|ADZU-SOM was recently granted the rare privilege of a visit by renowned Canadian Cardiologist
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM) was recently granted the rare privilege of a visit by renowned Canadian Cardiologist Dr. Israel Belenkie of the University of Calgary (UCalgary) Medical School. Dr. Belenkie or Sonny as he is fondly called, is a long time faculty of UCalgaryMedical School, joining the school as its first fulltime cardiologist in 1973. He graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1967 and underwent further training in Atlanta, USA and Toronto.
Dr. Belenkie is well regarded in the Canadian Medical field with several research articles published in wellknown journals such as the Lancet, the American and Canadian and European Journals of Cardiology, and the American Journal of Physiology, to name a few. He has special interest in the care and treatment of Congestive Heart Failure.
He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 2009. The Distinguished Teacher Award was created in 1997 as acknowledgement of an individual's excellence in teaching over the long term in any of the cardiovascular fields. Recipients of this award are applauded for their dedication to teach in this scientific specialty.
While at the Ateneo, Dr. Belenkie had the opportunity to lecture and interact with the students of the medical school. He also had the opportunity to teach and discuss with the resident physicians of the Internal Medicine Department of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, most of whom are alumni of the ADZU-SOM. He was impressed with the dedication, passion and interest to learn of both students and residents. He is working to establish an elective rotation for IM residents in Foothills Hospital, the teaching center of UCalgary Medical School and primary tertiary referral facility for the province of Alberta and several neighboring areas. He believes that this rotation will further improve the capabilities of the IM residents as future mentors and will ultimately result to better care and management of patients in the region.