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Espino, Bagged First Place in Research Paper Contest       

         The Professional Education Training and Research Office in cooperation with the Research Committee, concluded their 2018 activities with the Research Paper Contest, held last December 5, 2018 at the Jesus of Nazareth Hospital Conference Hall. Dr. Merlita G. Publico, the head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, gave her welcoming message and reiterated the importance of research for the hospital’s continuous improvement. Dr. Adelina Pring-Abarintos, the Research Committee Chair, introduced the panel of judges, namely Dr. Wilfredo Liangco, Dr. Maria Elena Basco-Tiamson and Dr. Marjeric Buenafe.

The contest guidelines and procedures were announced by Dr. Daisy Medina, Head of the Research Technical Review. Participants were given 10 minutes to present their paper. Dr. Joseph Niño Espino from the Department of Internal Medicine claimed the first place with his paper entitled “Incidence of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Sputum Gene Xpert Mtb/Rif Assay among Caretakers of Pulmomary Tuberculosis Patients in Batangas Medical Center”.  Dr. Annaliza Garduque of the Pediatrics Department placed second while Dr. Arlene Deiparine from the Department of Radiology got the third place.  Along with a certificate of recognition and participation, a cash prize of ₱10,000.00, ₱5,000.00, and ₱3,000.00 were given to the winners, respectively and ₱500.00 for the consolation prizes.