UPCD Centennial Lecture Series - I

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The UP College of Dentistry Centennial Lecture Series I  will be held on February 3 and 4, 2015 at the Lung Center of the Philippines.
For details (lecturers, abstracts of lectures, registration fees, and contact persons) please see the photos below.
How to pay:
You can deposit payment thru:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Ground Floor Banko Center
Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills San Juan Metro Manila
Account Name: University of the Philippines Dental Alumni Assn. Inc.
Peso C/A #2573-2064-47
US $C/A #2574-0423-08
Banco de Oro (BDO) any branch
Pedro Gil Taft
Account Name: Elmer Jesus T. Escoto
Savings Account Number: 241-0063949
Once payment is made, kindly text name of participant, name of bank and branch where payment was made and date & time of payment to 0917-530-5861 or 0922-882-7646 (Dr. Armin Segarra). Please bring deposit slip on February 3 and 4 for verification.

Alay sa UP Dentistry: UPCD Art Raffle & Exhibit

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alay sa UP-CD Art Raffle & Exhibit which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3 PM at the Valle Verde1 Clubhouse at Suha Street, Pasig City. Tickets entitle buyers to artwork from named artists. For information, call 890-2824 look for Tess.

Faculty Workshop on Outcome Based Education

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Faculty Workshop on Outcome Based Education (OBE)
UPCD Auditorium
July 8-10, 2014

Expected outcomes:
1.       Revised syllabi in selected courses following the outcome-based education (OBE) format,
2.       Revised instructional designs in selected topics according to OBE format,
3.       Formulation of sample instruments for levels 1-4 evaluation.

Objectives: At the end of the one-day seminar-workshop, participants should be able to:
1.       Explain outcome-based education framework in one’s own curricular setting,
2.       Discuss the nature and development of higher order thinking skills and their vital role in promoting transformative learning among dentistry students,
3.       Formulate relevant and valid objectives that reflect learning outcomes,
4.       Organize topics in OBE,
5.       Design interactive strategies to achieve learning outcomes,
6.       Formulate an evaluation plan using the Kirkpatrick’s model, and
7.       Construct sample tools for workplace-based assessment.


July 8, 2014
Person responsible
8:00-8: 30am
Arrival, registration, opening program
Office of the Dean, UPCD
OBE Curriculum design and converting the competency-based curriculum into OBE
Erlyn A. Sana
Formulation of objectives in the higher order levels in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning
Nemuel S. Fajutagana
Workshop (WS) 1: Formulation of learning objectives in the higher order thinking skills (HOTS) aligned with program outcomes
Erlyn and Nem moderate
Lunch break

1:00-2:00 pm
Teaching-learning strategies in OBE
Maria Lourdes Dorothy S. Salvacion
WS2: Given the outputs in WS1, choose appropriate strategies
Assessment in OBE
Nemuel S. Fajutagana
WS3: Formulation of assessment plan consistent with workplace-based evaluation
Plenary of WS2 & WS3 outputs
Nem and Dots moderate
Office of the Dean, UPCD

July 9 - 10, 2014: Development of Outcome -Based course Syllabi and Instructional Designs


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Congratulations to our graduates who have recently passed the June 2014 Licensure Examinations. Congratulations for again achieving a 100% passing rate and also for taking 7 out of the Top 10 places.  We are all very proud of you.

June 2014 Dentist Licensure Examination results released in three (3) working days (prc.gov.ph)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 238 out of 583 passed the May 2014 Dentist Licensure Examination (Written Phase) and 245 out of 249 passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Practical Phase) given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila last June 2014.
The members of the Board of Dentistry who gave the licensure examination are Dr. Rannier F. Reyes, Chairman; Dr. Gloria M. Bumanlag, Dr. Steve Mark G. Gan, Dr. Melinda L. Garcia and Dr. Dominador H. Santos Jr., Members.
The results were released in three (3) working days after the last day of examinations.
Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on July 9 & 10, 2014. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.
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DDM Curriculum Review Faculty Workshop/Meeting

Monday, June 30, 2014

The College Curriculum Committee headed by Dr. Bette Murjani organized an initial presentation for the Doctor of Dental Medicine curriculum review -  July 1, 2014, Tuesday,  from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the UPCD Auditorium. All UPCD Faculty members were required to attend the said event. 

  • Dr Sonny Tumang on Vertical and Horizontal Integration of Curriculum
  • Dr. Tess Lara on Current Scenario, Proposals for Change & Justifications
  • Dr.Tristan Ramos on Patient Based Clinical Training
  • Dr. Bette Murjani as facilitator for a discussion on the relevance of the current curriculum.

PACUCOA Activity: Presentation of Survey Forms

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The first of a series of PACUCOA accreditation activities for this academic schoolyear was held on July 26, 2014 at the UPCD Centennial Room.  The activity focused primarily on the presentation and discussion of PACUCOA Survey Forms.

UPDAA Art Raffle and Exhibition

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Art Committee of the UPCD Centennial Organizing Committee (UCOC) will hold an Art Raffle and Exhibition on Sept. 6, 2014. The artwork to be raffled will be from distinguished Filipino artists.

We also intend to showcase UPCD alumni’s artistic talent. So, we will have a bazaar to showcase and sell handcrafted items, such as jewelry, accessories, bags, home d├ęcor, paper crafts, etc.- anything handmade by our graduates. A portion of the earnings will be donated to the college.
So, if you do arts and crafts and would be interested in joining the bazaar, pls. pm, text, call, email Dr. G
race Martinez of batch '85

Dean Vic Medina's Report (USA Trip)

Monday, June 16, 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. 

2014 May Written Phase of the Licensure Exams

Friday, May 30, 2014

Congratulations to our graduates who have recently taken the Written (Theoretical) Phase of the Dentist Licensure Examinations held in Manila from May 28 -30, 2014. The Performance (Practical) Phase is scheduled on June 25 - 28, 2014.

105th PDA Free Communication Sessions

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Philippine Dental Association 105th Annual Convention Free Communication Sessions at the SMX May 14, 2014 featured Several UPCD faculty members as lecturers and was chaired by Dr. Jean Arevalo, faculty member of the Prosthodontics Section.

105th PDA Table Clinics

The Philippine Dental Association 105th Annual Convention Table Clinics Session held at the SMX Convention May 14, 2014 Chaired by the current UPCD Clinical Department Chairman Dr. Tristan Ramos.  The table clinics session featured several UP faculty members and current MS Orthodontics students of UPCD.

UPCD Position Paper on Dental Amalgam

Monday, March 31, 2014

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."

> 3. Life Science Research Office (LSRO,) 2004. This NGO
> conducted a review of the literature published from 1996 to
> 2003. This was funded by the National Institutes of Dental
> and Craniofacial Research, NIH and the Center for Devices
> and Radiological Health, US FDA. They concluded that, “The
> current data are insufficient to support an association
> between mercury release from dental amalgam and the various
> complaints that have been attributed to this restoration
> material….   Individuals with dental
> amalgam-attributed complaints had neither elevated urinary
> mercury nor increased prevalence of hypersensitivity to
> dental amalgam or mercury when compared with controls.” 

> 4. Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR),
> 2005 
> "The practice of having all your dental amalgam fillings
> replaced with non-mercury filling materials just to remove
> the possibility of mercury exposure is not recommended by
> ATSDR. In fact, the removal of the mercury amalgam fillings
> would actually expose the patient to a greater amount of
> mercury for a while."

> 5. FDI (World Dental Federation) , October 2007 issued the
> following statements
>    a. dental amalgam releases very small
> amounts (nanograms) of mercury, some of which is absorbed by
> the body
>     b. the level of urinary mercury is positively
> correlated with the number of amalgam restorations, but can also be affected by sources other than amalgam.
>      c. there is no evidence to support an association between the presence of amalgam restorations and chronic degenerative diseases, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, cognitive function, adverse 
pregnancy outcomes or any non-specific symptoms
>      d. local hypersensitivity reactions
> can occur on the mucosa adjacent to amalgam
>      restorations, but are extremely
> rare and usually resolved on removal of the amalgam
>      e. further research into the
> possible adverse effects of dental amalgam is desirable
>      f. alternatives to amalgam may have adverse effects

> 6. WHO 2009 report on the ‘Future Use of Materials for
> Dental Restoration"
> "Existing alternative dental materials are not ideal due to
> limitation in durability, fracture resistance, and wear
> resistance... recognized the need for strengthening of
> research into the long-term performance, possible adverse
> effects, and viability of such materials". 

> 7. European Union Scientific Community on Emerging and Newly
> Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), 2008. After looking at
> the researches done on the common filling materials,
> including dental amalgam, concluded that:
>    “All the materials are considered safe
> to use and they are all associated with very low rates of
> local adverse effects with no evidence of systemic
> disease.” The alternative materials such resin composites,
> glass ionomer cements, ceramics among others, are not
> without clinical limitations and toxicological hazards.”

> 8. National Center for Toxicological Research US Food and
> Drug Administration, July 2009
> "It is concluded that there is insufficient evidence to
> support an association between exposure to mercury from
> dental amalgams and adverse health effects in humans,
> including sensitive subpopulations" 

> 9. WHO Consensus on Dental Amalgam 2009
> Safety of Dental Amalgam
>     "While there has been a number of case
> studies and informal reports, no controlled studies have
> been published demonstrating systemic adverse effects from
> amalgam restorations. At present, there is NO scientific
> evidence showing that general symptoms are relieved by the
> removal of amalgam restorations"

> 10. American Dental Association,  Council on Scientific
> Affairs, July 2009
>    “The scientific evidence supports the
> position that amalgam is a valuable, viable and safe choice
> for dental patients.”

> 11. FDI (World Dental Federation), 2010
> "Amalgam is a safe and highly effective restorative
> material. To maintain and protect global public health, a
> phase down of amalgam will be only appropriate when an
> alternative and suitable restorative material is
> available."

> 12. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Minamata
> Convention on Mercury, Geneva, 19 January 2013
> Delegates agreed to a phase-down of the use of dental
> fillings using mercury amalgam. 

> 13. International Association for Dental Research, 2013. As
> regards its participation in the UNEP Minamata Convention on
> Mercury, Geneva, 19 January 2013 "IADR participated and contributed to the negotiations,
> along with FDI World Dental Federation and the International
> Dental Manufacturers, and has advocated for a reduction in
> the use of dental amalgam (versus a ban) through increased
> attention to dental prevention and health promotion,
> increased research and development on alternatives, and best
> management techniques for amalgam waste."

> The University of the Philippines Manila, College of
> Dentistry is strongly opposed to the proposed ban on dental
> amalgam for the following reasons:

> a. All the reputable organizations listed above have
> concluded that there is no scientific evidence linking
> amalgam with any health condition 

> b. Banning dental amalgam in the Philippines will result in;

> ---an increase in the cost of dental treatment because the
> alternative, composite resin, is twice more expensive; 
> ---because of the high cost of the alternative, many people
> will instead have their teeth extracted. There will be more
> Filipinos that will become edentulous (toothless)

> c. There is no perfect filling material. All will have their
> indications, contraindications, advantages and
> disadvantages. Dental amalgam is economical, not
> technique-sensitive and is indicated for the restoration of
> moderate to large cavities which is commonly seen among
> majority of Filipinos. In contrast, posterior composites are
> two times more expensive, technique-sensitive and indicated
> for restoring small to medium- sized cavities in patients
> with good oral hygiene. We have to accept the sad reality
> that many of our kababayans have poor oral hygiene and do
> not even have a toothbrush. 
College of Dentistry
University of the Philippines Manila
Tel. No. 3033603