By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Magno, 13 Men and a Baby
It is a widely known fact that silence runs deep, a metaphor that is often attributed to water but can very well pertain to man and how one handles himself. Bro. Dr. Rudie Frederick Bailon Mendiola, Blitzkrieg 23 is one of those silent types who lets his resume do the talking.
Dr. Mendiola, known to Tauans as Richie, is currently the President of the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Inc. or PSREI for short. Richie is nearing the middle of his term and is charting a course for his society which is in transition. The organization is in the process of undergoing a name change from PSREI to the Philippine Society of Reproductive Medicine or PSRM and Bro. Richie is leading them in the legal measures needed to effect this change.
As part of his agenda as President, Bro. Richie has embarked on a plan to bring the PSREI closer to the people they care for. In their society’s website, Dr. Mendiola said, “I am planning a series of lay lectures to different key areas of our country. This project is meant to educate the common person to the different illness that are related to their reproductive health and to educate them that certain conditions need to be seen by highly trained specialists in the field of reproductive medicine. This will empower them to seek appropriate treatment from the right doctors at the first instance.”
After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Medical Technology from UST, Richie entered Tau Mu Sigma Phi, the Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity during the second semester of 1992 as a freshman medical student. He and 22 other medical students were able to hurdle their initiations and later on called themselves Blitzkrieg 23. Perhaps it is the sheer number of members in their batch or maybe the presence of more boisterous ones that led to the assumption that Rudie is the silent one.
Well, assume no more! According to his batchmate, Bro. Dr John Arnel Alcantara Solamo, Blitzkrieg 23, Bro. Richie is the quiet one. John proclaims, ” Richie is mild mannered and quiet compared to the other batchmates, never heard him swear or bad mouth another person.” Spoken like a true and loyal Biltzkrieg!
After obtaining his Medical Degree from the University of Santo Tomas-Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1996 and finishing one year of internship at the same institution in 1997, where he was given the Leadership Award, Dr. Mendiola followed in his father’s footsteps and went into Residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital from 1998-2002. In 2003, he went into further fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Menopause at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Taft Avenue, Manila.
His father, Dr. Rogelio P. Mendiola, is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a past president of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) and the UST Alumni Association. Bro. Richie is definitely following in his father’s footsteps but he is making a mark of his own. He is married to Dr. Angela Pilar M. Mendiola, a Pediatrician and the two of them have two daughters, Claudia, 16 and Remia, 14 and a son, Paulo, who is 9. Richie’s mother is Ms. Nora Patricia B. Mendiola.
In addition to his duties as PSREI President, Dr. Rudie ‘Richie’ Mendiola is also the Medical Director of the Kato Repro Biotech Centre, a facility that specializes in In Vitro Fertilization using minimum simulation protocols developed by the late and world renowned Dr. Osamu Kato of Japan. Bro. Richie underwent training in Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART at the Kato Ladies Clinic in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan in 2011. He sees about 40 patients a day from Monday to Saturday which keeps him busy and productive.
Other positions that Dr. Mendiola currently hold are as a Medical Specialist III at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, and an Active Consultant at both Capitol Medical Center in Diliman, Quezon City and St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City in Taguig.
During his free time, Richie tries to run as much as possible if not too tired and likewise does mountain biking and plays a round of golf if his schedule permits. One of his passions is cooking for his family which he would like to do more often.
His short career has so far been impressive with a resume that includes being a delegate and a speaker in several Continuing Medical Education (CME) seminars not only in the Philippines but in Asia and Europe as well. He has likewise authored several medical publications in the Philippine Journal of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Obstetric and Gynecologic Emergencies Handbook, the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Iron Deficiency Anemia and the Clinical Practice Guideline on Leiomyomas, where he wrote the Chapter on Fate of Degenerative Changes.
“Tauans never quit, once we set our sights on our targets, we do all that we can to achieve them.” – Bro. Dr. Rudie ‘Richie’ Mendiola, Blitzkrieg 23
When asked how Tau Mu Sigma Phi has helped him in his career, Rudie says “Tauans never quit, once we set our sights on our targets, we do all that we can to achieve them.” He is grateful to all our Tauan elders in general who motivated him to persevere and work hard to attain the goals that he has set for himself.
Tauans are typically well-known for being vocal and self-assured but there are those amongst us who prefer to remain quiet and just go about their business. Bro. Dr. Rudie ‘Richie’ Mendiola is one of them. He has, in an unassuming way, promoted Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s ideals of academic excellence through his countless achievements and works, leadership as the president and leader of his professional society, service by promoting women’s health and empowering them to seek help from ethical. well trained and knowledgeable physicians and brotherhood by sharing with us his passion and honors. Richie is a true blooded Tauan!
HAIL TAU MU!