off the bat and I don’t personally understand it as well but you know, there are a lot of things that we don’t understand in Med school and starting Block 4 right away is one of those things. Haha.
I can’t wait for our most-awaited Christmas Break/Sem break! My brain’s honestly on vacation mode already but I still have an exam on the 9th and my brain’s got to hustle one last time.
2019 is indeed such a great year so far and I wish and hope that December will not disappoint. There’s going to be a lot of things that will be happening this month so I am pretty excited. Can’t wait for everything to go down!
Should I do vlogmas?!
One week ago. 👋🏻
One of my cousins turned 18 on November 3 and I went on a two-hour boat ride to Bohol to attend her special day.
I always love family gatherings. Growing up, my family (extended) almost always finds a reason to celebrate something every month whether it’s a birthday or even a death anniversary.
On normal Sundays, my Lola Nanay would always go out of her way to cook us something special for lunch and we’d all eat till our bellies are happy. If she is not able to prepare dessert, we’d buy tubs of ice cream for dessert and we’d sit down around the long oval table and my Titas, Titos, cousins and I would talk about almost anything (sometimes local issues). Indeed, Sundays are great for the Domingos.
Anyway, glad to have spent time with some of my family members during the break even if I didn’t go home to Borongan. #Este
Happy Sunday everyone!
Fun fact: Sunday in Waray is DOMINGO. 😉
I’m on YouTube.
The thing about studying in Cebu, is that I am far away from my family. It’s a daily dose of not coming home to Lola’s cooking and my mom’s “Uwi ka na” calls at 12 midnight (haha). But indeed in order to make my dreams of a doctor a reality, I have to bear with the musings of living in a dorm and being away from the house that kept me sane during my gap year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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