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The Dermatologist is In: In-patient Dermatology highlighted at the UP-PGH Section of Dermatology’s 23rd postgraduate course

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The Dermatologist is In: In-patient Dermatology highlighted at the UP-PGH Section of Dermatology’s 23rd postgraduate course

By Jolene G. Gatmaitan-Dumlao, MD


The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Section of Dermatology placed complex medical dermatology in the limelight at their 23rd post graduate course entitled, “skIN-Patient: Dermatology in a Hospital Setting” last May 17, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. This course emphasized the dermatologists’ authority not only in the outpatient setting, but also in dermatologic conditions needing in-patient care as well.

The post-graduate course was well attended with a total of 211 participants. PDS dermatologists comprised majority with 161 attendees, while the rest were general practitioners and family physicians. The day began with opening remarks from our Section Chief Dr. Ma. Lorna Frez, and the post-graduate chair Dr. Johanna Lazo-Dizon. The course was divided into 4 sessions and was moderated by PGH Dermatology alumnae.

Dr. Azalea Heredia was the moderator for the first morning session. Dr. Francisca Roa tackled the prognosis and management in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, a true dermatologic emergency with a possible fulminant course. Dr. Adela Rambi Cardones, our alumna currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham North Carolina, shared her expertise in the management of Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms, and clinical pearls in dealing with graft-versus-host-disease. Lastly, Dr. Belen Dofitas shared her experience in dealing with severe lepra reactions. A sponsored lecture on treatment of acne (“Beyond First Line of Treatment in Acne”) was given by Dr. Soccouer Oblepias.

The next session was moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Melendres. It was a series of high-yield lectures related to infectious diseases by Dr. Winlove Mojica (“Going Viral: An approach to complicated HIV cases”), Dr. Joseph Buensalido (“Evolution Revolution: Antibiotic Resistance in Dermatology”), and Dr. Catherine Yap-Asedillo (“Gone with the Wound: the Do’s and Don’ts of wound care and dressing”). Dr. Eileen Cubillan also delivered a refreshing lecture on the “Science of Mindfulness – key to better healing” where she tackled how to reflect and be mindful amidst a fast-paced lifestyle. Prof. Lars Iversen gave his lecture on psoriasis (“Keeping psoriasis in check over the long haul – what can be done?”) during the sponsored lunch symposium.

After a morning packed with a series of complex but interesting lectures, the enthusiasm was sustained with Dr. Katrina Reyes as the moderator. Dr. Claudine Yap-Silva started with an interactive lecture on “Connect the Dots: tackling vasculitis and solving the purpura puzzle.” This was followed by a stimulating panel discussion on managing bullous pemphigoid in an elderly patient with diabetes. The panelists were experts in their respective fields: Dr. Evelyn Gonzaga on Immunodermatology, Dr. Shelley dela Vega from Geriatrics, and Dr. Iris Isip-Tan from Endocrinology. They all shared valuable insights on striking a balance in managing this patient population. Dr. Johanna Lazo-Dizon gave practical tips on dermatologic pharmaceuticals with her lecture on “Dose and Don’ts.” Both sponsored lectures in the afternoon were given by Dr. Teresita Gabriel (Skin Barrier Therapy: Approach in the Biological Reconstruction of Atopic Skin and Science and Clinical Experience on Glutathione in Psoriasis).

Dr. Hanna Orillaza was the moderator for the last session. Dr. Winlove Mojica gave an entertaining but informative lecture on “Pak! Picture Perfect! Dermatologic Photography in the Age of Social Media.” Dr. Marie Eleanore Nicolas tackled Mycosis Fungoides in children, and lastly, Dr. Cynthia Ciriaco-Tan gave useful tips and skills in dealing with emergencies in aesthetic and basic dermatologic surgery procedures.

The day was concluded with closing remarks from the next post-graduate chair, Dr. Winlove Mojica. The role of dermatologists in the inpatient setting has been clearly emphasized. It was indeed a day of learning, especially with complex dermatologic cases made simple and palatable.