Health Sciences Mindanao - The Official Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. Website


ISSN Online: 2815-2204           ISSN Print: 2704-3622


Health Sciences Mindanao (HSM), is an annual publication and open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc., which covers topics on all medical and health sciences disciplines such as pre-clinical and clinical studies, case reports, communication about methods and research design, health services and economics, public health, and medical education and practice. It aims to encourage and support local researchers and academics by promoting and disseminating local research outputs improved by expert peer reviewers in Health Science and related fields. HSM caters article categories such as unpublished research articles, reviews, study protocols, method articles, editorial articles, commentaries, letter to the Editor, and local book review. It has no article processing charges (APCs), submission charges, pages charges, color charges and any similar charges. The journal is a single blind review process. All contributions are typically sent to a minimum of two (2) independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. In case of a discord in reviewer’s decision, the Editor-In-Chief will be responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. Authors may suggest at most three (3) names of appropriate peer reviewers.



Maureen B. De Guzman, MD, FPAFP

Eunice Grace J. Gadgude
Managing Editor

Seurinane Sean B. Espanola, PTRP, MD, DFM
Copy Editor

Jose Andre B. Dimzon
Layout Artist



Myka Francesca R. Ababon, PhD
McCann Health Medical Communications
New York, USA

Erna C. Arollado, RPh, PhD
University of the Philippines,
Manila, Philippines

Elsa May Delima-Baron, PhD
San Pedro College
Davao City, Philippines

Maricar W. Ching, PhD
Centro Escolar University
Manila, Philippines

Aleyla Escueta-de Cadiz, PhD, RMicro
University of the Philippines
Davao City, Philippines

Armando Jerome H. De Jesus, Jr., PhD
Ateneo de Manila University
Manila, Philippines

Reggie Yadao-Dela Cruz, PhD
Central Mindanao University
Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines

Ma. Junaliah Tuazon-Kels, MD, PhD
Health Science Consultant

Maximillan G. Larena, MD, PhD
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

Lyre Anni E. Murao, PhD
University of the Philippines
Davao City, Philippines

Lynn Esther E. Rallos, PhD
Mindanao State University
General Santos City, Philippines

Jonel P. Saludes, PhD, MRSC
University of San Agustin
Iloilo City, Philippines

Ofelia Pardo-Saniel, MPH, PhD
University of the Philippines
Manila, Philippines

Hannah Grace B. Segocio, MD
Southern Philippines Medical Center
Davao City, Philippines

Joel Hassan G. Tolentino, PhD
University of the Philippines
Davao City, Philippines



Research and Publication Office (RPO)
Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI)
Dr. A Gahol Street, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines