Doris Mendoza, MD, founding dean of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) College of Medicine, also received the 2020 Global Service Award.
The Adventist University of the Philippines College of Medicine accepted its inaugural class of nine male and seven female medical students in August of 2015 with the help of Loma Linda University — making it the first Adventist medical school in Asia and the denomination’s sixth medical school worldwide.
The successful launch of the medical school has led the Dean Doris Mendoza, MD, to be invited to serve on the national medical school accreditation body.
In June of 2019, AUP College of Medicine held a “Prima Lux” or "First Light" ceremony in Silang, Cavite province, Philippines, graduating 16.
Loma Linda University, home to the Adventist Church’s first medical school, has a strong, ongoing history with AUP. The School of Public Health assisted the Filipino university in developing its own College of Health approximately 30 years ago, and the School of Dentistry also collaborated with AUP to develop its College of Dentistry in 2005.