Ma. Lourdes Domingo-Maglinao, MD

In Greek mythology, the “phoenix” was described as a “legendary, long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn”. It is a mythical creature associated with the “sun” and obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. And now, in our midst, the phoenix has risen! The Journal of Medicine, UST (JMUST) is here!

We welcome the maiden issue of the reinvented scholarly publication of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery as it brings “light” to the generation of promising young Thomasian researchers who again have been blessed with the “voice” to be heard and a “venue” to be read. Rising from the trail blazing record of its predecessor, “The Santo Tomas Journal of Medicine”, this new tool for timely dissemination and assimilation of research-based discoveries shall continue the tradition of excellence in medical education and research our beloved Alma Mater has been long regarded for.

This has been the dream of our immediate Past Dean, Professor Jesus V. Valencia, MD, MHPEd who laid down the seminal foundation that paved the way for the eventual return of this respected resource in Philippine science and medical research. His support provided the impetus for the rebirth of this important publication.

Allow me to thank all the men and women who worked before and will continue to work and make this Thomasian contribution one that will hopefully stand the rigors of time.

Let us provide this rejuvenated instrument the much needed inspiration through insights worthy of clinical research, through observations that warrant scientific inquiry and with conclusions that will hopefully change the landscape of modern healthcare and move it to a brighter and more promising future ahead.

Yes, the “phoenix has risen” and it is roaring to soar in the Thomasian medical community.

And so, “let the JMUST begin!”