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Drs. Rachelle Ramilo, Sharon Wong, Camille Angeles
The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc. (UERMMMCI) Section of Dermatology & PDS Research Committee’s CME, January 31, 2018, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club.
Dr. Carmela Co-Buenviaje
Dr. Camille B. Angeles, Head, UERMMMCI Section of Dermatology
Presenter of PDS Training Institutions:
Dr. Cecile Roxas-Rosete
Dr. Maria Teresa S. Tolosa
Dr. Lian C. Jamisola
Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell
Total attendees: 210
This CME course focused on the realm of research and pedagogy. The main objective of the CME activity was to equip the PDS residents, as well as the consultants, with a better understanding of the complex process of doing research. The course encouraged participation from the residents of each PDS institution by requesting them to submit questions to clarify perplexing research-related issues prior to the event. Answers to the inquiries were then incorporated in Dr. Tolosa’s and Dr. Jamisola’s lectures.
There is indeed an artistic way of doing research. This was proven by Dr. Tolosa as she discussed about the basics of translating a clinical question into a research project. Some of the highlights of her talk include the following points: 1) One objective is enough for a research study to get going; 2) The study design is of highest priority and should be appropriately selected in order to answer a research question; and 3) There are many ways to gather data for literature review, such as by looking into international, local, and institutional publications.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jamisola enlightened the audience about one of the more intimidating aspects of research: biostatistics. Her talk focused on the roles of a biostatistician in the process of doing research such as aiding in the determination of sample size, data analysis, and interpretation of results, among others. The lecture was made more engaging by a quiz wherein simple prizes were given to each institution that answered a question correctly. An important take-home point from the informative lecture was that a researcher should be working with his or her biostatistician as early as when the research question has been formulated.
The last speaker, Dr. Verallo-Rowell, expounded on how having a mentor could be helpful in starting a career in research. Moreover, she stressed about how collaboration and mutual respect are of utmost value in maintaining a fruitful mentee-mentor relationship. She then enlightened the audience about the state of Clinical Research Organization in the Philippines. She also shared her motivations in doing research: 1) to have a better understanding of the Filipino skin and 2) to help Filipinos make local guidelines for diagnosis and management of dermatological cases in the country. She also added that research does not only serve as an outlet of one’s creativity and inquisitiveness but that it could also prove to be financially rewarding to physicians.
The entire program was moderated by Dr. Carmela Co-Buenviaje.