Category Archives: UPCM

Welcome to UPCM Family, Class 2020!

Alhamdulillah! (All praise be to Allah!) After the loooong wait, the list of admitted applicants who passed the rigorous application process in UPCM is now up! We now have the initial list of LU3 students (1st year Medicine Proper) for the school year …

Back to Pediatrics, Autism Week, and a New Halal place!

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)
We are back in the colourful world of Pediatrics after a week of break with the second half of Pharmacology module. After the nerve-racking exam last Friday, it was indeed a welcoming relief to see the colourful walls in the OPD Pediatrics with all those Disney characters all around. And of course, the cheerful smiles of our angelic patients never fail to keep our days brighter as well.

Pediatrics wall wallpaper disney Toys story
The colorful walls in the OPD-Pediatrics
There are more better photos of Disney Princess somewhere.
Case Conferences and Higher learning!

This week we had two case conferences, a lecture on complementary feeding (where our professor gave us chocolates! Yeay!) and lots and lots of Out-Patient exposure! Our rotation of 12-hour duties in the Pediatric Emergency Department (Pedia ER) are also being wrapped up for this last two weeks of our training in this department. This Friday my group will have our second and last 12-hour duty 🙂 Pretty looking forward to it and learn more things, in sha Allah (I might publish a post about “what to prepare for ER Duty”)

Chocolates Complementary feeding Malnutrition
Free chocolates during the lecture on Complementary Feeding!
Hooray! (we have to stay awake in return though ahaha)
We talked about Malnutrition while feeding ourselves with these.
This week I also learned more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, and a bit about how to classify the severity of malnutrition of a child and on computing their Caloric Requirements as well. It was also great to see one of our very first “Mother-Doctor” in the college. Dr. Moral was the one who handled our “hand-group” during our first year in proper medicine wherein we talked about the wonderful art of Medicine and about our dreams and careers as well.

The Forever-mates with Dr. Moral

Photo grabbed from Karl 🙂

Autism Awareness Week!

Every last week of January, the Autism Awareness Week is being held nationally. Just recently I read about something like a “March of Angels” held somewhere in the metro in support of this awesome advocacy. You see, the cases of ASD (Autism) are increasing in number these days, and the wrong perception of most of us is that Autism is already a “dead end”. That it’s the end of life of the kid with Autism. This is ultimately wrong. There may be no cure to Autism yet, but it is not a lethal, “death-sentence” per say. The child with autism can still live long and happy, provided appropriate supports are given and his/her problems are addressed.

In line with this as well, the Department of Pediatrics held a Bazaar and Autism Exhibit. There were booths wherein accessories, toys, bag-tags, bags, and even cookies that were PERSONALLY HAND-CRAFTED/CREATED by children with Autism were being sold. Some of their paintings were also put in display (and boy, some of them can paint way better than me! Haha)

The Paintings by kids with autism are in the background.
We were just looking at this map (not made by the children LOL) haha.
Pose pose! (bought some awesome tasting cookies!)

A new Halal Place!

Alhamdulillah! We also discovered a new Halal restaurant near our school. It’s some 5-10 minute walk from PGH. I brought my friends there earlier today and they oh so loved the foods! Haha! They sell authentic Halal cuisines ranging from 55 to 120 Php. You can choose from a lot of foods inspired from Malaysian, Indonesian, Pakistani, and of course Tausug Cuisine!

Halal Food cuisine Malaysian
Gayyah’s Pagkaunan Halal restaurant 🙂
It’s in Del Pilar Street near Pedro Gil side and
just in front of the Musallah in Mabini.

The name of the Restaurant is “GAYYAH’s PAGKAUNAN Halal Restaurant”. I haven’t tried all the foods and I am planning to interview the owner (or at least the one in-charge), and see if I can come up with another post (review?) about this place. It’s pretty clean and the servers (I refrain in calling them waitresses, coz they’re really not haha) are very kind 🙂

Their SATTI and TIYULA’ ITUM are so delicious! @[email protected] Both costs around P65-75 each. They also have “Budget meals” (with 1 cup rice, 1 meat-viand, 1 vegetable viand and free glass of juice and tiyula’ itum soup) for only P55!

delicious food Tausug satti tiyula itum
Top: Satti
Below left: Tiyula’ itum, Below right: Their Budget meal.
(Photo from Buddy Denzy 🙂

This might be the new place I will keep on visiting and bringing my friends to, especially those who really want to try our Halal foods 🙂

Food trip with classmates
Yeah, it’s them again. We are not “Forever-mates” for nothing huh?
They really loved the foods by the way! ^_^
(Though most of what we ordered were
actually Non-Tausug foods! LOL)

Photo grabbed from Karl 🙂

Still need to work harder

Another realization I had this week (again) is the fact that I STILL HAVE A LOT TO IMPROVE ON. I am still not as good as my group-mates in organizing my data and reporting my findings; And I still do not know a lot more of the cases we meet in the OPD -_-. I really have to push myself even harder to be better, in sha Allah. I chose this path knowing that it won’t be easy. So I should never be disillusioned by the number of free time I am having right now (well compared to last year in HelLu4).

Speaking of working harder… there are really times that the struggle to stay awake in class is very, very hard to handle -_- specially when you are post-duty and the room is soooo cooold!

Sleeping at school

Hmm well, I think that’s all for the update on my Life in Medschool Series 🙂 Hope you all guys a re doing well! Salam kasilasa!

PS. I am having some free time thanks to the pretty-benign schedule this week haha. I have to keep it productive though. Have to force myself to read and study some cases even though we don’t have an end-of-rotation exam. I wonder if I can really put these words into action though -_-

Again, Salam Kasilasa!


Applying for UP College of Medicine

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)

UP College of Medicine Applications PGH UPWe are already half-way through the school year and as expected, the new sets of applications for the next batch of martyr amazing medical students who will sacrifice their social lives really enjoy learning the wonderful world of medicine is here! Actually I am already way too late for this, but nah, what’s new? So to help those who are planning to apply in the most prestigious college of medicine in the country (UPCM of course!) here is a complete list of what you need to accomplish before the deadline!
For those applying for academic year 2015-2016, COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS ALREADY! The deadline is already on FEBRUARY 4, 2015!

Here are the requirements:

For Lateral entrants/Regular applicants for LU3 (Medicine Proper), i.e. those who finished their Baccalaureate Degree or about to graduate this school year (2014-2015):


1.       Fully accomplished UPCM Application Form

a.       Available at the Admissions Office (Calderon Hall)

b.      You have to pay a fee of P1,500 before getting the application form. The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE 🙁

c.       For those coming from Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, you can PM in my FB page for some assistance, if needed.

UP College of Medicine Application Form
A sample of the UPCM Application form
2.       A certified true copy of NSO Birth Certificate (Original and photocopy)

3.       True Copy of Income Tax returns (ITR) of both parents if available

4.       Original plus a photocopy of your NMAT result taken in last 2 years (April 2013-December 2014).

a.       If you don’t have a copy of your results yet, request a copy from CEM, Inc and just inform the secretary in the admissions office that you will submit it later on (“to follow”).

b.      An NMAT Score of not lower than 90 percentile is required to be eligible for application.

5.       True copy of Transcript of Records (TOR) or Certified True copy of Grades for at least the 3 and a half years of your BS/AB program.

6.       Four copies of 2×2 pictures. Formal, white background and signed by the applicant (on the front), do not staple/glue them in your application forms.

7.       An updated certificate of Immunization(especially Hepa B) is also required. Having the first dose of HepB Vaccine is allowed provided that the student will ensure that he/she will complete the immunization later on.

8.       A signed copy of the Return Service Agreement (RSA) for all regular applicants. This must be signed by both parents, with witnesses and also notarized, so I advise that you finish this first as soon as possible especially if your parents are in the provinces.

9.       For Regionalization Program (RP) Applicants:

a.       A photocopy of all the requirements submitted to the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) of their respective Region (you will be informed to whom you will send the additional documents)

b.      A signed Acceptance to Serve and Assumption of Liability (ASAL) Agreement instead of the RSA. More on this later.

c.       A fully accomplished Reply Slip (included in the RP Primer, downloadable copy provided below)
For those applying in the REGIONALIZATION PROGRAM (RP), there will be a slight difference in the application process. Aside from all those mentioned above that you have to submit to the admissions office, you also have to submit these documents to your respective CLO:

1.        A fully completed Regionalization Program (RP) Application form. It is basically the same and provided together with the regular application form; no additional fees to pay.

2.       A certified Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate

3.       A proof of Residency in the community by submitting the following:

a.       Barangay Certification

b.      ITR of Parents

c.       Certificate of Membership of Indigenous People

4.       RP Form # 3 (to be provided by the Admissions Office)

5.       True copies of ITR of both parents for the LAST THREE (3) YEARS.

6.       Voter’s/Comelec ID of parent(s) and Applicants (Clear photocopy)

7.       A Letter of Intention addressed to the RPC Chair (Dr. Abdel Jeffri Abdulla) to be considered under the RP. (download the pdf copy of the RP Primer for more info about this).


Downloadable copies:

For any other concerns regarding the application form, kindly visit the UPCM website or contact the Admissions Office:

UP College of Medicine
547 Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila
Telefax: 536-1368 you may visit our website


 See you in there! ^_^

Salam Kasilasa!


The ICC Essentials

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)
Heya! Here we go again with the usual “I am sorry it took me so long to post here again” scenario which I believe I should already get rid of (-_-) Starting today! I never even have a “Date published” tags on my posts…so no one would really know how late I am. haha! But kidding aside, I think the dates really doesn’t matter anymore… If I am writing these experiences and maybe some tips for the next ICCs*, the order of each rotation would not matter: for every block (all 8 of them) have different schedules, and perhaps different experiences as well. So I will just write what I have in my journals, keep them short and concise as possible (which I am really poor at by the way), and hopefully pray that someone would stumble on this blog and read it. haha. 
Anyway, continuing our sharing of stories and learning experiences (?) as an ICC student… I see my calendar here that we are now in our 8th week as an ICC student. Cool! It’s December already and we have 2 more weeks to go for the first semester! Yeay!
Which reminds me, I still have a lot of “weeks”, I mean rotations to cover uuggggh! <(-_-)> oh well.
Back to our main topic for today: The ICC essentials. What is different with being an ICC Student or Junior Clerk is that you will now be more exposed to the patients. Most of your days will be spent not in the classrooms, but in the wards monitoring patients’ vital signs; in the Out-patient Department (OPD) interviewing new and follow-up patients; and if lucky or unlucky, you will also be left ALONE to do your directed physical examinations. (I emphasized the word “alone” because the past 2 years we have been used to doing things by group.) And with that big realizations comes the great need to have your own medical equipment and stuffs.
Here are the important MUST HAVES as an ICC Student:
My ICC stuffs (sorry for the quality, just used my phone here)

1) Your own Stethoscope — No need to explain why. You just don’t become a third year medical student without your own stethoscope

2) Aneroid Sphygmomanometer — (we call it “BP App”) Others prefer the digital one. Either way, it is important to have one anytime you go o duty. Just be sure you really know how to use them 🙂 If you are still not sure, better train with your classmates first. Or here’s a tip: ask your patient what’s their last BP before, with that you know where you are supposed to here the Korotkoffs 😉

3) Calculator — You will be asked to do a lot of computations: BMI, Expected Fetal weight, etc. If you are not a math whiz, better bring a calculator where ever you go. Keep it handy (not too big, you are not an accountant! And not too small that you have to use some ultra thin fiber to press on a single number!) These guys are also very helpful during exams.

4) Medical Tapes! (Micropore) — You can’t live in the wards without these! There are expensive ones (P130) and some fake cheap ones (P35) in Bambang. Buy as much as you can. You will eventually see how handy these things are: from taping IV Canulas to labeling your stuffs to even repairing ripped off papers, Micropores will sooner be your favorite thing in the world! (at least in medschool)

5) Measuring Tapes — Ever wonder when is the time that you will use those freebies that your seniors gave you during your freshie days? Well, this is it! Those handy, pull-and-tuck tape measures will surely be put to use in most rotations as OB, Pedia, Orthopedics, even in Ophthalmology!

6) Clipboard! — Same as above, you know you need them.

7) Paper and Pens — Oh come on! don’t tell me I have to explain this one?

OTHERS (you can borrow them from your friends, but it’s better to have one if you can)

1) Thermometer — for the constant monitoring duties. We have digital thermometers now (P50-P75) in Bambang.

2) Penlight — After your Neuro and Ophtha rotation, you are supposed to have your own penlight. But you can always borrow if you forgot to bring them 🙂

3) Neuro Hammer — Don’t forget to bring this one during ROR (Rhemua-Ortho-Rehab), Neuro and even in IM rotations.

4) Tourniquet — You will be asked to extract some blood for laboratories, or insert an IV Canula, or “line” the patient, and a tourniquet is an essential item for that. Yes, you can use your latex gloves if there are really none of these around. But I say it’s better to have one, it’s pretty cheap anyway (P15-20), and makes you look like an IV-lining expert.

5) Pulse Oxymeter — Not really required and it’s kinda expensive. But if you are pretty rich and you feel lazy counting those pulses by the clock, then perhaps this item is for you.

6) Handy Dsinfectants — Be it a 70% solution of Isopropyl Alcohol or a lemon-scented Alcogel, it’s up to you. If not, you can still find a lot of alcohols scattered around the hospital wards (you see them on their alcohol holders attached to the walls). And I am sure there is at least one of your classmates who have one hehe.

NOT REALLY REQUIRED (You can borrow from your friends in other year levels)
  • Ophthalmoscope –during Ophtha rotation, you will be expected to have at least 2 students sharing one Ophthalmoscope. It’s a good investment if you are really planning to proceed to Ophtha.
  • Otoscope — usually comes with the Ophthalmoscope. For ORL duties.
Tadaa! I think those are the essentials that every ICC must have (or at least have an idea of). Being an ICC Student they say is pretty “benign” compared to the Clerks, but I believe this is the year that we should never put to waste. We have to learn as much as we can in preparation for the hellish year we are about to endure next year 🙂 So, get as many patient as you can! Ask as much questions as you can! Learn how to do things in the wards, how things work, which paper to fill in, etc. 

Hmmm Hope this post will serve its purpose 🙂
Salaam! Logging out!
*In case you were wondering what those “ICCs” are… ICC stands for “Integrated Clinical Clerkship” which refers to the group of students in Learning Unit 5 (LU5 or 3rd year proper) of UP College of Medicine. It is the equivalent of “Junior Clerkship” in other Medical schools. 

LIMS: The Transes.

[Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels but not in all schools]
 Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
We have our daily lectures, and we want a copy of the handouts and presentations by our lecturers as much as possible, but where do we get them? This is where the heroic term “Transcription” comes in handy.
The Transcriptions or shortly “Trans” (plural: Transes) are printed and/or electronic copies of the handouts, presentations, and other discussions in your past lectures. They are basically (and supposedly) the concise and summarized version of the whole lecture. These trances will always come in handy during exams so every medstudent must have a copy of these wherever they go (except the super nerd ones).
Transes are prepared by the assigned transcribers or “transers” (will be discussed on the next post) and it is their responsibility to get all the necessary and significant information from the lectures in their trans. Depending on the agreed schedule of deadlines of submissions by your class, the transes will be uploaded in your class’ online storage account or printed and be delivered to your respective transboxes.
[photo of transbox]
Should you Subscribe?
Usually, you will be given the choice if you want to subscribe to the printed transes or not. When you subscribe, the printed copies of the trans will be delivered into your transboxes after 1 or 2 days. But should you subscribe? Well it’s up to you of course, and it all depends on how effective these transes will be for you.
Some students prefer reading transes in paper. They would often say:
“We love the touch of paper wherein we can highlight and scribble some doodles, I mean, notes on them.”
“I can study better with printed transes than the e-copies in my i-pad/tablet. I get easily distracted when I have my ipad with me”
“Prints are better, you can keep them and send them as gifts to your future buddy :D”
[photo of trans]
Some students on the other hand would rather opt for the electronic copies instead. Their reasons? “Printed transes are not colored, we can’t identify which is which in them!”,
“Would rather have an online copy, it’s easier to search the terms”,
“You pay for the printed copies and they come in late! What the fumbles is that!”,
“Too many bills to pay, can’t afford another set of fees.”
“I just want to feel that I am doing something because I downloaded the e-copies (and never actually read them until 2 hours before the exam).”
There might be more undocumented reasons by the students but it all boil down to one thing: It’s all about your study preferences. Do you perform well reading printed than electronic copies? Then subscribe. Do you hate papers and you have a readily accessible internet? Then don’t subscribe just download the e-copies.
The Trans Quality  
You now have ideas about the transcriptions and you have finally decided whether to subscribe or not. Now you feel you are well prepared and ready to face any exams that will come your way. But wait, is that the right thing to do?
No. An important reminder to all medstudent is that “Transes are not sure-win measures to pass the exams” and “not all transes have good quality”. They may be helpful because they are summarized and only the important bullet-points are there, but you have to remember that it can never replace your real references: the medical books. Transes are also prone to many errors and corrections and also subjected to the transcribers quality of making the transes—believe me there will be a few Trash-trans that you will read. And so the best way to maximize your learning experience here is by doing the following:
1)      Read in advance the past transes from last year’s class (you will be given copies by your buddies);
2)      Attend your lectures, listen and take notes;
3)      Have a reference book with you to check the infos in the trans;
4)      Get those transers who do a poor job in transcribing (not really required)
That would be all for this topic 😀 I do hope you are enjoying your first few weeks in medschool! ;D Welcome to the club!
Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

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LIMS: The Kodachrome Exams.

[Helpful for: LU3 and LU4 (1st and 2nd Year)]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
We will jump from the topic on “lectures” to one of the dreaded yet fun type of exams: the Kodachrome exams!
This was supposed to be in the later part but knowing the schedule of the exams is already near, I have to push this post up the schedule in hopes of it to be of use somehow. Disclaimer! I am not the best guy to give you these tips, but because no one is doing it, then what’s the trouble of doing it instead? Haha!
So what is a Kodachrome exam? This one goes back in time immemorial when medstudents are still using the real kodachrome machine where pictures of specimens (usually tissues) will be projected on a white screen. (In LU4, you will experience using a real kodachrome machine thru Dr. Dimacali’s lectures in pathology :D). Nowadays we are using the overhead LCD projectors with the ever-so-convenient MS Powerpoint presentations where digital copies of the specimens will be projected and the students will be asked to identify them or answer certain questions in a limited allotted time. The term “kodachrome” is still being used for these kinds of exams.
So how do you nail these exams? Here are some helpful tips:
1.       Never miss the Histology lectures!
Attend all your histology classes especially those by Dr. Mantaring. Just by attending her lectures, you will eventually feel like a genius who knows it all and you would never have to read the transes again. Nothing beats the experts in teaching you how to identify which is an epithelial tissue and which is not.
2.       Attend the Histology Reviews!
There will always be Histology reviews conducted especially for the LU3 students. The histo-review is usually conducted by the Medical Student Society (MSS) every year. This year’s first Histo-review was held last August 22 in BSLR-E and I hope the LU3s attended that one.
Exam Reviews are really helpful in giving you more ideas and tips on how to top or at least pass the exams. They would more often give you sample exam questions that you can try answering and see for yourself how ready you are for the exam. Never, ever miss the chance to attend any exam reviews. You will be really grateful to these guys later on when taking the exam.
3.       Read your books!
Refer to your Histology books (printed or electronic) and master all those seemingly similar images. They may look all the same to you, but try looking for “key points” in distinguishing which tissues you are looking at. Does it have more adipose, soft or skeletal tissues? Are there more mucous or serous layers? Are we looking at a keratinized or non-keratinized tissue? How do neutrophils differ from basophils, eosinophils and macrophages? Don’t rely on one image only, look for different images and see how you can distinguish them one from the other.
Of course, read the details in each image as well. There will be some questions in the exams that will require you to identify the function or the location where you can find these cells. Master them like how you master the faces and names of each pokemon and their powers. I’m serious!
4.       Review your notes/transes!
Same as your books, transes can also be handy. Important points are far easier to find in your transcriptions as they are already in summarized bullet form. I would prefer the online copies or colored printed copies because you could distinguish which is which (compared to photox copies which are terribly horrible).
5.       Test yourself in online sample quizzes.
If you still have some spare time, go online and find some student-friendly sites where you can test yourself in answering sample questions in histology. They are more often than not similar to what your professor will ask. Take note of your wrong answers and learn why you got it wrong and then immediately review your notes (unless if the topic was not included in the lectures).
6.       Pray.
Perhaps the most important one is this: Pray.
Our lives as medstudents are full of challenges and surprises. And there certain things you are not able to take control of. So first, do your part and study your lectures AND put your trust in God that He may make things easier for you during the exams. Do this every night before your exams and minutes before the exam starts, send a silent prayer, and start with Bismillah (In the name of Allah).
Now here’s what you should do DURING THE EXAM: 

1.       Stay focused.
Relax. Listen well to the instructions. Know how much time you have for each item. Don’t panic after knowing that you will be given only 30 seconds for each item. You have to stay focused all throughout the exam. Each item will only be shown once, so you have to maximize your limited time and focus on each item/question to identify or answer. 
2.       Find a good seat.
Do not sit in the back or the side-most part of the room! You will have a hard time identifying the image! DO NOT BE LATE so that you can choose where to sit. If you are free to sit anywhere, choose the 3rd or 4th seat from the front and a bit in the center and be sure that nothing is blocking you. But if you are arranged by surnames or student number, then you better hope and pray that you will have a good seat with a good view of the slides. If you are still unfortunate, then curse the seating arrangement. 
3.       Identify what you are looking at.
Upon your first view of the slide/image, immediately identify WHAT you are looking at. Is this a lung tissue? A skeletal tissue? A bone tissue? Or just your common adventitious tissues? For LU4/Patho students, is this a normal or an abnormal tissue? I usually do this before reading the question and it should only take you 3-7 seconds to decide. This will give you an idea where to find your answers. If it took you longer than that, then proceed to the question. Usually some questions will already tell you what tissue it is. 
4.       Read the questions carefully.
There are outright simple questions and there are also very hard ones. But the most errors we students commit are giving wrong answers because they read the questions wrong! Read the question twice; be sure that you really know what is being asked! There will be tricky questions with key terms as “EXCEPT”. Always read the questions carefully before answering.
5.       Believe in your first instinct.
This may not apply for all, but more often than not, your first answer will be the right one. After seeing the image and understanding the question well, you must already have a working answer. If your answer is among the choices, believe in your first instinct and choose that one.
6.        Cross out the choices.
If choices are provided, but your first answer is not among them, cross out the most farfetched answers. If there are two choices in your mind, weigh them in and choose the one closest to your first answer. If you are still not sure, take a mental note of which answers you have to choose from and return to this item later on. Remember you have only a limited time for each item, use your time wisely.
7.       Go back to your “undecided” items
If there are still time left after the last item, go back to your undecided items in #6. This is the time that you have to decide and choose among the two answers you have. Or just believe in your “guessing powers”.
Okay! I think this ends my “How to barely pass the Histo/Kodachrome Exam” tips haha. If you think something important is missing in this post, please don’t hesitate to inform me thru 
Goodluck on your exams guys!
Salam Kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD
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==this is done by a non-professional blogger, so expect a lot of typo and grammar errors :D==

LIMS: Attend your Classes!

]Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
Being a medstudent means attending to seemingly endless classes: from boring lectures to eye-popping histo-labs and neck-breaking cadaver dissections. What is the purpose of the word “student” anyway if you don’t attend those classes that will—ehem—prepare you in your future professional career? And so, as much as we lazy students want to skip all those classes, we cannot deny the fact that we really need them—badly need them.
But hey! Not all classes will be full of boring 100+ presentation slides; there will also be some cool professors with cool ideas to make their lectures livelier. Ever attended a class where you played games all throughout? How about a whole 3 hours of lecture while standing? Or just sitting back and watch a good movie? (Although I hate the “reflection papers” after those films). And how about professors that suddenly throw firecrackers inside the room to wake you up? Haha! You will experience them once in a while, only here in medschool. The idea here is you must attend your classes regularly! Not just for signing that attendance sheet and just doze off later on. Attend them so that you will learn and discover new things. Some may be not so interesting, but they will still be helpful.
There are some students who prefer reading the books and transcriptions (lecture notes) than attend their classes, while others would prefer attending their classes then review their notes. It’s all up to the student actually if he can really handle it that way. But for me, I believe attending the classes and listening to the experts during their lectures would really make a change. Missing a class and just reading the notes after means you will be missing the key points the lecturer might have highlighted in class the transcribers may have failed to include.
So the very first thing that a student in the Medical field should learn is that Medicine is a life-long process of education. You have to keep on learning and learning, study and discover new things. It never ends with the exams and the agonizing results. Our learning journey only stops when we finally breathe our last. (Meaning until the end of our lives).
And that, my friend is my advice: If you really want o survive in medschool, attend your classes regularly. There may be times that you have to miss them for some very, very good reason, but as much as possible avoid missing the important lectures. Believe me, I have missed a couple of lectures and I regret missing them. (Of course there will also be some exceptions here, but let’s not talk about them haha).
Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

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LIMS: Your Classmates: Your Future Colleagues

[Helpful for: All LUs/Year levels]
Assalamu Alaykum! (Greetings of Peace!)
So you made it to the most prestigious Med-school in the country. Congratulations! And say, Alhamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah)! And now you are part of a class composed of the selected crèmes among the crèmes of the crops; you all came from brilliant pasts, young minds who had very amazing accomplishments, those who graduated with flying colors in their past academic career (be it in college or high school). And yes, believe it or not, you are now part of that team!
Yeah. That was too much praise I think. Not a good thing to do. Huhummm.
Being the most prestigious school with the highest standard and the hardest “way to enter”, you can expect no less from those who really qualified and got accepted in each class. They are usually the Laudes (Suma, Magna, etc.) from the famous schools around the country. There will even be some who came from abroad. There are also the young geniuses who skipped high-school and went straight to medschool: The 40 IntarMed Direct entrants. You will meet them every day in class, be amazed by them, and you would never even believe that you are part of the class (Well, at least that was how I felt then).
But hey, do not be intimidated (like me). You were there because you were chosen as well. You went through the same screening processes, and among the thousand great minds and souls who applied, only 160 were chosen for each class, and you are indeed one of them. So be thankful to Allah for that opportunity to grow and train in this institution. And never ever be arrogant.
Meet new friends from your class. Look for those who have the same dreams and aspirations as you. Find those whom you share a common interest. Believe me, these guys might be geniuses but they are still humans: they love to watch movies, Korean series, play guitar, draw, sing, dance or just do nothing but sleep. Just explore and you will surely find a lot of good buddies among them.
It might be hard to remember all their names in the beginning and you will end up confused who is who. But by the end of the year you will surely get by. Be open and learn new things with them. Your Class will be your team throughout your academic medical career. And they will also be your future colleagues when you become doctors one day. So start building your network now, start from your classmates, start from your colleagues.
After spending more than two years in Medschool, I have met a lot of new friends in my class. All of them are pretty awesome with their own unique stories and characters. I have worked with my group-mates for years and we already know each others’ strengths and weaknesses and we always try to help each other. This is indeed important in medschool as you will be indulged in so many group works, and having a good team dynamics is a crucial thing.
So, make it a mission to meet and know all the names and faces of your 159 classmates 🙂 You will always end up working with most of them in one of your future rounds somehow. And you never know, you might find that “special someone” among them. Haha.
Any suggestions? Email me. My new email address for non-professional, non-academic purposes is
Salam Kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

For more posts under the “Life in Medschool Series” (LIMS) click here.

Life in Medschool: The Series

Assalamu Alaykum!
This would serve as my introductory post for the next series of post I plan to work on. (Don’t ask me how I can find time to work with these given the fact that I am a medstudent. It’s a top secret 😀 )
So what is this all about?
Well, basically it’s what this blog is supposed to be. I know, I know, this blog has a wide variety of topics from personal stories to history of Sulu, to politics and even about a cat that gave birth (no, I did not publish that one). And the author is a medstudent! And there’s so few topics about medschool! So I decided to catch up and fill in the gaps or holes or whatever was missing here: My life in medschool.
(Note: Some aspiring applicants to medschool also kept bugging me to share life in medschool, so I am giving him/her this treat.)
Again, I am not an expert in writing. Not even in blogging: I do have lots of blogs with full of grammar and typo errors. I have long accepted those facts and so sorry to disappoint you guys 🙁 But in sha Allah (God willing) I will try my best to share some experiences I and some of my friends’ had in medschool: What to expect, how things work, How to prepare for exams, how to eat lunch secretly in class, how to keep your eyes open while actually dozing off on a boring lecture… and many more.
Those things that we could consider somehow significant and worth a post will be posted here. Something to inform those who are really planning to enroll medschool to already change their mind and save their hopes and dreams, I mean, no, erase erase… To give you guys an idea on how we, despite the pressure and everything, can still survive and be humans 😀 (Oh, I hope that one statement went well)
So, what would I expect from you guys? (Come on, let’s make it interactive, not just me talking here).
I hope some of you (who got lost in the world wide web) would share your ideas, post your comments below, or email me your suggestions or complaints, rest assured that we, my team (which is composed of a single person now typing these words here) will work on them. My new email address for non-professional, non-academic purposes is
By the way, all posts with “Life in Medschool” or LIMS will have a Tag-Title of “LIMS: Topic” Example: “LIMS: The Books you need”, etc. I will also include a short info if the post would be helpful for which learning unit (LU) or year level. For the list of future posts under this section, you can just click the tag: LIMS.
I am pretty excited for this, how about you ?
Have a great day ahead! Salam kasilasa!
Anakiluh, MD

And so the third year begins.

Assalamu Alaykum!
Alhamdulillah I am back! 😀 It’s been like, what, 5 months since my last post in this humble blog of mine? I already had fears that I would end up having a neglected blog that nobody would visit anymore. But Hey! After checking my stats, wow, mashaAllah! I still have 80 readers per day! ^_^ That is pretty many for me by the way haha.
So what’s new with our orphaned, Tausug, Muslim aspiring-to-be-doctor? Naah nothing much, aside from now being called a “Kuya” and referring himself as a not-yet LU5 student… (LU stands for “Learning Unit”, LU5 is equivalent to “Third year proper med” in other schools). Wait what? Anakiluh is already a third year student?
Hashtag unbelievable! Haha.
Really. I myself is still in this stage of “I still can’t believe this is happening!” situation. I just can’t believe that I am already a third year student and I am half-way there to the finish line! Yeah! (well we have to pass through inhumane, death-defying hardships before that, but let’s think about those later 🙂 
As I look back through the years that passed (just the past 2 years, I mean), it feels like so many happened in such short time! It feels like living a dream that wasn’t. I just can’t believe I am still here standing, alive, unharmed (yet), and still smiling (yet) and still hopeful (yet) and excited (again, yet) to achieve this wonderful dream of becoming a great doctor! 
The Class 2017 on their first day as LU5 students 🙂 @ Buenafe Hall, UPCM. Photo (c) Meggie Monzon
So what’s ahead of us now? What are we expecting this year?
I still don’t know for sure. Our classes just started last week and our consultants and professors (as well as our senior colleagues) are telling us this would be the most “benign” year so better make use of it doing self studies (*ehem* what did I just say? *ehem*). This year is the “calm before the storm” as we popularly say it… Although we don’t want to believe that it would be that too benign… come on, this is medschool, nothing is benign here. It’s all malignant!
The exciting thing that I am so much expecting this year, is the rotations to the different departments 😀 Although we will not yet be given pretty heavy works (not until next year upon entering the clerk slavery company), it is still exciting to go through the different departments and start feeling what it’s like to be a real doctor somehow. 
Also, we just said goodbye to Friday Exams! Enough with those weekly exams! (Thank you! Thank you so much for this!) NO MORE WEKLY EXAMS! Wooohooo! And welcome to the never-ending piles of paperworks! @[email protected] 
Oh well, there is really no space for complaints or regrets here…
nobody said medschool is an easy life. We chose this path and there is no turning back.
So for you guys still wanting to enroll in medschool. Don’t waste your life here, go find another things that would make the world better. Just kidding 😛
Okiedokie! Welcome to LU5 Ahmad!
Let’s do our best!
(Can you be more serious please? In life, and all?)
Salam Kasilasa,
Anakiluh, MD
(Sorry for this seemingly unorganized post 😛 Just missed blogging randomly)
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