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Dermatologic Crisis: Illuminating the Path
by: Carmella Jane C. Luis, MD
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) Department of Dermatology, together with the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) Photodermatology Subspecialty Core Group, hosted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecture entitled “Dermatologic Crisis: Illuminating the Path” last March 22, 2017. This activity was held at the Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club and was hosted by Dr. Maria Socoeur M. Oblepias.
The program was started off with a presentation by Dr. Lily Lyralin L. Tumalad on the Top 10 Diseases Census of PDS institution. This was followed by an inspiring Opening Remarks by the Chairman of the RITM – Department of Dermatology, Dr. Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel . Two interesting dermatologic cases on SJS/TEN in an HIV patient and Pustular Psoriasis were presented by Dr. Eunice Rayos-Lopez and Dr. Roy Lawrence Paredes, respectively. Expert panelists Dr. Gracia B. Teodosio, Dr. Emmerson Gale S. Vista, Dr. Evangeline B. Handog and Johannes F. Dayrit gave updates, clinical experiences and views on controversies regarding the management of SJS/TEN in HIV patients. On the other hand, Dr. Leilani R. Senador, Alexander R. Castillo, Dr. Ricky H. Hipolito and Dr. Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, imparted inputs and experiences on the treatment of Pustular Psoriasis including the discussion on the role of steroids in managing Von Zombusch Disease. Cases on Meningococcemia and Kawasaki Disease were revisited by Dr. Clarisse G. Mendoza. She delved on the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of these diseases to prevent mortality. During the latter part of the event, the topic “Spotlight on UV light” was discussed by Dr. Giselle Marie S. Tioleco-Ver while “Be A Guiding Light” on phototherapy was the subject matter of Dr. Vanessa M. Carpio, FPDS.
Closing remarks was given by PDS President Dr. Ma. Angela M. Lavadia. It was indeed a very successful CME, full of learnings with an interchange of ideas from all the participants and speakers.