Monthly Archives: October 2015

Away from the comfort zone

[com·fort zone] noun. a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress

Travelling miles away from home, we are still blessed to be part of this great learning experience. Upon setting foot at Barangay Sinai, the mere sound of people calling us “Doc” is music to the ears. It is both a privilege and a responsibility which cannot be traded for anything else. It keeps us going and further reminds us how big of a job we have in hand. We may be away from our families but being with people who consider us family is more than enough.

Choosing the Ateneo way of medical schooling means having to leave home and being away from our comfort zones more often than not. At first, it honestly was a constant battle of comfort versus service. Yet in the end, we have to remind ourselves that the beginning is always the hardest.

Fatima Erika Ayessa R. Ingkoh

Batch 2020

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Medicine: The Ateneo de Zamboanga way

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”

― Mother TeresaA Simple Path: Mother Teresa

From the words of Mother Teresa, becoming a doctor is more than what meets the eye. The profession we chose to be in does not merely require us a brain that works. More importantly, it requires us a heart that serves. Yes, too cliché you may say.

Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine hands us a privilege given to a few and it is a true blessing to be part of this few. This medical school may not be your “typical” medical school. It may shy away from the traditional medical education of having hectic schedules, frantic deadlines and hardcore demands. But what makes it a hard find is its heart ― a heart that willingly goes to grassroots to make the unwanted wanted and the unloved loved.

In the hopes of staying true to its brand of producing a new breed of doctors, the AdZU-SOM sends its students to far-flung underserved areas within the Zamboanga Peninsula every year. Students learn to be with the community in finding and eventually solving problems affecting their health. As of writing, I finally had a first-hand taste of this kind of philosophy. We just finished our first month-long community exposure at Barangay Sinai, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

At the end of the day, I can smile and happily say that we are on the road to becoming not only good doctors, but good people for others and for God. That’s Medicine, the Ateneo de Zamboanga Way.


Fatima Erika Ayessa R. Ingkoh

Batch 2020

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