Asst. Prof. Ma. Lourdes Domingo-Maglinao, MD, MHPEd, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, was one of the speakers in the 2019 Forum of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, entitled “New Frontiers for University Leaders: The Future of Health and the University Ecosystem.”

In her talk, Dean Maglinao talked about recent paradigm shifts in medical education, and how there is now a greater emphasis on promoting the overall well-being of medical students, who face increasingly complex demands before and during medical practice.

The Dean of the 148-year-old UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery likewise underscored the need for institutions to tap varied funding resources in the medical education space, given the faster pace of technological innovations, which entail cost for the schools to upgrade infrastructure and equip would-be physicians with the know-how to use these devices.

Finally, Dean Maglinao touched on the social accountability that medical schools have. Such accountability entails the inclusion of this paradigm in curricular reform. “Symbiosis,” according to Dean Maglinao, meant that the medical school will partner with the university’s service arm to link with the communities that the school services. Finally, medical schools must go beyond urban boundaries and go to the peripheries, particularly the rural areas, in order to help these sectors develop. An example that Dean Maglinao highlighted is how UST will soon develop the General Santos City campus in southern Philippines.