A Letter to a Mentor

Essay by Jean Alcover-Banal Posted online 10:15 PM 25 January 2018
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THE MENTOR AND THE MENTEE. The smiling faces of Dr. Jean Alcover-Banal and Dr. Ramon Abarquez. (Photo by Dr. Jean Alcover-Banal)
Dear Doctor Abarquez,

With sadness, I bid you farewell. A great teacher to many of us. Your words of wisdom and pearls of knowledge will never leave us: the heart beats with a twist; why did you give a beta-blocker; right ventricle or left ventriclethat is still myocardium; you have to get married, studies show that it will make you live longer; the ECG clearly shows acute cholecystitis; where is digitalis, why is it not in your drug list.
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Mind and Heart

Essay by Marc Gregory Y. Yu Posted online 4:50 PM 25 January 2018

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BEDSIDE ROUNDS with Dr. Ramon Abarquez with medical student at the Philippine General Hospital. (Photo taken by Dr. Jean Alcover-Banal)


“NO WAY,” I thought to myself in utter disbelief. I was a lowly clinical clerk fresh into my Medicine rotation, learning the ropes of the grueling workload, when a colleague suddenly strode into the callroom bearing somewhat exuberant news: One particular consultant can apparently diagnose cholecystitis just by looking at the ECG alone.

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