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Marquez bags 2020 SEAFOMP Young Leaders Award for PH

Melanie D. Marquez was named as one of the recipients of the 2020 Southeast Asian Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics (SEAFOMP) Young Leaders Award. This award is given to young and proactive individuals who have contributed significantly to the field in Southeast Asia region.

Mel has been a consistent academic achiever who finished her basic education in the humble and serene island of Mindoro. She graduated as valedictorian in elementary in 1994 while salutatorian in secondary in 1998. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Physics for Teachers, under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholarship, at the Philippine Normal University in 2002. On that same year, she passed the licensure examination for teachers. From there, she practiced her teaching profession for more than eight (8) years before shifting a career in medical physics.

Her medical physics journey started when she took up her masters degree in Applied Physics major in Medical Physics at the University of Santo Tomas in 2008. She finished it with flying colours as cum laude in 2013. She was part of the first batch of residents in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sponsored Residency Training in Diagnostic Radiology Medical Physics (DRMP) from 2008 to 2014. In 2010, she joined the East Avenue Medical Center as Health Physicist III where she is still currently affiliated.

She is the current sitting vice-president of the Society of Medical Physicists in the Republic of the Philippines (SMPRP) as well as the Press Relations Officer (PRO) of the East Avenue Medical Center Employees Association. She was the National Specialty Coordinator of the Diagnostic Radiology Medical Physicists (DRMP) Residency Training Program from 2016 to 2020. This residency training program is sponsored by the IAEA and the Department of Health (DOH), Philippines.

With her active participation of the society, she is one of the organizing committee members of the Philippine Congress of Medical Physics (PCMP) in 2020 and the 15th South-East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) in 2017. Also, she is often tapped as a facilitator or resource speaker to national seminar-workshops relating to diagnostic radiology, medical imaging, and radiation protection.

The said award was announced in the 18th South-East Asian Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP) which will be held at Duangjitt Resort and Spa, Patong, Phuket, Thailand on 03-05 December 2020. (ramcarcruz2021)


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