Philippine Dermatological Society

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UP-PGH, Section of Dermatology Alumni during their 24th Postgraduate course

UP- PGH 24th Postgraduate course: Soaring to Renaissance
By: Winlove P.Mojica, MD, FPDS, FPSVI

The UP-PGH Section of Dermatology ushered a renaissance with its 24th postgraduate course held at Makati Diamond Residences last May 16, 2018. Under the theme “SOAR: Continuing the excellence in medical dermatology”, the course truly reflected the expertise of the Section. Lectures included less-discussed but relevant and practical topics on general medicine, dermatologic oncology, dermatopharmacology, neurodermatology, psychodermatology, and leadership.

Some of the important lessons for the day were:

1) Food allergy is not very common. Allergies to chicken is a misconception among Filipinos.

2) Gene editing can be employed for the management of epidermolysis bullosa.

3) Everyone has and must understand his or her own sexual orientation, gender identity, and orientation.

4) What we eat affects how our genes are expressed and thus affects our aging process.

5) We must remove negative people from our lives.

The Legazpi Grand Ballroom was packed with 250 attendees. The one-day course, granted by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) of 7 CPD units, brought together dermatologists as far as Baguio, Pampanga, Bicol, and Quirino to listen to renowned speakers on genetics, allergy, research ethics, and developmental organization. Upcoming star lecturers gave talks on cutaneous oncology, radiation dermatology, bullous disorders, and aesthetics.

The new venue provided additional excitement to the unique program. The participants enjoyed the sumptuous food and spacious halls. The sponsors provided kits and freebies during the booth tour sessions while breakout sessions were ongoing. At the end of the day, 10 participants each received a wrist watch and one won a set of detachable phone lenses as a prize for registering early and completing the day’s game requirements.

The UP-PGH Section of Dermatology remains true to the motto of the University of the Philippines – honor and excellence. As it approaches its centennial year in 2022, it remains steadfast in its commitment to produce honorable and excellent dermatologists and to create activities that are timely and relevant.

Consultant staff of UP-PGH, Section of Dermatology

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