Being a fan of a few medical dramas, I have always been curious of how medical school looks like. I have always wondered what kind of culture and environment our soon-to-be doctors live in. Knowing how long and hard their battle is before becoming a full-fledged medical practitioner, visiting De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI) at their Dasmarinas, Cavite campus was indeed a great learning experience to have.
DLSHSI represented by Dr. Charles Yu welcomes members of the blogging community
DLSHI is one of the member schools of De La Salle Philippines, which is affiliated with the worldwide network of Lasallian schools managed by the Brothers of the Christian Schools — a Catholic religious congregation founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. As a member of the Philippines Lasallian family, DLSHSI embraces the guiding principles and core values of faith, zeal for service, communion in mission, and reverence for life.
DLSHI also believes in “not leaving the last, least, and the lost.” According to Dr. Charles Yu, a DLSHSI alumni, an award-winning Filipino physician, and vice-chancellor of Lasallian Mission and Linkges of DLSHSI, it is their dream that all FIlipinos will get better health care.
Our tour around the premises of DLSHSI, particularly their College of Medicine and their University Medical Center was quite impressive noting their effort in using only the best equipment and facilities in training their students and taking care of their patients.
In front of the DLSHSI College of Medicine
DLSHSI College of Medicine Lobby / Reception Area
DLSHSI constructed this hi-tech computer laboratory in order to ensure that the students have a nurturing physical environment that prepares them to become leaders of the medical profession. Computerizing the specimen samples will cut short the preparation time than of using a traditional microscope. As a result, the students will have more time for better evidence-based medicine studies.
Did you know that DLSHSI houses a health informatics laboratory with 320 computer terminals for their medical students?
DLSHSI Simulation Rooms
One interesting part of the tour was to see their Ultrasound Room and Nursery.
Ultrasound Simulation Room
The Nursery Viewing Room and Incubator
Another wow moment for me is to learn how DLSHSI value the importance our local herbs in coming up with cure based on thorough research for some of the dreadful diseases in our country today like Dengue. I just discovered their Herbal Garden and Nursery on my way back to our assigned meeting area with the bloggers.
DLSHSI Herbal Garden and Nursery
Currently, DLSHSI offers medical and health allied programs through its four colleges:
- College of Medicine (CM)
— Doctor of Medicine
- College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS)
— Bachelor of Science in Phyiscal Therapy
— Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
- College of Nursing and School of Midwifery (CNSM)
— Bachelor of Science in Nursing
— Diploma in Midwifery
- College of Medical Radiation Technology (CMRT)
— Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
If there is one impressive thing that I learned about my visit to DLSHSI is its heart for the financially-challenged but bright Filipino students who want to join the medical field. DLSHSI is determined to preserve its goal of having 20% of its student population supported by a scholarship. At present, DLSHSI has the biggest scholarship program for medicine in the Philippines.
I enjoyed my visit to the DLSHSI campus and it satisfied the curiosity in me. It was also life milestone for me since it was my first time seeing a cadaver up close. It was a little scary that’s why I didn’t come too close to it. Anyway, it was one informative and inspiring day visiting DLSHSI and I am really grateful.
Thank you De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Doctors and Staff for welcoming us to visit your campus with a heart. I sincerely pray that God will continue to bless your heart and service for the Filipino people. If you want to know more about DLSHSI and how to support them in any way you desire, please visit their official website: www.dlshsi.edu.ph