By: Maria Carmen G. Segovia, RPh
In the recent Miss Philippines Tourism 2017 Pageant held on July 30, 2017 at Chardonnay by Astoria, our pharmacist, Princess Kristha T. Singh, won Miss Philippines Tourism – Luzon.
As it was known, the competition was composed of ladies representing their own cities throughout the Philippines and our candidate represented the city of Pasig. The competition lasted over a month with different events held to showcase the beauty, talent and intelligence of the candidates. Each candidate’s social media appeal was also judged through text votes and out of 29 candidates, Ms. Singh topped 6 overall. In the long gown competition held at Chateau Royale, she was also awarded the title of Face of the Night.
With the beauty, intelligence and charm that she presented during the pageant, it was easy to bet that she might win the competition, and she did! Back in college, she also represented the school of Pharmacy as a candidate in the Ms. CEU competition and won 2nd runner up as a first-time participant. It was also her first time to compete in the Miss Philippines Tourism Pageant; however, with her confidence, her family and friends that supported her, she bravely endured and brought home the crown. The Pasigueños are not the only ones who are proud of her, we are as well as her fellow RMCians.
By: The Nursing Division
Our country was put to the test in 2013 when one of the biggest typhoons, Yolanda, hit the Island of Leyte and other proximal provinces. Also in 2013, our country had again gone through a trial when peace in Zamboanga City was shaken. And today, we are no longer surprise whenever we hear news of conflicts in Mindanao such as the one that is currently affecting our fellow countrymen residing in the city of Marawi. These chaotic scenarios have put everyone on their knees to pray, to go to the battleground and to extend whatever help they could offer to those in need. Filipinos are known for their bayanihan culture especially in times of disasters. Bayanihan is the core essence of the Filipino culture. It is helping out others as a community. It is doing a task together, thus lessening the workload and making the job easier.
The Nursing Division never fails to unite and exhibit this bayanihan culture through their collective efforts in donating and sending nurses for psychological support during disasters such as Yolanda and other big calamities that hit our nation. Last July 7, 2017, the Division led by Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores extended their help when they handed over the collected clothes, blankets, canned goods and other toiletries to the Pediatric Department through its Chief Resident, Dr. Azi Tammang. A total of 31 boxes were collected from 214 nursing personnel who voluntarily and joyfully gave to the victims of Marawi. The other departments of Rizal Medical Center also extended a helping hand through their donations.
To all who prayed for and gave to our Muslim brothers and sisters from Marawi, we would like to give our deepest gratitude. Thank you so much for giving. May the Lord bless us all!
The Nursing Division and Council led by Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores hand over the collected donations to Dr. Azi Tammang (Chief Resident, Pediatric Department)
A total of 31 boxes were collected from the Nursing Division of Rizal Medical Center.
By: The Nursing Division
The Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines Inc. had their 43rd Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City last July 1 to 2, 2017 with the theme, “360º Safety in Perioperative Nursing Practice.” This event was attended by our skilled nurses from the Operating Room with our dear Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores.
The 43rd Annual Convention had showcased different interesting topics which included the advocacy of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a powerful tool for practicing the empowerment of Perioperative Nursing. In fact, this has been the advocacy of the Nursing Division to engage their nurses in continuing their individual professional development. Aside from the discussion on CPD, Customer service satisfaction in Perioperative Nursing was also given emphasis. This topic was indeed very helpful for our operating room nurses who have set their minds to continue promoting excellent customer care to our clients. On the second day, the association had highlighted the service beyond borders mindset where nurses were encouraged to get involved in surgical missions. Rizal Medical Center has had this kind of outlook for some time now participating in different community extension services of which one involves surgical missions to different nearby and distal provinces.
RMC representatives with Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (center) and DOH Undersecretary Dr. Roger P. Tong-an (fourth from the left).
Our dear nurses from the operating room who participated in the ORNAP 43rd Annual Convention.
Another topic presented was building innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges. Dr. Roger P. Tong-an, Department of Health Undersecretary (Office for Policy & Health System), discussed this interesting subject matter. With the global changes and advances in technology in the health care system, this topic was also timely for our nurses.
In summary, the said two-day event was very much fruitful on the part of our OR Nurses. The role of our nurses definitely provides more care than the 360º Safety in Perioperative Nursing Practice talked about at the convention as it goes beyond the walls of the operating room and beyond the long hours of standing during operations. The presence of our nurses, with the emotional support and helping hands that they provide to unclothed, anxious and helpless patients who will undergo their respective operations, provides a more assuring patient experience than the 360º safety practice mentioned earlier.
By: Martin Carmelo T. Sumulong Jr., M.D.
Intern's Response Speech Given on 6/29/17 at Rizal Medical Center
Dr. Saquilayan, Dr. Valenzuela, administrators, staff, my fellow interns, and all else present here, I extend my warmest greetings to all.
Looking back on the 365 days spent in each other's company, I can honestly say that I never expected to make it this far. It's not that I didn't expect us to finish, it is rather in the manner in which we finished that astonishes me. We came together as one at a speed that I didn't think possible, in a manner that would make all of our respective alma maters proud. Each of us brought something unique to the table and showcased it for all to see. Proficiency and brilliance were shown by so many of us that if I take the time to describe each one, I will never finish. There is no perfect doctor even if we strive to be as perfect as we can be in our own right. We all have our shortcomings, and to deny their existence is foolish in itself. We all came here with a common goal to elevate our performance, and there is no doubt in my mind that we will all leave RMC as doctors who will be much better versions of ourselves when we first came in. Take the lessons learned here in this institution and maximize them. Even weaponize them if you have to; let’s just not ever lose our edge and I promise you that we will execute our duties, practice our profession and elevate our careers. Do these things with the integrity, self-sacrifice, honor and excellence that I have been so blessed to have in fact been a witness to operating in so many of us, and all of our paths will be limited only by the restraints of our common fear. The kind of fear that can only be broken by the strength of our will and resolve.
This past year, I have been lucky to have seen humanity in its most raw forms. From despair, helplessness and vulnerability to elation, strength and vindication. The duality of these situations is so strong that one contrasting group of emotional states cannot exist without the other. We as humans will never know true joy without experiencing gut wrenching anguish as a basis for comparison.
We always seem to hold ourselves as doctors to higher standards of ethics when compared to the average man. This has become the norm of our profession and with good reason. We are meant to be beacons of poise, strategy and grace under pressure. Does this then give us the right to deny our emotions? No, it does not. We have no right to cease being human as we must never deprive ourselves of the human experience. We must, therefore, consider ourselves blessed to be part of the human experience of every person around us, whether colleague or patient. However, after being witnesses to this human experience of us feeling most human when being at our most vulnerable so many times, we unfortunately seem to take it for granted.
Take pride in your ability to assist others, but never boast. We are all sworn to protect life. Life in all its forms. The life of an adult or a child, of the rich or the poor, the guilty or the innocent. A life is a life is a life. We, who are sons and daughters of the Republic as well as of the Earth, are its guardians. Bound to serve with virtue and compassion, without prejudice or reservation, all those who may ever need us. When we see injustice, when we see pain, when we see hurting, we give to the best of our ability. It was never, and will never be OK to look the other way.
A little over two months from now, we will undertake the most important exam of our relatively young lives in the medical field. I know there are those among us here who are terrified and have doubts about the probability of their success. These fears are human and understandable, but have courage. The mere fact that we have graduated and have finished internship means that someone somewhere thinks that you have a chance of passing. If this someone believes in you, why don't you believe in yourself? So, brace up and get down. When you find yourself lying in bed in the morning, staring at the ceiling, wondering whether or not you have what it takes. Get up. I beg you, get up. Get up, dress up, show up and never, not even for a second, give up. In the movie Pearl Harbor, Col. James Doolittle said, “Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most, and believe in it the longest.” I agree with him, but he forgot to add that they must also be willing to give everything they have to get it. Never find yourself lacking in motivation. Do it for those who love you, so their care for you is not misplaced. Do it for those who believe in you, so their faith is not misguided. Do it for those who need you, so their worries are not met with inaction. Do it for those who doubt you, so their disbelief is illogical. Do it for those who hate you, so their disdain is baseless. Do it for those who betrayed you, so their treachery is foolish. Do it for the doctors who will come after you, so their dreams may be realized. Do it for your sake, so your crucible won’t be in vain. And most of all, do it for your own personal welfare because no one else will. The only constant in your career is you. Whatever drives you, do it.
I think I can speak on behalf of the entire Officer's Corps when I say that it has truly been an honor and a pleasure to have served you all this past year. These thoughts of friends and experiences I’ve had here, I will carry with me for as long as I have a functioning memory. Every lesson, every noisy laugh and every critical save will always be as precious to me as the day every one of them happened. Even the mistakes, bloopers and poorly handled situations will be lessons learned and will then serve as a guide over the course of our long careers. Kindness, patience and love for teaching were exhibited by so many, that I cannot name them all. But please, accept our most heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude for all you have done for us.
So, there you have it, RMC-PGIs. Our time together is practically at an end. Now let's go for the next prize: THE BOARDS AND BEYOND. Always march forward and feel no fear.
May God Bless you all. May God Bless the Republic. And may God Bless the Human Race. A pleasant morning and a beautiful life to everyone.