Ok. This was long overdue. Darn you procrastination.
So, we were just finishing with a Correlate (which is like class where a doctor will condense everything you learned the whole week, in an hour’s lecture) and we were about to begin watching the movie our batch prepared for the 11th APMC (Association of Philippine Medical Colleges) which our school hosted this year. The theme for this years conference was on Professionalism in Medical Education. Enclosed is a link to a blog article one of the faculty members, Dr. Henry Yu, contributed to cebumd.com with a list of details about the event because I am too lazy to describe it.
Each Medical school in Cebu was tasked to present a 15 minute film for the APMC with different variations on Medical Professionalism.
- Physician to Self – CIM first years
- Physician to Patient – CDU
- Physician to Community – CIM (Pag-naan group)
- Physician to Physician – SWU-MHAM College of Medicine
I was more concerned by the fact that my younger cousins were still in school and I was about to walk to their school with my friends to pull them out of class (if they still had class) and take them home with me, when the driver arrived so I told him that I was going to pick up the girls instead of going straight home.
Apparently, my cousin and her friends, were the first ones to notice the earthquake and took the initiative to ring the fire alarm. My other cousin, who is in the 6th grade, also had the presence of mind to tell her classmates, who were huddled under their chairs and tables, to go down to the field. I am so proud of them for staying calm and knowing just what to do in situations like that.
When we got to the house, there were multiple aftershocks, and since we live on the cliff in a mountain, we were asked to pack our bags with the bare necessities in case we have to leave the house if and when the quakes get too strong.
My cousin, who is a senior, packed her important college documents as part of her bare essentials. My cousin in the 6th grade, packed along with her things, a deck of cards and her camera. I wanted to take all my medicine books, but I could not. So I settled for my jewelries, a pair of denim shorts, a shirt, slippers, my gadgets, the very first bear my bf gave me, important documents and my back scratch-er. Yes. That is very important. It’s from my dad. I also packed Maximus and my main med books (Carpenter’s Neuroanatomy, Netter’s Atlas, Guyton and Hall Medical Physiology)
We dumped our things and took pictures and realized that we looked like some obscure refugee camp. 🙂 We also transferred rooms since we sleep downstairs, we had to transfer upstairs and sleep in the guest room. Which is why we brought blankets and pillows with us, even if the guest room has an excess of blankets and pillows, it’s very comforting having something familiar in bed with you. My blanket is the bone colored one with green turtle prints. 🙂
We barely slept that night because we kept trying to anticipate aftershocks. You can just imagine how scary it is for us, living where we do. My cousins barely slept even if they didn’t have class the next day because they kept waking up to check for an aftershock.
What made things worse, was during the course of the day, there was a Tsunami alert and everyone in the city began to panic and drive up towards the mountains. Mass panic and hysteria can move people like that. It would be nice if people stopped and thought about the likelihood a tsunami would appear out of nowhere in the middle of the city. AND if the people from up here ever needed to go down because of some landslide or something, we wouldn’t be able to do that because of the traffic they created. 😐
It was terrible.
We are still relocated to the guest rooms because there are still aftershocks. But mostly, because we’re all too lazy to transfer back downstairs and unpack. :))