Ateneo de Zamboanga School of Medicine – first school in PH to grant dual degree for graduating physicians

June 22, 2012, after I gave a talk to the MBA students of the Ateneo Graduate Schools of Business and the medical students of Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in Rockwell, at least two faculty of Ateneo were telling me that the latter is the first school in the Philippines that grants a dual degree for graduating physicians (MD-MBA).  I told them “I am sorry I have to disagree with you.”

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in Metro Manila is not the first school in PH to grant graduating physicians with dual degree.  The first one also carries the name of Ateneo, but the full name is Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine [ADZU-SOM] (formerly Zamboanga Medical School Foundation).  It grants MD-MPH.

ADZU-SOM was the first medical school in the PH to produce graduates with MD-MPH, circa 1999.  See website of ADZU-SOM (http://som.adzu.edu.ph/info/?page=Programs)

I know this personally as I was part of the team that developed this program circa 1997 and most important of all, I was part of the team that helped established the ZMSF  circa 1993

The University of the Philippines College of Medicine also has a MD-PhD, but it is just on its third year and no graduate yet (http://upm.edu.ph/upmsite/downloads/announcement/write%20up%20on%20moa%20signing%20with%20univ%20of%20houston-2.pdf)

The question that I will explore in the near future is the difference between MD-MPH and MD-MBA in terms of impact to the health care management in the Philippines.  I will be interested to know also the impact of an MD-PhD.

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