Philippine Dermatological Society

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Dermatologic Surgery: From the Table to Beyond
By: Dr. Joshua A. Arcaira

The Makati Medical Center (MMC) Department of Dermatology in cooperation with the Philippine Dermatological Society’s (PDS) Dematologic Surgery Subspecialty Core Group hosted the monthly Contiuing Medical Education (CME) entitled “Dermatologic Surgery: From the Table to Beyond” last July 25, 2018 at Makati Medical Center.

Moderated by Dr. Sherwin A. Llego, the event began with welcome remarks by Dr. Esther C. Leynes, Head of the CME committee of the Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology.

Shortly after, this was followed by an industry-sponsored lecture by Dr. Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, President of the Philippine Dermatological Society, entitled “Shifting Trends in Atopic Dermatitis.” She tackled the distinct clinical phenotypes of Atopic Dermatitis, updated principles of treatment, role of soft steroids in management Atopic Dermatitis, and importance of patient education.

The program proper kicked off with two back-to-back lectures by Dr. Stephen Thomas F. Lacson, head of the Dermatologic Surgery section of Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology, on “Pre-operative Planning in Dermatologic Surgery” and “Medical Photography in Dermatology using Smart Phones”. He highlighted the important points to watch out for in history taking and evaluating patients pre-operatively and subsequently how to properly document clinical photos of patients for medical records, lectures, and publication simply using our smart phones.

This was followed by an interesting case presentation by Dr. Giannina Grace D. Grey, a second year resident from Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology, entitled, “The Dark side of Light” featuring a case of Xeroderma Pigmentosa with multiple Basal Cell Carcinomas. Afterwhich, Dr. Krisinda Clare C. Dim-Jamora, the first Philippine member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, gave her insights on the management of the case and emphasized the advantages of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. She then proceeded with her lecture entitled, “Out of the Box: Management of Multiple Skin Cancers,” where she elaborated on other possible treatment modalities, including topical and systemic treatments, for management of non-melanoma skin cancers.

Thereafter, Dr. Jonathan Feliciano A. Dizon shared the latest trends in Dermatologic Surgery with his lecture entitled, “Dermatologic Surgery 2018: What’s new?” featuring cryolipolysis, the newest in dermal fillers, non-surgical nose lift, topical treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis, applications of platelet rich plasma, threading as a non-surgical face-lift, and finished with an interesting case of a successful face transplant in a patient with Neurofibromatosis type 1.

The CME proper concluded with a lecture by Dr. Mary Anne Rose P. Rueda, a recent graduate of Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology, entitled “Post-Operative Wound Care & Dressings: Learning Experiences from St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London.” Her lecture underscored the importance of choosing the proper dressing for the specific wound of the patient, strict and correct aseptic technique, and appropriate patient education to facilitate patient adherence to the wound dressing regimen. This was followed by an open forum where the guest speakers answered intuitive questions not only from the live audience but also few questions from the 170 online viewers from the webcast.

The CME was then proceeded by a CPD Lecture on Medical Economics entitled “Digital Marketing and Branding in the era of FDA Scrutiny” given by Ms. Anna Marie T. Anastacio, the Chief Business Development Officer of VMV Hypoallergenics. She gave insights on the consumerism of online shoppers, an overview of the mechanics of marketing in the online setting, and gave tips on how to apply FDA Guidelines on E-Commerce and Digital Marketing.

The program came to a close with lovely words from Dr. Valerie Floro-Herbosa, Chairman of Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology, on behalf of Dr. Peachy Paz-Lao, immediate Past Chair and Vice President of the Philippine Dermatological Society, in great gratitude to all the attendees, consultant staff, and residents, and staff whose teamwork and cooperation commenced with a fruitful and successful event.