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DOST and UP Manila sign MOU for 4th batch of MD-PhD Molecular Medicine scholars

4th batch MD-PhD scholars with DOST and UP Manila officials

Since 2010, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) has been jointly offering the MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine scholarship program, a pioneering degree program that combines MD and PhD courses on biomedical research and development.

Last May 31, 2013, the DOST, represented by Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña and UP Manila, represented by Vice Chancellor Joselito C. Jamir, officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Hyatt Hotel Manila. DOST has committed to provide financial support to the qualified scholars and monitor the implementation of the program while UP Manila will ensure the availability of faculty and academic load of subjects, and conduct regular assessment of the curriculum.


Through the scholarship, DOST and UP Manila aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers in basic and applied biomedical research towards the advancement of health from individual to global levels.

Nine outstanding students with above 90% score in their National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) qualified for the scholarship. They were Aedrian Abrilla and Adrian Jonathan Velasco from UP Manila; Jessa Louise Cadacio, Ben Anthony Lopez and Jerico Santos from UP Diliman; Kevin Austin Ona, Elgin Paul Quebral and Ruth Joy Relador from UP Los Baños; and Christian Alfredo Cruz from De La Salle University Manila. Four of them graduated Magna Cum Laude and five graduated Cum Laude.

After eight years, graduates are expected to apply their expertise and knowledge of basic sciences in teaching, conducting researches to improve health service delivery and apply research methods in independent researches that has impact on national development.