BCCM BRIEF HISTORY
Dr. Damaceno J. Ago, founder and first president of AMEC-BCCM, established an institution in line with his vision “…Quality healthcare and wellness for our patients, families, and communities. A health care professional in every home, schooled and trained at AMEC”.BCCM.
The Bicol Christian College of Medicine (BCCM) was established in 1980 at Legazpi City. BCCM is the pioneer medical school and the number one producer of the best and brightest medical professionals in the Bicol Region. A member of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation, Inc., it is an accredited member of the Foundation of the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research and registered internationally with the World Health Organization. The Ago General Hospital was established in 1942 which served as the base hospital for BCCM students. Moreover, BCCM is affiliated with two government hospitals, Bicol Medical Center in Naga City and Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City. It has produced globally competitive doctors from all over the world. In fact, 85% of government positions, in medical centers, district hospitals, RHU in Bicol region are BCCM graduates.
The institution has academic resources and facilities for both lecture and laboratory. The institution has a library and a world-class SmarTeach e-laboratory at the Damaceno Hall. It has well-equipped laboratory and other study materials useful in facilitating the learning of the students. Lastly, several buildings are being developed in anticipation of growing population of medical students.
SmarTeach is the latest addition to the learning materials provided by the school and utilized by the students. It is a revolutionary learning tool and the “smartest” way to study medicine. It is an integrated approach to teaching. A simulation of a thousand references, tutorials, animated videos, and a series of practice quizzes and exams. It maximizes utilization of time and contains organized lectures that are easily accessible. It also provides computer-based examinations making it abreast with advancement in medical education because of its fast and accurate results.
Cognizant of AMEC-BCCM’s academic performance and competency around the world, foreign students are now growing in number; with students coming from India, Nepal, Somalia, Nigeria, South Africa, Myanmar and United States of America among others. It is the only medical school that produced 100% passing rate in the recent examination administered by the medical council of India. In line with this, AMEC-BCCM is able to provide scholarships to deserving students. The biggest batch of scholars was introduced last May 2014 where around 62 scholarship grants were given by Dr. Angelita Ago, president of AMEC-BCCM. As of this date, there are 83 scholar-grantees including 1st and 2nd year medicine students.
BCCM is adherent to CHED’s outcome-based curriculum with innovative approach of both traditional and problem-based learning. There is a roster of highly qualified faculty guiding the students throughout their journey to becoming doctors. BCCM also participates in non-curricular activities such as medical missions and outreach activities in the community, foundation days, seminars, quiz bees, and medical school gatherings. BCCM has a strong tie-up with its partners in community, the city health of Legazpi and Barangay Sogod in Bacacay, Albay, internationally with Kobe International University in Japan and the American Center for Investigative Cardiology (ACIC) in Washington DC, USA, and international NGOs providing medical missions and surgeons for the poor.
AMEC-BCCM is continuously producing dedicated physicians since decades ago. With the values and principles it engraved upon each student, the institution continues to soar high. Despite the challenges of time, it has remained steadfast and deeply rooted to its core values. It aims to produce dignified physicians.
The mission of AMEC-BCCM is to empower medical students with excellent clinical competence, communication and leadership skills and highest professional standards who will be part in the delivery of health care service of the Philippines and the world.
AMEC-BCCM envisions to produce globally service-oriented physicians with holistic competencies.
AMEC-BCCM aims to develop world-class professional physicians imbued with academic and clinical excellence towards emphatic service to mankind.
The AMEC-BCCM believes in the wholistic philosophy of man
Man can only contribute to the development of his country if he is well balanced, integrated and well rounded. He believes that his life in this world is guided and lighted by the word and teachings of Almighty God.
Dr. Damaceno J. Ago, the founder of this system has envisioned in his life that our country, particularly the Bicol region, can be great if the youth, men and women could be molded so that they will be morally upright, creative and productive of commodities and ideas. Leadership training is necessary; hence these learning institutions are committed through their curricular offerings to involve students in academic and non-academic activities.
Clarification of values is most imperative in our contemporary society. These colleges seek the way and means by which our youth and their impact on our society will create a peaceful and enjoyable life founded on biblical principles. To blend traditional values and contemporary innovations relevant to the conditions and constraints prevailing shall always be uppermost in the AMEC System. Some of the objectives of the institutions are:
1. To develop health professionals
2. To train the nation’s manpower in the skills required for national development.
3. To undertake health research.
4. To provide an educational program that will promote national identity, cultural consciousness, moral integrity, and spiritual vigor.
We are physicians. It is a proud title. It carries prerogatives; it carries privileges. Most of all it carries accountability; not only for the future of a great profession but for the very lives of our fellow sufferers from the human condition. We would not fail these responsibilities for any personal advantage. If we fail, we fail the sick. If we fail, we fail the well. If we fail, we fail ourselves. If we fail, we fail mankind. But if we succeed, we shall illumine the brightest page in medical history. The brightest for such must be our faith, until the next is turned.
IN A CITY, ALONG THE SLOPES OF FAIR MAYON
LIES A PLACE WHERE A DREAM HAS COME TRUE
FOR HERE, STANDS MY ALMA MATER
MY BELOVED, AGO MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
TO HER, WE PLEDGE DEVOTION
FOR HER, OUR MOST PROFOUND AFFECTION
IN HER MIDST, GOD HEALS AS THE REST OF US SERVE
ALMA MATER, ALMA MATER, ALMA MATER MINE
MAY BE BLESS HER WITH THE STRENGTH TO DO
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE,
MAY HE BLESS HER WITH THE WISDOM IT TAKES IN GIVING
MAY HE BLESS HER WITH THE KNOWLEDGE SHE WILL NEED FOR SHARING
MAY HER COLOR SOAR UP TO HEAVEN
AND HER VIRTUES PERMEATE THE EARTH
ALMA MATER MINE, ALMA MATER
BELOVED ALMA MATER MINE.
ALMA MATER EVERMORE
WE SING OF YOU, WE SING,
BICOL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
LET OUR HEARTS FOREVERMORE
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
EVERT MOMENT OF OUR LIVES
FOR YOU OUR LIFE PULSATES
BREATHING A VIBRANT MELODY
LIKE A FLOWER BLOOMING IN THE NIGHT
WITH THE MOON IT MAKES A RHAPSODY
CHORUS: MAJESTICALLY (2x)
BICOL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (2x)
EVERMORE WE WILL WIN FOR THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME
IN OUR HEARTS WILL RESOUND YOUR ACCLAIM (FIN)
GOD HEALS WE SERVE ALL THE WAY (2x)
JESUS CHRIST IN OUR HEATS DWELLS IN US SAVES OUR LIVES
JESUS CHRIST IN OUR HEARTS DWEELS IN US
HIS LIGHT BRIGHTENING ALL THE WAY (2x)
GOD HEALS WE SERVE, GOD HEALS WE SERVE
JESUS IS OUR WAY ALL THE WAY
(D.C. al fin.)