New Year, New Activities for SLMC PM&R

Carl Froilan Leochico, MD & Reynaldo Rey-Matias, MD

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM & R) at St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City (SLMCQC) welcomes 2019 with a new set of activities in line with research and continuing medical education (CME). Last February 9, 2019 at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City, the department conducted its Annual Strategic Planning, followed by its 1st Residents’ Research Proposal Presentation, where three second year residents showcased their research proposals in front of the faculty and staff. Dr. Mary Monica Bernardo-Bueno, FPARM (Faculty member, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Santo Tomas) and Dr. Federico Davila (Associate Director for Biomedical Engineering Research, St. Luke’s Medical Center) gave invaluable feedback to further improve the protocols.

With regards to CME activities, the SLMC Department of PM & R and the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) – Philippines, in cooperation with the Physicians for Peace Philippines, Inc., will be conducting a multidisciplinary course for physicians, allied medical professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and prosthetists-orthotists) and students involved in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. It will transpire for three and a half days, wherein the first 2 days will serve as refresher on the theory and treatment principles, while the rest will be a hands-on workshop. Venues will include the SLMC-QC Cathedral Heights Auditorium for April 13-14, 2019 and the Museum of History of Ideas, University of the Philippines Manila and Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory, Spine Unit, Philippine General Hospital for April 15-16, 2019. The set of speakers will consist of Professor Jules Becher (Pediatric Physiatrist and one of the authors of the Gross Motor Function Classification System or GMFCS), a Physical Therapist, and two certified prosthetists-orthotists with special training and experience in Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Another CME activity will be on November 28, 2019, which will be a 1-day course on Pulmonary Rehabilitation to be facilitated by two physiatrists, Prof. Seong Woong Kang (Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea) and Prof. Dong Hyun Kim (Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital). They will review the participants on the following: Pulmonary Tests, Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Restrictive Lung Disease with case reviews for each.

Details regarding registration and program for the aforementioned CME activities will come out soon.