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ERMITA, MANILA- The 7th batch of MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Program scholars signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on 21 September 2016 at AmaRonn Restaurant.
Among the new scholars who are expected to satisfy all course requirements under the program for eight years are Patrick Josemaria Altavas from University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Allan John Barcena from UP Manila, Christian Jirard Custodio from UP Los Baños, Bryan Paul De Galicia from UP Manila, Vivien Joyce Josol from UP Manila, Rafael Vincent Manalo from UP Diliman, Aurora Nakpil from UP Diliman, Genmar Cyrus Pasion from UP Manila, Paul Benedic Salvador from UP Diliman, and Fatima Ericka Vista from UP Manila.
The MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through PCHRD, and UP Manila, through the College of Medicine, to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the advancement of health through biomedical research.
During his inspirational speech, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña emphasized the importance of building and honing the capacities of the young generation.
“As they bring new ideas and possess energy to add to the existing pool of knowledge, the youth are often considered as representatives of the future. They have the capability of bringing enthusiasm and vitality which leads to beneficial discoveries and developments,” Sec. dela Peña said.
Being the first and pioneering degree program in the country which offers dual MD-PhD course, the MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program prepares scholars to assume key leadership roles within the academic community and mentor physician-scientists in training.
“The MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program was established by the DOST in the hopes of shaping a brighter tomorrow for the country. With the emerging health concerns and rapidly evolving health sector, the DOST and PCHRD understands the importance of investing on the talents and skills of our young people,” PCHRD Executive Director Jaime Montoya added.
Aside from the MOA signing of new scholars, DOST also renewed its partnership with UPM through the signing of another MOA for the MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program. Eight program mentors were also recognized.