By Bro. Dr. Ferdinand Q. Magno, 13 Men and a Baby
In line with Tau Mu Sigma Phi’s program in assisting recent Tauan graduates land a residency position in the United States, Bro. Dr. Marianito Olivares Asperilla, Batch Anim have invited brothers to help him with two recent papers pertaining to Hepatitis C, its treatment and management.
The fraternity’s program called TRUMP, short for Tauan Residency in the USA Matching Program, is in its infancy as it was launched last October, 2015 during Tau Mu USA Foundation’s annual fall reunion held at South Padre Island, Texas. For the past several years, it has been more difficult to enter into residency training in the US brought about by increased competition from other foreign medical graduates and increased immigration scrutiny due to global terrorism.
The first paper titled “Management of Non-Interferon versus Interferon Based Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in a Free Clinic Setting,” co-authored by Bro. Dr. Ulysses Salvador Boco, Sabbath will be presented at the 3rd Euro-Global Conference on Infectious Diseases on September 05-06, 2016 at Frankfurt Germany.
In addition to a poster presentation, Dr. Asperilla will speak for 15 minutes about his experiences in Port Charlotte, Florida where he founded a free hepatitis clinic for indigent patients. Dr. Boco or Uly for short has been in Florida the past several months as he prepares himself for next year’s residency matching process.
The second paper, “Cost Effective Management of Non-Interferon Based Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in a Free Clinic Setting,” co-authored by Bro. Dr. Raymond Christoper Co Yu, Best of 7 was just recently approved to be presented at the 19th Symposium on Infections in the Immunocompromised Host on November 13-15, 2016 at Santiago, Chile. The conference is hosted by The International Immunocompromised Host Society (ICHS).
Raymond, a past Most Exalted Brother, has been staying at Kuya Nitoy’s residence in Florida. In addition to working on the paper presentation, Dr. Yu took the opportunity to have some rest and recreation by fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. He is likewise applying for a residency position in the US next year.
Dr. Asperilla or Nitoy, as he is fondly called by Tauans, has been leading this cause thru sponsoring young brods as they navigate the intricate residency matching process. He provides them with much needed clinical experiences via his free clinics in Port Charlotte, Florida. Other notable Tauans who have sponsored younger brothers in the past are Bro. Dr. Primo Aquino Andres Jr., Lucky 13 of Terra Haute, Indiana, Bro. Dr. Ricardo Quinto Binsol, GI 18 of Livingston, New Jersey and Bro. Dr. Reynaldo Carlos Gacad, 12 Tauan Apostles from Cleveland, Ohio.
The road to a medical career in the United States has become arduous of late thus Tau Mu Sigma Phi, the Thomasian Medical Students’ Fraternity, thru its Tau Mu USA Foundation and the generosity of Tauans, have accepted the challenge thru the institution of its TRUMP program. As the fraternity sets its sights on 75 years of existence, Tauans continue to promote its ideals of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Service and Brotherhood. HTM!