Christmas message of the Vice Chancellor for Academics

December 24, 2021 | 8:09 pm

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox;
that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
– G.K. Chesterton

We, Lasallians, have proven our deep sense of faith in God, our indefatigable resiliency, our enormous level of optimism, our unquestionable unity, support and compassion for one another, and our selfless love for our students, colleagues and for all other members of our Foundation. Everything has happened for reasons. Despite the challenges and all the stumbling blocks, we have never sacrificed our true identity, our meaning, our purpose. We have strengthened our mission of teaching minds, touching hearts and transforming lives of the people entrusted to our care.

In the midst of challenges and uncertainties, we have stood by our students, our employees and our stakeholders. We have continued to provide our students a very responsive hybrid education in a very challenging and unpredictable environment. As we have always been emphasizing, learning continues for learning knows no boundaries. We have proven our love for our employees. Despite the crisis, we have made sure no one would be left behind. We have kept our people, we have protected them from the bluster of this pandemic, from unemployment, from all uncertainties. We thank God and our Foundation for we still have the best jobs the world can offer. While working on how we can better serve our students and employees, we have never forgotten our partner communities, our affiliating hospitals and industries, our alumni, our dear parents and guardians, and those who believe in the kind of education and health care services we give to our people.

Through our collective sacrifices and love for our Foundation, we have witnessed the beauty of life, the value of our work and the love of everyone which keeps us moving, staying, hoping, dreaming, and fighting for our families, for our loved ones, for our friends and colleagues, and for those who believe in us and for those who continue to trust us.

Despite the blow of COVID-19 pandemic, still, this year has been a year of hope, positivity, opportunity, success, and love. We have overwhelmingly surpassed our enrollment targets for 7 consecutive years already, we have successfully passed the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) certification, we have boldly nailed the different licensure examinations and emerged as one of the top performing schools in the country, we have continued to provide scholarship benefits to 643 of our students this school year, we have been included in the Top 25 Schools in the Philippines in terms of Research Productivity according to SCOPUS, we are one of the few schools which has been issued permits for the limited face to face classes, we have ranked 1 among 54 universities nationwide in the 2021 PAMET-PASMETH Inter-School Medtech Quiz Show, and among others.

Together and by association, let us always pray for our beloved Foundation, the De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Br. Gus L. Boquer, FSC, EdD, our Brother President who celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Lasallian Brother, the DLSMHSI students, academic teaching faculty, academic service faculty, non-teaching personnel, administrators, our other employees and partners, alumni, and stakeholders.

Let us celebrate this Christmas 2021 with more love in our hearts, more compassion and care for others, more hope and more positivity, and more reasons to be happy and to be thankful for.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all! Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

For and on behalf of the Academics:
Dr. Johnny O. Cabanias

VCA holds mid-year review of strategic plans

The Academic Deans and Directors led by Dr. Juanito O. Cabanias, who comprised the VCA Circle, conducted a mid-year review of strategic plans through a hybrid program on December 1, 2021 in-person at the Learning Commons and online via Zoom Meeting. The status of the twelve (12) academic strategies were reviewed and the following on-going measures and accomplishments were highlighted:
  • Performance in licensure examination of Medicine and Biochemistry alumni
  • Preparation of BSN and BSPT for PAASCU accreditation in May 2022 and other programs for future accreditations; Application of select programs for Center of Excellence, Center for Development, Center for Simulation and AUN-QA certification
  • Scholarship grants awarded to Academic Teaching Faculty; Preparation for Financial Management Seminar; Conduct of Research Productivity Series to Academic Teaching and Service Faculty
  • Implementation of the institutional Learning Management System; Construction of buildings and continuing campus development programs
  • Implementation of student development programs including vaccination; Continuous scholarship grants despite the pandemic
  • Proposals for new undergraduate and graduate programs; Strengthening of partnerships and linkages with ASEAN embassies, foreign educational institutions and other legitimate agencies
  •  Conduct of curriculum review of the Colleges
  • “Heroes Program” partnership with City of Dasmarinas
  • Compliance to quality assurance measures such as Customer Feedback, Plantilla and Syllabi Review, Performance Evaluation for Academic Administrators, Academic Teaching Faculty and Academic Service Faculty, Accreditation, Certification and Assessment
  • Conduct of continuing professional education programs
  • Involvement of Academics in Environmental, Safety and Health Committee Charter
  • Curriculum-based social action programs and research-supported outreach initiatives

ManCom approves the Teaching Certificate Program 

The DLSMHSI Management Committee has approved the Teaching Certificate Program (TCP) for Health and Allied Sciences Education during its meeting on December 2, 2021. This is a comprehensive 18-unit certificate program specially designed for faculty members who are non-education graduates who wish to pursue the teaching profession for health and allied sciences education. The program shall run as an online distance education for two (2) semesters and one (1) mid-year term following the DLSMSHI semestral calendar starting mid-year term of SY 2021-2022.
Starting SY 2022-2023, all new undergraduate Academic Teaching Faculty with no education units shall be required to take TCP as one of the requirements for permanency. The new faculty members with at least nine (9) units of education courses taken from other institutions equivalent to TCP program courses shall be exempted from this requirement upon evaluation of the Chair for Online Courses and Chair for Continuing Professional Education.
Participants must be a member of DLSMHSI community to be accepted in the program sponsored by the Continuing Professional Education Unit. However, interested participants outside DLSMHSI shall be accepted following the admission requirement and payment of the fees.
TCP shall be delivered by the Center for Innovative Education and Technology Integration.

DLSMHSI posts outstanding performances in recent licensure examinations

DLSMHSI Biochemistry graduates garnered a passing rate of 40% in the October 2021 Chemist Licensure Examination and 83.33% in the October 2021 Chemical Technician Licensure Examination. The performance was above the national passing rate of 36.31% and 81.24% for Chemist and Chemical Technician Licensure Examinations, respectively.

One hundred twelve (112) College of Medicine alumni have successfully passed the October-November 2021 Physician Licensure Examination. DLSMHSI obtained a passing rate of 77. 24%, higher than the national passing rate of 72.84%. A mass and testimonial program was also held on November 19, 2021 at the College of Medicine lobby.

Pharmacy alumni Hugh Jasper Chy Tan, RPh ranked 4th in the November 2021 Pharmacist Licensure Examination. DLSMHSI also posted a 90% passing rate for first time takers and 83.33% over-all passing rate, way above the national passing rate of 50.91%.

The BS Nursing alumni Batch 2021 have topped the November 2021 Nurse Licensure Examination with an overall passing rate of 97.14%, against the national passing rate of 51.45%, and two topnotchers:
  • Mhikel Francesca C. Lacanilao, RN – Top 7, 87.20%
  • Bianca Sophia V. Luna, RN – Top 8, 87%

DLSMHSI also bagged the top spots in the December 2021 Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Licensure Examinations:
  • Yuga Arcilla Sato, PTRP, Top 8, 87.50%
  • Kim Patrick Litam Chan, PTRP – Top 10, 87.30%
The BS Physical Therapy and BS Occupational Therapy graduates garnered an overall passing rate of 77.11% for PT Licensure Examination and 69.23% for OT Licensure Examination.

Congratulations to the alumni and their parents and guardians and to the Deans, Administrators, Academic Teaching and Service Faculty and Non-Teaching Personnel of the College of Allied
Sciences, College of Medicine, Dr. Mariano Que College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Rehabilitation Sciences for a job well done!