The Outstanding Sillimanian in Medicine in 1989 reminded current medical students of Silliman University to give back to Silliman during his lecture on “The Medical History and Legacy of Silliman University” last Aug. 21 at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium.
Dr. Eusebio Kho, a recipient of the prestigious Order of Horace B. Silliman in 2010, reminded the students that in order for a Sillimanian to leave a legacy in Silliman University, “the spirit of giving back should be inculcated in each one of us.”
Kho is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a retired Colonel of the United States. He has also served at the Silliman University Medical Center for four years.
Kho, who finished his high school and pre-medicine degree in Silliman, acknowledged in his speech that “we all have obligations because we have benefited from the education that Silliman had given us. The education we had is first class.”
As part of his lecture on the medical history of Silliman, Kho also showed pictures of the Dumaguete Mission Hospital, where the Portal West building now stands. It had served the Silliman University students, faculty and staff, and the people in Negros Oriental. Kho also showed a picture of the old building of the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC), which is now known as the Katipunan Hall (KH).
Kho mentioned the first doctors who served as faculty in the Silliman Institute. Then other doctors, including nurses, were recruited from different parts of the central Philippines “because Silliman had good relationship with the hospitals nearby.”
Kho shared how the medical world has evolved.
Kho said that treatment to diseases had to be “modified according to the knowledge preferred at that time since there were no antibiotics yet.”
“During the 1890s, the medical world was a lot different from what we know now,” Kho said.
Louie Mar Cimafranca, a first year medical student, said that it was an enriching lecture.
“Hearing his personal achievements inspires you to do better as a student,” Cimafranca said.
Cimafranca also added that this lecture uplifted and inspired the students to pursue their medicine course.
“It is inspiring to hear from a person who has done a lot in life through the grace and glory of God,” Cimafranca added
By Ina Isabelle Taburaza