AFTER 12 years of planning and preparation, the Brokenshire College is set to open its School of Medicine for the school year 2016-2017 after they have secured the approval from the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
Brokenshire president Dr. Linell G. Malimbag, in a statement, said: "The Brokenshire College School of Medicine was conceived from the long held dream since 2004, got 12 years in the making and we actually did it," Malimbag said.
It was former college president Reverend Leopoldo Naive and Malimbag who pushed for the medical school application.
Malimbag said they instructed the vice president for academic affairs and former research director Felix C. Chavez Jr. to conduct a feasibility study to find out how viable the opening of a medical school is.
"In fact, when we conducted the feasibility study, it was found out that along with the increasing population in the Philippines, in Mindanao and in Davao City, also comes the increase in healthcare demands," Malimbag said.
He added that the idea of putting up a medical school also aims to address the increasing population of the school for nursing and foreign students taking preparatory course for medicine in the country.
"In partnership with our hospital, it is our obligation to produce more doctors that would respond to the need of the society which is to provide healthcare, especially in remote areas," Malimbang said.
Wyna L. Lumanag, vice-president for finance and administration, also said they already dropped the BS Pharmacy and BS Medical Laboratory courses so that they could focus all their resources and effort to the medicine program.
Lumanag said applications for enrollment will be accepted starting May 30 this year and classes for the medical degree program will start on July 11, 2016. (ICT)