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Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients | SLMC Post-graduate Course

Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients | SLMC Post-graduate Course


In the continuous thrust towards promoting advancements and ensuring adherence to the international standard of excellence in patient care, training, and research, the Section of Nephrology of St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City is hereby organizing its 13th Postgraduate course entitled "Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients".The organizers have carefully selected topics of significant interests. It is our goal that this will have practical impact on the day to day clinical practice of nephrologists and non-nephrologists alike. 


PSN Hemodialysis 4th Nurses Symposium | Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

PSN Hemodialysis 4th Nurses Symposium | Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today


The incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Philippines are on the rise.  In our country, majority of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are started and maintained on hemodialysis as a form of renal replacement therapy.  While the CKD population increases, there is a need to align the knowledge and skills of all the members of the team providing the care for hemodialysis patients. 


Corollary to this, the Philippine Society of Nephrology, through the Committee on Hemodialysis will be holding the:

4th PSN Hemodialysis Nurses Symposium: Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

May 14-15, 2015 (Saturday-Sunday)

Registration fee: P2,000.00 | Limited to 100 participants only

(Open to all Renal Nurses with at least 3 months HD experience)

Venue: Discovery Suites, #25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

This is being conducted in fulfillment of the Society’s commitment to provide the required training for nephrologists, dialysis physicians-on-duty and nurses working in hemodialysis units to perform together as a team to deliver health care services for the ESRD patient.

Registration is limited, so we are encouraging participants to be pre-registered. For further inquiries, please contact:

 

The PSN Secretariat

Tel. No.: (02) 6871198
Telefax: (02) 6871187
Mobile: +639178236726, 09258110949
Email: psnmanila.hdcommittee@gmail.com

Registration fee can be deposited at any Metrobank branch: (copy of the deposit slip should be faxed to 687.1187 or email to psnmanila.hdcommittee.@gmail.com to confirm registration)

Account Name: Philippine Society of Nephrology


New Scheme for PCSO Medical Assistance for HD & PD Patients

New Scheme for PCSO Medical Assistance for HD & PD Patients


Upon the announcement and implementation of Philhealth Circular No. 022-2015 on August 2015, which increased the benefits of Philhealth members with CKD from 45 to 90 hemodialysis claims, the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for Chnronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients undergoing hemo- and peritoneal dialysis was suspended. On March 11, 2016, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, invited all dialysis stakeholders to a meeting at their office in the Lung Center of the Philippines to introduce its new IMAP scheme for  dialysis patients.

The new assistance program for Philhealth members emphasized a shift of support from dialysis sessions to medicines (erythropoietin) amounting to P14,000 x 6 claims for a maximum of P84,000 in a year. Non-Philhealth members who avail of the IMAP will get P20,000 for their hemodialysis procedure every other month and P35,000 for dialysis solutions for peritoneal dialysis patients every other month.

Anemia is indeed a very big complication of CKD. The PSN thanks the PCSO for its forsight and consistent support for the plight of CKD patients undergoing dialysis in the country. 

Please see the linked Powerpoint brief for more details.

PCSO IMAP HD and PD Enrolment Program.ppt


Cebu Nephrology Forum 2016

Cebu Nephrology Forum 2016

The Section of Nephrology of Chong Hua Hospital and Perpetual Succour Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be holding the second nephology forum for the year entitled “ The Approach to first time Stone formers”, There is always a first time...


The Section of Nephrology of Chong Hua Hospital and Perpetual Succour Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be holding the second nephology forum for the year entitled “ The Approach to first time Stone formers”, There is always a first time. It will be held at Casino Espanol in Cebu on March 14, 2016 at 6pm. The presentrrs are Dr. Matthew Ecoben  will talk on the Approach to first time Calcium stone formers while Dr. Elpidio Madrio, Dr. Rowena Maguad Emphasis and Dr. Betsy Acos  will speak on Approach to first time Uric acid stone formers Admission in free. A video presentation will  be available at the PSN website few weeks after the event.


Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward


The Committee on Continuing Medical Education has gone through experiences worthy of leaps and bounds over the last three years.  The pride of the Committee during this time was the development of the In-Service Examination for the Nephrology Fellows-in-Training.  This was borne out of the desire of the Society to better prepare the Fellows for private practice by enhancing their theoretical knowledge.  It was the hope of the Committee Members that the In-service examination will prime the Fellows for their Nephrology Board Examination. 

The first In-Service Examination was held during 2014 in a written format.  The Committee underwent a test construction seminar held my Dr. Nenita Collantes.  Questions were constructed by the Committee Members and were critiqued by each other.  Upon completion, the test was conducted simultaneously among different testing centers that year.

To push the challenge further, the committee also boasts of facilitating the second In-Service Training Examination last 2015.  Aiming to help the environment in their own little way, the committee was able to administer the examination in a paperless and fully electronic fashion.  This computerized examination was constructed by the committee in a span of three months.  It was delivered simultaneously for all fellows in four testing sites.  Results were out very quickly. 

Because of the success of the paperless exam last year, the Committee decided to pursue this electronic examination which was held in four simultaneous testing centers: University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Chiong Hua Hospital.  The examination was held last January 23, 2016 and lasted for a half day.   There were a total of 70 examinees: 34 first year fellows (passing rate of 38%); 33 second year fellows (passing rate of 27%); and three board eligible nephrologists (passing rate of 33%).  

The Committee would like to congratulate the Top 5 among the first year fellows: Alpuerto, Michelle (MMC); Quimbo-Chu, Abigail (CHH); Austria, Nickson (UP-PGH); Ng, Camille (NKTI); Lu, Wendoyn (NKTI).  The Top 5 among the second year fellows and board eligible nephrologists are as follows: Herceda, Aileen (UST); Bautista, Amerigo Jr. (NKTI); Zapanta, Jan (UP-PGH); Ramos, Dezi (VMMC); Gonzales, Karen (Board eligible).

The Continuing Medical Education Committee is led by Dr. Anne Margaret Ang.   Our very consistent and dedicated adviser is Dr. Nenita Collantes.  The Chair of the Information Technology Committee and the Computer Mastermind who was encoded the examination questions is Dr. William Gregory Rivero.  Members of the  Western Visayas Chapter who conducted the examination in Cebu were Dr. Gerry Mayo and Dr. Karen Licuanan. Devoted Committee Members include Dr. Maria Kristina Alolod, Dr. Tyrone Coseip, Dr. Paul Joseph Galutira, Dr. Rachelle Reyleigh Geronimo-Duruin, Dr. Ivy Kathryn Ilagan, Dr. Marissa Elizabeth Lim and  Dr. Jehan Jill Llave

The Committee hopes to invite more members.  They desire to continue at the forefront of expanding knowledge. 


PSN PKDR Project: Pioneering PKD research in Asia

PSN PKDR Project: Pioneering PKD research in Asia


The PSN Polycystic Kidney Disease Registry (PKDR) Project was conceptualized in 2012 with the vision of establishing a modern database for our PKD patients. It was formally launched in 2013, in the presence of Dr. Lisa Guay-Woodford, the leading authority in PKD research today. Since then, the PKD Task Force has been busy with making the database forms, orienting the fellows on the database structure, and collecting initial data.

Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common inherited renal disorders. The disease is often clinically silent, the natural course being progressive involvement of both kidneys. It accounts for 5-8% of ESRD, and unfortunately, there is very limited data as to disease progression, outcomes, and characteristics. Currently, there are only 3 existing PKD registries in the world, all being in the Western hemisphere. By establishing the PKDR, we are putting our country as the forerunner in PKD research in Asia.

Why is PKD research important?

A registry not only helps characterize those affected by disease, but also identifies those at risk for having the disease. This enables a better assessment of the impact of the disease on the community. The data gathered in a registry provides for numerous research opportunities. Better epidemiological data and patient care improvement are only some of the benefits of having a disease database. More important, a registry will facilitate meaningful interactions between patients, physicians, and the stakeholders, paving the way for better health policies.

How the PKDR can help patients.

Patients will benefit most from the establishment of a registry. The data gathered will provide significant information that will enable patients with PKD to lead better, longer lives. It is also the first step in finding relevant treatments, even possibly a cure. When patients can be identified through the database, it is then easier to form support groups that can provide clinical and psychosocial assistance. Through these collaborations, policy changes may be pushed that may help protect patients and persons at risk from insurance and employment discrimination.

Will the PKDR benefit physicians?

Of course, a registry also benefits the physicians caring for these patients. It leads to a better understanding of the disease, increases awareness of the disease among the general public, and gives physicians and scientists abundant material for research.

How will other stakeholders benefit?

For the policymaking bodies in our community like Philhealth, a registry makes available vital data that will enable the creation of policies on health benefits, health insurance, and employment. It also provides a venue for addressing patients’ needs through advocacies.

What’s in it for me?

Well, a registry benefits you! Whether you are a part of the clinical team, or a patient, or a policymaker, a registry will help because of the meaningful data it provides.

2016 marks an important year for the PKDR because it will be formally opened to all PSN members. We are excited for your upcoming enthusiastic participation in this endeavor. The success of this project will surely pave the way for more studies in the future.

Head to the Galleries>Download Galleries link above and download the Purple forms.


Nephrology Forum: CRRT: An Interactive Discussion

Nephrology Forum: CRRT: An Interactive Discussion


The Chinese General Hospital Section of Nephrology in Cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology Committee on Continuing Medical Education will be holding the first Nephrology Forum for the year 2016, entitled “ CRRT: An Interactive Session”. It will be an interactive case discussion with  Dr. Eric Chua as the guest speaker. It will be held  on February 27, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm  at the 2nd floor Conference room MRI Building  Chinese General Hospital. For more information, you may call 357-50-77 and look for Dr. Kenneth Lim.

 

P R O G R A M M E

Invocation ------------- Dr. Ermalyn  Romance

National Anthem, PSN Hymn

Welcoming Remarks ---------- Dr. Florencio Ong, Head, Hemodialysis Unit

Introduction of Speaker ------ Dr. Rachelle Chua

Interactive Case Discussion

Open Forum

Closing Remarks

 

Dr. Rachelle Chua, Master of Ceremonies


We did it! PSN is the 11th Collective Member of the ISN

We did it! PSN is the 11th Collective Member of the ISN


The Philippine Society of Nephrology’s bid as a Collective Member of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has finally been approved. It now joins the following National Societies as Collective Members (of the ISN):

  1. Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN)
  2. Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN)
  3. Dutch Federation of Nepfrology (NfN)
  4. Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN)
  5. Iranian Society of Nephrology (IrSN)
  6. Israeli Society of Nephrology & Hypertension (ISNH)
  7. Peruvian Society of Nephrology
  8. Philippine Society of Nephrology
  9. South African Renal Society
  10. Spanish Society of Nephrology (SEN)
  11. Swiss Society of Nephrology (SSN)

The Collective Membership category allows nephrology societies to sign up all their members collectively. Societies who wish to be eligible for the special annual rate must sign up at least 75% of their total membership. 

Collective members of ISN are entitled to the same benefits as individual members including:

  1. Exclusive eligibility for ISN capacity building programs (Research & Prevention, Sister Renal Center, Continuing Medical Education, Educational Ambassadors, Travel Grants, Scholarships for Visiting Professors, Institutional Library Enhancements)
  2. Subscription to Kidney International (monthly journal) including online access to articles, current issues, and archives (a value of USD 1,150 to USD 2,300 depending on where you are located)
  3. Subscription to Nature Reviews Nephrology online journal including access to articles and archives
  4. Reduced registration fees to ISN events (World Congress of Nephrology, Forefronts and Nexus Symposia, plus other ISN training programs)
  5. Unrestricted access to the ISN Gateway (the Society's website)
  6. Exclusive access to ISN Membership Directory online
  7. Online access to the quarterly ISN News (the Society’s official newsletter)
  8. E-mail notifications (e-Update) on nephrology news, journal content, unique member services and upcoming ISN events
  9. Voting rights and eligibility to serve on ISN Committees
  10. And last but not least, actively participating, through ISN’s Outreach Programs and capacity building programs, in making a significant difference in parts of the world that have little or no formal renal care, education or access to knowledge.

The price per member is broken down into four groups of economies: High income, low income, lower middle income and upper middle income. ISN used the World Bank Purchase Power Parity GNI criteria to come up with a fair fee system (the Philippines is classified as a Lower Middle Income country):

Fee table:

Income Group 100% 90% 80%
Low Income $50 $60 $70
Lower Middle Income $80 $85 $90
Upper Middle Income $105 $110 $115
High Income $120 $125 $130

 

Considering the normal rate for individual members is somewhere between US $203-217, this will really benefit the membership. Many thanks to the PSN board headed by our untiring President, Dr. Ma. Gina Nazareth and spearheaded by Dr. Robert Tanchanco! Once again congratulations to us all!

References & Related Stories:

1.      http://www.theisn.org/membership/become-a-member/apply-for-membership

2.      http://www.theisn.org/news/item/2306-philippine-society-of-nephrology-strengthens-its-ties-with-isn

3.      http://www.theisn.org/images/ISN_Affiliated_Societies_Benefits_and_Instructions_2015.pdf

 

 


UP PGH Nephrology

UP PGH Nephrology

The Section of Adult and Pediatric Nephrology of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the last Nephrology forum for this year entitiled, “ If Only Salts Could Talk ( A Case of Gitelman’s Syndrome)”. It will be held at Buenafe Hall, 3rd floor Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine on December 5, 2015 at 1:00pm. The Guest Speakers are Dr. Francicso E. Anacleto Jr. and Dra. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali. Admission if free. For inquiries please call 554-84-00 local 3683 and look for Girlie Merdegia.


The Section of Adult and Pediatric Nephrology of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the last Nephrology forum for this year entitiled, “ If Only Salts Could Talk ( A Case of Gitelman’s Syndrome)”. It will be held at Buenafe Hall, 3rd floor Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine on December 5, 2015 at 1:00pm. The Guest Speakers are Dr. Francicso E. Anacleto Jr. and Dra. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali. Admission if free. For inquiries please call 554-84-00 local 3683 and look for Girlie Merdegia.

Peritoneal Dialysis in AKI

Peritoneal Dialysis in AKI


The Section of Nephrology of the Makati Medical Center and Philippine Children’s Medical Center in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the nephrology forum entitled Peritoneal Dialysis in Acute Kidney Injury: Adult and Pedia Perspective. It will be held at Hall C 8th Floor Tower 2 Makati Medical Center on September 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm.  The guest speakers are Dr. Mary Rose Bisquera and Dr. Rachelle dela Cruz. Admission is free. For more information please call 0917.7917709 and look for Dr. Catherine Ang.

 


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