Medical eLearning at the time of COVID-19

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UP College of Medicine, DOH, and APMC to hold month-long Medical eLearning: Behind the Screens Virtual Conference on June 2020


Medical eLearning at the time of COVID-19


The Department of Health, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges, will hold the Medical eLearning: Behind the Screens, a virtual conference series on the use of computers in medical education, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on all Tuesdays and Thursdays of June 2020. It will be available at and

This virtual conference series stems from the development of the eLearning Course on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCOD). More than 1,850 medical students and interns from seven medical schools and hospitals across the country have completed the Course. 

Towards the DOH campaign for better quality health data, this Project is a step in developing more effective physicians – central to better quality death certificates.    

The UP College of Medicine prides itself for taking part in this endeavor by leading the development of this MCCOD eLearning Course, and engaging six other medical schools and hospitals to produce a high quality, learner-centric educational material for physicians.


Medical eLearning: Behind the Screens makes the case for computer-based training as assistive to clinical instructors and medical schools to meet student learning needs. This is heightened especially amidst the continued threat of COVID-19 where physical distancing, and community quarantines are a reality. Using the MCCOD eLearning Course as an example, this Virtual Conference will instruct participants on how to craft their eLearning modules, engage with their target participants, and scale-up for wider use in each of their institutions. This emphasizes the importance of good quality data on MCCOD and each health workers’ role in managing causes of mortality and improving overall health.

The Department of Health aims to launch the MCCOD eLearning Course for wider use by APMC member schools, APMC-accredited hospitals, and the wider healthcare workforce nationwide. As an ally in education, the DOH promotes continuous learning in a format available 24/7 and on-demand. The Course will be made available at the DOH Academy ( to participants of this Virtual Conference series.


About the MCCOD eLearning Course: The MCCOD eLearning Course contributes to the efforts of the Department of Health (DOH) in fostering good quality capture of mortality data as a crucial input to evidence-based health planning and decision-making. In 2015, the DOH  Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service (DOH KMITS) produced the first version of the handbook on medical certification for MCCOD. Likewise, the Post Graduate Interns (PGI) Practicum Guidelines on MCCOD was crafted through support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partnership with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges. To ensure scale and sustainability, the eLearning modality is designed for the PGI Program of APMC-accredited hospitals, medical students, and even licensed medical doctors. 


The MCCOD eLearning Course Development and Implementation Project is led by the UP College of Medicine on behalf of the DOH. The team is led by Professor Portia Fernandez-Marcelo MD, with UPCM Consultants Ma. Cecilia Alinea MD, Jose Modesto Abellera III MD, Cecil Lim MD, Patrick Sylim MD, and UP CPH Professor Buenalyn Teresita Ramos-Mortel. They are joined by Asuncion Anden MD (former DOH Regional Director), Maria Lora Cabrera-Tupas MD and Aretha Gacutan-Liwag MD (both UPCM alumna and currently with the West Visayas State University Medical Center), Abegail Jayne Amoranto, RN MSGC (UP College of Nursing Class 2012 and Research Consultant) and Monica Sunga (eLearning Design and Development Consultant).


The Project Team includes Manu Gaspar (Project Manager), Jae-Ann Sumalo, RN MPH-c (Advocacy and Deployment Officer), Romeo Luis Macabasag, RN MAN (Research Officer), Ma. Ysabel Leanne Brual RND MSPH-c (Research & Project Assistant), Nicole Ysabel Dela Luna (Research & Project Assistant), and Rupert Sievert (Research & Project Assistant).