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by Crista Bernadette C. Baclagan, MD

Last January 27, 2016, the University of the East Memorial Medical Center Section of Dermatology in cooperation with the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) Research Committee hosted the first Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the year, entitled “Research and Me, Over Coffee and Tea” at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club, Mandaluyong City.

The event was formally opened by Dr. Gilbert Yang, head of the UERM Section of Dermatology, and was moderated by Dr. Cindy Jao-Tan. Prior to the CME lectures, Dr. Jasmin Jamora, the PDS secretary, facilitated the introduction of training institutions and new residents. On the first talk, Dr. Vanessa Naagas enlightened the audience with qualitative and quantitative research. Lecture keypoints defined research as a process by which evidence is collected to obtain an answer to a question. To properly conduct this investigation, the researcher must understand which type of research study is best applicable to his or her research question. Qualitative researches are textual in nature; it seeks to describe what is seen and is primarily used in generating hypotheses. Simply put, it provides descriptive detail when reporting the results of an investigation. Quantitative studies are numerical in nature. It employs the scientific method in confirming a supposed idea via objective measurements.


(L – R) Drs. Daisy King-Ismael, Vanessa Naagas, Lian Jamisola and Gilbert Yang

A simple game on biostatistics served as an icebreaker for everyone before the second lecture. Dr. Lian Jamisola led the discussion on when and how to use the basic statistical tests over research situations. Learning fundamentals included that a statistical hypothesis is an assertion on the relationship of 2 variables, the heart of an investigation and a supposed idea that is either proved to be true or disproved in the course of the study. The steps of a hypothesis testing includes: 1) asking a question about a population parameter, 2) translating the question to a hypothesis, 3) picking a significance level, 4) collecting data, 5) selecting the appropriate statistic test and calculating accordingly, 6) converting the p-value and interpreting the results.

The program went by smoothly as Dr. Daisy King-Ismael, President of the Philippine Dermatological Society, delivered her closing remarks. It was a balanced afternoon of appreciating the technical aspects of research while enjoying the company of fellow dermatologists over coffee and tea.

Special thanks to Dr. Janine Quijano of SLMC Department of Dermatology for the lecture keypoints.

UERMMMC-Section of Dermatology Faculty Staff, Alumni and Residents
Top (L – R): Drs. Lian Jamisola, Cindy Jao-Tan, Vanessa Naagas, Ma. Pilar Leuenberger, Lonabel Encarnacion, Gilbert Yang, Bernadette Arcilla, Ruth Medel, Jasmin Jamora, Ria Lizardo

Bottom (L – R): Drs. Maria Niña Pascasio, Ravelinda Soriano, Gemma David, Carmela Co, Cathrine Ang, Sheila Chua, Alma Amado, Jennylyn Chun, Crista Baclagan, Sharon Wong, Katherina Lat-Herrin,  Celeste Usi-Lopez, Pia Velasco

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