Total OutReach for Community Health (T.O.R.C.H.) is an organization composed of doctors and medical students of Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM). This organization was created as a medium to expand the sphere of our medical education through exposure to the social and health realities of the community. T.O.R.C.H. encourages social awareness, nurtured charity, and well-developed technical skills, among many others. The group’s thrust is to “extend help to those who need it most”, with special emphasis on healthcare.
T.O.R.C.H. was established as a Brotherhood in 1989, a brainchild of thirteen third year medical students of the Cebu Institute of Medicine. It was approved by the CIM administration and legitimized by the SEC. The organization was created as a medium to expand the sphere of their medical education through exposure to the social and health realities of the community. Its instructive consequence was multifold: it encouraged social awareness, nurtured charity, and developed technical skills, among many others. The group’s thrust was to “extend help to those who need it most”, with special emphasis on healthcare.
In 1991, inspired by the pioneering works of the brotherhood, a group of nine third year medical students established the T.O.R.C.H. Sisterhood. Although distinct from one another in administration and policies, both the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood share the same ideals and philanthropic spirit.
CIM Alumni also spearheaded the foundation of T.O.R.C.H. INC, which allows graduate T.O.R.C.H. members to continue their outreach programs under the organization, and to guide the active members in their activities.
The selection of members is strictly by invitation; an important criterion includes the person’s potential to contribute to the group and the ideals that it stands for. Every year, applicants undergo an initiation process before becoming full-fledged members.
The Escutcheon Azure, the Charge a Torch of Thirteen Pillars, with Five Tongues of Flames, with a word inscribed "CIM", with the motto bearing "T.O.R.C.H.", flanked by 1989. A Lion and Lioness Or combattant, the Lion maintaining the Rod of Asclepius and the Lioness maintaining a Human Heart, both sustaining the Escutcheon. The motto above is inscribed "Total Outreach for Community Health". The Crest is a book adorned with two laurels. The motto below, argent with azure borders inscribed "Cebu Institute of Medicine".
Coat of Arms:
The Lion and Lioness - are regal animals, renowned for embodying the virtues of courage, power, wisdom and authority. They represent the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood respectively, as we believe that each member of T.O.R.C.H., having been carefully selected, contain these virtues and the capacity to use them for the beneficence of our community.
The Rod of Asclepius - tracing its portrayal in Greek literature, denotes the healing arts, which we possess and wield in aiding our fellowmen in a progressive movement for genuine health
The Human Heart - drawn anatomically, signifies the realistic desire to include compassion in our ministry of healing, as members of our profession nowadays are opt to include the therapeutic character of compassion
The Opened Book - representing knowledge and wisdom, which the Organization treasures. It is our constant mission to continue our education and integrate it in our profession to the fullest.
The Laurels - adorns the book, symbolizes not only of peace but also of healing and protection against disease, which embody the aim in the utilization of our knowledge and skills. Symbolizes also all the achievements that each member and the organization as a whole have garnered in their undying efforts to be different.
The Central Element:
The T.O.R.C.H. Symbol - has five tongues of flames signifying the founders and thirteen pillars that symbolize the first pioneering members. The torch signifies the burning passion that fuels each member to fulfill the principles upheld by the organization, for we believe that the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
T.O.R.C.H. - acronym for Total OutReach for Community Health, our beloved organization.
CIM - stands for Cebu Institute of Medicine, is where the organization was
established and is where it is mainly based as of date
1989 - the organization was established 1989