Philippine Dermatological Society

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Penned by Bernadette Arcilla, MD, FPDS

The Philippine Dermatological Society has always been consistent in establishing itself as DERMAUTHORITY  in the Philippines. For the past years, PDS has been actively involved in numerous educational activities within the country, such as the well-attended LEAP programs, Eczema Fairs and Skin Museums, to name a few. However, this year, PDS transcended borders by joining the American Academy of Dermatology Global Education Day last February 15, 2018 at San Diego, California, USA.  The Global Education Day of AAD is a preconference activity wherein various organizations may conduct a session on a topic of their choice. The PDS, being in a tropical setting, opted for the theme  “HOT TrOPICal Dermatology” for its 2-hour session. The lectures were enthusiastically conducted by members of the PDS, beginning with an overview of “Dermatology in the Philippines” by none other than the PDS President herself, Dr. Ma. Angela Lavadia. This was then followed by an  informative mix of diagnostic and treatment strategies for Asian Skin, as well as interesting cases that may be found in the tropical setting. Oral lightening agents’ usefulness on Asian Skin and T(r)opical Oils as an anti-inflammatory and pro-barrier repair for different skin disorders were  discussed by Drs. Evangeline Handog and Vermen Verallo-Rowell, respectively. An interesting bevvy of cases where dermoscopy shines was dwelt by Dr. Jasmin Jamora. Practicalities of chemical peeling and lasers for acne on brown skin were imparted by Drs. Cecilia Rosete and Purita Paz-Lao, respectively. Noteworthy cases on cutaneous tuberculosis, lamellar ichthyosis, Hansen’s Disease and tropical dermatology were shared by Drs. Ma. Teresita Gabriel, Patricia Nicole Ramirez, Bernadette Arcilla and Francisco Rivera.

The succinct yet educational program was  appreciated by the audience, comprised of foreign and Filipino attendees. It was an exhilarating experience for all those involved in the organization of the event. May this occasion act as a seed for similarly fruitful events of PDS as we continue to strengthen our stance as the country’s DERMAUTHORITY.

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PDS Lecturers traveling all the way to San Diego, USA for the AAD Global Eduction Day. (Top L-R) Drs. Cecilia Rosete, Purita Paz-Lao, Vermen Verallo-Rowell, (Middle L-R) Drs. Ma. Teresita Gabriel, Francisco Rivera IV, Ma. Angela Lavadia, (Bottom L-R) Drs. Evangeline Handog, Bernadette Arcilla, and Patricia Nicole Ramirez

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