UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MEDICAL ALUMNI SOCIETY IN AMERICA

 

Office of the National President

 

 

 

THE YEAR THAT WAS

 

A year ago in Cleveland I spoke about The Hill We Climb. The following months saw the team go through peaks and some valleys. In response to the 2021 Survey recommendation of need for better communication, we regularly updated the membership through a Getting to Know UPMASA video, regular eblasts and other media to highlight UPMASA as a Force for Good. We invited all past national presidents in a Presidents Circle as a source of counsel and a fount of experience. We engaged with the UP Medical Alumni Society (UPMAS) and the UP Alumni Association in America (UPAAA).

It was necessary to wake some sleeping giants and energize all the 17 chapters. The Chapter and Class Development Committee successfully did this through substantive Zoom meetings, inter-chapter sharing, collaborative tutorials on navigating the UPMASA website, constructing and updating their chapter page. The Southern California chapter is alive and roaring.

The UPMASA Journal that had been in hiatus for years saw new life in December 2021 that updated the members on UPMASA’s projects and spotlighted UPMASAns who inspire. For the first time, UPMASA made its presence familiar to the UPCM campus by sponsoring a video contest among medical students. The award for the 3 winners will be handed through the Dean during the alumni business luncheon meeting in the Boston AGC. Another innovation is to introduce   UPMASAns of the month from all the chapters with one winner drawn by roulette.

We created the Committee on Personnel and Human Resources to spell out our responsibilities to and expectations from our employee and contractual workers.

We found our financial footing to be unsteady, are able to close the gap and are planning ways to get us on a steadier state.

Research gets a boost from the Research Committee which established a research fund and strongly collaborates and sponsors symposia with the Philippine counterparts. The ACTA MEDICA is now regularly widely published and is a goldmine of scholarly articles.

While some projects have been put on hold, e.g., the annual Medical Mission, the Visiting Teachers Program and the student/resident travels; UPMASA continues to fund student scholarships, professorial chair grants and even stepped into the breach when an SOS was called by the Dean when CHED withdrew its tuition support.

With robust communication through eblasts, we easily received support and sent aid to the Typhoon Odette victims in Limasawa, Bohol, Cebu, and other communities. Operation Braveheart continues to receive Rotary International Support and the Rural Co-operasyon program gained a foothold in Batangas.

And in another first, UPMASA helped build UP Los Banos ER Extension Facility which broke ground in January, was inaugurated in March, and currently serves patients in the Los Banos Community.

We held a successful Spring meeting (hybrid at that) in Tampa, Florida last April 23, are preparing to digitize our archives of over 40 years, upgrading the Website and in compliance with accounting regulations and rules about solicitation of donations. The meeting was superbly presided by our Chair and the mingling during various occasions unexpectedly included a fire drill was truly memorable.

We are now focusing on Dean Charlotte Chiong’s requests to equip its Quality Assurance Office, upgrade the way medical education will be taught for the future generation of clinicians and researchers. Click to Watch Dean Chiong Discuss Operation Sparkle.

While the BOG meets and even holds extra zoom meeting seriously dissecting serious issues, we also take the time to have fun while taking care of our physical fitness through the best exercise there is, dance. The debut will be during this year’s Welcome Reception at the AGC.

We can do all these because of you, our very generous alumni, and friends.

Yes, we roared like a tiger in 2022, so yes, the state of UPMASA is strong. We are Maroon. We are Champions.

 

LOURDES  PUBLICO, MD, MPH

UPMASA President 2021-2023

Email: lipmdmph11@gmail.com