Fellowship Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics Offered at Philippine General Hospital
Paul Matthew Jiao, MD
The Philippine General Hospital’s Fellowship Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics had produced several graduates over the past years. As the country moves towards Universal Health Care, the curriculum was recently revised to respond to emerging needs in assistive technology. From a single curriculum, the program was diversified into three tracks. The Prosthetics, Orthotics, Wheelchair, and Mobility Devices Track enables the physiatrist to remain updated in this dynamic field. The Gait/Motion Analysis Track trains the physiatrist in the first state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory in the country. The Hearing and Vision Track immerses the physiatrist in an interdisciplinary environment addressing the rehabilitation needs of patients with hearing and visual impairment.
The fellowship program is further supported by the Philippine General Hospital’s extensive linkages with local and international institutions. Through the course of their fellowship training, recent graduates have participated in programs sponsored by the World Health Organization, International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Japan International Cooperation System, Latter Day Saints Charities, Physicians for Peace, and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The program has also promoted breakthrough research in assistive technology.
The Expanded Fellowship in Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Assistive Technology is one of the first fellowship training programs in its field. Its recent expansion promises to provide rehabilitation care for patients with specialized needs. Filipino physiatrists with the passion to pursue subspecialty training need not look further.