The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) proudly introduces its first-ever medical students— Primusaraw XXIII. This inaugural group of trailblazers mark the beginning of the USTP College of Medicine, aiming to revolutionize healthcare in Cagayan de Oro.
Primusaraw XXIII, derived from “Primus” meaning ‘first’ and “Araw” signifying ‘handpicked’ or ‘sun,’ embodies a fresh start for underserved communities. This pioneering class emerges as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, recognizing the urgent need for more healthcare professionals.
Situated in Cagayan de Oro, a bustling hub in Northern Mindanao, the establishment of this college addresses a glaring gap in the region’s educational offerings. Out of 14 higher education institutions, only two currently provide Medicine programs. This situation accentuates the demand for skilled healthcare practitioners in the city.
With this, USTP, recognized for its excellence in science and technology, now extends its expertise to the field of medicine. Backed by House Bill No. 8123, the College of Medicine aligns with national policies. The initiative also aimed to produce proficient professionals vital for the nation’s growth.
The advent of Primusaraw XXIII at USTP marks the dawn of a new era. These aspiring medical students represent more than just a new academic venture; they embody a dedication to community well-being and the socio-economic advancement of the region.
Ultimately, their presence at USTP’s doorstep marks a historic leap forward in healthcare education for the Philippines.
For more information about the USTP College of Medicine, you may visit their website: https://www.ustp.edu.ph/cdeo/com/