DLSMHSI approves Dr. Gonzales’ Professor Emeritus Award

April 27, 2021 | 2:34 pm

The De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute has approved the granting of the Professor Emeritus Award to Dr. Eduardo G. Gonzales for his exemplary performance and contribution to the field of Histology and to the Philippine medical education. Dr. Gonzales taught as a permanent full-time faculty of the College of Medicine for 37 years with the rank of Professor 15 until his mandatory retirement in 2016. He has been appointed as a Fixed Term Faculty (Full-time B) since 2016.

Dr. Gonzales’ teaching career started in 1975 when he taught at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine until 1979. He transferred to then Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine, now DLSMHSI College of Medicine. He was the first faculty member to obtain the rank Professor 15 in 2007, which was based on the merits of his teaching and scholarly work. He was the first recipient of the Most Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016.

His work in the Philippine medical education involved the development of the MD course of the innovative stepladder curriculum of the UP-Institute of Health Sciences (UP-IHS) in Tacloban City in 1978, the conceptualization of the Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine in 1979, the development of the Centro Escolar University School of Medicine in 2015 and the planning of the medical school for Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Zamboanga City as part of the UP College of Medicine-WHO project.

Dr. Gonzales has actively contributed to medical curriculum innovations. He developed the BS Human Biology with DLSU Manila, a pre-medicine course that allows qualified students to finish the course in two (2) years. He also pushed for the integration of computer-based learning materials in teaching histology and other medical subjects. This led to the offering of Health Informatics subject (a first among Philippine medical schools), establishment of the Department of Health Informatics, set up the Health Informatics Laboratory and the introduction of digital histology course (another first among Philippine medical schools).

As an active researcher, Dr. Gonzales has published numerous books, manuals, and journal articles, including a weekly newspaper column. He is the co-author of Esteban and Gonzales’ Textbook of Histology, which was used as a reference book of many educational institutions.

He held various administrative and management positions as an educator and administrator in DLSMHSI.

The conferment of the said award shall be held this August 2021 during the opening ceremonies of the College of Medicine for SY2021-2022.

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The January 2021 batch of clinical clerks assigned in Brgy. Baliwag, Magallanes, Cavite developed a video material on COVID-19, which was presented during the Barangay General Assembly on March 20, 2021 and streamed via FB Live. The barangay captain, Hon. Jacinto Andora, acknowledged the partnership of the community with DLSMHSI for almost 6 years, which contributed to the health and well-being of the community members. Aside from the video, tarpaulins about COVID-19 were also developed and displayed in front of the Barangay Health Center and Barangay Hall.

COVID-19 IEC tarpaulins displayed in front of the Barangay Hall. Photo courtesy of CCEHDP

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