The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Department of Dermatology hosted the continuing medical education webcast entitled “Sticking to The BaSYcs in Teledermatology” last May 26, 2021. Their virtual CME was well attended with 649 participants.
The program started with the inspiring and engaging opening and welcoming remarks by our PDS President, Dr. Francisco D. Rivera IV and RITM’s dynamic Department of Dermatology Chair, Dr. Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, respectively. The webcast was moderated by the unit head of pediatric dermatology of RITM, Dr. Gisella Adasa.
A case of secondary syphilis diagnosed via teledermatology was eloquently presented by Dr. Francis Joseph Villanueva, a 3rd year dermatology resident of RITM. He also discussed the management of syphilis in the context of the current COVID 19 pandemic. The reactor for this case is a well-respected dermatologist in the field of venereology, Dr. Emmerson Gale Vista. He is the head of sexually transmitted infection unit in RITM. He extensively discussed the considerations of STI clinics during COVID 19 pandemic, special problems posed by syphilis for people with HIV, and effectiveness of second-line treatment for syphilis.
Dr. Gilbert Yang, Chair of PDS STI Subspecialty Core Group presented updates on their membership, training program and their upcoming CME on HIV Law and Doing Teledermatology in STI Patients.
The program concluded with the closing remarks from the vice president of the PDS and a member of the PDS CDED group, Dr. Noemie Salta-Ramos.
Overall, this virtual CME webcast was indeed a success.