“Truth be told, I expected the school to act the way they did so they did not exceed my expectations. However, they have continued to provide better services and facilities for us. I was only able to glimpse a few changes while I was in campus but it is promising, and I am very excited to go back.” This was said by a student of Gullas College of Medicine (GCM) during our interview. Since the start of Academic Year 2020-2021, GCM did not conduct any classes in campus and shifted into online classes that have ended on the last week of May 2021.
Prior to the start of AY 2020-2021, GCM sent out surveys to the students to find out their needs and preferences so that the college can quickly act upon it. The only challenge GCM have been facing and is yet resolving is the unstable internet connectivity in the campus. “Unfortunately, I am only able to gauge the internet connection in the campus through the professors who conduct online classes there. But with that said, when one area has a spotty connection, the professor was able to move to another area in campus to have a more stable one. Most issues with connectivity came from the weather and it unfortunately happens everywhere in the Philippines,” stated by another student in GCM.
However, GCM made continuous efforts to reach out to all concerned students through the provision of contact lines to designated departments and personnel to assist their needs. Fortunately, the school employees and students are approachable and fast attend the needs of students. “When I have connectivity issues, I can send a message to the IT department and they provide troubleshooting tips as soon as they are able. For the faculty, they are very understanding of our plight as online medical students and are very gracious when we explain our issues with the internet or our devices. My classmates and fellow students share the same issues as I do and are very helpful overall,” a student in GCM answered.
In preparation for the coming school year, GCM secures vaccination slots for their medical students and employees.