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Congratulations to Our Partner, Ateneo De Zamboanga University School of Medicine

The McMaster University Department of Family Medicine (DFM) would like to congratulate the Ateneo De Zamboanga University School of Medicine (AdZU-SoM) on receiving the Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

“It is truly great to see AdZU-SoM recognized for their hard work and commitment,” says Cathy Risdon, Acting Chair and Professor of the Department of Family Medicine. “This a well-deserved achievement for a group of talented people who have come together around the needs of their communities.”

“This award validates all the hard work producing a school that is helping solve the health problems of rural communities in the Zamboanga Peninsula,” says Ricardo Angeles, Research Associate and Assistant Professor (Part-Time) with DFM. Before joining McMaster, Angeles was the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at AdZU-SoM.

Since 2002, AdZU-SoM and DFM have held a partnership on academic co-operation through the efforts of Dale Guenter (Associate Professor) and Karl Stobbe (Associate Clinical Professor and Niagara Site Director). Guenter and Stobbe have worked on a number of faculty development projects with AdZU-SoM. One of the largest examples of this relationship has been the Community Health Assessment Program in the Philippines, a randomized control trial that is adapting and testing a community-based health intervention model originally developed in Canada as the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program. CHAP-P is led by Gina Agarwal (Associate Professor) at McMaster and Fortunato Cristobal at AdZU.

“I am proud to be a product of the school and look forward to our continued work together,” Angeles adds. “Congratulations to Fr. William Kreutz, SJ; Dr. Fortunato Cristobal; the pioneering faculty; and the donors who recognized the lack of physicians in rural communities and did something about it.”

McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine