The Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center Department of Dermatology, in partnership with the Philippine Dermatological Society, hosted the Continuing Medical Education webcast entitled “Double Bubble: Extending Care Through Teledermatology” last July 28, 2021. The virtual CME, moderated by Dr. Armelia Andrea Lapitan-Torres, was well-attended by 600 participants. The program commenced with a heartfelt invocation by OMMC Department of Dermatology Training Officer, Dr. Eileen Regalado-Morales. This was followed by opening remarks from both PDS President Dr. Francisco D. Rivera IV and the OMMC Dermatology Chairman, Dr. Benedicto Carpio.
An interesting case of Pemphigoid Gestationis managed through teledermatology was presented by Dr. Beatriz Barbara Kho, a second-year OMMC resident. To supplement these, Dr. Mary Grace Anne Calvarido proceeded to impart pearls on the condition, including its clinical and histopathologic diagnosis, differential diagnoses, management, and prognosis, while well-respected Obstetrician-Gynecologist Dr. Raul M. Quillamor extensively discussed the case from an obstetric-perinatal point of view and provided an overview of safe dermatologic drug use during pregnancy. This was followed by a timely presentation by Dr. Matthew Parco, which highlighted the use of teledermatology in chronic skin diseases. Interactive poll questions raised throughout the webcast captured the participants’ attention, and an open forum with the reactors and with Dr. Camelia Faye Ramirez-Tuazon was held to address any questions.Finally, the program was brought to a close by Dr. Eileen Regalado-Morales.
This month’s Continuing Medical Education has shown the effectivity and versatility of teledermatology in the management of chronic bullous diseases, thus establishing it as an alternative means of providing continuous dermatologic care during the COVID-19 pandemic.