History of the College of Medical Technology
The birth of the SJDEFI College of Medical Technology traces its roots to when the School of Nursing was opened on June 6, 1913 under the management of the Hospital Board. The School was located at the same site as the hospital in Intramuros, Manila, where it held classes and trained students, until the outbreak of the World War II in December, 1941. In 1945, the Japanese burned its building and massacred all those seeking protection within its walls.
The School of Nursing, which was temporarily closed from 1946-1952, re-opened in 1953. It continued to flourish during the postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation which resulted in a new hospital in Dewey Boulevard ( the present Roxas Boulevard). Sr. Taciana Triñanes, DC, the principal of the School of Nursing, dreamed of turning the nursing diploma program into a four-year degree course.
In 1965, a new course, Medical Technology, together with the Liberal Arts program were offered, paving the way to achieve Sr. Taciana’s dream of turning the school into a college.
In the same year, the whole staff of San Juan de Dios mourned when Sr. Taciana joined her creator. Sr. Consorcia de los Reyes, DC, her successor exerted all efforts to build what Sr. Taciana had started.
The Hospital’s pathologist, Dr. Faustino Sunico, a man of competence and dignity, served as the guiding light in the life of the College, being the first Dean of the San Juan de Dios College of Medical Technology. He served the first batch of students - seven enrollees. Competent instructors in the field of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Botany and English gave their best in molding and developing the minds and character of these students.
In 1969, the College of Medical Technology saw its very first batch of graduates, led by Evelyn Caringal, Cum Laude - proof of its goal, to produce competent and effective Medical Technologists.
After Dr. Sunico had successfully managed the whole department, Mrs. Fe Guevarra continued its pursuit of excellence by further developing the programs and improving the curriculum.
The College’s growth continued to peak. In 1985, Mrs. Norma Chang took charge, not only of supervising and managing the college in pursuing its goals, but also of promoting the students’ welfare. It was under her term that Virgilio Macalalad garnered 3rd place in the Medical Technology Board Examination on March 1994
In 1997, Mrs. Chang’s final term ended and the 12 years of her invaluable service to the department become had an important part of the history of the College of Medical Technology. Her professional and academic involvement in local and international conferences, both as participant and guest speaker and PASMETH ( Philippine Association of Medical Technologist/ Public Health) President, served to uplift the College of Medical Technology and the institution of San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation, Inc. as a whole.
Sr. Rhodora Mojica, DC, a Medical Technologist, herself, succeeded as the Dean of College of Medical Technology. As dean, she continued to steer the college and its students towards attaining both academic and clinical excellence, through academic competency, research and clinical practice.
In 2001,Ma. Teresa Marcelo, Ed. D, took on the helm as she became the 5th Dean of the College of Medical Technology. She, too, brought with her a deep commitment to pursuing academic excellence.
Under her deanship, the college has seen victories in various endeavors. In September 20, 2000, the SJDEFI College of Medical Technology won 2nd place in the National PAMET Quiz Show. The winning quiz show team was composed of Francisco Garcia, Anna Grace Gregorio, and Cherry Grace Chamen. In April 2001, Francico Garcia placed 5th in the Medical Technology Licensure Examination. Four years later, in March 2005, Mark Duenas placed 2nd. And, in September 2007, Webster Alindog garnered the top spot, placing 1st in the Medical Technology Licensure Examination.
To this day, Dr. Marcelo continues to lead the College of Medical Technology, as it continues to grow, and as it seeks to creatively respond, not only to the changing times, but also to the new and exciting developments in the MT field.