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A Message We’ll Never Forget & Always Remember

So we just heard a very inspiring message from our consultant in UERM and we, with Dr. Locnen’s permission, wanted our fellow physicians to also find inspiration in her message. This was given during the Testimonial Dinner for the New Board Passers last 02 May 2018. It was so inspiring that we can’t help but share this to you here, just so we’d have something to read again when we get fed up with life.

Each time we read this, we are always left with wet eyes and matted eyelashes but altogether feeling comforted, inspired and ready to take on a few more challenges when we go on duty. Read this when you feel down or lost or just simply worn out from the daily grind.Read on and be blessed, Doc!

(But if you’re not a doctor, this will still inspire you! Or at least you get a glimpse of how it is if you’re aspiring to be one someday. Or if you know someone, at least you could understand them better.)

(Emphasis by #tandemd)

Vice Chairman Young, Dean Uy, Secretary Quinones, ,VPAA Dr Aligui, SVP Carmelita Valdez, VP fro Treasury Ms Iris Militar, VP for Research Dr Nailes, my fellow teachers, my mentors, beloved staff of UERM and to the newest physicians in the room, who in all likelihood are also the happiest people in Cubao at the moment, a very good and warm summer evening to all of you.

To say I was surprised with the invitation to speak before you on this wondrous occasion is an understatement. After the initial emotion was the realization that I am indeed getting old. Wala na rin po kasing kumukuha sa akin mag ninang sa binyag. Puro na lang kasal…..But in truth, I am equally honored and horrified beyond words to be on this podium. I have spoken before graduating residents and fellows previously, so some of the things I will say are similar to what I told them. In spite of that fact, I felt that I have been unusually preoccupied the past days about this task primarily because during my graduation/testimonial ceremonies, the inspirational speakers were always individuals whose resumes were kilometric, whose wisdom were deemed unparalleled and whose characters were of solid repute. And also a bit older than I am. How would I measure up to that? How does one become inspirational? I think the best way for me to earn my keep this evening is to look back.

One September night in 1996, my best friend and I learned that the results of our Physician’s licensure exam will be coming out the following day. Unlike the present, we had to wait for a month to learn about the outcome of the boards. So, just before midnight, we drove to the Manila Bulletin Newspaper Offices in Intramuros, to get a copy of the paper hot off the press. As soon as we entered what seemed to be then a cavernous and imposing building, a security guard, who was standing at a corner with a pile of newly printed newspapers, asked us, in a bored monotone: “Board exam? 10 Pesos” and handed us a copy. We proceeded to nervously look for our names and began shrieking like high school girls when we saw that we made it. I can still vividly remember the feeling of joy and relief, the same way you are feeling right now. Finally, I am done after 5 years of grueling work. Or so, I naively thought.

Afterwards, as some of you might do, I moonlighted as a general practitioner while I studied for the USMLE. I went on duty in a small lying in clinic where I delivered babies and knew I could never be an obstetrician, sutured wounds and discovered I did not have a surgeon’s hands, did circumcision and looked at various medical cases. And during those times, I brought around my books for reference in case I would not know what to do. Walang internet, UpToDate or You Tube. I even taught chemistry to nursing students for one semester in the Philippine Women’s University. After passing the USMLE, I got letters for interviews in some US hospitals but as I was lining up to apply for a visa at the embassy, I received a message in my “Pocketbell beeper” (Yes, there was a time when we did not have ready access to a telephone) that I got accepted to UERM’s Internal Medicine Program. At that crossroad in my life, I made a split second decision to stay in the Philippines and pursue residency and fellowship here. What followed were several years of rigorous training — sleepless duty nights, endless preparation for conferences, specialty board exams, missed family reunions and Christmas or New year Eves in hospitals. This will also likely be your life for the next years. Do not be worried. For even if the road will be full of challenges, the joy and fulfillment of being a doctor will easily eclipse the hardship. During all these years, I have certain practices that I endeavor to remember. I may not succeed all the time but I try my hardest. I share them with you tonight.

One is to always strive for excellence.

Pour your heart and mind into everything that you do in work and in your personal life. When seeing patients, exhaustively look for answers to their problems. Ask for help when you need it but develop critical thinking. Challenge your peers and mentors when you have a different opinion. Just be certain that you do it respectfully and that your opinion is based on facts. Fake news are quite abundant these days. Developing excellence needs focus and attention to detail. Oftentimes, when I go on rounds with trainees, one or two of them would be looking down on their phones while I talk to the patient. The beauty of the digital world is that information can be easily handed but it sometimes removes us from pertinent human interaction. You learn a lot by observation. I remember a mentor telling me once that “diseases do not read books”. Ordinary illnesses may present differently and serious illnesses may seem initially mundane. So beyond reading, you have to hone your powers of observation. I remember as a CCU fellow, after consultants have done their rounds for the day, I would sit inside my patients’ cubicles and observe them quietly. I would just stare at the rise and fall of the chest, the steady or changing rhythm of the heart in the monitor, feel the strength of their pulse and collect a lot more tidbits of information that make the whole. During those brief yet important moments, it was just me and my patient.

Secondly, persist beyond adversity.

You will commit mistakes. That is a hard, cold fact because you are human. Show me a doctor who tells otherwise and I will tell you that he has not seen enough. What is vital is that you learn from your mistakes and you do not repeat them. The world of medicine can be seemingly cruel to those who occupy it. You will have mentors who are exacting and may have a small tolerance for mistakes. As a first year resident, I remember being told: “you are giving the right medicine for the wrong disease” in front of the clerks who were under my supervision. My service consultant was asking me whether the heart murmur was diastolic or systolic. I answered incorrectly and as such received a dressing down. Pagkatapos nga po ng rounds, sabi ko sa mga JI’s, pahingi ng tabo babanlawan ko muna ang sabon. I had several of similar encounters during fellowship, when I trained under one of the most demanding mentors I have ever met. But it prodded me to study even harder and take time to talk to and examine patients thoroughly. Honestly, I never developed any ill feelings against those who expected that I give my best. In the contrary, I thank them for having had faith in me even when sometimes, I have stopped believing in myself. I distinctly remember that incident in the medicine ward about that murmur as if it happened yesterday.

Exactly 20 years hence, I stand before you as a cardiologist. Of all the professions, I think medicine equates most to delayed gratification. I know most of you grew up and studied during an era when answers are found in a split second, when you do not need to go to the library for your research, when you can get a ride by a push of a button. Unfortunately or not, medicine isn’t like that because humans are much more complex. It is a test of your patience and resilience. Though your intellect matters a lot, it is your emotional quotient that will sustain you in medicine and mostly in life.

Thirdly, I try to always remind myself to be kind.

People are inherently good and I would like to believe that doctors in general are inherently kind. Patients come to us because of discomfort and pain so they are anxious and afraid. In the face of their suffering, their loved ones may become belligerent and turn to you in anger and frustration. Be patient. Answer questions objectively and in a language they will comprehend. Never, ever engage them in a fight. Walang papatol sa pasyente. There will be times when you would want to answer back but exercise that superhuman effort to keep your patience. When you feel that you do need to defend yourself, do it with class and with quiet strength. And not over social media, please. Stay above that fray. The world still needs kinder people. And kindness should not only be extended to patients. We try to be kind to our fellow doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and even to strangers. Kindness should not be equated with weakness. We can be just and kind at the same time. One of the most important people you have to be kind to is yourself. In a profession where expectations may become unreasonable, you have to get out of the pressure cooker occasionally. Stop and smell the flowers. Recharge. Watch a movie. Go out with friends. Sleep. Rest makes you better physicians and allows you to appreciate the work that you do.

Fourthly, doctors take a front seat in the face of human suffering and human joy.

You will have patients who would seem to recover miraculously and leave you heady with satisfaction but you will also lose a few in the most unexpected of ways and leave you broken hearted. To keep your grace in all of these, learn to laugh and pray. When the timing is appropriate, laughing with our patients brings the relationship to another dimension, something akin to friendship. Learn to laugh at yourself, too. It induces endorphin production. One of the best pieces of advice I received from a senior consultant was to pray for my patients. I do not consider myself very religious but I do ask help from above. It always gives me a sense of peace especially when I have to make very difficult clinical decisions. It emboldens me yet at the same time it humbles me into accepting that we too, are just human, that I could not make patients’ hearts beat forever, no matter how hard I try.

Now before I close, I wish to remind or reassure the honorees of certain truths. One is family is always the priority. When you have to choose, choose family. If you are not on duty, no matter how tempting sleep is, attend family reunions. Just bring a prescription pad. You will for certain conduct a med mission there.

On the practical side of life, I know you are concerned about making a living. For those going into further training, that is a big challenge. Makikitira pa kayo sa mga magulang ninyo.. Kasama sila sa delayed gratification. For those who will go into practice or a different path, I assure you that you will lead a comfortable enough life as long as you do good by your patient. I always tell my mother that I will not go hungry with the amount of food I receive from patients. You see what they are forbidden to eat, they will give you. Now if a fanciful life is something you wish for, you may not be in the right profession because the essence of medicine is truly service. Being a doctor does not entitle you to any privilege, only to a lot of responsibilities and accountabilities. But that can make your life profoundly meaningful.

Remember also where you came from, your old schools and mentors. Knowingly or unknowingly, they helped shape what you are today. And if you have the chance, teach. It will help ensure the future.

On this occasion when most of your sacrifice has come into fruition, I warmly congratulate you, your loved ones and most especially your parents, who if they are not doctors, never had any idea of what they were going into when you chose to go to medical school.

For all my self doubt and imperfection, I must have done something correctly, for you invited me here today. For that, you have my undying gratitude. Know in your hearts that wherever your fortunes may take you, you will always have a home in 67 Aurora Blvd, Brgy Imelda, Quezon City where one of the best medical schools is proudly located.

Go follow your bliss and Godspeed. Thank you.

Sue Ann Locnen, MD

Need we say more?

Just perhaps stay #tandemd with the Lord!


Ardys & Jerald

Your #tandemdDuoctors

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FB Series 5: God the Holy Spirit

These are taken from the Signs of the Times Magazine Special Edition “We Believe”, where we share brief explanations of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where our faith continuously grows with our Lord. May the Holy Spirit give you enlightenment as you read through the articles. Should you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them and we are willing to talk to you about our faith. Contact forms are at the end of this article. Thank you and may God bless you more abundantly today and always!


Lights from the lamps flickered in the upper room as the disciples conversed with their Master. The questions they still asked, even after being with Him for three years, made it obvious that they did not have a clear understanding of His mission on earth. They clung to their hope that He would liberate their nation from Roman occupation. Recognizing their misunderstanding, Jesus tried to prepare them for the events that were all but upon them. He quieted their fears of the future by speaking to them of the Gift of the Holy Spirit that He and the Father would give the world.

“Don’t worry about the future,” He said in essence. “Through the Holy Spirit, you will have My presence with you to guide you and sustain you in everything you experience, regardless of how difficult or painful it may be.”

As One of the Members of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is a Person, fully Divine. He had an active part with the Father and the Son in the creation of the world, and since then He has been intimately involved in the plan of salvation.


Jesus’ teaching about the Holy Spirit is recorded in John 14, 15, and 16. He is called ” ‘the Spirit of truth’ ” (John 14:17), whom the Father will send in Jesus’ name (John 14:26). He ” ‘will teach you all things,’ ” Jesus said, ” ‘and [He] will remind you of everything I have said to you’ ” (John 14:26). He came specifically to testify about Jesus (John 15:26). And because He is not limited by neither time nor space, He can represent Jesus to the world anywhere, anytime.

In addition to working with the disciples, enabling them to carry out their mission, the Holy Spirit is among unconverted people, convicting them of ” ‘sin and righteousness and judgment’ ” (John 16:8).

We tend to understand less about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit than we do the other Members of the Godhead. That’s because the Spirit’s work is to make known Jesus and the Father rather than Himself. It was through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that holy men wrote the Bible, which bears witness to Jesus (2 Peter 1:21). He filled the life of Jesus with power. Because of the Spirit’s ministry, the Bible comes alive for us, making Jesus real, sensitizing our hearts to Jesus, and equipping us to live for Him.


The Holy Spirit is involved in every aspect of our Christian life. When we come to God, it’s because the Spirit has been working on our hearts, giving us the desire to learn about God and to live the way He wants us to. Any time we want to know more of what the Bible says about God, all we have to do is ask for understanding, and the Holy Spirit will guide us to the passages that we should study. The Spirit will impress our minds, leading us to a clear understanding of the Bible and how its lessons apply to our lives today. Then He will give us the power to live the truths we have learned. When we feel guilty for our sins and repent of them, it’s because the Holy Spirit has been at work in our lives. Everything we know about God and Jesus we understand more clearly because the Holy Spirit, quietly and humbly, has been carrying out in our lives the work that He was sent to do.

The Spirit also strengthens the church and its members through spiritual gifts. Some of these gifts are quite  spectacular while others are less dramatic. Yet, all of them are equally essential. Several of these spiritual gifts are mentioned in Ephesians 4:11: “It was he [the Holy Spirit] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (see also Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28:31, 13:1-3). Both the Old and New Testaments tell us that the Spirit had an active role in both the creation of the world and its redemption. As the personal Representative of Jesus, the Spirit accomplishes in the world what Jesus would do if He were physically present today.

(For further study: Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:3; Romans 1:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11, 12.)

Until next Saturday for the sixth FB Series.

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God bless and stay #tandemd with God!


Your #Duoctors

Jerald and Ardys

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“Hear attentively the noise of His voice, and the sound that goeth out of His mouth. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and His lightning unto the ends of the earth.”

Job 37:2,3


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FB Series 4: God the Son

These are taken from the Signs of the Times Magazine Special Edition “We Believe”, where we share brief explanations of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where our faith continuously grows with our Lord. May the Holy Spirit give you enlightenment as you read through the articles. Should you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them and we are willing to talk to you about our faith. Contact forms are at the end of this article. Thank you and may God bless you more abundantly today and always!


Our hope of salvation centers exclusively in Jesus Christ. One of the titles by which we know Him is “Son of God.” This title reflects His place in the plan of salvation – a role that was established before the world began. He was born on our planet as a human (Hebrews 1: 5, 6). Prior to His incarnation, He existed from all eternity as God in the most complete and exalted sense. He is God by nature, power, and authority (John 1:1, 2; 17:5, 24; Philippians 2:6).

Christ is the Creator of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 1:2). After Adam and Eve sinned, Christ had intimate and constant contact with our world. He was the Member of the Godhead who would divest Himself, be “made in human likeness,” and would become “obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7, 8). Through Him the character of God is revealed to fallen humanity, human salvation is consummated, and the world is judged (John 5:25-29).


As God for all eternity, Christ also became a genuine human being in every sense of the word. Hundreds of years before He came to our world, the prophets predicted His virgin birth and the place where He would be born: Bethlehem (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2). Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He grew up in Nazareth, a mountain village in Galilee.

During His life on earth Jesus experienced temptation as a human, yet He never sinned. Thus, He modeled God’s love and His justice in a most outstanding way, giving us a perfect example to imitate (Hebrews 2:16-18; 1 Peter 2:21, 22).

Christ lived a humble and generous life. As a child, as an adult, and as a youth, He helped at the carpenter shop in Nazareth. He was always friendly and took an interest in others. At about the age of thirty (Luke 3:23), He was baptized by immersion in the river Jordan by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). However, He was not baptized in order to cleanse Himself from sin, for He never sinned. Rather, as He put it, He was baptized in order to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). Through baptism He identified Himself with sinners, walking the path we must walk and doing what we must do.

God the Son


When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him in visible form as a dove, and God’s voice from heaven pronounced these words: ” ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’ ” (Matthew 3:17). Following His baptism, Jesus ministered unselfishly for three years, sharing God’s love and the message of salvation with rich and poor, Jew and Gentile.

Jesus’ teachings were unmatched in their simplicity yet filled with a power that drew people’s hearts to Him and changed them. Even the guards who were sent to arrest Him as He was teaching the people were unable to take Him into custody, so powerfully did His words affect them. When they were asked why they hadn’t apprehended Him, they could only reply, “No one ever spoke the way this Man does.”

Even before the foundation of the world, the Godhead devised a plan to deal with the possibility that sin might arise on planet Earth (Ephesians 1:4). Through Christ’s death, all those who accept Him become sons and daughters of God and heirs of eternal life (John 3:16; I John 5:11, 12).

When Jesus was ready to begin His ministry, John the Baptist pointed Hi out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” As the concluding act of His ministry, Christ submitted to the supreme sacrifice: He gave His life to secure for human beings the possibility of escape from sin and the eternal death that is its inevitable result.

Jesus suffered and died voluntarily on Calvary’s cross in our place, for our sins. Yet, He was raised from the dead, for neither death nor the tomb could hold the Creator of the world in their grasp. After appearing several times to His disciples and commissioning them to carry on the work of saving souls that He began during His short ministry, Jesus ascended to heaven. Yet, He did not abandon His people who remained in the world. Rather, He entered upon an intercessory ministry to prepare them for a place in the kingdom that He plans to restore on earth.


Soon Jesus will come again in the clouds of glory, accompanied by holy angels, to free His people and restore to them everything they lost because of sin.

The heart of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He is the Center around which all the teachings of Seventh-Day Adventists cluster. “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Our love for Christ motivates us to obey His commandments, follow His example and give Him our lives so that He can live in us through the Holy Spirit.

(For further study: Luke 1:35; John 1:1-3, 14; 5:22; 10:30; 14:9; Romans 5:18; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:25; 8:1, 2; 9:28; Revelation 22:20.)

Until next Saturday for the fifth FB Series.

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God bless and stay #tandemd with God!


Your #Duoctors

Jerald and Ardys


Happy Sabbath!

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FB Series 3: God the Father

Many people, tired of the culture of self, are looking for something better, something more satisfying. They want to know God. Fortunately, God wants us to know Him. For that reason He has revealed Himself in many ways, the most important of which is the Bible.

The Bible writers made no direct effort to prove the existence of God. They took that much for granted. The Bible's first words, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1), speak volumes about Him. Before the world came into existence, God existed. He's the Creator, the Source of life and every material blessing.

What We Can't Know

Nevertheless, there's much about God's basic nature that we don't understand because He hasn't revealed it to us. Among these unknowns are God's eternal nature and His capacity to be everywhere at once. We can never understand the essence of God's nature. But we understand what He has revealed to us, at least to a point, and this revelation centers around His unfailing love.

The New Testament presents God to us as a loving heavenly Father (Matthew 5:45; I John 4:8). Because Jesus has adopted us, we have become God's sons and daughters (John 1:12, 13). God, our heavenly Father, is not a mere impersonal force.

Jesus told the woman at the well of Sychar that " 'God is Spirit' " (John 4:24) to suggest that God has a form, a shape. This statement has to do with more profound aspects of God's divine nature. He's above nature and beyond the capacity of our minds to imagine Him. He lives on a plane far superior to ours.

God Is A Person

The Hebrew concept of spirit was more concrete than abstract. God dwells in that realm. We cannot see Him, but we were made in His image (Genesis 1:27), which suggests that He also has a specific form. Throughout its pages, the Bible presents God as a Person.

The words the Bible uses to describe God were chosen to make it easy as possible for us to understand God as a Person. He "talks," "hears," and "writes." He suffers and feels sadness, and He also expresses both anger and joy. He has free will (see Psaln 40:8; 2 Corinthians 1:1). God judges (Psalm 7:11; Romans 2:16) and pardons (Isaiah 55:7). Nevertheless, He is above all. He created and sustains everything (Hebrews 1:1-3). God us omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), sublime (Isaiah 57:15), omniscient (Ephesians 1:8), eternal and immortal (1 Timothy 1:17), and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:24). He's free of time and space limitations in all His actions.

Everything that happens on our planet is under God's control. He understands our plans, but He acts in ways that ensure the ultimate fulfillment and consummation of His will.

The qualities and powers that we see in God the Son and God the Holy Spirit also reveal to us what the Father is like.

(For further study: Exodus 34:6, 7; Revelation 4:11; John 13:16; John 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:28.)

Until next Saturday for the third FB Series.

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God bless and stay #tandemd with God!


Your #Duoctors Jerald and Ardys

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The SOAP of UERM Class 2016

THE SOAP of UERM Class 2016

By Jerald Pelayo


I am truly honored and humbled at the same time to receive this award today, knowing my limitations as a post-graduate medical intern. To everyone who believed in me, and in what God can do through me, from the deepest recesses of my heart, thank you so much.

I will not be referring patients to my residents or to any consultants present today. Instead, allow me to refer Class 2016, with whom I have, in so many ways, braved the rigors of 4 years in Medical School and 1 year of medical internship. Allow me to present our Class SOAP today.



Class 2016 is a 5-year-old, multicultural group, who has come together from all parts of the world, with different co-morbidities and personality traits. The Class came in for thoughts and feelings of anxiety of 6 months duration.  Life was apparently well for the class until…

5 years prior to graduation, we accepted the challenge of a lifelong education, entering with a naïve but energetic spirit. We were lost in our own anxious thoughts, and were culturally shocked in the new environment we were immersed in. We were faced with the complexities of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology. From the ground emanated budding emotions of love and hatred, successes and failures. During the process, some left, some were left behind but still many survived.

4 years prior, more paper works were added to the already long list of subjects to study. Our time was consumed by preceptorships and interviews, thus studying had to be left in the crevices wherever they could fit.

3 years prior, the amount of paper works escalated exponentially to the point of neglecting the need to study or even listen to lectures. We kept on chasing deadlines that we forgot what really mattered – the very long examinations. For some, this was probably the most academically challenging year of all. If we recall, we were all instructed to attend clerkship orientation, clueless as to whether we actually made it or not. The rest was history, until…

2 years prior, we came to the end of classroom education and we were residing in the hospital as junior interns, living in a far different world where we slept in a cramped up or a make shift “lungga”. The class had its fair share of being addressed as “Ate/Kuya/Nurse/Miss/Mister/even worse simply a ‘Psssttttt!’”. We had endless duties day in and day out, sleepless nights because of bedside monitoring, referrals which were either torn or accepted, paper works, rounds, codes, OR/DR assists, labor watch, sleep-wake monitoring and the like. We weighed diapers, drained urine and colostomy bags, inserted and re-inserted IVs/NGTs/foley catheters and so much more. The time we spent together may even be longer than the time we spent with our own families, hence we got to know each other at a deeper level, allowing us to see each other’s good and bad sides during those good and bad times. These varied experiences shaped us and our perspectives, and with these, some inevitable twists and turns transpired along the way, where some old relationships and friendships were made stronger, some new ones formed and some old ones unfortunately came to an end. Nevertheless, we journeyed as one family until…

1 year prior, we had to be matched to our hospitals of choice, some of us were lucky with first matching, while the others were not, who were matched only until the first day of our official duty. Whether we were wrongly matched or not, we all went our own ways, separated by our choices. And here are the few that remained in our home base – whether chosen, forced, or left with no choice at all, who were ever ready to stand by the idea that we made the right decision when we chose to stay, ready to be enslaved once more! And finally, we got to wear the white coats, now as senior interns. We received referrals from our JIs and taught them what we learned from the previous years. Some of us enjoyed the blessing of authority through suggesting demerits and merits, crossing them out in their attendance logbooks, giving them quizzes, and sometimes doing midnight rounds with them. #ForYourLearningPurposesOnly #WalangPersonalan. This time, it was less physical work and less monitoring, but we had more censuses to edit and more responsibilities. We were actively involved in patient care under the supervision of our residents. It was a steep growth curve, but the class survived! And together, we conquered PGIship.

On the day of graduation, the class experienced ambivalence with a heightened feeling of anxiety hence this SOAP.

Review of systems revealed irritability, palpitations, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and polyphagia.



                …showed that the class is awake, alert, conversant, coherent but restless, not in cardiorespiratory distress. Vital signs are relatively stable, save for tachycardia. Other pertinent findings include cold clammy extremities and diaphoresis. Mental Status Exam revealed that the class is in a state of heightened anxiety as verbalized. PE findings of other systems are unremarkable.



Generalized Anxiety Disorder secondary to pending PLE 68 days from now

s/p 4 years of Medical School, s/p 1 year of Medical Internship



  • Give BOLUS Signatures for clearances STAT. Please DO NOT DELAY!!!
  • Diagnostics:
    • ECG to check for residual heartaches and fears that need to be dealt with or resolved before the boards
    • 2D echo to check for emotional abnormalities that need to be stabilized
    • Electrolytes – to check for imbalances in doubts and self-confidence
    • CBG – to check for acute spikes of panic attacks
  • Treatment:

Allow me to share my treatment plan for Class 2016.

The first prescription is FAITH. “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us in the past.”* Remember, “man’s necessity is God’s opportunity.”**

The second prescription is DISCIPLINE. We are to discipline ourselves by gathering up every jot and tittle of knowledge and experience. Discipline also entails temperance and focus. Prioritize! Remember that the time we spent can never be brought back or re-lived.

Hence, remember this formula: FAITH + DISCIPLINE = EXCELLENCE

Do not settle for mediocrity. If best is possible, then better is never enough. God requires of us nothing but our best. Let us then strive for a rock-solid 100% passing rate. Class 2016, are you up for the challenge?

Excellence, after all, is not a skill but a habit; it’s not a destiny but an attitude; it’s not a seasonal aspiration but a way of life. Keep the faith, exercise discipline and achieve excellence.

Then lastly, follow-up with God. Make Him your FIRST, LAST and BEST in everything!

As difficult as it will be for any of us, I will miss and treasure the beautiful memories that we have spent together as a class. As we go on our separate ways, let us remember to look back to where we once were and move forward with greater hope that we can live the reality of our greatest potentials. Now, go and #LiveTheDreamUERM2016!



*Taken from EGW Writings, Life Sketches, p. 196, paraphrased

**Taken from EGW Writings, Testimonies for the Church, volume 4 p. 530


This was delivered by Jerald L. Pelayo at the UERM PGI’s Graduation (July 4, 2017) at the UERM Physio Auditorium. May this ever inspire our dear classmates, colleagues and friends!

With much love,

Jerald and Ardys

Your newly graduated Post-graduate Interns


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Project: Scripture Songs Playlist

We were very much inspired by the official singing group of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), the AUP Ambassadors who visited us in Manila Chinese Church during our Sabbath Worship last December 6, 2014 that we immediately searched for scripture songs that we can learn and sing during the Adventist Youth Programs. In our search for these songs, we came across this playlist. We loved how these songs were played that we can’t help but share it!

Disclaimer: We do not own these videos. All credits to ScriptureLullabies Youtube Channel for these songs.

We especially love these songs and we hope you like it too! Let us know what you think! If you know of any other wonderful scripture songs that give nothing but praise and honor to God, you can send the links to us through your comments below.

Let us keep serving our God through music and songs of praise and worship!

God bless and stay #TandeMD with God!

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Bloom wherever God plants you. Happy Sabbath dear friends!


Jerald and Ardys



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First Love

1 John 4:19

We love him, because he first loved us.