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When I learned that our team was going to do a group visit to hospitals and included in the list was the Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center Foundation, I immediately signed in to learn more about this legendary doctor. Doktora Del Mundo was born sixth of eight children in Manila on November 27, 1911. At a very young age, she had already made up her mind of becoming a doctor when her youngest sister, Elisa died of an abdominal infection at age seven. She recalls that Elisa kept a notebook and there she wrote that she wanted to become a doctor. Fe then decided to pursue her sister’s dreams. Fe Del Mundo entered the University of the Philippines at age fifteen and received an Associate in Arts as her undergraduate degree and at 22 she received a medical degree also from UP, graduating as the class valedictorian in 1933. She passed the medical board the following year, placing third. Having a very small frame and standing at roughly five feet, Dr. Del Mundo chose pediatrics as her field of specialization, some jokingly saying that this was ok to make sure that she would be taller than her patients. Her internship training brought her back to the countryside – her hometown of Marinduque, which further firmed up her decision of caring for children. It was here where she saw young patients dying of common diseases, however preventable they were. Her efforts in childcare gave her the opportunity to be granted a postgraduate scholarship by then President Manuel L. Quezon, to the Harvard University Medical School in 1936, thirteen years before the much revered university opened its doors to female students in 1949. This made her not only the first Filipina, but the first female to be enrolled in the said university. And in 1940, she received a M.A. in bacteriology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ”[Del Mundo] humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise she found herself in a men's dorm. Unknowingly the Harvard officials had admitted a female to their all-male student body. But because her record was so strong the head of the pediatrics department saw no reason not to accept her. Thus, upsetting Harvard tradition, she became the first Philippine woman and the only female at the time to be enrolled at the Harvard Medical School.” The 1977 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service: Fe Del Mundo . Dr. Del Mundo has had several research and educational grants abroad, not to mention the long list of opportunities for better jobs and compensation in the United States. She, however, always chooses to return to the Philippines. She treats her
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international trainings as opportunities for her to further improve her skills and help her fellowmen in need. In fact, during the outbreak of World Ward II, amid many offers from US based institutions, she returned to the Philippines to help the suffering children in her native land. She came to be called the “Angel of Santo Tomas” for her work with women
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