Philippine Dermatological Society

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Dermatologist’s Psyche: Touching Lives
PDS Continuing Medical Education
April 25, 2018 (12:00 nn – 4:00 pm)

 

In line with the CME topic highlighted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) which is Psychodermatology, we were inspired to come up with the theme “Dermatologist’s Psyche: Touching Lives” to place value, as clinicians, in delivering holistic care to our patients. It is crucial not to forget the psychological impact of the patients’ condition in improving over-all quality of lives. This monthly CME is in partnership with the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS)-Leprosy Subspecialty Core Group headed by Dr. Ma. Teresita Gabriel, also the Chair of RITM, Department of Dermatology. This successful educational activity was held last April 25, 2018 at Pavilion B, Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club, Mandaluyong City.

 

The program was officially started by the moderator, Residency Training Officer Dr. Leilani R. Senador,  with an invocation lead by Dr. Marie Socouer M. Oblepias,  followed by opening remarks by Dr. Gabriel. Discussed were two very interesting cases, the first was of Extramammary Paget’s Disease presented by 2nd year resident Dr. Heirich Fevrier P. Manalili. Expertise on immunohistopathologic correlation was shared by Dr. Johannes F. Dayrit and updated management strategies by Dr. Emmerson Gale S. Vista. The second case on Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (EK) was presented by 2nd year resident, Dr. Maria Isabel M. Belizario, followed by a discussion by Dr. Gisella U. Adasa on new terminologies, as well as updated classification and latest publications on treatment options for EK.

 

The focus of the second part of the program was “Psychodermatology”.  Dr. Luella Joy Escueta-Alcos expounded on the different models of the Physician-Patient Relationship  as well as tips on patient-centered communication. The various activities of the support clubs (Psoriasis Club, Atopic Club, Bullous Disease Club) in RITM were shown . This was followed by Dr. Clarisse G. Mendoza, with her presentation of her award-winning paper entitled “A Study on the Quality of Life among Leprosy patients diagnosed in RITM” and its present day applications.

 

To give updates on the status of the Leprosy programs in the country, Dr. Gabriel presented the National Leprosy Control Program Road Map , PDS role in these programs and activities of the various leprosy clubs in the dermatology institutions. This was followed by Dr. Ricky H. Hipolito who discussed the 1st National Prevalence Survey of Leprosy in the Philippines , a research funded by the Department of Health.

 

We were also privileged to have as guest speaker Ms. Roren Marie M. Chin of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to enlighten the attendees on the hot topic “ Data Privacy Law”. Ms. Chin reiterated the importance of keeping confidential information secure and the implications of divulging sensitive information to the public,  in reference to our Hippocratic Oath as physicians.  Our duty to confidentiality and ethical handling of data from our patients was well explained, from improper disposal of personal and sensitive information, stealing passwords, improper use of data for research, and unauthorized release of news through quadrimedia, with their corresponding fines and imprisonment.

 

This very fruitful event was then drew to a close with remarks by the PDS President, Dr. Ma. Angela M. Lavadia. And as she stated herself, the activity was truly a “Big CME day” jampacked with so much learning. It was an enriching afternoon that stimulated not only the psyche but our ability to touch lives as well.

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