UC to open med school in June

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Gift on wheels. University of Cebu graduate Michelle Liao gets in the car that she received from the school for being in the top ten of last year’s Bar exams. Turning over the car to Liao at the UC-Banilad Campus is UC Chancellor Candice Gotianuy (right). (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

A NEW medical school will open in Cebu this year.

The University of Cebu (UC) School of Medicine will open in June, and tuition discounts await top college graduates who will pursue medicine in the university.

UC Chancellor Candice Gotianuy yesterday announced the opening of the medical school in the UC-Banilad Campus.


She also announced that the UC Medical Center will also start operating in May this year, providing a good learning venue for the university’s medical students.

“We have gotten a lot of good faculty members with good track record on board with us,” Gotianuy said in a press conference.

Dr. Ma. Melfer Montoya, dean of the UC School of Medicine, said the Commission of Higher Education granted the university a permit to operate the medical school last December yet.

The medical school will start holding classes on June 22.

She said the medical school has more than 100 slots available for the first school year. “We’ve started processing applicants since January,” she said.

Top graduates of pre-medicine courses who will study in the UC School of Medicine may enjoy tuition discounts and book allowances.

Qualified summa cum laude graduates can avail themselves of free tuition and a P20,000-book allowance.

A 75 percent tuition discount and P10,000 book allowance await qualified magna cum laude graduates, while a 50 percent discount and P10,000 book allowance can be granted to qualified cum laude graduates.

Topnotchers of healthcare-related licensure examinations can also avail themselves of tuition discounts and book allowances, Montoya said.

Gotianuy said the granting of book allowance is unique to the UC School of Medicine. Students can also enjoy the privileges throughout their stay in the university, given they meet the requirements, she said.

Montoya said the university has acquired an expensive software that will ensure better learning for medical students.

The UC Medical Center is “music to the ears of parents” who wish to send their children to a medical school, she said.

“The students will be exposed to a beautiful hospital, not just an ordinary hospital,” she added.

The UC Medical Center, a 300-bed tertiary hospital, is located in the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.

Dr. Jose Almendras, the hospital’s medical director, said the university’s medical students will start their training in the hospital after two years.

With the hospital, medical students will receive the training they need to pursue opportunities in the country and abroad, he said.

Almendras added that the medical school will implement a “high-breed curriculum” that is being used by medical schools in North America.

Apart from the UC Medical Center, the medical school is also affiliated with the St. Vincent General Hospital.

“We’re very excited of this endeavor,” Gotianuy said. “We intend to provide quality service in both areas: the clinical and the academic side.”

Graduates of the UC School of Medicine who will top the licensure exam can also expect to receive a brand new car from the university.

Yesterday, Gotianuy turned over a Toyota Vios to Michelle Liao, a graduate of the UC College of Law who ranked fifth in the 2014 Bar exams.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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