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Pedagogy and Dermatology: Innovative Learning Strategies in an Ever-evolving Field

Continuing Medical Education

by Drs. Jolene Gatmaitan, Maisie Magnaye, Aznaida Pandaptan, Francesca Sumilang and Joyce Tan

In cooperation with the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Subspecialty Core Group of the Philippine Dermatologic Society, the Section of Dermatology of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital hosted the September Continuing Medical Education (CME) with the theme: “Pedagogy and Dermatology: Innovative Learning Strategies in an Ever-evolving Field.” The CME event was held last September 28, 2016, Wednesday, at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

On pedagogy, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, an expert on the field of medical informatics, and recipient of the first University of the Philippines Gawad Pangulo Award for Innovative Teaching & Learning in 2015, gave the audience a glimpse of novel learning methods in the present era of technology.

Dr. Francesca Mari Sumilang, a 2nd year resident, then presented a case of a 30-year-old male with subtle cutaneous manifestations of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Dr. Winlove Mojica took on a different approach to learning about sexually transmitted infections, and delighted everyone with fun and interesting ways of remembering key points in the history and physical examination of STIs.

  • Technology has moved didactic pedagogy to transformative 21st century learning.
  • The discerning dermatologist with a sharp clinical eye and a high index of suspicion will be able to detect subtle cues to STIs, facilitate proper treatment, and will be able to save many lives.
  • Fun mnemonics on the characteristics of genital ulcers: “Syphi-LESS” [Syphilis presents with a painless ulcer] and “HERP ang sheket” [Herpes simplex presents with painful erosions or ulcers].
Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, more popularly known online as the Endocrine Witch, gives an overview of innovative learning strategies for Dermatology consultants and res-idents.
Dr. Francesca Mari Sumilang presents a case on a patient with subtle cutaneous manifestations of STIs.
Dr. Winlove Mojica employs fun and interesting mnemonics to reinforce key learn-ing points.
PDS President Dr. Daisy King-Ismael (rightmost) and Dr. Lorna Fernandez-Frez, Chair of the UP-PGH Section of Dermatology (leftmost) award certificates of recog-nition to guest speaker Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan and case reactor Dr. Winlove Mojica.

Consultants and residents of the UP-PGH Section of Dermatology pose for a group photo in bright and festive colors.