Philippine Dermatological Society

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SKINTEGRITY: Perfecting the Art of Dermatology with Professionalism and Communication Skills

By: Irene B. Cua, MD

The University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) Department of Dermatology together with the Philippine Dermatological Society’s (PDS) Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty Core Group hosted the monthly Continuing Medical Education (CME) entitled:SKINTEGRITY: Perfecting the Art of Dermatology with Professionalism and Communication Skills last May 30, 2018 at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club, Mandaluyong City. The event moderator of the said event was Dr. Bernardita O. Policarpio.

The event commenced with an industry-sponsored lecture by Dr. Teresita Gabriel about Tips in Handling Dermatoses, wherein the talk dealt on the responsible use of topical corticosteroids. This was then followed by the invocation and opening remarks by Dr. Maria Victoria C. Dizon, Head of Section of Pediatric Dermatology of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital.

The first part of the program started with a lecture by Dr. Patrick Gerard L. Moral about professional issues in dermatology. He sighted practical tips on how to deal with patients and colleagues with inevitable ethical issues. He made it even more interesting by citing practical cases followed by questions to the audience involving medical ethics, which are often encountered in dermatology practice.

Dr. Ma. Angela T. Cumagun awarding the Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Patrick L. Moral

It was then followed by an interesting case on Alopecia Totalis by second year resident, Dr. Abigail T. Siggaoat. The reactors for the case were Drs. Melinda Atienza, a Pediatric Endocrinologist and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and Dr. Jennifer Aileen Ang-Tangtatco, a Diplomate of the Philippine Dermatological Society and an active consultant at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Dr. Atienza shared her expertise comprehensively on how she approaches patients with such conditions, including diagnostic work-ups and learned tips on handling patients with both endocrinologic and dermatologic concerns like alopecia. Dr. Tangtatco also systematically answered the raised questions by the presenter. She also enlightened us further by presenting well-appraised journals on the management of alopecia totalis

Dr. Melinda Atienza sharing her expertise on Alopecia Totalis
Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation
Left to Right: Dr. Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, Dr. Jennifer Aileen Ang-Tangtatco, Dr. Grace G. Catalan, Dr. Ma. Angela T. Cumagun

The second part of the program focused on pediatric dermatology, which was about pediatric anesthesia in the outpatient setting. Dr. Grace G. Catalan, a pediatric anesthesiologist from the Philippine General Hospital, enlightened us about common issues in pediatric sedation wherein she gave tips on topical and infiltration anesthesia, risks and benefit assessment, and the effects of anesthesia.

After these series of lectures, the awarding of Certificates was led by Dr. Angela M. Lavadia, President of the PDS and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at East Avenue Medical Center, and Dr. Ma. Angela Cumagun, the Chair of the Department of Dermatology of UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Chairman of the USTH Department of Dermatology.

Before the end of the program, Atty. Liwayway Chato. gave an extensive lecture about the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN) Law for health professionals where she thoroughly discussed the common issues surrounding its amendment.

The said event was then concluded with closing remarks delivered by Dr. Lavadia.

2nd row: USTH Department of Dermatology Residents
1st row: Dr. Eleanor L. Letran, Dr. Ma. Victoria C. Dizon, Dr. Ma. Angela T. Cumagun, Dr. Arnelfa C. Paliza, Dr. Ma. Rosario G. Aguila, Dr. Bernardita O. Policarpio

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