Philippine Dermatological Society

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The Oohs and Aahs of Oral Mucosal Medicine, and Professionalism & Ethics in Dermatology
By: Dr. Philip Cedrick L. Lorena


The Makati Medical Center (MMC) Department of Dermatology in cooperation with the Philippines Dermatological Society (PDS) and PDS Research Committee jumpstarted this year by hosting the first Continuing Medical Education (CME) for 2019 entitled “The Oohs and Aahs of Oral Mucosal Medicine and Professionalism & Ethics in Dermatology” last January 30, 2019 at the auditorium of Makati Medical Center.

The event was hosted by Dr. Celia Theresa Lim-Layson and began with welcome remarks by Dr. Esther C. Leynes, the head of the CME committee of the Makati Medical Center Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Mary Charmaine Castillo then took the stage to introduce the different Dermatology training institutions as well as welcome the newly appointed residents of each institution.

The program proper started shortly after with Dr. Rowena F. Genuino speaking about the evolution of doing research through her presentation entitled “Navigating the digital highway: Road map for Dermatology Researchers.” She made sure to keep the listeners up their toes as she surprised everyone with pop quiz accessible via a QR code with a prize waiting for the lucky winner announced near the end of the program.

Afterwards, the program delved into the field of Oral Mucosal Medicine as guest speaker, Dr. Eugenio Herbosa, an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who trained and is currently practicing in St. Louie, Missouri, USA, talked about a variety of oral mucosal membrane lesions. His lecture, entitled “Potpourri Of Oral Mucosal Membrane Lesions” provided a number of mucosal membrane pearls we, as dermatologists, should keep in mind when examining our patients.

The in-depth lecture was followed by a presentation by Dr. Claudine C. Malaca, second year resident of the MMC Department of Dermatology, of a case of a venous malformation in the oral mucosa. To emphasize how a multidisciplinary approach is ideal in the care and management of such a case, Dr. Joseph Ray Cedeño of Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Donna Marie Leelin-Sarrosa of Dermatology, and Dr. Benjamin Herbosa (with his fellow Dr. Bello filling in for him) for Plastic Surgery gave their inputs on the case.

For the last portion of the program, Dr. Jamie P. Nuñez, a graduate of Makati Medical Center, lectured on Professionalism and Ethics in the field of Dermatology emphasizing the importance of giving respect to our patients and upholding human dignity.

Dr. Valerie Herbosa, the chair of MMC Department of Dermatology, took the stage to award the certificates to the guest speakers and thereafter, Dr. Ma. Purita “Peachy” Paz-Lao, the current President of PDS, was called to officially close the program. The entire crowd joined the MMC Dermatology residents in greeting Dr. Peachy a very happy birthday, along with a colorful bouquet of flowers and an enticing marshmallow cake. Nevertheless, Dr. Peachy Lao, closed the program with warm words in gratitude to all the attendees, the consultants staffs, the residents, and everyone who made the event as fruitful and meaningful as it can be. The success of the event would surely light a fire and pave way to more engaging CME programs in the coming months.