As the ultimate measure of the success of our programs, you, our students, will be treated legitimately as the College stakeholders that you are. The subtle and not-so-subtle changes that will be carried out in the curriculum will all be designed to make you more effective and fulfilled doctors of medicine. You can count on our full support inside and outside the classrooms and laboratories. We will track your progress as you go along until your very last day in the College. All we ask in return are your commitment and your intellectual honesty.

We are looking at collaborating with student organizations which can help defray the cost of extracurricular activities such as sports competitions and social events. I am not one to underestimate our youngest stakeholders’ passion and energy—least of all your capacity to harness the power of technology and social networking for noble and productive ends.

Along this line, we will institutionalize guidelines in social networking to be stewarded by a body composed of selected faculty, students, a lawyer and a social scientist. Rather than block or discourage the use of social networking sites like Facebook on campus, we will embrace it as a potential tool for learning and advocacy and find means of control, supervision, and collaboration.

We are also counting on your help as we seek to activate a parent-teacher association to create a new base of support for the College.

To the Greek and non Greek societies, I extend a hand of cooperation in the hope that we will constantly find common space by which to serve the interests of the College, our students, and our community. To be sure, we will run into sharp corners, and the door to my office will be open for you to discuss your concerns.

Let me be forthright: I am a MU, and will always be a MU. But my sisses and brods have always respected my position that affiliations have to be set aside if we are to achieve fairness and justice in the settlement of disputes. In the same vein, I appeal to your elders and advisers to promote sensitivity and objectivity.

On September 27, 2012, we will have a Strategy Formulation Workshop for the details and then present he output in the next College Council (November) together with our other plans, ie, tracking for the regionalization and promoting immersion, infrastructure, admission criteria to UPCM and financial stability program.

For 2012-2013, the priority programs/agenda are RSA, grant for the educational masterplan, admission criteria, alumni brochures, MS Program and fiscal planning.


Agnes D. Mejia, MD
Professor & Dean

Introduction to Dean Agnes D. Mejia on the Occasion of Her Oath-taking for Her 2nd Deanship Term October 5, 2015


Three years ago, on the occasion of her inauguration as the  16th dean of the UP College of Medicine, Dean Agnes Mejia was introduced by Dr. Leny Fernandez as  A Woman of Substance.  She elaborated on how her 9 years as Chair of the Dept of Medicine can be summed up by these words:  Focus and Conviction Amidst Change. 

Fast forward to 3 years of her deanship, she has remained resolute to this goal, her passion, her absolute sense of mission.

It is often said that leadership is not a position or title, it is action and example.  If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

She has continued to show her outstanding leadership and managerial skills.  She is a strategist.  She follows the aphorism that if the plan does not work, change the plan but never the goal.  She sees set backs as opportunities to set up a comeback.  A dreamer, a doer, a thinker, she sees possibility everywhere.

She has this unique capacity to see things in its broadest perspective yet mindful of the details . She is able to simplify the complicated.  Her mantra… Make it simple but significant.

On a lighter note, the demands of the deanship required her to embrace technology.  She has quickly learned to use an Ipad, send emails but still needs help with powerpoint presentations.  It took her awhile to give up her sturdy ever reliable  Nokia 3210 but will still need a lot of convincing to get a smart phone.  As she says, why complicate life!  Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

Dean Mejia is known for short messages and welcome remarks.  But today will be an exception.

So on this note, let me quote a saying attributed to Gen Douglas McArthur. No…. it is not “I shall return” although she did so by going for a second term.  But rather….

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”  End of quote.

A true woman of substance, a visionary leader, a dear classmate and friend ….Dean Agnes Dominguez Mejia


Madeleine W. Sumpaico, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty and Students

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