Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fil-Am Receives U.S. Army Medical School Scholarship

NORTH MIAMI, Florida, 30 November 2018 — The United States Army through the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) announced today the awarding of a full scholarship to Marc-Eli Medina Faldas, a resident of Miami Shores, Florida. As a recipient of the scholarship, Marc is eligible to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Army after he graduates as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), a professional doctoral degree for physicians and surgeons. He will be officially commissioned into the U.S. Army on December 26, 2018.

Marc is currently a first-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ( ), a private non-profit graduate medical college founded in 1899. One of the nation’s most respected osteopathic medical schools, PCOM has been committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and has been training highly competent, caring physicians who practice a wholistic (“whole person”) approach to medical treatment and patient care.

In the United States as well as in more than 60 other countries around the world, D.O. degree holders are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery; they have equal rights, privileges, and responsibilities as M.D. degree holders. Notably, D.O. physicians, also known as osteopathic physicians, have specialized training in osteopathic manual medicine (OMM […/ osteopathic-manipulat…/about-omm.html ]), which is a hands-on, noninvasive set of skills utilized in the evaluation and treatment of nerves, muscles, and bones.

A computer scientist by training, Marc joined the clinical trials staff at South Florida’s Segal Institute for Clinical Research ( ) after earning his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 2016. While in South Florida, he also continued his housing, homelessness, and civic engagement volunteer work to help the elderly, low-income families, homeless veterans, and released offenders with the National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth ( ) and with Drewmarc Mulligan Ministries ( ).

A charter member of The South Florida Filipino-American Fellowship ( ), Marc, who is fluent in Spanish, Japanese and 3 major indigenous Philippine languages (Tagalog, Hiligaynon [Ilonggo], and Cebuano), is the oldest son of Dr. Marion G. Lagora-Faldas of Surallah, South Cotabato and Elinor Sedgiente Medina of Tandang Sora, Quezon City. He is the grandson of Rev. Romeo Gumalando Faldas of Bag-Ong Barrio, Tapaz, Capiz & Bingawan, Iloilo; Miriam Trompeta Lagora of Bagongbong, Dueñas, Iloilo; Paterno Agtarap Medina of San Narciso, La Union; and, Consorcia Quimson Sedgiente of Iba, Zambales. Marc has a younger brother, Matt-Andrew.

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