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The University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) Department of Dermatology, in cooperation with the Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty Core Group of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), hosted the Continuing Medical Education (CME) entitled “Pedagogy & Dermatology: Integrating Learning Strategies with Professionalism” last February 27, 2019 held at the Skyloft Hotel and Residences, Manila. This month’s CME accommodated a small group of live audience; however, residents and consultants from different parts of the country or even abroad were able to “virtually attend” the conference, thanks to the live online streaming. Aside from the 30 consultants and residents in attendance, a total of 409 viewers were able to participate online through the live webcast coverage. Dr. Maria Victoria C. Dizon moderated the entire program.
Dr. Maria Rosario G. Aguila, Chair of the Department of Dermatology of the USTH, formally opened the CME with the welcoming remarks. The main program commenced with a lecture by Dr. Maria Minerva P. Calimag about teaching and training. She emphasized the importance of utilizing technology in teaching through the use of the Internet as well as the different interactive learning platforms. She cited several educational trends in the 21st century such as the use of tablets and smartphones, the availability of mobile learning and the concept of a “flipped classroom”, which she described as self-learning of concepts using higher order thinking skills. This was followed by a very informative lecture on Health Economics by Dr. John Francis Lee Hok. He provided the audience with tips to achieve financial freedom. He discussed account management, emphasizing on the importance of financial stability prior to marriage. Other take home points from his lecture are different alternatives of investment such as gold coins and bars, stocks and life insurance policies.
The second part of the program began with a case presentation on Pediatric Pustular Psoriasis by second year resident, Dr. Patricia Elvira A. Duque-Ang. Dr. Jennifer Aileen Ang-Tangtatco, member of the Pediatric Subspecialty Core group of the PDS was the assigned reactor for the case. Dr. Ang-Tangtatco lectured on Pediatric Pustular Psoriasis citing its different presentations, as well as the various treatment options available for each type.
Dr. Maria Kristina Fajardo presented the next case on Basidiobolus ranarum, a rare deep fungal infection. Dr. Wilsie Salas-Walinsundin, the reactor for the case, gave a comprehensive discussion on Basidiobolomycosis in the pediatric population. She identified possible mimics of the disease, discussed the special considerations in the treatment of a pediatric patient, and emphasized the importance of recognizing wood-like induration of skin and soft tissue as a potential deep-seated fungal infection.
Dr. Ma. Purita Paz-Lao, the PDS president, then wrapped up the productive afternoon with her inspiring closing remarks.
Despite the minor technical difficulties encountered, overall, it was a fruitful learning experience for everyone. The event paves way for improvement for future webcast conferences.