BoR approves College of Medicine Extension
by Jorgelyn C. Rivera, LPT
Upon the recommendation of the President of the University and the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents, the proposal to open the College of Medicine Extension at MSU-General Santos Campus was approved last December 17, 2019 during the 249th BOR Regular Meeting held in Metro Manila.
The establishment of the College of Medicine Extension is pursuant to the mandate of the university to strengthen and expand its extension services to its stakeholders. In addition to this, the call for the offering of the College of Medicine arises from the supportive residents of the city who have long been pushing for the establishment of a medical school in the region. Hence, in response to the increasing shortage of medical doctors in the region, MSU General Santos has finally decided to offer the College of Medicine as extension program of the College of Medicine-Marawi City to address the insufficiency. Apparently, Mindanao State University-General Santos has been supportive in addressing the health needs of the medically underprivileged residents in the region; thus, the establishment of the College of Medicine Extension is found to be a significant move to produce competent and committed health professionals to continually promote and help in the development of health care delivery programs in the city and other neighboring areas in Region XII.
The program offers Doctor of Medicine that is a four (4)-year post baccalaureate program consisting of basic science and clinical courses. As stipulated in the program objectives, the offering of the medical curriculum primarily aims to prepare the students adequately to their role as doctors of medicine. Specifically, the medical degree program aims to (1) provide competent medical practitioners for the under-served areas of the MINSUPALA (MindanaoSulu-Palawan) region; (2) build center for medical education and research whose output will primarily geared towards the development and improvement of the standards of medical care in the MINSUPALA region; (3) develop a network of medical and health care delivery systems in the MINSUPALA region in cooperation with the Department of Health and other agencies; and (4) provide opportunities for Muslim students and other members of the MINSUPALA communities, as well as poor but deserving students to become physicians and serve the areas where they come from.
The operation, management and administration of the extension class shall be under the joint supervision of the Dean of MSU-Marawi College of Medicine and the Chancellor of the host-campus and the MSU-General Santos in coordination with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) of MSU-Marawi as per BOR Resolution No. 507, s. 2019.
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