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Why Dental Amalgam Should Not be Phased Out in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Why Dental Amalgam Should Not be Phased Out in the Philippines


Why Dental Amalgam Should Not be Phased Out in the Philippines

Dental amalgam or silver fillings have been used by the
> dental profession for more than a century now. The question
> whether it is a health risk has been regularly researched on
> and scrutinized by experts and reputable organizations. Here
> is a listing of all these reputable organizations and their
> conclusions
> 1. Dept of Health and Human Services (USPHS) and FDA, 1993
> "…current scientific evidence does not show that exposure
> to mercury from amalgam restorations poses a serious health
> risk in humans, except for an exceedingly small number of
> allergic reactions. "
> 2. Dept of Health and Human Services (USPHS) and FDA, 1997
> "In 1997, with input from a broad cross-section of
> scientists and dental professionals within USPHS, the FDA
> completed a review of nearly 60 studies that were published
> in peer reviewed scientific literature and were cited by
> citizen groups that petitioned the agency for stringent
> regulatory actions against dental amalgam. The analysis of
> the cited studies indicated that the current body of data
> does not support claims that individuals with dental amalgam
> restorations will experience adverse effects, including
> neurologic, renal or developmental effects, except for rare
> allergic or hypersensitivity reactions."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2015 )
Dean Vic Medina's Report (US Visit) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Dear UPCD Alumni,

Please find below my report on my visit to the US on May 14-28. I apologize for not coming up with this report earlier. The past 2 weeks were full of school activities that I had to personally attend to. These include: 2013 and 2014 Performance Based Bonus reports, the 3-day UP Manila Faculty Development Seminar Workshop on Outcome-Based Learning, 2014 Merit Promotion related activities, the hosting of 8 students and staff from Khon Kaen University of Thailand and usual business at the office that until now I am still trying to catch up with. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 June 2014 )
An Invitation to All UP College of Dentistry Alumni PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dean Vic Medina   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

UPCDOur alma mater will celebrate its 97th Foundation Day on February 10, 2012 and the host class will be the Silver Jubilarians, Class 1987. Other celebrants will be the Diamond (Class 1937), Golden (Class 1962), Ruby (Class 1972) and Pearl (Class 1982) jubilarians. This year’s foundation day, hosted by Class 1986, saw 180 alumni attending, with around fifteen coming from abroad. The total number of attendees was close to 350, including students, non-academic personnel  and faculty members. We held it at the Bayanihan Center of UNILAB in Mandaluyong city to accommodate this large number of people. The 3 clinical sections (clinicians and faculty) and the 4 dentistry proper classes presented dance and song numbers to the delight of the young ones and young once. Class 1986 gave away certificates of appreciation to all their teachers and loot bags to the non-academic personnel who helped them when they were students.  We also heard nuggets of wisdom from Mr. Francis Kong (an acknowledged inspirational speaker) and a message from the then in-coming UP President, Alfredo E. Pascual. The all night fellowship was capped by a message from our beloved former dean, Dr. Avelino Macasaet. Food was aplenty, courtesy of the host class, UPDAA President, Dr. Arnon Rivera and of course, UNILAB Corp.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 July 2014 )
UN World Humanitarian Day Medical-Dental Mission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vic Medina   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011
Dear Colleagues,

The sponsors of a medical-dental mission are in need of volunteers. The details are as follows:

What: UN World Humanitarian Day Medical-Dental Mission
When: August 19, 2011, Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
Where: District 1 of Manila. Either in Parola or in Smokey Mountain
Pick up area and time:  7 AM at the Triangular grounds in front of Manila City Hall
Sponsors: UN Information Center, Rotary Club of Makati Uptown and Metro Manila V
                Squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Contact person: Ms. Ann Camballa (UPM alumna), 0927-7490940
2011 UPCD College Recognition Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 April 2011

The UP College of Dentistry will hold its 2011 College Recognition Ceremony on April 13, 2011 starting from 9:00 to 12:00 AM. We would like to cordially invite all faculty members to grace this momentous occasion for the college, its graduates and their parents.  The last college recognition day was held in 1981 or 30 years ago. Our graduates will be honored by your presence and will make the occasion very memorable for everyone. The male faculty are enjoined to wear barong tagalog and sablay while the female teachers will wear light colored dress and sablay. Hope to see you all!

Vic Medina III

The Dean's Mid-semester Report, Academic Year 2010-2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 October 2010

For this school year, 65 freshmen out of 774 applicants were accepted to the Pre-dentistry level at UP Manila. For Dentistry Proper, we accepted 46 students.

Before the start of classes on June 8, the faculty met and discussed the clinical policies. This was done with the involvement of select alumni, and the revised policies will be printed and distributed soon.  Having all the policies printed in a single document will make the faculty members informed advisers when they mentor their advisees. This will also eliminate ambiguities especially in the determination of when students have fully complied, or have not yet complied, with requirements. I am grateful that the faculty was open-minded during the discussion, responding positively to the comments, and making revisions to make the policies more student-friendly.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 October 2010 )