ROJoson’s Education for Health Development in the Philippines

One of his missions in life is to contribute to the health development in the Philippines through education.  This mission started in 1990 when, as Director of the UP College of Medicine Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, he designed a structured Department of Health-UPCM Postgraduate Circuit Courses in four provincial hospitals in the Philippines (Ilagan, Isabela in Luzon; Aklan in the Visayas; Koronadal in South Cotobato and Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental, both in Mindanao).

He then went on to develop a structured general surgery training program using a distance education mode from 1991 to 1997 in Zamboanga City Medical Center.  With this program, he added 7 trained general surgeons to the pool of 2 that served the 3 million population of Western Mindanao.

In 1994, he helped established the Zamboanga Medical School Foundation (now the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine).   He helped designed a community-based, competency-based, and problem-based learning medical curriculum for the school.  This curriculum was adopted by several medical schools in the Philippines, one in Legazpi, Albay in 1995; one, in Cebu in 1996, and another one in Naga, Camarines Sur, in 2001.

Since 1990 to present (2017), he has been actively giving lectures and learning sessions in surgery, medical education, hospital administration, community health, hospital disaster management, and other health related topics in various parts of the Philippines and also in Asia.

Since 2011, he has been using Facebook as a vehicle to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.  Even before Facebook, he has websites (, Google Sites, and to promote his Education for Health Development in the Philippines.


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My Experience with Computers

I wrote this manuscript as part of the learning materials for Computers in Health Sciences Education in 1999.

My Experience with Computers

I am a health care provider.

I am a health education professional.

I am NOT a computer specialist.

My experience with computers can be glimpsed from the following chronological enumeration of events:

  1. I acquired a Personal Computer (PC) XT model in 1985. I started to learn word processing using a DOS-based Wordstar 4 program to create and edit documents.
  2. From 1985 up to 1995, although I acquired newer models of PC, such as 386 in 1994, my computer experience was still confined to word processing using DOS-based Wordstar 4.
  3. In 1995, I acquired an IBM Aptiva 486. I started learning word processing using a Windows-based program.
  4. In 1997, I started learning how to surf the Internet.
  5. In 1999, I started learning how to create webpages with the theme of Education for Health Development in the Philippines.


I learned how to manipulate the computer on a
hands-on, trial and error basis.

Such self-learning really consumed a lot of time. However, the satisfaction after learning something was greater than I could ever imagine.

I like to share the following experiences:

  • The best way to learn to use the computer is hands-on and frequent usage. Lecturing and reading without hands-on are futile.
  • Learning how to use computer can consume a lot of time if there is no one to guide you. However, if you are patient and perseverant, you can learn computer through self-study.
  • The most efficient way to teach and learn computer is by demonstration and return demonstration.
  • When learning how to use computers, think of how you drive a car. Although it is ideal to know everything about the parts and system of a car (and the computer), one need not go to that extent, or at least initially. One can still use the car and computer to suit one’s need just by knowing the elemental things in driving a car and operating a computer.

In this program, I do not expect you to learn how to make webpages. What is enough, as a starter, is to know how to turn on the computer, use it for some basic tasks needed in health science education and then park it (turn it off).


Update after 1999:

“In 1999, I started learning how to create webpages with the theme of Education for Health Development in the Philippines.”

At present (2017 – 18 years after),  I know a lot already. Not everything but a lot. Enough to make me communicate and do public health education easily through the Internet.

I know how to use emails and how to blog.  I started with (stopped already).  I am now using, Google Sites, Slideshare, Scribd, You tube, etc.  Of course, I am using Facebook since June 2011.  Will continue to learn and refine.


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Hybrid Surgeons

17sept6 – went to Diamond Hotel today to attend the PGH Department of Surgery Postgraduate Course.
Objectives: Re-study; Refine; and Reaffirm!

Hybrid Surgeon – a surgeon with training in other facets of clinical management that augments delivery of optimal surgical care.

Examples of hybrid surgeons that utilize all available modern technologies are the following: Surgeon Endoscopist; Surgeon Sonologist; Surgeon Chemotherapist; Surgeon Intensivist; Surgeon Interventionist; and Endoscopic and Laparascopic Surgeons.



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5-Star Surgeons

ROJoson ZCMC General Surgery Course

2017 ATR Memorial Lecture – Surgeons as Clinicians, Educators and Administrators by Dr. Alberto Roxas
Insights: I like this topic (well-delivered by Dr. Roxas).
Actually, last year, when I was invited by Doc Jun Bisquera to the 2016 ATR Memorial Lecture, before he gave me the topic, I was thinking of giving a talk on holistic surgeons – akin to 5-star surgeons. However, Doc Jun Bisquera gave me the topic and title to talk on – Application of Management Process in Thyroid Nodule – 30 Years of Experience. I had to abide by his wish.
While listening to Dr. Roxas’ talk, I was reminded of the Tutorials in General Surgery that I conducted in Zamboanga City Medical Center in 1991-1997 in which I envisioned the graduates to be holistic surgeons. See pictures below.
As stated in the instructional design in my Tutorials, the learning objectives include…

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Unfriending Friends in Facebook

A note I usually get from Facebook  Help Team when I unfriend a friend:

Here’s what happens when you unfriend someone

Reynaldo, we noticed you recently unfriended someone. This means that they’ll no longer be able to see the posts you share only with your friends, and you won’t be able to see theirs. Don’t worry, we won’t tell them that you’ve unfriended them.

To stop someone from bothering you, you can either unfriend or block them. Anyone you unfriend or block will not be notified.

— The Facebook Help Team

I unfriend friends for 3 reasons:

1) I transfer them to my other FB group – REYNALDO O JOSON 2;

2) inactive friends already; and

3) bothering me or bothersome.

First posted in FB – August 29, 2017


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Do you have Facebook?

Whenever I ask my new patients whether they have Facebook or not, a few will outrightly say no and majority will say yes.

Those who outrightly say no would reason out that they are not techie; they do not know how;  they don’t have time; it is a time waster; etc.

Those who outrightly say yes would smile at my question.  I would surmise they are amused with my question (a doctor active in Facebook).  I would quickly follow through with a request that they friend me because they may find my posts, mostly medical advisories, in my Facebook Timeline useful.

To those who outrightly say no and have no Facebook account, I will convince them to open an account and friend me to read my medical advisories.  To those who outrightly say no and say that Facebook is a time-waster, I told them just limit their friends to me and just follow me to read my medical advisories.

Since 2011, after I joined and became active in Facebook, I have found it very useful in my health education program and in my various advocacies.  I have found it useful in infosharing, inspiring and improving people particularly on health matters.  I have found it useful in connecting with people all over the world, with patients, with medical colleagues and students, and with long lost friends and acquaintances.

Note: The other special usefulness that I discovered with Facebook is the continuing connection and communication with loved ones who have departed and who has Facebook accounts before they died.  Friends and relatives would continue to greet them on their birthdays and on special occasions, like Christmas, Happy Father’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day, etc.  They would continue to communicate with them in Facebook.  What a way to remember the departed loved ones.

Note: I have reached the limit of 5000 friends in my Facebook Timelines in May 27, 2017. I started becoming active in Facebook Timelines in June 2011.  In 6 years’ time, I reached the 5000 quota.   I have created a Facebook Group on May 18, 2017 to complement my FB Timeline (Reynaldo O Joson 2).  I have also created a Facebook Page (Reynaldo O Joson) on May 21, 2017.

So, connect with me in Facebook.  Friend me in Facebook. Follow me in my Facebook. You may find my posts, mostly medical advisories, in my Facebook useful.   Disclaimer: They contain my thoughts, perceptions, opinions and recommendations.  Objectives are to infoshare, inspire and improve.


Quota of 5000 reached on May 27, 2017



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