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  • Michael P. Sy


After two months (huhu), I am so happy to release my Vlog #03 (5 minutes) that aims to tell you about "The 4 Considerations Before Taking a Master's Degree". All information coming from this VLOG is based on my personal experiences and may not necessarily agree with books, websites, and university guidelines.

Anyway, if you are contemplating or have been delaying your decision to take a master's degree, here are some important elements that I think you need to consider to obtain not just a graduate school diploma but to complete a master's degree from a quality program.




If I missed anything in this Vlog entry, please feel free to comment your insights below. I am hoping that somehow this Vlog gave the public a better understanding about how crucial it is to get a master's degree, especially in academia.

If you think that this video is interesting, educative, and informative, please LIKE, SHARE, and COMMENT. Thank you!


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  • Michael P. Sy

"Dreams don't work unless you do." (John Maxwell)

I have loved books and libraries since I was a young boy. I find solace and comfort staying in the library drowning in new knowledge, images, and stories. But I have never imagined, in my wildest dreams, to publish something in a book. Today marks the realization of that wildest dream -- publishing a chapter in a textbook for "Interprofessional Education" (or IPE). To God be the glory, honor, power, and praise!

First and foremost, thank you (どうもありがとうございました), Professor Nobuo Ohshima, for inviting me to be one of the contributors in this 5-volume series on Interprofessional Education Training by the Kyodo Isho Publishing (協同医書出版社). It is an honor, privilege, and joy to champion IPE through writing.

The book chapter that I wrote is entitled "Interprofessional education student network spreading all over the world" (pp. 203-216) which aims to:

(1) Describe championing interprofessional education through the students;

(2) Identify student-led interprofessional education activities around the world (6 regions based on the WHO geographical divisions);

(3) Suggest prospective roles of students in championing IPE.

The book is in the Japanese language, but for those who want to have a copy of the English text for this chapter, please feel free to message me so I can send it directly to you. Special mention has been given to my co-champions in IPE who made this chapter even more valuable and global:

1. Occupational Therapy Students Assembly, Philippines (Arden Panotes, Cy Torremaña, Diana Jane Luib, et al.)

2. Health Professional Education Quality Project, Indonesia (Fitri Arkham Fauziah, Samuel Josafat, Lhuri Dwianti Rahmartani et al.)

3. Gunma University, Japan (Takatoshi Makino, Yoshiharu Tokita et al.)

4. AfrIPEN, South Africa (Stefanus Snyman)

Cheers to the realizations of our dreams!


English Citation: Sy, M. P. (2018). Interprofessional education student network spreading all over the world. In N. Ohshima (Ed.), Interprofessional learning series / Collaborative education and practice of health, medical, and welfare professionals: [Volume 3] Introduction to interprofessional learning for beginners (pp. 203-213). Tokyo, Japan: Kyodo Isho.

ISBN: 978-4-7639-6031-3

For more information about this 5-Volume IPE Training Textbooks / Purchase at:

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I am so ecstatic to announce that my 1st Ph.D. paper entitled "The role of Filipino occupational therapists in substance addiction and rehabilitation: A Q-methodology" has been published in the "Occupational Therapy in Mental Health" international journal with my Ph.D. adviser/supervisor Prof./Dr. Nobuo Ohshima of TMU-Arakawa and co-author/partner Ms Nicole Roraldo OTRP this April 2018!

Glory to God in the highest for this blessing, opportunity, and faithful testament!

Let me utilize this post by thanking everyone who has been part of this successful journey and especially to those who stood by me all throughout:

1. To the PAOT Inc. esp to Dr. Stephanie Balid-Atwell for coordinating the research partnership;

2. To my research aides Mr. Rod Charlie Delos Reyes and Ms. Pauline Gail Martinez for giving your time and insights to improve the research implementation;

3. To my writing mentors Dr. Joax Antonio Otcideneb, Dr. Kee Hean Lim, and Mr. Roi Charles Pineda for helping me improve my academic writing abilities;

4. To my logisticians and photographers, Ms. Nally Sy, Mr. Mark Gerald Sy, thank you for sharing your time with your brother and for letting me introduce you to my "world";

5. To all the participants, supporters, collaborators, and partners (Angeles University Foundation), this publication would not be possible if it were not for your willingness to share and impart;

6. And to those who provided me with so much moral support in pushing forward for the advancement of occupational therapy in the Philippines and beyond -- Prof. Teresita Camiling Mendoza, Prof./Dr. Michael Iwama, and my TMU occupational therapy professors, colleagues, and friends!


To access the full publication, please feel free to download the free PDF in this URL:

For free copies, please e-mail me at my work e-mail stated in the photo, I will give you a free one or try clicking here to download.

For citation: Sy, M. P., Ohshima, N. & Roraldo, M. P. N. R. (2018). The Role of Filipino Occupational Therapists in Substance Addiction and Rehabilitation: A Q-Methodology. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2018.1446206

Please do share, comment, or even promote this very relevant academic paper with me towards a better drug rehabilitation and mental health in the Philippines and beyond. :)

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