My Aunt’s Advice to Young Physicians (And to the Young-At-Heart too)

So recently I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit my Aunt at Fresno, California. I knew during my childhood days that the eldest sister of my father was a doctor, but I never really got to know her better until today. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine Class of 1969, did …

Life Lessons “The Alchemist” Taught, and Continues to Teach Us Everyday

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is what I call the "book of life" because it not only teaches us essential lessons about life, but more importantly it inspires us to achieve our dreams. Here are my favorite lines from Paolo’s book that always remind me of different lessons every time I read them: “The problem …

Spotted: Qtea!

So it's 3 days post-internship and ever since, Id wake up at around 10am and enjoy doing nothing. Today, my buddy Jonas and I decided to hit the books and try out the new place "Qtea" at Bocobo Center (beside Mcdo) along Padre Faura street. The place was a good find but what attracted me …

10 Reasons Why Medical Graduates Should Aim To Do Internship at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

  Ever since the first week of my post-graduate internship at the UP-PGH, I have had a number of friends from the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) who were constantly asking these questions: Of all hospitals in the country, why PGH? Hey Fred, how are you? No regrets yet? Yet even before internship started, I …

Ang pagbobomba.

Ako’y dumating sa ER kaninang umaga At sa isang sulok may batang kawawa. Ang kanyang ina ay nangangamba At unti-unting nawawalan ng pag-asa.   “Ate kamusta po kayo?” “Okay lang.” sagot niya kahit papano. Pagkatapos ng rounds, “Sir, pa-bag naman.” sabi ng residente, At ako naman ay wala nang nasabi.   Naku patay tayo! Ang …

Clerkship 101

For most senior medical students in the Philippines, tomorrow is the peak of your studentship. April 1 is the start of medical clerkship –one full year of hospital duties where you experience a taste of life as a “doctor-in-training.” So for those who are a bit anxious already, here are ten principles I used to guide me when …