DOST-PCHRD, UP Manila welcome 11th Batch of MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Scholars

The 11th batch of MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program scholars signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) on 17 August 2020.

The new scholars are Joshua Anthony Cadeliña, Ryan Nikkole Pineda, Nico Alexander Reyes from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Nicole Jazzmine Escobar from UP Manila, Ara Karizza Buan and Anlene Jane Rocha from UP Los Baños, Kenworth Bryle Bal-lyang from UP Baguio, and Nica Cangbungcag from UP Mindanao.

The DOST-PCHRD, in partnership with the UP Manila, established the MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the advancement of health through biomedical research. The program is one of the Council’s initiatives to develop human resource capacities in order to meet the biomedical R&D needs of the country.

In his welcome remarks, DOST- PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya emphasized the importance of building and honing the capacities of the young generation. “Now more than ever, we need a new generation of doctor-scientists who possess the energy, enthusiasm, and unwavering dedication in their chosen field especially in this time of crisis,” Dr. Montoya said.

The MD-PhD Molecular Medicine Program, the first- and pioneering-degree program in the country which offers dual MD-PhD course, prepares scholars to assume key leadership roles within the academic community and mentor physician-scientists in training. To date, the program has produced 15 graduates from it first three batches and is currently supporting 32 scholars from batches seven to ten.

After the MOA signing, this batch of scholars will attend the annual MD-PhD Summit wherein scholars from previous batches orient the new scholars. This annual summit is also a venue where the MD-PhD scholars' achievements for the past year are given recognition.