Prepping up for the Real World


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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.

Part one
On day 1, PHA president Dr. Raul Lapitan congratulated and persuaded the Fellows to heed the experts’ advice. Zenda Laarni Duran, Patriot Pharmaceuticals Corp. AVP for Operations, said that their company is honoured to be the sole sponsor of the lecture.

IMG 0498Covering topics on morale and medical philosophy and other career perspectives are Drs. Victoria Edna Monzon of the Philippine Heart Center for “Medical Ethics, Including Death and Do-Not-Attempt Resuscitation Decisions; Ranulfo Javelosa Jr., Division chief of Preventive Cardiology at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, talked about the “Purpose-Driven Cardiology Practice”; and, Vilela on his comical take for passion in service with “What If Disney Ran Your Practice?”

Particular frequently-asked questions among interns were the focus of the succeeding topics, beginning with PHA CPR Council Chair Dr. Francis Lavapie’s breakdown of the question of “Do I Want to be the ‘Hero Family/Community Cardiologist?’ How? Requirements? Rewards?”; Davao Doctor’s Hospital’s Alisa Bernan took on the thought “Do I Want to be the ‘Idol Academician/Researcher Cardiologist?’ How? Requirements? Rewards?”; and, Francisco Tranquilino of the Asian Hospital Medical Center tackled “Do I Want to be a ‘Cool & Crisp Corporate Medical Director?’ How? Requirements? Rewards?”

Dr. Maria Adelaida Iboleon-Dy of the St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, talked about “Power Dressing” among professionals in responding to and conforming with the cultural prestige of the medical profession.

Part Two
The focal points were pragmatic and career-wise subjects. Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr. of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute gave tips on “Avoiding Malpractice Suits” in the workplace and during practice.

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s Dr. Marc Anthony Cepeda tackled the fundamentals of “Complying with PhilHealth, Accreditation & ICD-10 for Cardiac Disease”. And ultimately, Dr. Pedro San Diego Jr. from the Philippine Heart Center discussed the advantages of opting to be a “Dr. Gadget and the Paperless Clinic”.

Other special guests who shared their expertise were professionals from other disciplines.
Nilda Borja, a CPA, briefed the Fellows on wisecracking “Taxes, Fees & Licenses”. Likewise, certified “Money Doctor” Joe Ferreria who is also the senior vice president of Generali Pilipinas shared some tips on “How to Build Your Fortune”.

Aside from the nuts-and-bolts of the craft, the CEPC sub-committee on Fellows in Training also accommodated frequently asked questions among Fellows. They shared practical knowledge and advice on how to go about the career in real life settings. Thus, through fora like this, preparedness and competency are assured among doctors in dealing with patients and in achieving maximum results, not only in their respective goals, but in the hospital setting as well.

The marathon lectures were followed by the Fellowship Time called the “Parangal Pinoy 2016” sports event that was executed in a mini-Olympics tournament format, hosted by a professional game master, with real time game annotation. The Fellows-in-training were split into eight teams -- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink and White.

The games Karerang Takbo, Kapitang Kulay, Touch Ball, Luksong Lubid, Suot Lusot, Hula Hoop, Patintero, Karerang Talon, reminded everyone of the games they played as kids and teens. GPGagelonia/MGonzales

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