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FMDS Research Ethics Committee conducts 2nd wave of training workshop

Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of FMDS-REC and D/MIH Programs, facilitates Ethics Committee’s 2nd workshop
in preparation for the UPOU-IRB accreditation to DOST-PHREB

The UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies-Research Ethics Committee (FMDS-REC) conducted its 2nd training workshop on 24-25 August 2017 in preparation for the University of the Philippines Open University’s Institutional Review Board (UPOU-IRB) accreditation to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (DOST-PHREB).

In the first workshop conducted last November 2016, it was suggested to make the accreditation university-wide and not only for the FMDS. The creation of a fully-accredited IRB is in line with UPOU’s thrust to ensure that the research conducted by its students and academic staff protects the rights of its human participants, the research activities undertaken are ethically sound, and the research is done in a way that serves the interest of society as a whole.

During the two-day activity, a writing workshop was done for the finalization of the ethics’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual. The SOP manual was initially consolidated by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of the FMDS-REC and the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs; and Ms. Jelaine Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs, and was revised during the first write-shop. Among the topics discussed in the SOP manual are as follows: (1) Selection and appointment of Members; (2) Management of initial submissions and resubmissions; (3) Review of progress, final, and early termination reports and protocol amendments; (4) Expedited review; (5) Full review; (6) Preparing for a meeting; (7) Communicating REC decisions; (8) Managing active files; and (9) Archiving of terminated, inactive, or completed files.

As agreed in the workshop, a Round Table Discussion will follow on 23 October 2017 to finalize the organizational chart and additional policies and guidelines needed for the accreditation.

Present during the activity were Dr. Melinda Lumanta, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and UPOU Research and Publication Committee (RPC) Chair; Asst. Prof. Oruga; Ms. Alvie Simonette Alip, UPOU RPC Member; Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, Dean of the Faculty of Education (FEd); Dr. Sheila Bonito, FMDS-REC Vice Chair; Ms. Bettina Evio, FMDS-REC Member (External); Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty; Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme, FMDS-RPC Member, FMDS-REC Member and MAN Program Chair; Ms. Bagos; and Ms. Louise Villanueva, Research Assistant at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA). (JRBagos)

D/MIH program faculty and staff hold planning and review workshop

D/MIH Program Chair, Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga together with FICs, Dr. Sheila Bonito, Dr. Celestino Habito, Jr., Dr. Romeo Villarta,
Dr. Josephine Agapito, and Dr. Caridad Ancheta conducted a two-day program planning and review workshop in Tagaytay City.

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies’ Diploma in/Master of International Health (FMDS-D/MIH) Programs discussed program enhancement in a planning and review workshop conducted on 22-23 August 2017 in Tagaytay City.

To give an overview of the programs and orient new Faculties-In-Charge (FICs) on their duties and responsibilities, an Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) regarding the D/MIH programs and the “FIC Notebook” were played at the start of the workshop. Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, D/MIH Program Chair, also presented some statistics as well as the programs’ milestones.

Led by Asst. Prof. Oruga, D/MIH faculty and staff had a workshop to update the settings or contents of the course portals. Matters concerning thesis policies and guidelines were also dis-cussed during the activity. They have set the schedule and deadlines for the presentation of thesis topics and submission of thesis proposals by the students and the submission of decision by the panel members.

Dr. Sheila Bonito, FMDS full-time faculty member and Director of UPOU’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services, was also invited as resource speaker. She tackled the “Exam Administration Policies and Procedures in UPOU.” After the lecture, FICs shared their experiences in conducting exams and talked about revising the questions for the qualifying exam of MIH applicants.

Announcements were also made regarding the ongoing revision of the new FMDS website and D/MIH microsite, the upcoming Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference which will be hosted by the University of the Philippines, and the two short health course proposals which were forwarded to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.

After the activity, certificates and tokens of appreciation were distributed to the FICs who were present during the two-day workshop. They were Dr. Josephine Agapito, Dr. Caridad An-cheta, Dr. Sheila Bonito, Dr. Celestino Habito, Jr., and Dr. Romeo Villarta, Jr.

The event was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Ms. Jelaine Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs. (JRBagos)

FMDS faculty and staff present papers at 49th APACPH conference

Three faculty and staff members of UPOU’s Faculty of Management
and Development Studies participated in a conference on
Public Health from August 17 to 19 at Incheon, South Korea.

Faculty and staff of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies presented their studies during the 49th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference held on 17-19 August 2017 at Yonsei University International Campus in Incheon, South Korea.

With the theme, “The Age of Shifting Paradigm: SDGs, New Approach for Public Health,” the conference aimed to understand major issues in Public Health and exert collaborative efforts to pro-mote sustainability in the field.

In the poster presentations, the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Program Chair, Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga and Research Assistant, Ms. Jelaine Bagos presented their study on the assessment of International Health students’ knowledge and perceptions on the use of a research ethics video material. In their study, they evaluated the video material which was originally produced by the D/MIH program through the one time grant of the UPOU’s Office of Academic Sup-port and Instructional Services and Multimedia Center. Of the 190 posters presented, their poster was recognized by one of the judges and earned a “star” during the presentation.

Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme, Chair of the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) Program also presented her study on The Effect of the use of Pregnancy Wheel by Healthcare Providers to Adherence of Prenatal Visits among Mothers in Iloilo, Philippines in the oral presentations. Her study which she co-authored with Ms. Jane Daniel, a UPOU student, concluded that the use of a tool like the pregnancy wheel in giving prenatal care to the mothers is an effective way of helping mothers adhere to their prenatal visits. (JRBagos)


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