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Mindanao Chapter

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.