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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.