Dear Dr. Yogore,

Thank you very much. I am indebted to the UPMASA and especially to Ma’am Metty for the continuing support. My core projects for MIU in 2019 are a health informatics textbook for undergraduate medical education and a major revision of the MS Health Informatics masters program. I will also be delivering the professorial chair lecture on social media and healthcare in February.
Merry Christmas!!
Dear Dr. Isip-Tan,

UPMASA-PEF has received recent notice from the UPCM Administration that you are the repeat awardee for the JBP Professorial Chair in Medical Informatics for the 2019 Academic Year. Please accept our heartfelt congratulations.
The monetary award from the Chair amounts to the peso equivalent of $3683.00 for this Academic Year. Please acknowledge this email by replying to it as soon as possible,
Congratulations again!
MG Yogore III, M.D., J.D.
Chair, Permanent Endowment Fund



Dear Ma’am Metty,

I would just like to personally express my gratitude for your continuing support for the Johnny B. Pellicer Professorial Chair in Medical Informatics.

I also want to share with you that I am working on a book about diabetes (in Filipino), which is a compilation of blog posts I have made, in my advocacy to improve health literacy. Attached is a pdf of the draft. This is very preliminary as I still have to organize by themes and write posts for some of the gaps.

Thank you po!​


Iris Thiele Isip Tan MD, MSc, FPCP, FPSEM
Professor 3, UP College of Medicine
Chief, UPCM Medical Informatics Unit
Director, UP Manila Interactive Learning Center
Attending Physician
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Department of Medicine, Philippine General Hospital


The chair awarded $3443 for 2017 to help the department of Medical Informatics in its health mission. The amount represents  income from investment of the perpetual fund in the US stock market, the more the principal, the more money is awarded. I continue to add to the principal by donating all income from my books. It is one of the bigger funded chairs in the UP College of Medicine.
The following report is from the current recipient, Dr Isip Tan

Happy new year!

I am grateful to receive this professorial chair. The funding helped tremendously in off setting lost clinic hours, as despite being Chief of the Medical Informatics Unit (and recently also Director of the UP Manila Interactive Learning Center concurrently) I receive only a part-time salary from UP. The following were my activities/projects in 2016:

1. Social media and healthcare. [plenary lecture] 18th Dr. Elpidio Gamboa Memorial Lecture at the Philippine Society of Microbiology & infectious Diseases Annual Convention, 24 November 2016, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila.

2. Social media for teaching pharmacology. Presentation at the annual convention of the Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, 6 August 2016 at Angeles University Foundation, Pampanga.

3. Social media and healthcare in 10 tweets. Presentation at the 2016 Asian Medical Students’ Conference of AMSA International, 30 June 2016.

4. The Doctor is Online: Building a Professional Social Media Presence.
Presentation at the St. Lukes Global hospital conference 24 May 2016

5. Curate, Create, Connect for Continuing Professional Development.
Presentation at sunset symposium of UST gastroenterology postgraduate course at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura. 4 May 2016

6. The Doctor is Online. Presentation at Symposium on Ethics in Telemedicine at the Philippine College of Physicians Annual Convention, Marriott Grand Ballroom 1 May 2016

7. Using Twitter in the Classroom. Presentation at the education track of the 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit held last 21 April 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center. The summit was a major project as I was scientific committee chair. More than 200 participants attended. This summit was funded by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). We are currently planning the next one for April 2017.

8. Pushing Frontiers of Healthcare Delivery. Presentation at monthly CME activity of the Philippine Dermatology Society in cooperation with Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Global, 20 April 2016

9. Patient Confidentiality & the Social Network.
Presentation at symposium of the Philippine Pediatric Society Annual Convention, 4 April 2016. Philippine International Convention Center.

10. #TheDoctorIsIn Presentation at the Philippine General Hospital Dermatology Postgraduate Course 1 April 2016, Crowne Plaza

11. Social Media for Continuing Professional Development. Symposium presentation at the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians 19 Feb 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila

12. Informatics: Changing Healthcare. Presentation at the joint annual convention of the Philippine Society of Hypertension & the Philippine Lipid & Atherosclerosis Society. 13 Feb 2016, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.

13. Internet-based medical education. Presentation at the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges National Convention 5 Feb 2016 San Beda College, Manila

14. The Power of the ePatient: Implications of Emerging Technologies in Cancer Care. Presentation at the Philippine Oncology Nurses Association at the New World Manila Bay Hotel, 29 Jan 2016

15. Healthcare Technology in the Philippines. Presentation at the Philippine Nurses Association of America International Conference 28 Jan 2016 at the Diamond Hotel, Manila

The project I put in my professorial chair application for 2016-2017 is the PGH-UP Social Media Policy. I have been working on this for about a year already. If finally approved, this might well be a first as most medical schools here do not have as yet a formal social media policy.

The research paper I had specified as my project in the 2015-2016 application is due to come out this month in the Acta Medica.

As MIU Chief, I serve as program director of the MS Health Informatics (medical informatics track). I am working on revising the curriculum for compliance with the ASEAN harmonization imperative to shift to OBE (outcomes-based education). I also have plans of spinning off short courses.

Thank you for continuing support!


Iris Thiele Isip Tan MD, MSc, FPCP, FPSEM
Professor 3, UP College of Medicine
Chief, UPCM Medical Informatics Unit
Director, UP Manila Interactive Learning Center
Attending Physician
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Department of Medicine, Philippine General Hospital


The JBP Professorial Chair in Medical Informatics in the UPCM

In November 2004, the PGAG (Philippine Golf Association in GA) , which Johnny founded, together with family and friends held an auction fund raiser at Roswell River Landing to raise $10,000 to complete the minimum $20,000 funding required to establish the Johnny B. Pellicer Professorial Chair in Medical Informatics in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. The Chair was approved by the Board of Regents of the UPCM in January 2005. It is directed to support faculty in publishing and presenting scientific papers internationally and in supporting the mission of the MIU. It awarded the first grant in 2006 to Dr. Alvin Marcelo. Dr. Marcelo, UPCM ’99, and a TOYM Awardee in 2005, was the first Director of the Medical Informatics Department in the UPCM. Among his projects were:

**Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS)- Finalist in Health Category,
Stockholm Challenge, 2006
**Named Top 3 Government Projects by APEC Digital Opportunity Center in the Philippines
**Buddy Works Tele-Health Project
**Doctor to the Barrios Program

Dr. Marcelo Delivered the JBP Professorial Chair Lecture in the UPMASA Annual Grand Convention in Las Vegas, July 1-5, 2007 on “ Integrating the Philippine Health Care System through Tele-Health”

Dr. Marcelo has been tapped by Phil Health to integrate the country’s health system because of his long involvement in medical informatics. He was replaced by Dr. Eric Badiola who became the 2nd recipient of the JBP Chair.

During Dr. Badiola’s 3-year tenure he started a program of interest-free loans to allow students and faculty to purchase an ipad.

The current Director of Medical Informatics is Dr. Iris Thiele Isip Tan, and is the recipient of the Chair. She is overseeing the transition of the UPCM to the University Virtual Learning environment (UVLe) and administering the MS Health Informatics Track. The MIU is a major player in capacity building for health informatics and conducting training workshops for standards such as OpenEHR, HL7, HIE, etc. These standards are major components in the Philippine eHealth Strategy and Framework of the Department of Health and Department of Science and Technology.

The Chair is administered through UPMASA-PEF (University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America-Permanent Endowment Fund), a 501(C)(3) corporation, Tax ID # 37-1099415. It is a perpetual fund and disburses 5% of its invested income annually. The Chair awarded grants of $1100 in FY 2006, $1300 in FY 2007, $1500 in FY2008, and $2400 in FY2014.

Donations to the Chair are as follows:
FY 2004 $10,392
FY 2005 $12,357, minimum funding of $20,000 corpus satisfied ($10,000 raised with PGAG)
FY 2006 NONE
FY 2007 $3700 ($1850 raised by PGAG)
FY 2007 $5000
Total Corpus Funding as of 2014: $48,000

We would like to grow the body of this fund so it can award a bigger grant and do more good.

Thank you.