If you must know, I never planned to become a medical lecturer ergo, I consider myself as an accidental educator.  Back in 2004, I only wanted to have a decent job to raise my newborn son and support my lovely wife.  But I eventually found myself enjoying the work that has become one of my passions since then.

I may have conducted lecture series to a thousands of students in the academe and post-graduate review centers back home but my work and their volume are not as significant as the results of their efforts.  I always take pride whenever former students march down the hall during graduation rites more so when they pass their licensure exams for local and foreign employments and become successful in their own fields.  Most of them if not all, have been grateful to my humble contribution  to their studies; I always take it  as my inspiration to do more.

I have been itching to give full life to my medical and narcotic licenses in the Philippines (read: practice my profession) but what should a father prioritize? Is it his professional growth and advancement or the future of his family?  Just so you know, local medical practice isn’t as lucrative unless you are at your senior years and/or have gained profound experiences or if you’ve been blessed with hand-me-down-patients from relatives who are in the same playing fields.

Honestly, I despise people, sometimes even relatives who regret the fact that I’m working in classrooms rather than in hospitals or clinics.  How can you be so sorry for someone who’s absolutely happy and fulfilled with what he’s doing?  FYI, for as long as I keep my licenses with me in good professional standing, Medicine will forever flow in my bloodstream. 😀

with one of the groups of Pre-Med students in Penang during our SGD (small group discussion) about Chromosomal Aberrations.

..Meet some of the future doctors from our university-college in Penang…

As long as opportunity presents itself, I’ll welcome everything as wonderful blessings.

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28 thoughts on “NURTURING MINDS

  1. korek ka dyan.

    buti ka pa you have the ability to speak in publick naku wala ata ako nun. i wanted to do that kind of thing yung mag talk in front of so many people pero hehehe siguro hindi ko forte yun.

    1. i was timid and shy until i became a father and needed to raise a family. needless to say, my little skills in public speaking were only acquired by inspiration and “matinding pangangailangan.”

  2. Hi Doc,

    This post really hit home, my parents are both in the academe, and so does my fiance. When my dad moved from the corporate world to become a dean, he took a major pay cut, and my family had to make adjustments with our lifestyle. But I’ve never been prouder of my dad, and I’ve never seen him more fulfilled.

    God bless you and your heart, Doc. May you continue to educate and inspire! More power!

  3. doc – you can never please every body. my philosphy is as long as i love what i do and have passion for it and i’m not stepping on someone’s toes in the pursuit of this passion – that’s good enough. they say aim for satisfaction and happiness in your field and the money will come eventually.

    if there aren’t people like you who would train the future cancer busters?

  4. They are lucky to have you as a teacher !!!!

    Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~Eugene P. Bertin

  5. “Honestly, I despise people, sometimes even relatives who regret the fact that I’m working in classrooms rather than in hospitals or clinics. How can you be so sorry for someone who’s absolutely happy and fulfilled with what he’s doing? ” — i agree docgelo.

    such a fulfilling job you have! inggit ako. 🙂

  6. How can you be so sorry for someone who’s absolutely happy and fulfilled with what he’s doing?>> tama yan. i also taught once for a review to entrance examination and it was fun but it was just one summer. keep the passion doc. bagong buhok ah.

  7. Mabuhay ka Docgelo for believing and doing what truly makes you happy. Being a teacher is a very noble and a very rewarding career. After all, where would all we be if not for teachers – just like you?

  8. “”How can you be so sorry for someone who’s absolutely happy and fulfilled with what he’s doing? “”–true!!!I understand this from the heart. After all, It’s not just about money, it’s about how fulfilled you are. And I could see that you are Doc. At sinung may sabing you can’t have both. hehehe

  9. Teaching is an enriching field, both in the mind and in the pocket. Unfortunately, I never got to the level of a teacher, I have always been a lifelong student, albeit a good one (consuelo de bobo) LOL.

  10. To be perfectly honest, I came into teaching by blood and not by choice as everyone on my mom’s side of the family is or was an educator at one time or another. But teaching actually sticks with you and it’s amazing how many lives you’re able to touch through it.

  11. You know Doc Gelo I’m suppose to write about almost the same thing on my blog. Pero in an outsider’s point of view. Like you, hubby is also in the medical profession and has the same concerns as you have. I believe aside from teachers, people from the medical profession are the most over worked, underpaid and under appreciated people in the work force. As John would say it sa private hospitals may Mafia to get the old timer’s pool of patients and sa government HX naman you need a connection with the government to get in. If it weren’t the other “rackets” we have, I don’t think its nearly possible to live in a starting consultant’s pay. Kaya naman a lot of MDs, RNs, PTs and Med techs are working abroad because the energy they put into their work is not commensurate with their pay tapos taas pa ng standard ng living dito. Hay….
    Those are just some of the reasons why John and I are migrating. We wouldn’t be choosing to live and work abroad if we are financially capable to do so here. And I know a lot of our MD friends are doing the same.

    Anywhoo, I’m happy that you have found your calling in the field of education. You must be a very patient, imaginative and confident person to teach others, explain to them in a way they would easily understand and stand infront of crowd. 🙂

    1. wow, my blog misses your comments no-more, ingrid! thank you for that impressive thoughts on my post. i know you’re one of those who truly understand the plight of pinoy MD in our country for your hubby and i are both in the same playing field. good luck to your plans and future endeavors! 🙂

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