On January 16, 2020, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery broke ground for the multi-storey Saints Cosmas and Damian Simulation and Research Building, seen to provide the needed space to complement existing teaching and research facilities of the country’s pioneer medical school. The building is likewise the banner project of the Faculty’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebration in 2021.

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According to Dean Maglinao, the new building will be a showcase of the “synergy of research, technology, and medical education,” for it will provide the much-needed facilities for simulation, which Maglinao identified as “a cornerstone of an outcomes-based mindset.”

Simulation, according to the Dean, “strengthens the interface between medical education and actual clinical practice while ensuring ethical and compassionate patient care and ensuring the safety of both the patient and healthcare provider.”

Moreover, the facility will provide spaces for further research, which has been one of the strengths of the Faculty and for which the University has been known.

Leading the ceremonies were Acting Rector fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., PhD, Medicine and Surgery Dean Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao, MD, and Regent fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P. Following the Rite of Blessing, the time capsule was buried in site. The time capsule contained the edifice’s blueprint, a rosary, an icon and the prayer of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, blessed salt, a stethoscope, and the newspaper of the day.

Among the alumni luminaries in attendance were benefactors UST Medical Association of America leaders Jose and Stella Evangelista, MD, who have been among the University’s partners in alumni efforts since the Quadricentennial. Dr. Joe Mariano of the UST Medical Alumni Association Philippines and the members of the board of trustees from Anargyroi Foundation and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Foundation. Joining the alumni were the faculty members and students of FMS.

The new structure was designed by C.A. Ventura and Partners.