Thursday, May 1, 2014

A New Breed of Doctors (ADZU-SOM)

ADZU-SOM stands for Ateneo De Zamboanga University -School Of Medicine, then known as the Zamboanga Medical School Foundation.


This is a video on: Social Accountability in the 21st Century Medicine:  the ADZU-SOM Model



This feature shows the very innovative method of education of the ADZU-SOM who not only reads books within the four walls of the classroom, but have extended their education to the community.

ADZU-SOM is also a pioneer in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which is now adapted by many medical schools in the country.

The graduates of ADZU-SOM finish a double course of  M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) and M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health).

Here is also a news update which I gathered from the ADZU -SOM website which I know would be interesting to you.

ADZU-SOM DEAN AWARDED EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
2014-02-11 14:52:51

Dr. Fortunato L. Cristobal, Dean of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM), was awarded a "Special Award for Excellence in Health Professional Education" during the international Prince Mahidol Award Conference held last January 26-31, in Pattaya, Thailand. This award is given in honor of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, Thailand. 

The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation was established on January 1st, 1992 in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol. Two Prince Mahidol awards are conferred annually upon individuals or institutions which have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of medicine, public health and human services throughout the world. 

This year however for the first time, 7 Prince Mahidol awardees were selected from 32 nominees worldwide. The final 7 awardees came from USA, Canada, Sudan, Belgium, Beijing, South Africa with Dr. F. Cristobal from the Philippines. 

Dr. Cristobal received this award for his establishment of the ADZU-SOM and its innovative curriculum utilizing problem-based learning, community-based learning, and competency-based assessment. This pioneering school opened twenty years ago, long before The Lancet published the study "Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world". This study underlined the pressing need of a competency based curriculum integrating education systems with health systems on local, national, regional, and global levels. 

The ADZU-SOM has been instrumental in dramatically decreasing the morbidity and mortality rates of the region, and in improving access to health services. Its graduates have been deployed to previously doctorless areas in Mindanao, and have been contributory to the increase in the health literacy of the region. 

With Dr. Cristobal were two of ADZU-SOM's graduates, Dr. Pascualito Concepcion, and Dr. Caroline C. Fabian. Dr. Fabian presented findings from her Team's community health plans entitled "Community Mobilization Through Experiential Learning: The ADZU-SOM Experience," detailing the creation of sustainable health projects in the rural community of San Miguel, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte. 

This year's Prince Mahidol Conference on "Transformative Learning for Health Equity," was organized in cooperation with the World Health Organization, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, China Medical Board, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. 

As the Philippines struggles to address the still ubiquitous problem of health inaccessibility, Dr. Cristobal and the ADZU-SOM continuously employ transformative ideas to champion health for all.



P.S. 
1) I am proud to be one of the part-time faculty of the ADZU-SOM!
Last September 2013 during the Centennial, we got a 15 year Service Award as ADZU-SOM faculty. 
Dr. Mansueta Sabellina, Dr. Mary Ann Torregosa, Dr. Filipinas Rojo, Dr. George Rojo 
2) Thanks for supporting the CMZ B.R.A. (Bra to Raise Awareness) Campaign Project through Dr. Fortunato Cristobal and Kerwin Faustino (Medical Student)

3) I am just one of the part-time teachers in Radiology and I am not a moving force of this institution!



















6 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were teaching for SOM. The curriculum sounds great. I'm sure ADZU produces a lot of quality doctors.

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    1. Yes, I teach Radiology but this is spread throughout the year and so I go to teach only for the schedule given me... and many times, I have the class in Ciudad Medical Zamboanga. I am not active with the other activities in ADZU-SOM and I have not been to the community they serve.

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    2. Yes, I teach Radiology but this is spread throughout the year and so I go to teach only for the schedule given me... and many times, I have the class in Ciudad Medical Zamboanga. I am not active with the other activities in ADZU-SOM and I have not been to the community they serve.

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  2. The curriculum is good, especially the Problem Based Learning :). I hope every school adapts it

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  3. When I was a child I dream of becoming a doctor when I grow up but I ended up as a Chemist and now a blogger. I am proud to know you Doc and you are teacher too :)

    Mommy Maye
    www.momaye.com

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  4. It's good to hear you that you are teaching also and impart your knowledge to students who want to be in the medical field. :-) Kudos Doc!

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