Philippine Dermatological Society

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UST Department of Dermatology 32nd Post Graduate Course
“Synergy: Integrating Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology”
By: Mary Grace R. Rivero, MD

University of Santo Tomas consultants and residents with Dr. Mark Tang

The University of Santo Tomas – Department of Dermatology recently held its 32nd Annual Postgraduate Course entitled “Synergy: Integrating Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology” last March 14 and 15, 2019 at the St. Martin De Porres Building, UST Manila. This year’s postgraduate course was headed by the department chair Dr. Ma. Angela T. Cumagun and postgraduate course director Dr. Eleanor L. Letran.

Around 200 dermatologists, residents and other specialized physicians were in attendance at the St. Martin De Porres building. Dr. Ma Lourdes D. Maglinao, Dean of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery officially opened the program by delivering the welcoming remarks, followed by the opening remarks given by Dr. Ma. Angela T. Cumagun.

The first day focused mainly on the aesthetic aspect of dermatology with lectures ranging from toxins and fillers, threads, Dermatologic surgery, Mesotherapy and Platelet rich plasma injections. Dr. Jaime Anthony Arzadon, IV started with his lecture on toxins and fillers in facial aesthetics. He shared with the audience a few tips on the proper method of injecting, giving emphasis to avoid certain areas that would result to unwanted effects. This was followed by a lecture on Dermatologic surgery by Dr. Catherine Yap-Asedillo; she discussed basic surgical principles and considerations in the repair of the skin as well as touched on the evaluation and care of wounds that are commonly seen in the Dermatologic setting.

Dr. Daniel T. Cassuto, a Plastic and Aesthetic surgeon from Milan, Italy gave a lecture regarding the advanced technology of intradermal jet remodeling using a needle-less system that delivers Hyaluronic acid on the deep layers of the skin. He elaborated on the effects, one of which is microtrauma, which activates fibroblasts to create new tissues and produce collagen. This technology can be used in a variety of cases such as scar remodeling, skin tightening and non-surgical facelift.

The afternoon program commenced with a lecture by Dr. Judelyn Ty-Uy on chemoexoliation; she tackled the basics of chemical peeling, giving emphasis on the commonly used, superficial and medium depth peels. This was followed by a lecture by Dr. Teresita S. Ferrariz on the use of PRP in dermatology; she addressed that PRP is a dynamically developing technique with application on tissue regeneration, wound healing, scar revision, skin rejuvenation and alopecia. Dr. Gwendolyn Y. Wong followed with Mesotherapy and Low-level light laser treatment for hair loss; she touched on the basic pathophysiology of alopecia and discussed the various treatment advances that may be done in the clinical setting.

Dr. Jacquelyn Ty-So tackled the topic of enlarged pores and discussed the different treatment modalities one can employ when given a patient with such problem. This was followed by a lecture on thread lifting by Dr. Claudia Y. Samonte. She emphasized that thread lifting is designed for mild to moderate laxity of skin and that no lifting technique can produce permanent results. Dr. Ma. Rosario G. Aguila ended the day with a lecture focusing on the management of acne scars, discussing the myriad of ways to approach its management, prevent its complications and improve the outcomes.

The second day of the postgraduate course commenced with an informative lecture by Dr. Ma. Victoria C. Dizon on culture driven approaches in Atopics followed by a lecture on hot topics in Pediatric Dermatology by Dr. Donna Marie Leelin-Sarrosa. International guest speaker, Dr. Mark B. Y. Tang, started his series of lectures by talking about new insights and emerging treatments in Atopic Eczema. Dr. Tang is a fully accredited dermatologist based in Singapore with more than 20 years of outstanding clinical practice. He is a key opinion leader in the areas of eczema, immune-mediated skin diseases, wound healing and skin cancers.

International guest speaker, Dr. Mark Tang talking about the emerging therapies in Atopic Dermatitis

In his first lecture on Atopic Dermatitis, Dr. Tang discussed the emerging therapies and introduced Dupilumab, which is the first approved biologic for atopic dermatitis. His second lecture focused on Dermatologic emergencies wherein he discussed dangerous drug rashes, dangerous skin infections and acute inflammatory rashes. He addressed that in the treatment of SJS-TEN, steroids and IVIG are associated with increased mortality and that Cyclosporine is associated with favorable outcomes. Dr. Daisy King-Ismael followed by giving a lecture on skin manifestations of internal diseases, such as Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Renal Failure, Thyroid disease and Malignancies. Dr. Arnelfa C. Paliza lectured on chronic autoimmune blistering diseases and tackled the challenges in the diagnosis as well as the management of such disorders; she shared with the audience the first-line and adjunct treatments that are used to halt the blistering activity.

Dr. Mark Tang followed with two lectures on Dermatological Perspectives on Wound Management and Meeting Patient’s expectations in Dermatology. In his first lecture on wound care, he addressed the importance of treating the underlying definitive cause, proper wound assessment and wound bed preparation. In his second lecture, he shared tips on how to handle a difficult patient – he had the mneumonic C.A.R.E., which stands for Communication, Accountability, Responding timely and appropriately and Empathy.

Dr. Eleanor L. Letran followed by a lecture on wound healing; she shared the current management of chronic wounds and discussed the basic concepts of wound healing. Dr. Sussanah O. Salvador gave the final lecture on Acupuncture as an integrative medical treatment on Dermatologic disease. She addressed that acupuncture demonstrated therapeutic effects in the treatment of acne vulgaris, pruritus, allergy, psoriasis and alopecia areaata and also shared some of her cases wherein she used acupuncture as an adjunct treatment. Dr. Eleanor L. Letran officially concluded the 32nd Postgraduate course by giving the closing remarks.

The overall goal of the postgraduate course was to update the audience on the different aspects of Dermatology. The two days were jam-packed with a diverse blend of enlightening talks by various expert Dermatologists of the country as well as two international speakers from Italy and Singapore. All in all, the event was a success and the UST Department of Dermatology hopes that the participants of its 32nd Postgraduate course had a fruitful learning experience.