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First AUP-COM clinical clerkship rotation at Loma Linda Health

Ira Alexis Aclan, Jezrael Casel, and Robbie Castro were the three chosen students as the first clinical clerks of Adventist University of the Philippines—College of Medicine (AUP-COM) sent abroad for their two weeks clinical rotations in the different fields of medicine at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) from January 19 to February 7, 2020. The clinical clerks were accompanied by Dr. Elmer Valenzona, the clinical clerkship coordinator.

com1The AUP-LLUH international medical student elective is an international extension clinical rotation of senior medical students to Loma Linda University. The purpose of the program is to have senior medical students gain clinical exposure to elective subjects such as surgery, pediatrics, OB, internal medicine, E.R. department and the like. The visit is an initial invitation from the Global Health Institution (GHI)-Loma Linda Program.

The objective of the program is to strengthen the bond between AUP-COM and LLU School of Medicine and a sign of affirmation as a sister institution. It is also for the inclusion of the details of the clinical clerkship rotation in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which was for renewal and approval. The visit was also an opportunity to talk with the Dean of the School of Medicine of LLUH; Dr. Tamara Thomas and Dr. Kevin Codorniz; overall clinical clerkship coordinator of LLUH, where they had a discussion about the positive approval of the MOA which will be affirmed by Dr. Doris A. Mendoza; AUP-COM Dean on her visit on March 2020.

com3If approved, under the MOA between the sister-institutions, a maximum of six students from AUP-COM will be eligible for one-month clinical elective rotations at LLUH. Criteria for students to attend the clinical clerkship rotation are as follows: (1)spiritual aspect; students must have intact core values of a true Adventist/Christian believer, (2) academic aspect, students chosen must also excel on their classes, (3) good social and communication skills, and lastly (4) financial capability.

With this sisterhood between the two institutions, AUP looks forward to gaining many opportunities in developing and producing outstanding physician missionaries.