Newsletter SY:2013

2013 Curriculum Review of College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences



"CAReS + Good Environment = Life"

On January 20, 2013, the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc., College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences (UERMMMCI - CAReS) played host to one of its many activities leading to its 25th anniversary. Together with the Allied Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council (ARSSC), the college conducted a tree planting activity and pledged to protect a hectare of land in one of the few remaining sanctuaries for nature and wildlife in the city, the La Mesa Eco Park.

Attended by various members of the university, physical therapy and prosthetics and orthothics faculty, including some student, the participants made the trip to La Mesa Eco Park early Sunday morning. Upon arriving, the activity started with an informative lecture on advantages and steps of composting by one of the tour guide of the park. This was followed by an extensive tour of the park grounds and a brief description of some of the many plants, one may encounter in the nature reserve.

Finally, the college made its pledge to protect e hectare of land official with a tree planting activity designed to educate the participants on the importance of trees in nature. After a quick lesson and video on the history of the park, it was time for the participants to get their hands dirty as each one learned the proper way to plant fast growing tree saplings which would contribute to the health and protection of the environment.

And with that, the activity came to a successful close. La Mesa Eco Park ensured that at least one hectare of nature and trees would remain well protected for at least another year. The college concluded another successful activity and contributed to the protection of the environment, and all the participants and everyone involved, left with a richer knowledge of nature, and no doubt a desire to revisit and explore the park once again.

National Teachers Training Center for the Health Professions University of the Philippines Manila

"CAReS Faculty Attended Confab"

About 150 Health Professional educators gathered together at Pan Pacific Hotel in Malate, Manila last January 31-30, 2013 to mark the 7th National Conference on Health Professions Education with one aim, to transform the traditional way of instruction into more advanced teaching methodology in the health profession. This event was sponsored by University of the Philippines Manila - National Teachers Training Center for the Health Professions with the theme, "Forging Partneships toward Transformative Education in the Health Professions."

This conference was attended by three faculty members of the UERMMMCI-College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences: Dean Raquel S. Cabazor, Prof. Archelle Jane C. Callejo and Mr. Gerald Lester A. Caoili. There were also faculty members and administrators of other colleges of the Medical Center who were present during the two day convention and seminar, all aimed to get new informations and trends in teaching and apply it to deliver quality education and instruction to students.

This gathering of health professionals brings hopes to the health care delivery system of the country and future health professionals. Among the topics being discussed was "Transforming and Scaling Up Health Professions Education", "Institutional Reforms in Transformative Education", "Transforming the Teacher" and "Instructional Reforms in Transformative Education." There were also parallel sessions which discussed and addressed the different issues and topics in the different disciplines among the health professions. Dean Cheryl Peralta of UST-CRS delivered "Competency-Based Curriculum in Physical Therapy Education." Words of encouragement were given by Mr. Edicio G. Dela Torre as the key note speaker which caught the attention and inspired the attendees so much.

There were also professionals from different countries who discussed related topics: "The Center for Educational Development in the Health Professions, University of Health Sciences: Transforming Human Resources for Health in Cambodia" by Prof. Team Sar, "The School of Health Sciences" by Dr. Jusie Lydia J. Siega-Sur and "A Teacher Transformed" by Dr. Seak Chap Chhay.

During the two day convention, a symposium was administered by the Dean of NTTC-HP, Dr. Erlyn A. Sana, entitled "Making the Systems Approach Work." Resource speakers were Dr. Fely Marilyn E. Lorenzo on "Health System," Dr. Antonio Miquel L. Dans on "Academic System" and Dean Teresita C. Mendoza on "Community Based-Rehabilitation."

At the end of the conference, Dean Sana continues to call for transformative education in the health professions making this event a realization to everyone. Kudos to the Health Professions Educator!