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Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature

Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature

It is with great pride and honor that the PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, invite you to attend our upcoming 15th Midyear Convention entitled “Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature” on October 12 – 14, 2017 at Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The Scientific Committee has prepared a very interesting set of lectures that would help us understand the impact and interrelationship of our role as physicians (Nephrologists) to our environment (Mother Nature).

Our day will be capped with a relaxing, fun and lively Fellowship Night.  Cool prizes await those who will actively participate.

Pre-registration is until September 30, 2017 at P1,800 and on-site registration is at P2,500.  Kindly deposit it thru:

Bank:   Bank of the Philippine Islands

Account Name: PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, Inc.

Account Number: 3363-1265-36


            Please email the deposit slip to


            We hope to see you there!



Over-all Chair, Midyear Convention

President, PSN -Southern Tagalog Chapter                

Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management

Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management

On behalf of the men and women of this year’s Organizing Committee, allow me to invite you and your dialysis staff to attend the 24th Postgraduate Course in Dialysis. This will be happening on October 5 to 7, 2017 at the Conference Halls of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

With the theme, “Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management,” the scientific program will highlight the various clinical, metabolic, hormonal and hematologic complications of uremia that undermine the well-being of dialysis patients and the clear need for a multi-disciplinary management approach to improve patient outcomes.

The course program will take you through a full day simultaneous pre-convention educational workshops on vascular access (60 slots), advanced peritoneal dialysis (120 slots) and renal nutrition (60 slots) plus symposia for renal technicians (120 slots) and social workers (60 slots). These will be followed by a 2-day convention proper, running almost parallel programs for doctors (200 slots) and nurses (900 slots) on the management of various uremic complications of dialysis patients. Altogether, the conference will feature 77 highly informative presentations delivered by well esteemed local and international exp erts. Dr. Adrian Liew, a renowned PD expert from Singapore and Dr. Bill Zhu, Clinical Support Manager of B Braun China graciously accepted our invitation to talk in this meeting.

As is customary, there will be NO ONSITE REGISTRATION except for the MDs Program. Please register early as this course will have limited slots, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts on September 11, 2017. In case you will encounter problems with registration, kindly approach any pharmaceutical companies who have reserved slots for possible sponsorship.

Registration rates are as follows:

Pre-convention Workshops  October 5, 2017
 Vascular Access (PhP 1,500)  Advanced PD (PhP 1,500)  Renal Nutrition (PhP 1,500) Pre-convention Symposia  October 5, 2017
 Renal Technician (PhP 1,500)  Social Worker (PhP 600)
Main Convention  October 6-7, 2017
 Consultants (PhP 2,000)  Nurses (PhP 2,000)
 Residents/Fellows in Training (PhP 1,800)


Should you require more information about the conference, please feel free to contact our Secretariat at (02) 981-0300 loc 4430 or at 0928-9709009 and look for Ms. Rhea Decena.

Join us in October when the local dialysis community comes together to learn and stay abreast of the latest developments in dialysis management. The knowledge you will take away from this meeting will certainly help you make the best decision for the care of your patients, so please come.



Over-all Chair
24th Postgraduate Course in Dialysis

Invitation: 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology | 6-7 Oct 2017 Vienna, Austria

Invitation: 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology | 6-7 Oct 2017 Vienna, Austria

Our European colleagues are organizing the 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology (also called Nephro Update Europe) and have invited the members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology to attend and spread the wordfor this new CME activity.

In their letter to Dr. Añonuevo – Dela Rama (PSN President, 2013-2014), they highlighted the following features of the congress:

  • A complete Update across the entire medical field in 14 interactive and unbiased sessions
  • No parallel sessions
  • No State of the Art lectures – only the most recent international study results!
  • Clinical and practical relevance!
  • Clear-cut take-home messages, and a printed compendium of all lectures to take home!
  • and a faculty of Europe’s leading nephrologists!

Regular registration fee is 450 Euros. Nephrologists participating with an e-poster enjoy a discounted rate of 250 Euros. There is also an oportunity to enjoy a limited number of free entry tickets (please call the PSN secretariat for more details).

For further information regarding the congress and the program visit

Let's seize the opportunity, as seats are limited!

Invitation: 37th Annual PSN Convention, Mar 29 - Apr 1, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Invitation: 37th Annual PSN Convention, Mar 29 - Apr 1, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

We would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Nephrology this coming March 29 to April 1, 2017.  This joint meeting with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) will be attended by nephrology experts from the US, Australia, and Asia-Pacific. The theme of the meeting is “Translational Nephrology: Research outcomes to Clinical Applications”. Our expert panel, local and international, will take the lead in the discussions. The talks will help translate important research outcomes into action that will address the means to improve care of the renal patient in the context of healthcare in a developing nation. The 3-day meeting will include lectures on a wide spectrum of renal diseases and their management.

We would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Nephrology this coming March 29 to April 1, 2017.  This joint meeting with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) will be attended by nephrology experts from the US, Australia, and Asia-Pacific. The theme of the meeting is “Translational Nephrology: Research outcomes to Clinical Applications”. Our expert panel, local and international, will take the lead in the discussions. The talks will help translate important research outcomes into action that will address the means to improve care of the renal patient in the context of healthcare in a developing nation. The 3-day meeting will include lectures on a wide spectrum of renal diseases and their management.

ISN President Dr David Harris will be on hand to discuss how the ISN has been improving global nephrology. He will also share his experience in the management of CKD and Renal replacement therapy. Dr. Orson Moe from the University of Texas will give discussions on renal stone disease and uremic cardiovasculopathy. Dr Edgar Lerma from the University of Illinois will spearhead the discussions on Lipid Management and Bone Mineral Disorders in CKD.  Our experts from Asia, Dr Chan (HK) and Dr Liew (SG) will tackle on pressing issues on glomerulonephritis. bet

In addition, we shall also be hosting the 11th Annual Meeting of the Asian Forum of Chronic Kidney Disease Initatives (AFCKDI).  The AFCKDI meeting will bring together leading medical experts in renal health care from across Asia to discuss important issues in the prevention and management of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in our region during the AFCKDI meeting on March 29. It will include a best-practice sharing of CKD programs by different representatives of participating countries.

We look forward to your attendance in this relevant scientific meeting.

For any questions or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact our secretariat at




Over-all Chair, 37th Annual Convention and Vice-President, PSN

Midyear Convention in Vigan

Midyear Convention in Vigan

See all messages from the mid year convention organizers.

June 5, 2015


Dear Colleague:


PSN Northern Luzon Chapter cordially invites you on October 9-11, 2015 for the 11th Midyear Convention at the heritage city of Vigan. Vigan was recently declared as one of the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World and it is with great honor that you join us in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.


We will be having our Fellowship Night on October 10 at the Vigan City Convention Center with the theme of “Funtabulous North”.  In line with the theme we encourage you to wear your best Filipiniana-inspired attire.


To showcase the beauty of Vigan and Ilocano culture, we will be holding an Abel Fashion Show Contest during the Fellowship night. Abel Iloko is the indigenous woven cloth of Vigan and the Ilocos area, an age-old tradition, which dates back to the PreColonial Era.


Regular notifications will be announced via the PSN Facebook page and PSN website. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in the Wonder City of Vigan.







1. Each Chapter is REQUIRED to have at least one male and one female member participate.
2. There is no limit as to the number of participants per chapter.
3. The contest is also open to all members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology, their family members, and medical representatives.


1. All entries must utilize the authentic Vigan Abel
2. Outfit must be Formal Wear / Formal Filipiniana theme


How to Apply
1. All participants must notify the Midyear Convention Socials committee of their intent to participate.
2. Contact details: Ruchelle Turqueza- Cellphone: 09175469238 or email
3. Deadline of submission of applications is before September 30, 2015


How to purchase the Abel
1. Sample swatches will be posted on PSN Facebook page and will also be made available at the PSN Office and orders can be made there
2. Orders can also be made by contacting Dr. Ruchelle Turqueza (with additional add on shipping charge)
3. Abel is priced at P80.00/yard


Award Categories
1. Best Outfit (judged for its originality, design detail, audience appeal)
2. Best Model of the Night (judged for beauty and elegance, audience appeal)


For more information, please follow the link: Midyear Convention

Kidney in Focus

Kidney in Focus

The Philippine Society of Nephrology – Mindanao Chapter conducted a post graduate course entitled Kidney in Focus last March 14 to 15, 2014 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City. Kidney in Focus marks several milestones in the history of PSN Mindanao Chapter. This is the very first time it has spearheaded a lecture series of this magnitude, encompassing physicians and nurses from all four corners of Mindanao, with speakers who are considered the authorities in their chosen field. This is also the first time PSN Mindanao Chapter has collaborated with Southern Philippines Medical Center, the primary government hospital in

Davao City.

The conception of this course came from the desire to continue PSN Mindanao Chapter's commitment to enhance and update the knowledge of non - Nephrologists  on basic Nephrology as well as to introduce new concepts in the field of Nephrology. This also gave the society the opportunity to augment the knowledge and skills of nurses on the different modalities of renal replacement therapy. Lastly, this is one of the chapter's contributions to the celebration of World Kidney Day last March 13, 2014. The topics for this post graduate course were carefully selected to reflect the current medical issues of concern for which the kidneys play a major role. Emphasis was also placed on presenting these topics in a straightforward manner since the audience was composed of physicians from different specializations (internists, family physicians, and general practitioners) using a holistic approach.

The course was divided into two: sessions for doctors and sessions for nurses. Topics covered during the sessions for the doctors include the following: Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury by Dr. Marie Yvette Barez and Dr. Sandra Oliveros; Electrolyte Imbalance Emergencies by Dr. Alberto Chua; Multidisciplinary Approach to Lupus in Pregnancy (A Panel Discussion) by Dr. Noel Villanueva, Dr. Tommy Bangayan, Dr. Ma. Milflordeliza Gonzaga, Dr. Victor Espino, and Dr. Dennis John Ortiga; Urinary Stone Management by Dr. Benita Padilla; Leptospirosis Guidelines by Dr. Irmingarda Gueco; Guidelines on Contrast Induced Nephropathy by Dr. Maaliddin Biruar; Crush Injury Guidelines by Dr. Noel Camique; Hepatorenal Syndrome by Dr. Ramon Liboro and Dr. Benjamin Balmores, Jr; New CPG on UTI by Dr. Marissa Alejandria; Not All Pyuria is UTI by Dr. Lynn Almazan-Gomez; and Cardiorenal Syndrome by Dr. Agnes Mejia.

Topics discussed during the sessions for the nurses included Introduction to Dialysis Modalities by Dr. Margarita Abalon ; Acute Complications of Dialysis by Dr. Philip Neri Lazo; Chronic Complications of Dialysis by Dr. Michael Abutazil; Dialysis Access Complications by Dr. Odilio Yu; PD Workshop and Demonstration by Dr. Josephine dela Ysla and Dr. Chito Cornejo; Dialysis Trouble Shooting by Angeli Joyce Taleon and Engr. Raphael Roberto; and CRRT Workshop and Demonstration by Dr. William Rivero.

Organizing Committee of the course include: Dr. Jeanette Ybiernas, Overall Chairperson; Dr. Ma. Theresa Bad-ang, Scientific Committee Head; Dr. Rodelie A. Banico, Head of Registration Dr. Clarissa Arsolon, Head of Ways and Means; Dr. Bernard Ramos, Head of Booths and Exhibits, with Dr. Arnelia Masendo, President of PSN Mindanao Chapter. 

The post graduate course was well-received with more than 300 nurses and doctors participating in the said course. PSN Mindanao Chapter hopes that each of the delegates will be able to put to good use the knowledge they have gained to their area of practice for the betterment of their patients.

Acute Renal Success!

Acute Renal Success!

The 2013 PSN Midyear Convention

It was a first of many . . .

Dr. Mara Baking Tugade, on her debut as an officer of PSN (of any organization, by her admission!), caught by surprise, shy, almost reluctant

A multitude of security risks, reaching even the sunny and ever smiling City of Bacolod, the land of sweet and affluent gentry

A challenge, albeit gently delivered, and consistent with the character of the serene national President, Dr. Susan Anonuevo-dela Rama

The acceptance of two regions, baptized with humility, sworn to unity, determination and industry for



At first glance, it was Mission Impossible.  The message could have self-destructed in 10 seconds but before that could happen, it was etched in the consciousness of the Central Luzon and Western Visayas Chapters.  The distance between the two regions was 24 hours by boat, 45 minutes by plane and seconds by cell phone.  Distance was never an object.

Sworn to unity, the theme was conceived from the souls of two cultures

A TALE OF 2 KIDNEYS, Unity in diversity


Nephrologists always knew that God made two kidneys so that one can be donated in the time of need.  This midyear convention gave the renal duet an entirely new meaning.  The smiling masks of Bacolod flew to Angeles, Pampanga.  The Kampampangans and Tagalogs opened their arms in welcome to their Ilonggo colleagues. 

The next six weeks were bound to steam with work and imagination as the one thing clearly common between the Bacolod and Angeles is:  they are not open to the option of defeat.

But wait . . . something here is NOT NEW.  The Central Luzon team just happened to be veterans and victors of a recent battle: the 2012 PCP Midyear Convention held last year, also in Angeles, Pampanga.  Last year’s PCP Midyear had no less than PSN’s former president Dr. Renne “Bong” Toledano as over all chair.  He trained us well and one year after that victory in Fontana, the nephrologists of Central Luzon still have the gumption, the organization, the talent and the connections to give another big roar!

And then, there’s more.  Apart from the organization of Dr. Dong Sese who served as over all chair and Dr. Joy Mallari who managed the treasury coffers, the next six weeks had to be hot with promotions.  The renal community of the Philippines MUST KNOW about the 2013 Midyear Convention.  They MUST WANT TO COME to the 2013 Midyear Convention.  Today, this is the PSN Central Luzon’s open secret:  we have an artistic genius named Dr. Rene Francisco.  A pediatric nephrologist, he is the formidable talent to beat.  He is the mind and the hand behind that gorgeous poster of the 2013 Midyear Convention.  With the help of Biomedis, our absolutely artistic posters were printed and spread all over the archipelago.  Electronic teasers were made by our Dr. Milik Pasumbal and our Metro Manila friend, Dr. William Rivero.  With only six weeks or less, we had to almost “seduce” the nephrology community to come to Pampanga!  Chapter Secretary Dr. Mia Collado could have compiled a book with all her e-mails and text messages.  Dr. Mara befriended every nephrologist in the country on Face Book!

The delegates needed hotels to stay in and lecture halls.  PHAP finally approved the Holiday Inn Clark for us and arrangements for other hotels needed to be made.  Those were the days and nights that Drs. Darwin Darjuan and Ritchie Rebong did not work and did not sleep.

All dolled up in our Filipiniana gowns and barongs, we opened the Midyear Convention on October 4, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning.  Overcoming her stage fright, Chapter Vice President, Dr. Shalee Santos led the prayer drafted by Dr. Olive Idio.  The orderly academic march, the warm welcome of President Dr. Mara and finally the climax of the adventure began to rise.  Our key note speaker was no less than one of the medical community’s guardians of ethics, Dr. Antonio Miguel Dans.  He gave us many critical points to ponder as we practice this enviable specialty.  New fellows were inducted and welcomed to the society and Dr. Susan Anonuevo-dela Rama raised the gavel and declared the convention open.  The game’s afoot . . .

We knew that organization is the key.  Another secret is revealed by PSN Central Luzon: even as Dra. Mara claimed to be a newby leader, she has a powerful tactical weapon in the person of her devoted and industrious spouse, Dr. Robert Tugade.  An organization man, by nature, necessity and force of circumstance, Dr. Robert outlined the details of the convention from the first step of the academic march in the Opening Ceremonies to the final minutes of the scientific program.  Happily, he was able to relax with rest of us during the social gatherings in between and after the convention.  THANK YOU, DOC ROBERT!  Sa uulitin ha . . .

Dr. Agnes Estrella worked with Dr. Soc Maravilla of Bacolod to recruit speakers that will make the scientific program engaging and unforgettable.  There was a balance of adult and pediatric nephrology (so glad we were able to get Drs. Angeles Marbella and Lorna Simangan to discuss Pediatric KT and immunology).  The topics discussed were those that speakers usually fear to tread:  Renal Nutrition (Dr. Lynn Gomez), Medical Stone Management (Dr. Coralie Dimacali), Deceased Organ Donation (Dr. JP Lagunzad and Dr. Sonny Paraiso). There were two lectures that caught our fancy and furor:  BIR and the nephrologist with Ms Jesusa Bigay, CPA as speaker (thank you LRII Therapharma!) and Hemodialysis Issues by our beloved Dr. Irma Gueco (she is our very own former PSN President with Kapampangan roots).  The lunch symposia were equally instructive with Dr. Marie Carmela Lapitan discussing Lower Urinary Tract Syndromes (Astellas). Dr. Agnes Estrella reviewing Lupus Nephritis (Macropharma), Drs. Lynn Gomez and Nines Bautista talking on their take on Incretin Therapy (Natrapharm) and Dr. Irma Gueco on Renal Anemia (Roche).

The Grand Dames of the Socials Committee, Drs. Marizel Catungal, Eden Castillo and Emely Pasumbal with their shared “consort,” Dr. Edison Guerrero crafted the social activities to the tiniest detail.  We have to thank LRII Therapharma (again!) for the Welcome Dinner that served as a warm up of our sterling and sosyal gatherings, so typical of the two regions.  You know you’re in good company when you have no less than THE COMPANY to rock your first night at the convention.  The fellowship night with the generous sponsorship of Biomedis only fueled more of the party attitudes of the midyear.  The Masskara art competition and the SIDE A Band released the other side of normally obsessive compulsive renal specialists! With the scientific sessions finally accomplished, groups of doctors and their families bonded with their pharmaceutical industry sponsors to tour scenic spots of Pampanga.  Among them, was the tranquil PRADO FARM where we ate Pampanga cuisine, awed ourselves with interesting houses and decors of the farm and just chilled out and enjoyed full body massages!       

It is done.  The mission is accomplished.  The longest six weeks of our lives was well lived.  Will there ever be another like it again?  We wonder while others dread and hope not as it was a challenge that intimidates those with faltering hearts.  It is only for the brave.