Philippine Dermatological Society

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INFOcus: Filipino Skin

Article on Skin and Cancer Foundation’s 8th Post Graduate Course|
July 6-9, 2018
Mariveles, Bataan
Written By: Patricia Cabral, MD
Translated By: Raphaela Pineda, MD

 

ENGLISH VERSION

 

At present, society is a mishmash of complementary forces: tradition and innovation, culture and technology, progress with a respect to history. Topics like this were tackled in Skin and Cancer Foundation’s 8th Post Graduate Course, entitled “INFOcus: Filipino Skin” held in Oriental Hotel, Mariveles, Bataan on July 6-8, 2018. It was a 3-day event of learning, camaraderie, and appreciation of the field of Dermatology with regard to our proud Filipino Heritage.

The event was kicked off with a Medical Mission in Mariveles Municipal Compound, where more than 250 patients were seen and treated. The next day, attendants were given lectures filled with fresh insights about where Dermatology stands at this day and age, with topics such as Social Media and the Dermatologist, and a review of present treatments for hair loss, scars, and achieving the Filipino aesthetic preference. With regard to this, speakers also tackled the Filipino definition of beauty and how it is changing among the different generations.

As the Philippines is abundant with plants and herbal remedies, the role of herbal medicine was examined, as well as the distribution of diseases throughout the different regions of the Philippines. The day of lectures ended with relevant discussions on the relationship of Culture and Filipino Skin, where Dr. Michael Tan challenged everyone in attendance to promote appreciation in skin color diversity. This was properly followed by a talk by Dr. Johannes Dayrit, where he pursued the role of Dermatology in Patriotism. He shared his story of choosing to stay and serve our fellow countrymen, and encouraged people to do the same. He especially noted the need for health practitioners in remote areas and far-off regions. From delving into our heritage and our past, the series of lectures ended with Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, who then appropriately examined dealing with the future of Dermatology, where she stressed the 3 R’s: Read, Research, and Relate.

To conclude the weekend of activities, the last day was spent enjoying landmarks of our history and the nostalgic ambiance of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Attendants were given the chance to stroll through historical architecture and were quickly transported to a different time.

The event was indeed an allude to our heritage and culture, in relation to the field of Dermatology. It aimed to go above and beyond the scientific aspect and truly focused on the fact that, despite common misconception, in the field of Dermatology, things are more than skin-deep. 

 

PEARLS:

  1. Society is a mishmash of complementary forces: tradition and innovation, culture and technology, progress with a respect to history; with this we need to continually reevaluate our role as Dermatologists with respect to our country and our heritage.
  2. As Dermatologists we are challenged to promote appreciation in skin color diversity.
  3. We are called to review the Dermatologist’s role as learned intermediators, and are encouraged the 3R’s: Read, Research, and Relate.

 

FILIPINO VERSION

Ang ating kultura, tradisyon, at identidad bilang mga Pilipino ay hindi natitinag sa paglipas ng panahon subalit may mga aspeto nito na dahan-dahang nagbabago at nahuhubog kasabay ng teknolohiya at ang tinatawag na “millennial generation.” Kabilang ito sa mga isyu na tinalakay ng Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc. sa kanilang 8th Post Graduate Course na pinamagatang “INFOcus: Filipino Skin” na ginanap sa Oriental Hotel, Mariveles, Bataan noong July 6-8 2018. Ito ay tatlong araw na punong-puno ng kaalaman, salo-salo, at pagpapahalaga sa Dermatology kaugnay ng ating bukod-tanging lahi.

Nagsimula ang celebrasyon sa pamamagitan ng isang Medical Mission sa Mariveles Municipal Compound kung saan may 250 na pasyenteng nagpakonsulta. Sa sumunod na araw, nakinig ang mga kalahok sa iba’t ibang talakayang puno ng mga makabagong ideya na naguugnay sa Dermatology at ang panahon ngayon. Kabilang dito ang mga paksa tulad ng “Social Media and the Dermatologist”, “Achieving the Filipino Aesthetic Preference”, at pati narin mga bagong pamamaraan sa pagpapatubo ng buhok. Dagdag pa rito, binigyan ng depinisyon ang “Filipino beauty” at kung paano ito nagbago kasabay ng iba’t ibang henerasyon.

Simula pa sa ating mga ninuno, ang Pilipinas ay kilala na sa paggamit ng iba’t ibang klase ng herbal na gamot. Dahil dito, binigyang linaw ang papel ng mga tradisyonal na gamot na ito sa mundong ginagalawan natin ngayon. Tumungo rin ang diskusyon sa Southern at Northern Philippines at kung ano ang mga karaniwang sakit ng ating mga kababayan sa mga lugar na iyon. Sumunod dito, hinamon ni Dr. Michael Tan ang madla na itaguyod and pagpapahalaga sa iba’t ibang kulay ng balat at ipagmalaki ang pagiging kayumanggi. Hindi pa diyan nagtapos ang mainit na usapan saapagkat si Dr. Johannes Dayrit naman ay nagbigay ng isang makabuluhang panayam ukol sa Dermatology at pagkamakabayan. Ibinahagi niya ang kanyang sariling istorya ng pananatili sa ating bansa upang pagsilbihan ang mga kapwa Pilipino. Inanyayahan niya rin ang lahat na siya’y tularan lalo na’t may matinding pangagailangan at kakulangan ng mangagamot sa mga piling malalayong sulok ng bansa. Upang kumpletuhin ang araw, nakarinig ang lahat mula kay Dra. Vermen Verallo-Rowell na nagbahagi ng tatlong R na maghahanda sa mga Dermatologist na harapin ang nagbabagong lipunan: Read, Research, Relate.

Layunin ng pagpupulong na ito na higitan ang karanawing pagaakala na ang Dermatology ay umiikot lamang sa siyensya at sa pagpapaganda. Ang okasyon na ito ay tunay na pagpupugay sa ating natatanging kultura kasabay ng pagpaparangal sa ating natatanging propesyon. 

 

PERLAS: 

  1. Ang lipunan ay produkto ng pinagsama-samang pwersa na nagmumula sa tradisyon, kultura, teknolohiya, at historya. Dahil dito kailangan nating tuloy-tuloy na pag-aralan ang ating papel bilang Dermatologist kaugnay sa ating pagkaPilipino.
  2. Bilang Dermatologist, marapat lamang na itaguyod natin and pagpapahalaga sa sari-saring kulay ng balat at sa pagtrato rito ng pantay ano pa man ang lahing pinagmulan.
  3. Bilang Dermatologist sa patuloy na nagbabagong lipunan, tayo ay tinatawag na tuparin ang 3 R: “Read, Research, Relate.”

 

 

 

 


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