St. Luke’s College of Medicine-Sagip Bayan Student Group project entitled, “Antibiotic Resistance Awareness Campaign” won the Best Activity in the Local Member Organization category of Gawad AMSA (Asian Medical Students’ Association) during the National Medical Students’ Conference held in Baguio City last June 17-18.

The said project, which will be highly promoted to all member organizations and will earn a feature on a special issue of the AMSA Newsletter, was headed by Cyron Sarmiento, officer for Standing Committee for Public Health; R-jay Agbon, chairman; and Michelle Pia Austria, vice chairman. Sharmaine Bungabong, incoming president of the Sagip Bayan- Student Group, presented the project in the event.

“Ayta-Sambal Youth Learning Program” by the Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF) AMSA-FEU and the “Know Your Status Week” by the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health- ACSIS were recognized bagged runner-ups in the best activity award for local member organization while “Project CHAMP” (Community Health Apprenticeship and Mentoring Program) and Mr. Patrick Mabugat of the University of St. La Salle-TAMBAL won the Best Activity in a Candidate Member Organization and the Best Presenter respectively.

All the projects presented were evaluated on the basis of problem statement, goals/objectives, methodology, implementation, relevance, resource acquisition, resource utilization, project promotion and impact to society or target population. These will serve as the AMSA’s official entries to the Rex Crossley Awards under the International Federation for Medical Students Association.

As part of the Gawad AMSA’s objective to promote the ideals of social awareness, innovation, creativity, camaraderie, resourcefulness, excellent planning and advocacy, they also held a research competition wherein the study entitled, “Antiobiofilm Activity of Leaf Extracts of Oregano (Plectranthus amboinucus) against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Serratia marcescens” by the West Visayas State University won as Best Research while the University of Santo Tomas’ study entitled, “Coconut vinegar as a blood glucose lowering agent among prediabetic patients in Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital: A Randomized-Controlled Trial” was recognized as the runner-up.