I take pride and honor to be the USTMAA President for 2006 & lead this august organization for 1 yr. The
USTMAA has been transformed to a different organization as previously alluded to as “pang-sosyalan lang”. I believe
that USTMAA has gone beyond that reputation & has made changes in order to improve the welfare of its alumni especially
in terms of linkages & network. We are starting the computerization of our data base so that fellow Thomasians will be
bridged as far as the internet satellite could reach whether local or abroad.
I wish I could
do more in terms of programs that will truly benefit all Thomasians alumni. But I & the USTMAA Board won’t be able
to do this on our own. We need the support of our members like you, our fellow alumni. I think I would want to dispel the
notion that this organization even the faculty & the university are always asking for financial support. Realistically,
funding is an integral part of any association’s existence. If we do ask for assistance, it will be cascaded to our
various projects to be able to address the needs of the members. USTMAA is not only the Board; it is all the Thomasian doctors.
My vision is to see our organization span the boundaries of time & economic difficulties towards the realization of service,
loyalty, & commitment to each other, our faculty, & the university.
At this point
class ’80, please stand to be recognized. Likewise, let me recognize my family who has always inspired me & completed
my life: my mother, Natividad Duque-Decena, also a Thomasian doctor, graduated in 1941, & has exposed me early to the
alumni association. In her younger years, she was also involved in their class activities; my father who recently died is
surely happy to see where I am because he was himself hesitant in making me pursue a medical career; and to my only sibling in Manila, my brother Dennis, who barely complains about my hectic schedule.
But of course,
let me thank the Lord, for this life-fulfilling opportunity. I ask Him for strength to enable me to serve fully our association.
I take up this challenge & with your unstinting support, I know, we, together will not fail.
DITAS CRISTINA D. DECENA, MD, FPOGS, MPH
2005 USTMAA President's Report
December 18, 2005
My Dear Fellow Alumni,
It has been a great pleasure working with the
UST Medical Alumni Association for the past 12 months. Indeed, time has passed by so fast and looking back, I now start to
reminisce how I was able to tackle our schedules -balancing the demand for the various meetings, implementing projects, organizing
events and attending to the needs of the alumni and the association.
service of the university - its students and faculty, the hospital and most especially to the alumni, both locally and abroad
- has been my primary concern. The partnership of the Association with the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery through the Office
of the Dean and the Student Council, has provided a great venue for creating a good environment for work. Our linkage with
the alumni abroad has made it also possible for us to readily accomplish many of our projects with the logistics provided
us. Modern technology through cyberspace facilities has indeed made communication with them much easier.
would like to commend my truly energetic and hard-working Board of Directors and secretarial work-force who have provided
immeasurable assistance to our Association’s missions. A special mention too goes to the AHOC(Alumni Homecoming Organizing
Committee) and the T.H.O.M.A.S. Awards Committee for its year-long service in preparation for the Grand Alumni Homecoming
and CME this December. The Medical Missions team has also provided quality health care to our fellow countrymen in need.
cherish the precious times I spent with our Fellow Alumni who have come to visit our Alma Mater… and the old and new
friends I have made esp. during the meetings and homecomings abroad. I would like to express my gratitude for the support
and confidence you all have extended to me during my term. My predecessors have started the work and I they have motivated
me to continue the job. With your support, you have helped me in the growth of USTMAA. I look forward to continuing to serve
you through the USTMAA Foundation which has been re-born this year.
would like to present to you the various activities of USTMAA and my contributions to its growth. I would be very happy if
you could take time to look at the pages that follow.
you for all those who have stood by me esp. my colleagues and my family. The time I spent was not my own. I have tried my
best to serve. May I share with you this prayer which has guided me and by which I stand, to wit:
God, grant me the serenity
the things I cannot change,
the courage to change
the things I can,
and the wisdom
to know the difference.
Adapted from Reinhold Niebuhr
From your servant,
2005 USTMAA President