By Dr. ALEJANDRO P. OPULENCIA
THE UERMMMCI DEPARTMENT OF OTORHINOLA- ryngology-Head and Neck Surgery continues to produce well-rounded and competent specialists as it garnered a 100% passing rate on the specialty examination given by the Philippine Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in August 2011.
The department's most recent graduates, Dr. Adrian F. Fernando and Dr. Oliver Glenn C. Domingo, who are both graduates of the UERM College of Medicine Batch 2007 and have been friends since their med-school, entered the UERM training in 2007 and have both excelled in their own ways.
Dr. Domingo has gained vast popularity in the institution as he allotted his service to outreach programs and medical missions in various districts in the country. He even guested twice in two of the country's top-rating drama TV shows during his senior years. He has also served as the President of the UERM Residents Association from 2010 to 2011 and has engaged in some historic and well-appreciated programs of the residents.
Dr. Fernando, on the other hand, has been the Chief Resident of the Department, from May 2009 to May 2011; has authored seven research papers, five of which were published internationally at the Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, which is indexed on the HERDIN- NeON and supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the index Copernicus™ Journals Master List. Some of his authored papers where written with the Department's senior staffers: Dr. Alejandro Opulencia, Dr. Lily Sia-Vargas and dr. antonio chua. together with dr. virgilio de Gracia, Dr. Fernando also established "Smile UERM," a comprehensive cleft program for indigents with cleft lip and palate in coordination with different departments and sections in the hospital.
With the guidance of the clinical and academic staff, the two new specialists were trained not only in clinical otolaryngology but also in the academe and research. As they claim, they owe it most to the Department, the training program and to the staff, whom they consider as their mentors.
Indeed, the UERM Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery continues to its glory and, despite overwhelming odds, has been evolving into one of the top residency training programs in the country. And for over 22 years since its separation from EENT, the legacy lives on.