Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) partnered with Cebu Normal University (CNU) in holding a Workshop on Teaching Strategies and Formulation of Instructional Design/Facilitation Plan in preparation for the Doctor of Medicine degree program.

The training was attended by medical doctors that are soon to become educators in the proposed CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine.

Four modules on Passion for Teaching, Teaching-Learning in Large Groups, Teaching-Learning in Small Groups, and Facilitation Plan Making were imparted by Dr. Lourdes Tolod and Dr. Edralin Manla as resource speakers during the three-day workshop that was held from January 29 to 31 at the CNU Eva Macapagal Memorial Arts (EMMA) Center.

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said despite the fact that the start of CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine has not been officially announced, trainings are continuously done since last year to prepare for the instructional development and the embedding of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) culture in the instructional level of the Doctor of Medicine program.

Palompon said that CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine consortium is currently working on the papers for the College of Medicine to be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and shared her high hopes that it will start this August as targeted.

A maximum of 50 students only will be accepted per year level of the five-year Doctor of Medicine degree program with Masters in Public Health Governance.

“We’ll be focusing more on the quality of our graduates… The mission of the College of Medicine is… to graduate doctors who have the passion to govern and to provide services to grassroots level,” Palompon said sharing the goals of VSMMC Medical Chief Dr. Gerardo Aquino Jr. and CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil.

Palompon also gladly shared that the proposed College of Medicine program is aligned with the new Policy Standards and Guidelines (PSG) set by CHED.

The College of Medicine will be located at VSMMC where the operations will be done, while CNU is considered to be the degree granting body to govern the academic operations, Palompon said. (JDF)