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PNSP Goes to Baguio, Batangas and Bacolod

PNSP Goes to Baguio, Batangas and Bacolod

PNSP Annual Convention

The Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines (PNSP) continues to update and encourage all sectors interested in Pediatric Nephrology thru our annual convention. As we celebrated our 17th year in 2012, a level up program was prepared to meet the state of the art needs of attendees to the annual convention entitled iKidney Apps (Practical Approaches and Applications) under the tireless leadership of PNSP President Dr. Remedios Dee Chan and Over-all chair Dr. Offie de Leon. This convention was supported by the Asian Pediatric Nephrology of the Philippines and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. Thru the help of PNSP founding President Carmelo A. Alfiler, the faculty was graced by the presence of IPNA speaker Professor Arvind Bagga, MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Back to back lectures on nephrology and urology were delivered by Dr. Dave Bolong and PNSP member counterparts. A total of more than 300 delegates attended the convention. We are all looking forward to PNSP ‘s China Anniversary. The society will surely prepare a more enriching program in the years to come.

CPC’s in B and B

Two interesting Clinicopathologic Conferences (CPC) were held last year in the cities of Batangas and Bacolod. Both CPCs were well attended with approximately 100 participants in each conference. The PNSP CPCs team up with the PPS Local chapters who need CPCs to help satisfy their accreditation needs. The CPC module ws spearheaded by Dr. Agnes A. Alarilla-Alba. The events were graciously supported by Pharex Phils. During the conference, member hospitals of each chapter present a case and an expert pediatric nephrologist (Dr. Rita Mendoza for Batangas and Dr. Lynette Alcala for Bacolod) shares his/her thoughts on the case, followed by the pathologist who gives the final verdict of the case. It was truly a venue for exchanges of ideas.

PSN Mindanao Chapter Conducts First General Assembly

PSN Mindanao Chapter Conducts First General Assembly

A landmark event was organized by the current officers of the PSN Mindanao Chapter ably headed by the Chapter President Dr. Arnelia Bersales-Masendo.  This was the First General Assembly of the said chapter which was held last November 24-25, 2012 at the Saranggani Highlands in General Santos City. The main thrust of the assembly was to convene Nephrologists practicing in Mindanao to discuss and reconcile pressing matters specific to Mindanao.  This milestone was attended by twenty-seven Nephrologists from all over Mindanao. 

First in the agenda was a luncheon meeting with the PSN President Dr. Nenita Collantes who brought up issues being tackled by the society and opinions of the attendees regarding these.  She likewise inquired from the chapter of any concerns it wants to elevate to the national level. 

The local Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee also took the opportunity to conduct two CME-credited lectures. The first lecture was entitled “The Value of Premix Analog in Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Patients with Renal Failure” by Dr. Grace Kho de los Santos followed by a lecture by Dr. Noel Villanueva entitled “Biosimilar Recombinant Erythropoietin: Need for Regulation and Pharmacovigilance”. 

Matters that were discussed during the assembly proper included fund raising activities for the chapter, organization of CME-credited endeavors, and concerns pertaining to hemodialysis (medical directorship, standardization of professional fees, setting-up of hemodialysis units, and PHIC reimbursement).

The assembly capped off with an outing to Gumasa Beach, General Santos’ very own white sand beach.

The chapter hopes that this general assembly will be a bi-annual event, to be held every June and November, with Zamboanga City being eyed as the next venue. 

PSN Mindanao Takes Surigao del Sur

PSN Mindanao Takes Surigao del Sur

PSN Mindanao Chapter conducted the first leg of its CME-motivated lecture series entitled "Basic Nephrology for Non-Nephrologists". The main objective of this lecture series is to augment the basic nephrology knowledge of physicians practicing in areas in Mindanao without Nephrologists. It is hoped that through this lecture series, physicians will gain confidence in recognizing and diagnosing renal diseases, correctly manage common renal diseases, and acknowledge when it is prudent to refer patients to a specialist.

The first location chosen was Tandag City, the capital of Surigao del Sur.  Tandag City is about 331 km from Davao City, or approximately 7-8 hours travel by land.  The lecture was conducted in coordination with the Philippine Medical Association - Surigao del Sur 2 Chapter officers, with Dr. Ruby Cristina Pama as chapter President. It was held at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel and Restaurant last August 4, 2012. The event was attended by around 50 general practitioners, family physicians, internists, surgeons, pediatricians, and obstetrician-gynecologists from Tandag City and nearby towns.

The lecture series consisted of the following topics: Urinalysis Interpretation and Syndromic Approach to Diagnosing Renal Diseases by Dr. Rafael Sy of Butuan City, Acute Kidney Injury by Dr. Clarissa Equipado-Arsolon of Davao City, Chronic Kidney Disease by Dr. Ma. Theresa Bad-ang of Davao City, Urinary Tract Infection Guidelines by Dr. Romina Rusillon of Surigao City, and Common Pediatric Renal Diseases by Dr. Leila Quidilla of Koronadal City.

However, the event was not purely an academic endeavor.  The following day, the group of nephrologists together with the local practitioners spent the day enjoying the different scenic sites of Surigao del Sur, including Laswitan (“laswit” pertains to the splash of the waves as they hit the rocky shore) and Cagwait Beach (Surigao del Sur’s very own white sand beach).

This occasion gave the Mindanao Nephrologists the opportunity to impart their knowledge to physicians in areas without nephrologists at the same time enjoy the beauty that Mindanao has to offer and bond with each other.

Proposed venues for the next lecture series include Mati City, Davao Oriental; Dahilayan, Bukidnon; and Zamboanga.