Philippine Dermatological Society

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Dr. Ma. Purita Paz-Lao, FPDS
PDS President (2019-2020)

WE.. WERE.. READY..

The salvo of the Christmas season and the New Year festivities, made me forget to make my president’s message for 2020. However, upon looking back, I am glad I did.

A “great destroyer” was creeping slowly and menacingly spreading its poison. By February, this microscopic pestilence had made its debut in our country and by March had declared itself as the pandemic of our time.

It was like the delete key in our computer, expunging everything in an instance. My message would have been stale and meaningless as everything suddenly was gone, silenced, or removed. We were obtunded and blindsided by something which we could not even see.

In our realm of our world, there is ALWAYS the other side, the sunrise after every sunset.

Little did we know that the webcasts which we had started to use for our CMEs in 2019 would be the niche for the innumerable webinars that sprouted like mushrooms after a rainy day. As others groped to understand and use them, we smoothly created them….

Our viber groups, neatly categorized by institutions, chapters and personal groups, facilitated communications and distribution of supplies and food to our front liners which kept them strong and healthy…..

Zoom, Google meet, Webex were easily accessible as our big population of millennials taught the not so millennials how to use these platforms enabling unabated meetings and discussions. …..

As life settled a bit, we proudly developed and disseminated guidelines to help our members face the ‘New Norm” through our trendsetting website and Facebook page….

With time on our hands we customised our personal electronic portals expediting efficiency and minimising manual processes…..

Life went on for PDS….. we surmounted the crisis.

We had our meetings, webinars, certificates, announcements, and social media. PDS adapted and embraced the sudden and unexpected changes in human life, since early on we had the foundations for a virtual and digitalised society.

We did it in good time…

 

-Peachy

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