Two MD-PhD scholars complete degrees ahead of time



Dr. Josept Mari Poblete and Dr. Sheriah Laine De Paz, received their MD-PhD degrees on Molecular Medicine last June 26, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay, during the University of the Philippines Manila’s 110th Commencement Exercises. This is a year early from their original completion schedule in 2020, setting a record in the MD-PhD program’s 10-year history. 

Drs. Poblete and De Paz underwent the PCHRD Research Enrichment Program (Sandwich Research Program). Under this program, both scholars received funding from the DOST to conduct their research overseas. Dr. Poblete completed his research at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center while Dr. De Paz completed her research at the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Four other scholars of the PCHRD MD-PhD scholarship program obtained their degrees, namely: Dr. Cecile Dungog, Dr. Mark Joseph Abaca, Dr. Pia Regina Fatima Zamora, and Dr. Charles Patrick Uy.

The MD-PhD program in Molecular Medicine is the first dual degree program in the Philippines created through the partnership between the DOST-PCHRD and UPM College of Medicine. It is an eight-year program with five tracks, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology, and Medical Parasitology. The program was created to train aspiring physician-scientists on biomedical research for the advancement of health in the country.

Currently, there are 74 MD-PhD scholars under the program.

To learn more about DOST-PCHRD scholarship offerings, you may visit: http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/programs-and-services/grant-services?fbclid=IwAR0O6DUVS6WNkSC5-FTIpJZxH41zQmtINsRgXSIY4bIOzxAk0xDox4lllH8