Maribel A. Aurelio

Maribel A. Aurelio


School of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor, Preclinical Sciences Chairperson, Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pharmacology


Patient-Doctor Relations I (1st semester)

Patient-Doctor Relations II (3rd semester)

Patient-Doctor Relations III (4th semester)

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (5th semester)


Dr. Maribel Aurelio is Chairperson of the Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pharmacology since 2017; she joined St. Matthew’s University in 2008 as faculty teaching Patient-Doctor Relations (PD) I, II, III and Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM). 

As Chairperson, Dr. Aurelio oversees the implementation of the course curricula and the smooth running of the Clinical Skills Laboratory. She supervises and provides support to the faculty and staff.  She is currently the Course Director of PD I and III. 

Dr. Aurelio has a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Basic Medical Science (B.S. B.M.S.) from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (Manila, Philippines). She finished her residency in Pediatrics at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), where she served as Chief Resident. During her residency, Dr. Aurelio spearheaded a pilot study on the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) for weight gain in preterm neonates entitled A randomized controlled trial on the use of virgin coconut oil in augmenting weight gain among infants weighing 1500 grams or less: Preliminary results. Another research focusing on the sepsis-lowering effects of VCO on preterm neonates was completed soon after.

At SMU, Dr. Aurelio continues to pursue her interest in research and continuing medical education. She is actively involved in the Curriculum Committee and Student Awards Committee. She enthusiastically organizes social events for the faculty and staff. She coordinates with other health professionals in the local community through shadowing which is integrated in the curricula of PD III and ICM. In addition to her roles as a faculty and administrator, she has also guided and inspired many students in her capacity as a faculty mentor. She has been a resource person to student organizations such as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG), teaching them clinical skills and procedures such as venipuncture, endotracheal intubation, and urinary catheterization. 

Additional Information:

- Diplomate, Philippine Pediatric Society (2005-2010)

- Chief Proctor, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) (2008 – present)

- Mentor, Mentoring Cayman Programme of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce (2013)

- Question Reviewer (USMLE-style questions) for Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. (2014-2015)

Teaching history-taking using the Calgary-Cambridge Model of communication; physical examination; clinical diagnosis.

Writing USMLE-style questions.

Amante-Aurelio, M.R., Mantaring, J.B, III. “A randomized controlled trial on the use of virgin coconut oil in augmenting weight gain among infants weighing 1500 grams or less: Preliminary results.” Philippine Journal of Pediatrics 54(4): 223-229, October 2005-December 2005.

Mantaring, JBV, Aurelio, MA, Santiago, VD. "Virgin coconut oil for the prevention of sepsis among preterm neonates weighing 1500g in UP-PGH a randomized controlled trial." University of the Philippines Manila Journal, 2007

Pediatrics, child health, medical education, nutrition

Training and Using Standardized Patients for Teaching and Assessment (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2009)

Internal Medicine for Primary Care (MCE Conferences, 2015)

41st Annual Pediatrics Post-Graduate Course – Interactive Pediatrics: Clinical Exercises and Problem-Solving (Manila Central University, 2018)

Cayman Heart Fund 12th International Symposium (2019)

Emergency Medicine and Pharmacology for Primary Care (MCE Conferences, 2019)

The Telephone & Telemedicine in Clinical Medicine: An Instrument of Opportunity & Risk (Harvard Medical School, 2020)

42nd Annual Primary Care Pediatrics Conference (Harvard Medical School, 2020) 

Annual Cayman Islands Health Conferences (2009 – present)

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