Professor Maria Minerva Patawaran Calimag, MD, PhD won twin awards from the Professional Regulation Commission on June 22, 2012, when she was conferred the Most Outstanding Physician Award and the inaugural Eric Nubla Award by the PRC.
According to the PRC website, Calimag, who teaches Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, and Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “was cited for her exemplary achievements and exceptional professional competence with integrity in the exercise of her profession…at the UST, 2-term President of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia of the Philippines, 2-term President of the International College of Surgeons Alliance, Diplomate and Vice-Chair of the Board of Examiners, Philippine Board of Anesthesiology, 2-term President of the Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists.”
A well-known figure in research field, Calimag is a published author and co-author of numerous research papers that garnered for her several awards and recognitions. According to the PRC, “she was also commended for her effective discharge of the professions social responsibility through involvement in community services such as her 24 years as volunteer Anesthesiologist in medical missions and an advocate for women’s health, her professional expertise as manifested in The Outstanding Physicians In the Community Service (TOPICS) Award, the USTMAA Thomasian Medical Alumni Award, UST Quadricentennial Dangal Award for Community Service and St. Cosmas and Damian Award.”
The Eric Nubla Excellence Award intends to accord distinct honor to a professional who surpassed the qualification standard based on the criteria set forth to be an outstanding professional.