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Prepping up for the Real World
Tailored to the needs of new faces in the medical-cardiovascular community, the Real World Practice Forum is a vast mine of invaluable insights and practical survival tools.
The cloistered hospital life is a far cry from the huge real world. Hence, veteran cardiologists and mentors have assumed the responsibility of preparing their protégés for the new chapter in their lives. Whether they want to be a clinician, a professor, a pharma medical director, or take on multi-jobs, they need to be equipped with all the essentials.
Cardiology fellows from various institutions and hospitals gathered at The Patriot Building in Sucat, Parañaque City to partake in the meaningful discussions on Nov. 26, 2016 and December 3, 2016, hosted by PHA director and CEPC co-Chair Dr. Gilbert Vilela.
Subjects ranged from ethics and workplace morale, down to the technical issues entailing the services of a doctor.
Fun & Glam
PHA Christmas party bash 2016
The annual holiday events the PHA holds for its members and allies alike have been consistently storied occasions, and each year boasts a celebration distinctly memorable from the last. This year, the PHA Christmas Party outdid previous occasions by kicking off with a different rhythmic flavor.
Aside from the familiar figureheads of the PHA, both present and former, old and new faces also graced the event hailing from various pharmaceutical industries and other allies of PHA’s advocacies and projects, each of whom PHA President Dr. Raul Lapitan introduced.
PHA Board first-timer and party master Dr. Jude Erric Cinco, rightfully got to showcase his quirky and showman side, even just from his two-piece suit brightened by a scarlet bow tie and topped with a bright brown fedora hat.
This just goes to show how the organization still lives up to its glamorous reputation in holding get-together parties while still keeping the fun facade intact. Indeed, this mood blend proved to be effective in giving a mysterious shroud to the real theme of the party. All Cinco had to give out to the audience to prepare for was to “be ready, wear your dancing shoes and clear your voices just in case.”
PHA exec Ricky Alegre named DOT Asec
Business Mirror Vice President for Corporate Affairs and PHA VP for External Affairs Frederick Alegre, was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Media Affairs of the Department of Tourism (DOT) on September 5, 2016.
Along with four other appointees, DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo swore in Alegre at the DOT Building in Makati City.
Alegre brings with him to DOT his extensive experience as a media and management expert and the niche he has established in mass media. Alegre stated that ushering in a different direction in his career had not been easy, considering his eclectic affiliation with the media.
He shares that wife, Cathy, said that, indeed, the job “needs a lot of weighing. I know you have made sacrifices for your political aspirations because you’ve put us first, so if this is what you want, we will back you up and leave the rest to God,” Alegre relayed, reflecting on how his family was hesitant about his decisions at first, but ultimately supported him in this significant and honorable endeavor.
Before the DOT posting, Alegre also served as board director of the United Printers Media Group (UPMG) which he also formerly headed – ranks he vacated to fulfill his new role in government.
True enough, his contributions to the media sector have culminated to his promotion as a spokesperson for something as media-centric and –heavy sector such as the tourism industry.
Prior to his shot at larger positions, he was a renowned reporter for the Philippine Star before pursuing a career within the Cabangon Group of Companies that include the Business Mirror, Philippine Graphic Publications, Inc., where he served as an Employee Value Proposition and Chief Operating Officer.
Throughout all these, Alegre still stays true as a staunch PHA supporter, as he assured PHA “I am not going away, I am just around. I am so proud to have been part of PHA, the most systematic organizations I’ve known,”
"After 30 years in media this July, I can dedicate my time to my country, also in media, as DOT Assistant Secretary for Media and Spokesman,” Alegre remarked.
PHA shines at AFCC 2016 in Yangon
CSMMA cited for superb role in the success of 21st AFC
YANGON, Oct. 16, 2016 -- The Cardiac Society Myanmar Medical Association (CSMMA) took on its hosting task of the 21st ASEAN Federation of Cardiology (AFC) Congress to the hilt. Themed “Working Together for Heart Health,” from Oct. 14-16, 2016, it was the first ever international confab conducted in Yangon, Myanmar, and turned out to be a qualified success.
AFC President Dr. Rosli Mohd Ali (Malaysia) and President-Elect Dr. Richard Ng (Singapore) hailed Myanmar for its major accomplishment considering that it was the first time it played host to the cardiac international conference.
One of the relatively younger member societies of the AFC, CSMMA was inducted as AFC member in 2007.
CSMMA President Prof. Myint Soe Win and AFCC 2016 Organizing Committee Chair Dr. Khin Maung Lwin lined up topics that covered all the disciplines in cardiology. The lectures on preventive cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, general cardiology, hypertension, lipid, interventional cardiology, valvular heart disease, cardiac surgery, cardiac anesthesia including intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, pediatric cardiology and women’s health were interspersed with international and ASEAN perspectives.
The AFC Council members cited the excellent line-up of topics -- state-of-the-art guidelines, particularly the ones tackled by key speakers from the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology, and the presentation of local/regional advancements, statistics and clinical outcomes from the newer members – Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and Myanmar.
Another highlight of the AFC Congress was the AFC Council meeting (wherein the officers/representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore. Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Brunei, discussed ongoing programs, future plans and overall direction (like opportunities for improvement and finances) and the election of the AFC president and the candidate that won the bid to be President-Elect was Dr. Anwar Santoso of Indonesia.
The Council also sees to it that in any activity, the ASEAN spirit and camaraderie remain strong among the members.
The PHA has always been a fixture in AFC conventions. This year, representing the PHA Board were Drs. Raul Lapitan and Nannette Rey, president and secretary, respectively. Dr. Eleanor Lopez, past president of the PHA and AFC, had been newly appointed as member of the AFC Advisory Board, which is composed of past presidents of the AFC. The PHA is one of the founding members of the 43-year-old organization.
Pinoy cardios stand out
Speakers from the Philippines were tapped as lecturers during the pre-convention and convention scientific sessions. The Echo Workshop was conducted by the ASEAN Society of Echocardiography (under the auspices of the AFC) with ASEAN Echo chair Dr. Edwin Tucay (Philippine Society of Echocardiography president and former PHA Council on Echocardiography chair) overseeing the activity. Tucay talked about “Echocardiographic Assessment of Tricuspid Valve-Evaluation in Adults” while Dr. Ronald Cuyco lectured on “Echocardiography of a Patient with Stroke. Cuyco is the current PHA Council on Echocardiography chair.
For the regular scientific sessions, the faculty from the Philippines with their topics were Drs. Rey for “Anti-Coagulation for Valvular and Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation – Is there a Difference?”; Edward-Bengie Magsombol for “The Role of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Following Up the Benefits of Extracorporeal Shockwave Myocardial Revascularization (ESMR)”; Ma. Adelaida Iboleon-Dy for “ACS among Filipino Women”; Aurelia Leus for “Challenges in Management of RF-RHD”; and Robin Flores for “The Progress of Cardiac Surgery: A Perspective from a Developing Nation.”
At the Young Investigators Award contest, Dr. Lorielyn Mandigma, a pediatric cardiologist, represented the PHA. Mandigma was 2016 PHA YIA winner for her paper on “Correlation or Right Ventricular Strain Imaging Parameters with Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Parameters in the Assessment of Right Ventricular Function among Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot Patients.” One of the opportunities extended by the PHA to YIA winners is the submission of their papers to the AFC YIA and supporting their travel to participate in the regional contest.
The AFC inducted the new Fellows of the ASEAN College of Cardiology during the Convocation and Opening Ceremonies. They were: Drs. Jorge Sison, Rey, Orlando Bugarin, Tucay and Cuyco.
The traditional Fellowship or Gala Night on the third night of the congress was a kaleidoscopic social event. Member countries performed dance and song numbers that exhibited their rich and vibrant cultures. Malaysia and Singapore tied for first prize.
At the end of the evening, the AFC Council announced that the next AFC congress would be hosted by the Brunei Cardiac Society on November 3-5, 2017. Gina Capili-Inciong
History of the AFC, AFCC
The representatives of five national heart associations (NHA) that formed the AFC in 1973 were Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. A non-political organization, it aims to improve the standard and practice of cardiology in the ASEAN region.
Council members composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Immediate Past President and President and Secretary-General from the NHA member-countries run the Federation.
In 2004, Vietnam was accepted as the sixth member. Subsequently, Myanmar and Laos were accepted as members in 2007. The Cambodia Heart Association and Brunei Cardiac Society were the latest additional to the AFC family.
The first AFC Congress was held in Bali, Indonesia in 1975 under the leadership of Dr. Sukaman Sumaryone who subsequently became the first AFC president. Previously, the congress was held biennially among the member countries and the chairman of the organizing committee of the preceding congress becomes the President of the Federation.
Given the current number of member countries, the AFC Council recently decided to hold the congress every year and that the selection of the AFC President would be conducted through an election by the officers of the AFC Council from among the nominees submitted by the NHAs.
It was during the 6th ASEAN Congress held in Indonesia in 1986 that two traditional events were initiated. The first was the Young Investigator’s Award which is a scientific paper competition presented by authors below 40 years of age from ASEAN member countries. Representatives from Indonesia and Thailand emerged as the first recipients of the award.
The second event was the Sukaman Lecture named after the first AFC President Dr. Sukaman Sumaryone. The first lecture was the “Trend of Cardiovascular Problems in ASEAN.” The subsequent Sukaman Lecturer was selected from other member countries and not from the host country. The title of the lecture was later changed to Sukaman Memorial Lecture after Sukaman’s death in 1987.
The Philippines played host to the 2nd AFC Congress in 1977 with Dr. Avelino Aventura as the AFC President. In 1998, the 12th AFC Congress with the theme “ASEAN Cardiology in the Heart of the Next Millennium” was held in the Philippines under the helm of then AFC President Dr. Antonio Sibulo. The 18th AFC Congress held in Cebu in 2010 had Dr. Eleanor Lopez as AFC President who worked on the theme “Confronting Changes and Challenges in Cardiology: An ASEAN Perspective.”
Fellow’s Interactive Case Presentation
More than just a heart ache
MANDALUYONG CITY, Aug. 24, 2016 – PHA held its monthly Cardiology fellows-in-training Interactive Case presentation, this time reaching-out to fellows-in-training in Cebu via teleconference at the Unilab Bayanihan Center, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City.
The case discussion titled “More than just a Heart Ache” tackled the thought-provoking case of a 20-year-old female with palpitations whose other symptoms mimicked myocarditis, food poisoning and acute gastroenteritis, among others. After a series of tests, it turned out that the palpitations and other discomfort of the patient were triggered by a small but virulent adrenaline mass.
The case was presented by Dr. Alexander Reyes from the UST Hospital while the reactor was Dr. Banisadar Mukaram from Chinese General Hospital. Dr. Elaine Cunanan, an endocrinologist from the UST Hospital was the clincher in this particular case.
The Interactive Case Presentation is a program of the Sub-CEPC committee chaired by PHA Board Director Dr. Gilbert Vilela.
This particular activity gathered well-respected names in local cardiology -- PHA President Dr. Raul Lapitan, former training officer, Makati Medical Center; Dr. Milagro Yamamoto, head, Cardio Section, UST Hospital; Dr. Orlando Bugarin, PHA director/CEPC chair; and Vilela, department manager for Education, Training and Research, Philippine Heart Center.
The topic and presence of clinician-academicians par excellence made the night doubly challenging and stimulating, said Lapitan and Bugarin.
Vilela took the fellows to a virtual tour of the whole-year fellows-in-Training activities (Refresher Course, Real World Practice) and for his parting words, he said “the Board would like to say we are with you in your review.“
In attendance were 120 fellows-in-training from Philippine Heart Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, The Medical City, UP-PGH, UST Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, Makati Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital, University of Perpetual Dalta, DLSU Medical Center, Mary Mediatrix and Angeles University Foundation.
At the Quest Hotel in Cebu, the participants were fellows from Perpetual Succour and Chong Hua Hospital. This was the first attempt at enjoining other fellows outside Metro Manila via teleconferencing for the PHA’s regular conference for cardiology fellows who are still in training.