Philippine Dermatological Society

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CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION: “Mucosal Mimics and Maladies: a Dermatologist’s Approach to Pathologies of the Oral Cavity”

More than diseases of the skin, dermatologists are also adept in managing cases of the mucous membranes. Corollary to this, the Philippine Dermatological Society Sexually Transmitted Diseases Subspecialty Core Group in cooperation with the Department of Dermatology of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) presented the monthly continuing medical education (CME) entitled “Mucosal Mimics and Maladies: a Dermatologist’s Approach to Pathologies of the Oral Cavity” last August 29, 2018, 12pm at the Dr. Enrique M. Garcia Auditorium of the Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City. This event is hosted by Dr. Ma. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia, MD, DPDS and moderated by Dr. Melanie Joy Doria-Ruiz, MD, DPDS.

It was a very informative and eye-opening afternoon about the art and science of patient care. Mucosal diseases are present everyday yet a lot of doctors are not in the know on the management in the Philippine setting. This month’s CME serves our fellow dermatologists a reiteration of these knowledge under competent hands. In parallel to these is being sympathetic  to our patients most especially concerning gender issues.

The event, attended by approximately 180 live and webinar participants, started with an industry-sponsored lecture in Botanicals in the Field of Dermatology presented by Dr. Blossom T. Chan, MD, FPDS and thereafter was formally opened by the chairman of JRRMMC Department of Dermatology – Dr. Ma. Flordeliz Abad-Casintahan,  MD, FPDS.

This CME is divided into three parts: Part I – Oral Mucosal Diseases, Part II – Sexually-transmitted Diseases and Part III – Gender Sensitivity. Part I included two clinical cases each presented by Dr. Matilde Krisha Montenegro, MD (actinic cheilitis) and Dr. Deo Adiel Wong, MD (Behcet disease). Afterwhich the Diagnosis and management of oral mucosal diseases was discussed quite comprehensively and systematically by the reactor, Dr. Kara Melissa T. Torres, MD, FPDS of JRRMMC Dermatology

Part II included a case of secondary syphilis presented by Dr. Marivic Bumalay, MD followed by Oral manifestations of sexually-transmitted diseases fittingly discussed by Dr. Emmerson Gale S. Vista, MD, FPDS of RITM Dermatology. The final part of the afternoon lectures was about approach to gender sensitive clinical scenarios given by the vibrant Ronivin G. Pagtakhan, PhD Ed, MAN, RN – the executive director and founding president of Love Yourself Project. This event would not be complete without the guidance and support of the PDS President – Dr. Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, MD, FPDS who closed this month’s CME. 



  1. The oral mucosa is an important aspect of the cutaneous examination that dermatologists often overlook. Likewise, oral mucosal lesions may varies in clinical presentation and following a systematic approach in the assessment of these lesions are essential for a correct diagnosis.
  2. The audience was introduced to the different therapeutic options is available in the Philippine setting as well as emerging novel therapies for the treatment of oral mucosal lesions.
  3. The oral cavity is vulnerable to many STDs as well. In the diagnosis, several factors contribute to this diagnostic dilemma which can be confusing and misleading.  A high index of suspicion based on the clinical findings and sexual history is of prime importance.  Moreover, knowledge of the proper serologic screening and confirmation tests, as well as their timing, can strengthen this clinical diagnosis.
  4. Gender sensitiivity is a way of respecting and accepting others’ perception of themselves regardless of their assigned biologic sex or roles. In the practice of dermatology, we often encounter patients who may challenge our beliefs, but as physicians, we have to overcome these barriers in order to provide a holistic care to our patients.