Honoria Acosta-Sison

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Dr. Honoria Acosta- Sison (30 December 1888–19 January 1970) was a Filipino woman with many firsts, such as first Filipino woman physician, first Filipino woman graduate of an American Medical School, and first Filipino woman obstetrician.

Biography

Dr. Acosta- Sison was the Philippines' first lady doctor yet, she did not graduate from the Philippines but from Pennsylvania Medical School. Going against traditional Filipino culture, Honoria Acosta-Sison applied for a government scholarship as a pensionado in 1903.

She took her preparatory course at the Drexel Institute and Brown Preparatory School, then took her Doctor of Medicine degree at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She possessed a strong will and even extended her study to get residency training at the Maternity Hospital in the same institution.

She was married to Dr. Antonio Sison, an outstanding physician.

Accomplishments

Dr. Acosta-Sison also published one of the very first researches on obstetrics and gynecology at the Philippine Journal of Science.



Reference

  • de Guzman,Jovita V.,Vicente A. Santiago,Remedios T. de Leon and Teresita E. Erestain. Women Of Distinction; Biographical Essays on Outstanding Filipino Women of the Past and the Present. Philippines: Bukang Liwayway, 1967

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