Philippine Dermatological Society

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The St. Luke’s Medical Center Department of Dermatology hosted its Continuing Medical Education entitled In the Pink of Health – Conquering Challenges in Mucosal Disease last October 25, 2017 at the Henry Sy Auditorium, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City.

The CME course focused on a line-up of cases of the oral mucosa, including oral malignancies, tumors, infections and autoimmune diseases. The event was formally opened by the lively moderator, Dr. Rosario Abaya Blas, and the event was officially started with the opening remarks given by Dr. Lonabel Encarnacion, the Chairman of St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, alongside, Dr. Ma. Pilar Leuenberger, the Chairman of St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City.

The scientific program started off with a case series on oral malignancies including Keratoacanthoma, Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma of the Lip followed by vascular lesions on the lip including Lip Hemangioma and Port-wine stain. The cases were presented by Dermatology resident Dr. Maria Victoria Rosabelle Rovira. The reactors, composed of Dr. Charlene Ang-Tiu and Dr. Ma. Pilar Leuenberger, both generously shared invaluable knowledge and their experiences with various treatment options for the given cases. It was then followed with a lecture on STDs of the Oral Mucosa from the Dermatologic Surgery subspecialty core group, given by Dr. Marcellano Cruz. An open forum was held after the two lectures and the audience was given a chance to ask questions with regards to the cases presented and lectures given.


Another lecture for Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Core Group on Dermatologic Tumors of the Perioral Skin was given by Dr. Krisinda Dim-Jamora, where she shared up to date information and management options for perioral tumors. This was followed by a second case presentation of Recurrent Oral Ulcers: Lupus Erythematosus on the Lip presented by resident Dr. Marian Caligayahan. The reactor was esteemed Rheumatologist Dr. Juan Javier T. Lichauco, who gave insightful and vital information with regards to diagnostic and therapeutic management of Oral lupus. This was folowed by another open forum prior to the last lecture in the program. Last, but not the least, a very interesting topic on the Toxicity of Commonly Used Products on the Oral Mucosal Surfaces was given by Dr.Lonabel Encarnacion.



The event proved to be immensely rewarding and fruitful, where up-to date knowledge was shared and discussed commendably. The CME event was met with enthusiasm from the attendees both online and on-site. Undeniably,  all the attendees, including the speakers and organizers, left the event, with inestimable learnings from the adept and substantial lectures given by St. Luke’s consultants and speakers from the PDS Dermatologic surgery core group.