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Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature

Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature


It is with great pride and honor that the PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, invite you to attend our upcoming 15th Midyear Convention entitled “Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature” on October 12 – 14, 2017 at Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The Scientific Committee has prepared a very interesting set of lectures that would help us understand the impact and interrelationship of our role as physicians (Nephrologists) to our environment (Mother Nature).

Our day will be capped with a relaxing, fun and lively Fellowship Night.  Cool prizes await those who will actively participate.

Pre-registration is until September 30, 2017 at P1,800 and on-site registration is at P2,500.  Kindly deposit it thru:

Bank:   Bank of the Philippine Islands

Account Name: PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, Inc.

Account Number: 3363-1265-36

 

            Please email the deposit slip to jmpabcede@gmail.com.

 

            We hope to see you there!

 

JOSEPH MICHAEL P. ABCEDE, MD

Over-all Chair, Midyear Convention

President, PSN -Southern Tagalog Chapter                


Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature

Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature


It is with great pride and honor that the PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, invite you to attend our upcoming 15th Midyear Convention entitled “Green Nephrology: Physicians as Stewards of Nature” on October 12 – 14, 2017 at Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The Scientific Committee has prepared a very interesting set of lectures that would help us understand the impact and interrelationship of our role as physicians (Nephrologists) to our environment (Mother Nature).

Our day will be capped with a relaxing, fun and lively Fellowship Night.  Cool prizes await those who will actively participate.

Pre-registration is until September 30, 2017 at P1,800 and on-site registration is at P2,500.  Kindly deposit it thru:

Bank:   Bank of the Philippine Islands

Account Name: PSN Southern Tagalog Chapter, Inc.

Account Number: 3363-1265-36

 

            Please email the deposit slip to jmpabcede@gmail.com.

 

            We hope to see you there!

 

JOSEPH MICHAEL P. ABCEDE, MD

Over-all Chair, Midyear Convention

President, PSN -Southern Tagalog Chapter                


Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management

Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management


On behalf of the men and women of this year’s Organizing Committee, allow me to invite you and your dialysis staff to attend the 24th Postgraduate Course in Dialysis. This will be happening on October 5 to 7, 2017 at the Conference Halls of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

With the theme, “Towards Stronger Collaborative Dialysis Care Management,” the scientific program will highlight the various clinical, metabolic, hormonal and hematologic complications of uremia that undermine the well-being of dialysis patients and the clear need for a multi-disciplinary management approach to improve patient outcomes.

The course program will take you through a full day simultaneous pre-convention educational workshops on vascular access (60 slots), advanced peritoneal dialysis (120 slots) and renal nutrition (60 slots) plus symposia for renal technicians (120 slots) and social workers (60 slots). These will be followed by a 2-day convention proper, running almost parallel programs for doctors (200 slots) and nurses (900 slots) on the management of various uremic complications of dialysis patients. Altogether, the conference will feature 77 highly informative presentations delivered by well esteemed local and international exp erts. Dr. Adrian Liew, a renowned PD expert from Singapore and Dr. Bill Zhu, Clinical Support Manager of B Braun China graciously accepted our invitation to talk in this meeting.

As is customary, there will be NO ONSITE REGISTRATION except for the MDs Program. Please register early as this course will have limited slots, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts on September 11, 2017. In case you will encounter problems with registration, kindly approach any pharmaceutical companies who have reserved slots for possible sponsorship.

Registration rates are as follows:

Pre-convention Workshops  October 5, 2017
 Vascular Access (PhP 1,500)  Advanced PD (PhP 1,500)  Renal Nutrition (PhP 1,500) Pre-convention Symposia  October 5, 2017
 Renal Technician (PhP 1,500)  Social Worker (PhP 600)
Main Convention  October 6-7, 2017
 Consultants (PhP 2,000)  Nurses (PhP 2,000)
 Residents/Fellows in Training (PhP 1,800)

 

Should you require more information about the conference, please feel free to contact our Secretariat at (02) 981-0300 loc 4430 or at 0928-9709009 and look for Ms. Rhea Decena.

Join us in October when the local dialysis community comes together to learn and stay abreast of the latest developments in dialysis management. The knowledge you will take away from this meeting will certainly help you make the best decision for the care of your patients, so please come.

Sincerely,

ALBERTO FREDERICK CELESTIAL, MD

Over-all Chair
24th Postgraduate Course in Dialysis


Invitation: 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology | 6-7 Oct 2017 Vienna, Austria

Invitation: 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology | 6-7 Oct 2017 Vienna, Austria


Our European colleagues are organizing the 1st European Update Congress in Nephrology (also called Nephro Update Europe) and have invited the members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology to attend and spread the wordfor this new CME activity.

In their letter to Dr. Añonuevo – Dela Rama (PSN President, 2013-2014), they highlighted the following features of the congress:

  • A complete Update across the entire medical field in 14 interactive and unbiased sessions
  • No parallel sessions
  • No State of the Art lectures – only the most recent international study results!
  • Clinical and practical relevance!
  • Clear-cut take-home messages, and a printed compendium of all lectures to take home!
  • and a faculty of Europe’s leading nephrologists!

Regular registration fee is 450 Euros. Nephrologists participating with an e-poster enjoy a discounted rate of 250 Euros. There is also an oportunity to enjoy a limited number of free entry tickets (please call the PSN secretariat for more details).

For further information regarding the congress and the program visit  www.nephro-update-europe.eu

Let's seize the opportunity, as seats are limited!


World Kidney Day 2017

World Kidney Day 2017

March 9 is the 12th edition of the World Kidney Day (WKD), a joint initiative of the International Federation Kidney Foundation (IFKF) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). WKD is a celebrated event focused on kidney health across the globe. It aims to raise awareness about protective behaviours and preventable risk factors to avoid the burden of kidney disease. For this year, the theme for WKD is “Kidney Disease and Obesity—Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.”


March 9 is the 12th edition of the World Kidney Day (WKD), a joint initiative of the International Federation Kidney Foundation (IFKF) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). WKD is a celebrated event focused on kidney health across the globe. It aims to raise awareness about protective behaviours and preventable risk factors to avoid the burden of kidney disease.

For this year, the theme for WKD is “Kidney Disease and Obesity—Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.”

In celebration of the theme for World Kidney Day 2017, Obesity and Kidney Diseases, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Section of Nephrology, in cooperation with Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN), prepared several activities that aim to promote awareness and encourage a more active and healthier lifestyle among Filipinos.

Obesity-related information in the form of infographics and video presentations were disseminated via social media thru Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #move4kidneys #ShooObesity #FightAgainstFats #WKDPhil2017. The “#move4kidneys” is a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of. This action urges everyone around the globe, from all cultures and ages, to keep fit and active.

Various media appearances in radio and television were also initiated to promote awareness.

On March 5 (Sunday), UP-PGH being this year’s host, started a WKD Kick off Event which started with a parade around the UP Diliman Campus, followed by a flashmob, a public gathering of patients, relatives, staff, medical residents, nephrology fellows and consultants, performing a choreographed dance number at the iconic Quezon Hall in UP Diliman Campus. This was participated by the PSN, Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines (PNSP), UP-PGH, Chinese General Hospital (CGH), Makati Medical Center (MMC), National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), St. Luke Medical Center (SLMC), The Medical City, University of Sto.Tomas (UST), Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), Dialysis PH Support Group, Renal Nurses Association of the Philippines (RENAP), and different Hemodialysis units around Metro Manila. The event was concluded through a MetaBEAT Exercise for all headed by Coach Toni and Coach Jim Saret of ABSCBN The Biggest Loser.

On March 9, each PSN Chapter and Hemodialysis unit was challenged to create their own WKD event. A series of activities have been lined up to celebrate WKD all over the Philippines. The different institutions nationwide held their own flashmob dance, zumba marathon, lay forum, quiz show, yoga, funrun, brisk walking exercises. Indeed, World Kidney Day 2017’s campaign to raise awareness on Obesity and Kidney Disease and #move4kidneys is a success! Together, let us continue to get moving and Celebrate our Kidneys!

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Invitation: 37th Annual PSN Convention, Mar 29 - Apr 1, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Invitation: 37th Annual PSN Convention, Mar 29 - Apr 1, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

We would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Nephrology this coming March 29 to April 1, 2017.  This joint meeting with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) will be attended by nephrology experts from the US, Australia, and Asia-Pacific. The theme of the meeting is “Translational Nephrology: Research outcomes to Clinical Applications”. Our expert panel, local and international, will take the lead in the discussions. The talks will help translate important research outcomes into action that will address the means to improve care of the renal patient in the context of healthcare in a developing nation. The 3-day meeting will include lectures on a wide spectrum of renal diseases and their management.


We would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Society of Nephrology this coming March 29 to April 1, 2017.  This joint meeting with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) will be attended by nephrology experts from the US, Australia, and Asia-Pacific. The theme of the meeting is “Translational Nephrology: Research outcomes to Clinical Applications”. Our expert panel, local and international, will take the lead in the discussions. The talks will help translate important research outcomes into action that will address the means to improve care of the renal patient in the context of healthcare in a developing nation. The 3-day meeting will include lectures on a wide spectrum of renal diseases and their management.

ISN President Dr David Harris will be on hand to discuss how the ISN has been improving global nephrology. He will also share his experience in the management of CKD and Renal replacement therapy. Dr. Orson Moe from the University of Texas will give discussions on renal stone disease and uremic cardiovasculopathy. Dr Edgar Lerma from the University of Illinois will spearhead the discussions on Lipid Management and Bone Mineral Disorders in CKD.  Our experts from Asia, Dr Chan (HK) and Dr Liew (SG) will tackle on pressing issues on glomerulonephritis. bet

In addition, we shall also be hosting the 11th Annual Meeting of the Asian Forum of Chronic Kidney Disease Initatives (AFCKDI).  The AFCKDI meeting will bring together leading medical experts in renal health care from across Asia to discuss important issues in the prevention and management of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in our region during the AFCKDI meeting on March 29. It will include a best-practice sharing of CKD programs by different representatives of participating countries.

We look forward to your attendance in this relevant scientific meeting.

For any questions or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact our secretariat at psnmanila@gmail.com.

 

 

ROBERTO C. TANCHANCO, M.D., F.P.S.N., F.P.C.P. 

Over-all Chair, 37th Annual Convention and Vice-President, PSN


6th Hemodialysis Nurses Symposium: Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

6th Hemodialysis Nurses Symposium: Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

Dear Colleague,

The incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Philippines are on the rise.  In our country, majority of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are started and maintained on hemodialysis as a form of renal replacement therapy.  While the CKD population increases, there is a need to align the knowledge and skills of all the members of the team providing the care for hemodialysis patients. 



Corollary to this, the Philippine Society of Nephrology, through the Committee on Hemodialysis will be holding the:

6th PSN Hemodialysis Nurses Symposium: Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

December 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)

Registration fee: P2,000.00

Limited to 100 participants only

(Open to all Renal Nurses with at least 3 months HD experience)

Venue: Discovery Suites, #25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

This is being conducted in fulfillment of the Society’s commitment to provide the required training for nephrologists, dialysis physicians-on-duty, nurses and technicians working in hemodialysis units to perform together as a team to deliver health care services for the ESRD patient.

Registration is limited, so we are encouraging participants to be pre-registered. For further inquiries, please contact:

The PSN Secretariat
Tel. No. (02) 6871198
Telefax (02) 6871187

Mobile: +639178236726, 09258110949

Email: psnmanila.hdcommittee@gmail.com

Registration fee can be deposited at any Metrobank branch: (copy of the deposit slip and registration form should be faxed to 687.1187 or email to psnmanila.hdcommittee.@gmail.com to confirm registration)

 

  Account Name: Philippine Society of Nephrology

  Account #: 545-7-54502337-3

We hope to see your renal nurses in this activity.

Thank you.


Sincerely,
 

(signed)
IRMINGARDA P. GUECO, MD, MBA, FPCP, FPSN
Course Director

(signed)
RICARDO A. FRANCISO, JR., MD, FPCP, FPSN
Chair, Committee on Hemodialysis

(signed)
NOEL M. CASTILLO, MD, FPCP, FPSN
Head, Cluster on Quality Assurance and Accreditation and
Member, Board of Trustees, PSN, Inc.

Noted:

(signed)
VICTOR S. DOCTOR, MD, FPPS, FPSN
President, PSN Inc.

 

Download Program Invitation -  click here

Download Postgraduate Course on Hemodialysis for Renal Nurses Registration Form - click here


SLMC Nephro Forum - November 26, 2016

SLMC Nephro Forum - November 26, 2016


Dear Colleague,

The Section of Nephrology of the St. Luke's Medical Center  in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the next Nephrology Forum entitled: “Not All 1st Impressions Last ”. 

In this forum, our speaker, Dr. Rachell Ann Siute will present a case on "A closer look at 66y/o female with diabetes presenting with proteinuria". Panelist includes, Dr. Desirie Simbulan (Nephrologist), Dr. Ailene Agbanlog (Rheumatogist), Dr. Vivian Tan (Dermatologist) and Dr. Sonia Chicano (Pathologist).

It will be held on November 26, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm at the 2/F Conference Room, Main Building of St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City. For more information or for any concerns please call SLMC Nephro Office at +639176263346.

Please join us in this activity. A video presentation of this forum can also be viewed at the PSN website, which will be made available on a later date. Poster and program is attached for your reference.

Thank you.
(signed)
MARISSA ELIZABETH L. LIM, MD, FPCP, FPSN
Chair, Committee on Continuing Medical Education
Philippine Society of Nephrology, Inc.

Noted by:
(signed)
VICTOR S. DOCTOR, MD, FPPS, FPSN
President, PSN, Inc.


NEPHROLOGY FORUM: "Onconephrology: When Lightning Strikes Twice"

NEPHROLOGY FORUM: "Onconephrology: When Lightning Strikes Twice"

The Section of Nephrology of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the next Nephrology Forum entitled: “Onconephrology: When Lightning Strikes Twice”. Onconephrology is an emerging field in our specialty.


The Section of Nephrology of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the next Nephrology Forum entitled: “Onconephrology: When Lightning Strikes Twice”. Onconephrology is an emerging field in our specialty. It encompasses a wide range of topics such as acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease in cancer, secondary glomerular diseases in malignancy, nephrotoxicity and dosing of chemotherapeutic agents, electrolyte disorders in cancer, obstructive renal disease in cancer and many more. Hematologic malignancies such as Multiple myeloma, are common diseases which highlight several aspects of onconephrology.

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In this forum, our speakers which include Dr. Elizabeth Angelica L. Roasa and Dr. Pamela Mancio, will discuss the latest guidelines from the International Myeloma Working Group. It will be held on October 22, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm at the 2/F Centennial Conference Room, Clinical Division, USTH.

For more information or for any concerns please call Dr. Traci Santiago at these numbers: 09178451875/09328451877.


NEPHROLOGY FORUM: “Red No More”

NEPHROLOGY FORUM: “Red No More”


The Section of Nephrology of Veterans Memorial Medical Center in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be holding the second nephology forum for the year entitled “ Red No More ”. It will be held at Basilio Valdez Hall, Veterans Memorial Medical Center on September 24, 2016 at 1pm. The speakers are Dr. Corazon Macaraeg, Dr. Manolito Libongco and Rhodesia Makahilig, Local Safety Officer of Janssen Drug Philippines. Admission is free. A video presentation will be available at the PSN website few weeks after the event.


To Biopsy or Not: Understanding the Risks and Knowing How to Deal with Renal Biopsy Complications

To Biopsy or Not: Understanding the Risks and Knowing How to Deal with Renal Biopsy Complications


The Department of Adult Nephrology of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology Committee on Continuing Medical Education will be hosting the next Nephrology Forum entitled: To Biopsy or Not: Understanding the Risks and Knowing How to Deal with Renal Biopsy Complications. The guest speakers includes: Dr. Richard Hizon, Dr. Lynn Bonifacio, Dr. Leo Carlo Baloloy and Dr. Ferdinand Morabe. It will be held on June 25, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm at the 3/F Enrique T. Ona Auditorium, Diagnostic Building of NKTI. Admission is free. 


For more information please call 0917.3002592 and look for Dr. Vida Acosta.
 

Via:
Anne Margaret J. Ang, MD.
Chair, Committee on Continuing Medical Education


Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients | SLMC Post-graduate Course

Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients | SLMC Post-graduate Course


In the continuous thrust towards promoting advancements and ensuring adherence to the international standard of excellence in patient care, training, and research, the Section of Nephrology of St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City is hereby organizing its 13th Postgraduate course entitled "Beating the Challenges: Optimizing the Quality of Life of Kidney Patients".The organizers have carefully selected topics of significant interests. It is our goal that this will have practical impact on the day to day clinical practice of nephrologists and non-nephrologists alike. 


PSN Hemodialysis 4th Nurses Symposium | Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

PSN Hemodialysis 4th Nurses Symposium | Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today


The incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Philippines are on the rise.  In our country, majority of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are started and maintained on hemodialysis as a form of renal replacement therapy.  While the CKD population increases, there is a need to align the knowledge and skills of all the members of the team providing the care for hemodialysis patients. 


Corollary to this, the Philippine Society of Nephrology, through the Committee on Hemodialysis will be holding the:

4th PSN Hemodialysis Nurses Symposium: Empowering the Filipino Renal Nurses of Today

May 14-15, 2015 (Saturday-Sunday)

Registration fee: P2,000.00 | Limited to 100 participants only

(Open to all Renal Nurses with at least 3 months HD experience)

Venue: Discovery Suites, #25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

This is being conducted in fulfillment of the Society’s commitment to provide the required training for nephrologists, dialysis physicians-on-duty and nurses working in hemodialysis units to perform together as a team to deliver health care services for the ESRD patient.

Registration is limited, so we are encouraging participants to be pre-registered. For further inquiries, please contact:

 

The PSN Secretariat

Tel. No.: (02) 6871198
Telefax: (02) 6871187
Mobile: +639178236726, 09258110949
Email: psnmanila.hdcommittee@gmail.com

Registration fee can be deposited at any Metrobank branch: (copy of the deposit slip should be faxed to 687.1187 or email to psnmanila.hdcommittee.@gmail.com to confirm registration)

Account Name: Philippine Society of Nephrology


New Scheme for PCSO Medical Assistance for HD & PD Patients

New Scheme for PCSO Medical Assistance for HD & PD Patients


Upon the announcement and implementation of Philhealth Circular No. 022-2015 on August 2015, which increased the benefits of Philhealth members with CKD from 45 to 90 hemodialysis claims, the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for Chnronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients undergoing hemo- and peritoneal dialysis was suspended. On March 11, 2016, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, invited all dialysis stakeholders to a meeting at their office in the Lung Center of the Philippines to introduce its new IMAP scheme for  dialysis patients.

The new assistance program for Philhealth members emphasized a shift of support from dialysis sessions to medicines (erythropoietin) amounting to P14,000 x 6 claims for a maximum of P84,000 in a year. Non-Philhealth members who avail of the IMAP will get P20,000 for their hemodialysis procedure every other month and P35,000 for dialysis solutions for peritoneal dialysis patients every other month.

Anemia is indeed a very big complication of CKD. The PSN thanks the PCSO for its forsight and consistent support for the plight of CKD patients undergoing dialysis in the country. 

Please see the linked Powerpoint brief for more details.

PCSO IMAP HD and PD Enrolment Program.ppt


Cebu Nephrology Forum 2016

Cebu Nephrology Forum 2016

The Section of Nephrology of Chong Hua Hospital and Perpetual Succour Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be holding the second nephology forum for the year entitled “ The Approach to first time Stone formers”, There is always a first time...


The Section of Nephrology of Chong Hua Hospital and Perpetual Succour Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be holding the second nephology forum for the year entitled “ The Approach to first time Stone formers”, There is always a first time. It will be held at Casino Espanol in Cebu on March 14, 2016 at 6pm. The presentrrs are Dr. Matthew Ecoben  will talk on the Approach to first time Calcium stone formers while Dr. Elpidio Madrio, Dr. Rowena Maguad Emphasis and Dr. Betsy Acos  will speak on Approach to first time Uric acid stone formers Admission in free. A video presentation will  be available at the PSN website few weeks after the event.


Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward


The Committee on Continuing Medical Education has gone through experiences worthy of leaps and bounds over the last three years.  The pride of the Committee during this time was the development of the In-Service Examination for the Nephrology Fellows-in-Training.  This was borne out of the desire of the Society to better prepare the Fellows for private practice by enhancing their theoretical knowledge.  It was the hope of the Committee Members that the In-service examination will prime the Fellows for their Nephrology Board Examination. 

The first In-Service Examination was held during 2014 in a written format.  The Committee underwent a test construction seminar held my Dr. Nenita Collantes.  Questions were constructed by the Committee Members and were critiqued by each other.  Upon completion, the test was conducted simultaneously among different testing centers that year.

To push the challenge further, the committee also boasts of facilitating the second In-Service Training Examination last 2015.  Aiming to help the environment in their own little way, the committee was able to administer the examination in a paperless and fully electronic fashion.  This computerized examination was constructed by the committee in a span of three months.  It was delivered simultaneously for all fellows in four testing sites.  Results were out very quickly. 

Because of the success of the paperless exam last year, the Committee decided to pursue this electronic examination which was held in four simultaneous testing centers: University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Chiong Hua Hospital.  The examination was held last January 23, 2016 and lasted for a half day.   There were a total of 70 examinees: 34 first year fellows (passing rate of 38%); 33 second year fellows (passing rate of 27%); and three board eligible nephrologists (passing rate of 33%).  

The Committee would like to congratulate the Top 5 among the first year fellows: Alpuerto, Michelle (MMC); Quimbo-Chu, Abigail (CHH); Austria, Nickson (UP-PGH); Ng, Camille (NKTI); Lu, Wendoyn (NKTI).  The Top 5 among the second year fellows and board eligible nephrologists are as follows: Herceda, Aileen (UST); Bautista, Amerigo Jr. (NKTI); Zapanta, Jan (UP-PGH); Ramos, Dezi (VMMC); Gonzales, Karen (Board eligible).

The Continuing Medical Education Committee is led by Dr. Anne Margaret Ang.   Our very consistent and dedicated adviser is Dr. Nenita Collantes.  The Chair of the Information Technology Committee and the Computer Mastermind who was encoded the examination questions is Dr. William Gregory Rivero.  Members of the  Western Visayas Chapter who conducted the examination in Cebu were Dr. Gerry Mayo and Dr. Karen Licuanan. Devoted Committee Members include Dr. Maria Kristina Alolod, Dr. Tyrone Coseip, Dr. Paul Joseph Galutira, Dr. Rachelle Reyleigh Geronimo-Duruin, Dr. Ivy Kathryn Ilagan, Dr. Marissa Elizabeth Lim and  Dr. Jehan Jill Llave

The Committee hopes to invite more members.  They desire to continue at the forefront of expanding knowledge. 


PSN PKDR Project: Pioneering PKD research in Asia

PSN PKDR Project: Pioneering PKD research in Asia


The PSN Polycystic Kidney Disease Registry (PKDR) Project was conceptualized in 2012 with the vision of establishing a modern database for our PKD patients. It was formally launched in 2013, in the presence of Dr. Lisa Guay-Woodford, the leading authority in PKD research today. Since then, the PKD Task Force has been busy with making the database forms, orienting the fellows on the database structure, and collecting initial data.

Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common inherited renal disorders. The disease is often clinically silent, the natural course being progressive involvement of both kidneys. It accounts for 5-8% of ESRD, and unfortunately, there is very limited data as to disease progression, outcomes, and characteristics. Currently, there are only 3 existing PKD registries in the world, all being in the Western hemisphere. By establishing the PKDR, we are putting our country as the forerunner in PKD research in Asia.

Why is PKD research important?

A registry not only helps characterize those affected by disease, but also identifies those at risk for having the disease. This enables a better assessment of the impact of the disease on the community. The data gathered in a registry provides for numerous research opportunities. Better epidemiological data and patient care improvement are only some of the benefits of having a disease database. More important, a registry will facilitate meaningful interactions between patients, physicians, and the stakeholders, paving the way for better health policies.

How the PKDR can help patients.

Patients will benefit most from the establishment of a registry. The data gathered will provide significant information that will enable patients with PKD to lead better, longer lives. It is also the first step in finding relevant treatments, even possibly a cure. When patients can be identified through the database, it is then easier to form support groups that can provide clinical and psychosocial assistance. Through these collaborations, policy changes may be pushed that may help protect patients and persons at risk from insurance and employment discrimination.

Will the PKDR benefit physicians?

Of course, a registry also benefits the physicians caring for these patients. It leads to a better understanding of the disease, increases awareness of the disease among the general public, and gives physicians and scientists abundant material for research.

How will other stakeholders benefit?

For the policymaking bodies in our community like Philhealth, a registry makes available vital data that will enable the creation of policies on health benefits, health insurance, and employment. It also provides a venue for addressing patients’ needs through advocacies.

What’s in it for me?

Well, a registry benefits you! Whether you are a part of the clinical team, or a patient, or a policymaker, a registry will help because of the meaningful data it provides.

2016 marks an important year for the PKDR because it will be formally opened to all PSN members. We are excited for your upcoming enthusiastic participation in this endeavor. The success of this project will surely pave the way for more studies in the future.

Head to the Galleries>Download Galleries link above and download the Purple forms.


Nephrology Forum: CRRT: An Interactive Discussion

Nephrology Forum: CRRT: An Interactive Discussion


The Chinese General Hospital Section of Nephrology in Cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology Committee on Continuing Medical Education will be holding the first Nephrology Forum for the year 2016, entitled “ CRRT: An Interactive Session”. It will be an interactive case discussion with  Dr. Eric Chua as the guest speaker. It will be held  on February 27, 2016, Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm  at the 2nd floor Conference room MRI Building  Chinese General Hospital. For more information, you may call 357-50-77 and look for Dr. Kenneth Lim.

 

P R O G R A M M E

Invocation ------------- Dr. Ermalyn  Romance

National Anthem, PSN Hymn

Welcoming Remarks ---------- Dr. Florencio Ong, Head, Hemodialysis Unit

Introduction of Speaker ------ Dr. Rachelle Chua

Interactive Case Discussion

Open Forum

Closing Remarks

 

Dr. Rachelle Chua, Master of Ceremonies


We did it! PSN is the 11th Collective Member of the ISN

We did it! PSN is the 11th Collective Member of the ISN


The Philippine Society of Nephrology’s bid as a Collective Member of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has finally been approved. It now joins the following National Societies as Collective Members (of the ISN):

  1. Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN)
  2. Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN)
  3. Dutch Federation of Nepfrology (NfN)
  4. Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN)
  5. Iranian Society of Nephrology (IrSN)
  6. Israeli Society of Nephrology & Hypertension (ISNH)
  7. Peruvian Society of Nephrology
  8. Philippine Society of Nephrology
  9. South African Renal Society
  10. Spanish Society of Nephrology (SEN)
  11. Swiss Society of Nephrology (SSN)

The Collective Membership category allows nephrology societies to sign up all their members collectively. Societies who wish to be eligible for the special annual rate must sign up at least 75% of their total membership. 

Collective members of ISN are entitled to the same benefits as individual members including:

  1. Exclusive eligibility for ISN capacity building programs (Research & Prevention, Sister Renal Center, Continuing Medical Education, Educational Ambassadors, Travel Grants, Scholarships for Visiting Professors, Institutional Library Enhancements)
  2. Subscription to Kidney International (monthly journal) including online access to articles, current issues, and archives (a value of USD 1,150 to USD 2,300 depending on where you are located)
  3. Subscription to Nature Reviews Nephrology online journal including access to articles and archives
  4. Reduced registration fees to ISN events (World Congress of Nephrology, Forefronts and Nexus Symposia, plus other ISN training programs)
  5. Unrestricted access to the ISN Gateway (the Society's website)
  6. Exclusive access to ISN Membership Directory online
  7. Online access to the quarterly ISN News (the Society’s official newsletter)
  8. E-mail notifications (e-Update) on nephrology news, journal content, unique member services and upcoming ISN events
  9. Voting rights and eligibility to serve on ISN Committees
  10. And last but not least, actively participating, through ISN’s Outreach Programs and capacity building programs, in making a significant difference in parts of the world that have little or no formal renal care, education or access to knowledge.

The price per member is broken down into four groups of economies: High income, low income, lower middle income and upper middle income. ISN used the World Bank Purchase Power Parity GNI criteria to come up with a fair fee system (the Philippines is classified as a Lower Middle Income country):

Fee table:

Income Group 100% 90% 80%
Low Income $50 $60 $70
Lower Middle Income $80 $85 $90
Upper Middle Income $105 $110 $115
High Income $120 $125 $130

 

Considering the normal rate for individual members is somewhere between US $203-217, this will really benefit the membership. Many thanks to the PSN board headed by our untiring President, Dr. Ma. Gina Nazareth and spearheaded by Dr. Robert Tanchanco! Once again congratulations to us all!

References & Related Stories:

1.      http://www.theisn.org/membership/become-a-member/apply-for-membership

2.      http://www.theisn.org/news/item/2306-philippine-society-of-nephrology-strengthens-its-ties-with-isn

3.      http://www.theisn.org/images/ISN_Affiliated_Societies_Benefits_and_Instructions_2015.pdf

 

 


UP PGH Nephrology

UP PGH Nephrology

The Section of Adult and Pediatric Nephrology of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the last Nephrology forum for this year entitiled, “ If Only Salts Could Talk ( A Case of Gitelman’s Syndrome)”. It will be held at Buenafe Hall, 3rd floor Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine on December 5, 2015 at 1:00pm. The Guest Speakers are Dr. Francicso E. Anacleto Jr. and Dra. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali. Admission if free. For inquiries please call 554-84-00 local 3683 and look for Girlie Merdegia.


The Section of Adult and Pediatric Nephrology of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the last Nephrology forum for this year entitiled, “ If Only Salts Could Talk ( A Case of Gitelman’s Syndrome)”. It will be held at Buenafe Hall, 3rd floor Calderon Hall, UP College of Medicine on December 5, 2015 at 1:00pm. The Guest Speakers are Dr. Francicso E. Anacleto Jr. and Dra. Coralie Therese D. Dimacali. Admission if free. For inquiries please call 554-84-00 local 3683 and look for Girlie Merdegia.

Peritoneal Dialysis in AKI

Peritoneal Dialysis in AKI


The Section of Nephrology of the Makati Medical Center and Philippine Children’s Medical Center in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the nephrology forum entitled Peritoneal Dialysis in Acute Kidney Injury: Adult and Pedia Perspective. It will be held at Hall C 8th Floor Tower 2 Makati Medical Center on September 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm.  The guest speakers are Dr. Mary Rose Bisquera and Dr. Rachelle dela Cruz. Admission is free. For more information please call 0917.7917709 and look for Dr. Catherine Ang.

 


Hott Project: Recommendations out

Hott Project: Recommendations out


Reposted for the general membership:

 

 

Dear Colleague,



It is our pleasure to inform you that the HOTT project's recommendations have been completed and can now be downloaded from the project's website, www.hottproject.com.

 



The recommendations were formulated and subsequently written by 40 anti-organ trafficking experts that participated in the project’s symposium in November 2014. The recommendations aim to improve the non-legislative response to trafficking in human beings for organ removal and address the following topics (by clicking on the recommendation, you will be directed to the report):

 

 

  1. The legal and ethical obligations of health care providers
  2. Protection of persons targeted or trafficked for organ removal
  3. Improving cross-border collaboration in criminal cases
  4. Stimulating and enhancing partnerships between transplant professionals and law enforcement

 


We thank the experts for their enthusiasm and dedication in completing these reports!



We are also pleased to share indicators that were developed under the project: these have been written for law enforcement, transplant professionals and victim support workers to help data collection and identification of trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.


We encourage you to circulate the reports to persons in your network that could benefit from these results.



The project’s research results will be published in a book at the beginning of 2016. If you wish to receive a free copy, but have not yet communicated this to us, then please e-mail your request and shipping address to hottproject@erasmusmc.nl



We hope to have informed you sufficiently.

 

With kind wishes,

 


Willem Weimar, Frederike Ambagtsheer, Linde van Balen and Marian van Noord,
Erasmus MC University Hospital, The Netherlands

 

Susanne Lundin, Martin Gunnarson and Ingela Byström,     
Lund University, Sweden  

 

Assya Pascalev and Jordan Yankov,     
Bulgarian Center for Bioethics, Bulgaria     

 

Mihaela Frunza,   
Academic Society for the Research of Religions and Ideologies, Romania

 

 

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You are receiving this email because you expressed an interest in HOTT Projects events.

 

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Dept. of Kidney Transplantation, Room Na-510
Rotterdam, Zh 3000 CA
Netherlands


Managing the Difficult Dialysis Patient

Managing the Difficult Dialysis Patient


The Department of Adult Nephrology of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute is inviting all dialysis practitioners to attend the 22nd Postgraduate Course in Dialysis this coming October 22 to 24, 2015 at the Conference Halls of the Institute.

 

Carrying the theme, “Managing the Difficult Dialysis Patient”, the carefully planned scientific program will cover the clinical challenges and complexities in taking care of the dialysis patient.

 

The course offers a full scientific program featuring 54 highly relevant and informative lectures that will be delivered by leading local experts. It will also have pre-convention workshops on peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy and separate workshops for the renal technician and dietician. This year, a highly respected luminary in the field of Nephrology from Japan, Dr. Ikuno Makane, will be coming over to talk about the Japanese method dialysis.

 

This year about 1,300 delegates from all over the country are expected to register for the meeting. Due to the limited venue space, the course will be offered on limited slots, on a first come, first served basis. The convention proper will be open to the first 200 MDs and 900 RNs, while the pre-congress activities will only accept 100, 50, 100 and 50 participants for the PD, CRRT, renal technician and renal dietician workshops respectively.

 

As a gentle reminder, there will be no on-site registration. The registration starts on September 21, 2015 and the registration rates are as follow:

 

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS

October 22, 2015

Registration Fee

(Php)

  1. Peritoneal Dialysis

MDs = 2,000

RNs = 1,800

  1. CRRT

1,000

  1. Renal Technician

500

  1. Renal Dietician

1,000

CONVENTION PROPER

October 23 & 24, 2015

Consultant = 2,000

Fellow/Resident in-training = 1,800

RN/Technician/Dietician = 1,800

 

 

All payments are non-refundable. Once the registration slots are already taken, the organizing committee reserves the right to decline any intended payment or reservation.

 

For further inquiries and pre-registration, you may contact the secretariat through the following:

                        Tel. No. (02) 981-0400 local 2109 (CAPD Clinic)

                        Mobile no. 0927-35229400 (Ms. Maila Almirez, RN)

                        Email Address: pd@nkti.gov.ph

 

With much anticipation, we look forward to seeing you in October in what promises to be a truly enriching educational scientific experience. Together, let us learn the best practices on how to treat and improve the lives of our dialysis patients.


Specialty Board Examination Results

Specialty Board Examination Results

The Adult Specialty Board in Nephrology (ASBN), headed by its Chair Dr. Albert G. Lu, conducted this year's board examination on August 2 (written) and August 9 (oral). A total of 38 candidates took the written exam of which 35 or 92% became eligible to take the oral exam. Of the 35 eligible candidates, 32 or 91.4% passed the oral examinations.

 

 

 


Adult Specialty Board in Nephrology Passers: August 2015:

                             
  Name of Successful Examinees Training Institution
1 Alonto-Panolong, Murshida U. NKTI
2 Anicoche, Ma. Melmar S. MMC
3 Bacinillo-Araneta, Maricris  NKTI
4 Buelva-Martin, Ailene R.              SLMC
5 Burungawan, Nur-Hannah B. NKTI
6 Cabuay, Sherilyn R. VMMC
7 Carpio, Rica S.           NKTI
8 Consignado, Rodellenn D.           SLMC
9 David, Paolo Miguel A.  NKTI
10 Delos Reyes, Ivy N.  CHH
11 Dignadice, Marymil B  UP-PGH
12 Dones, Dan Michael C.  UP-PGH
13 Filio, Vincent Paul V.  MMC
14 Hernandez-Lim, Karen Ann  TMC
15 Indo, Ariel S. NKTI
16 Jamoralin, Paolo O.  MMC
17 Lao, Janice Jill K.        UP-PGH
18 Libarios, Deanna Rae C. NKTI
19 Lim-Gaw Te, Kathleen Ann E. USTH
20 Lio, Rizza Ann B.  UP-PGH
21 Mabras, Floravil M. UP-PGH
22 Magbanua-Provido, Sheina Marie USTH
23 Manalili-Diloy, Sheena Ann  NKTI
24 Mercado, Andrew G  MMC
25 Montalbo, Joengelee R.  NKTI
26 Rosales-Cosing, Madelaine  SLMC
27 Samporna, Marichel C.  CHH
28 Sevilla, Cherry J.        CGH
29 Soriano, Joemie D.  CGH
30 Tan-Garupa, Dawn C.  PSH
31 Umali-Sunga, Gelen Vestalez C.                  TMC
32 Yapching-Montesco, Ligaya Santa L.  UP-PGH

 

Those who are in the list are recommended for formal induction and acceptance into the PSN Membership on its 11th Midyear Convention on October 9, 2015 in Vigan Convention Center, VIgan CIty. 

 

 

 


The winning team in Sepsis includes the Able Nephrologist

The winning team in Sepsis includes the Able Nephrologist

The Section of Nephrology of The Medical City in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology  will be hosting the second Nephrology forum for the year entitled “ The Winning Team  in Sepsis includes the able Nephrologist.”.

 

 


It will be held at the TMC 4th floor Conference room 1 and 2 on August 29, 2015, Saturday at 1 pm. The guest lectures are Dra. Irmingarda Gueco, Dr. Noel Castillo, Dr. Roberto Tanchanco and Dra. Elizabeth Sebastian. Admission is free.  For more information please call +639175112280   and look for Dr. Mary Grace Gomez.

 

 


Midyear Convention in Vigan

Midyear Convention in Vigan

See all messages from the mid year convention organizers.


June 5, 2015

 

Dear Colleague:

 

PSN Northern Luzon Chapter cordially invites you on October 9-11, 2015 for the 11th Midyear Convention at the heritage city of Vigan. Vigan was recently declared as one of the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World and it is with great honor that you join us in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

 

We will be having our Fellowship Night on October 10 at the Vigan City Convention Center with the theme of “Funtabulous North”.  In line with the theme we encourage you to wear your best Filipiniana-inspired attire.

 

To showcase the beauty of Vigan and Ilocano culture, we will be holding an Abel Fashion Show Contest during the Fellowship night. Abel Iloko is the indigenous woven cloth of Vigan and the Ilocos area, an age-old tradition, which dates back to the PreColonial Era.

 

Regular notifications will be announced via the PSN Facebook page and PSN website. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in the Wonder City of Vigan.

 

 

 

ABEL FASHION SHOW CONTEST

RULES AND MECHANICS

 

Participants:
1. Each Chapter is REQUIRED to have at least one male and one female member participate.
2. There is no limit as to the number of participants per chapter.
3. The contest is also open to all members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology, their family members, and medical representatives.

 

Outfit:
1. All entries must utilize the authentic Vigan Abel
2. Outfit must be Formal Wear / Formal Filipiniana theme

 

How to Apply
1. All participants must notify the Midyear Convention Socials committee of their intent to participate.
2. Contact details: Ruchelle Turqueza- Cellphone: 09175469238 or email rushierayco@gmail.com
3. Deadline of submission of applications is before September 30, 2015

 

How to purchase the Abel
1. Sample swatches will be posted on PSN Facebook page and will also be made available at the PSN Office and orders can be made there
2. Orders can also be made by contacting Dr. Ruchelle Turqueza (with additional add on shipping charge)
3. Abel is priced at P80.00/yard

 

Award Categories
1. Best Outfit (judged for its originality, design detail, audience appeal)
2. Best Model of the Night (judged for beauty and elegance, audience appeal)

 

For more information, please follow the link: Midyear Convention
 


Oops! … I treated again! I’m not that Innocent

Oops! … I treated again! I’m not that Innocent

 

The University of Santo Tomas Hospital in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology will be hosting the 2nd Nephrology forum  entitled “Asymptomatic Bacteriuria -  Oops! … I treated again!  I’m not that Innocent”  on February 28, 2015, 1 pm at the   4th floor Benavides Cancer Institute Auditorium.  It will be an interactive case presentation with  Dr. Joseph Paul Galutira, Dr. Maria Stella Navarro, Dr. Marie Rhona Bergatin as reactors.  


Admission is free. For more information, please call UST Hospital – Center for Kidney Disease telephone no. 731-30-01 loc. 2330.


Invitation: Nephro Forum

Invitation: Nephro Forum

The Section of Nephrology of Veterans Memorial Medical Center in cooperation with the PSN is holding a nephrology forum entitled "The Unlikely Pair: Lupus in Males" 1 PM, Saturday, November 29 at the Fullon Hall of Veterans Memorial Medical Center. 


The clinical case will be discussed by Dr. Charmaine Joy Mique-Almojuela while the discussants will be Drs. Sonia Chicano and Ramon Mora. Admission is free for all PSN Members and Members-in-training. For more information, please call Veterans Memorial Medical Center Trunkline: (632) 9276425-45.

 


DOH alerts public on recalled Meparin 5 & Meparin 25

DOH alerts public on recalled Meparin 5 & Meparin 25

Following the reports of unusually high incidences of chills in several dialysis centers in Manila, Bulacan, Valenzuela and Batangas, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) after due investigations has issued a recall order on the blood anti-coagulant Meparin 5 and Meparin 25. This brand of Heparin Sodium manufactured by MedChem International Ltd has been found to have been contaminated by an undisclosed bacterial specie. Further investigations on other parenteral products of MedChem are underway.


The Department of Health (DOH) therefore enjoins all hospitals, dialysis centers and clinics to refrain from using Meparin 5 and Meparin 25, and to report to the FDA or DOH any suspicious clustering of symptoms such as the those experienced by the hospitals & dialysis centers in the above-mentioned areas.

 

Consumers may contact Pharma-Surrey International Inc at telephone number +6324128364, or e-mail at pharmasurrey@yahoo.com. Consumer may also email the FDA at info@fda.gov.ph for any question or additional information regarding the product recall.

 


Related References

Full details of the FDA Advisory

 


Investing for the Future Now

Investing for the Future Now

In our culture, one of the things that is considered taboo in conversations is the subject of money. We do not ask a friend or a relative how much he or she is earning, saving or spending. But really, we doctors are not like regular employees. We do not get a 13th month pay, neither do we get paid vacation and sick leaves, unless we are government physicians. We are as good as our capacity to hold clinic and do our rounds.


Having attended several financial management talks inspired me to not only save, but start investing. Yes, invest for retirement. Who wouldn't prepare if, horror of horrors, you see the roots of your hair start to turn gray?

Shocking, but statistics have shown that only 2% of Filipinos are financially free after retirement. Do you think your social security will be sufficient to support you when you already have a dual citizenship? There are two types of income, active and passive. Active income is what you earn by working. The minute you stop working, the income stops coming in. That's why it pays to have a passive income, one that earns without you doing anything. Passive income comes from the interest earned, rental fro properties, etc. A lot of us are probably guilty of allowing our hard-earned money to sleep in a savings account which gives a measly interest of less than 1% per annum. Even time deposits could not offset the inflation rate of about 5%. There are other investment options like government bonds, UITF, mutual funds, stocks, etc. that could generate more income. Just understand what you are getting into, or engage the services of a financial adviser to do the planning for you.

One way to help in your investment decisions is the Rule of 72. Take 72 and divide it by the interest rate to get the number of years it will take for your money to double. Say, you invested in an instrument that earns 12% per year. Your principal will double in 6 years. As one of the financial gurus said, your financial objectives should revolve around three things: PURPOSE, TARGET, and TIME. Purpose is the reason why you are investing. Target is your desired amount to reach. And time is the period you have to achieve your target.

Our purpose is retirement. Our target is a comfortable lifestlye. Our time should start now.


Simple & Relevant

Simple & Relevant

The issues that surrounds the Philippines are varied and tumultuous. Issues on pork barrel, the response to the Yolanda Victims, the lost of an airline in midair, the Pope, Russia and Ukraine—all these issues always have lessons for us to learn.


SIMPLIFY
This makes things more understandable. A good professor is somebody who can teach ideas in a manner relevant to our lives and can be easily understood. The Pope did not change any of the major doctrines but the way he lives his life and kurt messages makes things easily acceptable.

In the celebration of WORLD KIDNEY DAY, a simple gesture of starting a day with a glass of water is heart warming. No extravagant happenings. Less pompous celebrations, now with less fun fare. Today being simple does not mean that the relevance is lessened. In the hospital, people tend to see it as a practical and very easy to follow. That I believe is PSN now – understandable and relevant. It takes on projects that are viable and time bound. The Hemodialysis Summit, the active participation to the PHIC issues, The Yolanda victims and the PSN response, the prospects of transitioning all these and much more proves that the PSN is SENSITIVE, simplifies and relevant.

 


NKTI Pediatric Nephro Dept joins WKD'14

NKTI Pediatric Nephro Dept joins WKD'14

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Department of Pediatric Nephrology, spearheaded by the Department Chair, Dr. Ofelia R. De Leon, actively joined the worldwide celebration of the World Kidney Day last March 13, 2014, with this year's theme, “Kidneys Age, Just Like You”. Two pediatric nephrology fellows-in-training, namely, Dr. Elmer Kent A. Lopez and Dr. Ma. Rowena O. Cuya, together with Ms. Lorelie Palileo, department secretary, conducted a Preventive Nephrology Lecture to 50 Grade V pupils of Piñahan Elementary School, Piñahan, Quezon City on March 18, 2014. Blood pressure and urinalysis screening using dipstick followed after the forum.


From the screening, two pupils showed hematuria and one with proteinuria. All children were normotensive. The NKTI team focused on teaching the important pearls on kidney health care, and emphasized the main message of the celebration which is “Start the day with a glass of water”. Indeed, the activity was a huge success with the warm support of the school principal, Mr. Cesar B. Retes, and his staff. 


Kidney in Focus

Kidney in Focus

The Philippine Society of Nephrology – Mindanao Chapter conducted a post graduate course entitled Kidney in Focus last March 14 to 15, 2014 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City. Kidney in Focus marks several milestones in the history of PSN Mindanao Chapter. This is the very first time it has spearheaded a lecture series of this magnitude, encompassing physicians and nurses from all four corners of Mindanao, with speakers who are considered the authorities in their chosen field. This is also the first time PSN Mindanao Chapter has collaborated with Southern Philippines Medical Center, the primary government hospital in

Davao City.


The conception of this course came from the desire to continue PSN Mindanao Chapter's commitment to enhance and update the knowledge of non - Nephrologists  on basic Nephrology as well as to introduce new concepts in the field of Nephrology. This also gave the society the opportunity to augment the knowledge and skills of nurses on the different modalities of renal replacement therapy. Lastly, this is one of the chapter's contributions to the celebration of World Kidney Day last March 13, 2014. The topics for this post graduate course were carefully selected to reflect the current medical issues of concern for which the kidneys play a major role. Emphasis was also placed on presenting these topics in a straightforward manner since the audience was composed of physicians from different specializations (internists, family physicians, and general practitioners) using a holistic approach.

The course was divided into two: sessions for doctors and sessions for nurses. Topics covered during the sessions for the doctors include the following: Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury by Dr. Marie Yvette Barez and Dr. Sandra Oliveros; Electrolyte Imbalance Emergencies by Dr. Alberto Chua; Multidisciplinary Approach to Lupus in Pregnancy (A Panel Discussion) by Dr. Noel Villanueva, Dr. Tommy Bangayan, Dr. Ma. Milflordeliza Gonzaga, Dr. Victor Espino, and Dr. Dennis John Ortiga; Urinary Stone Management by Dr. Benita Padilla; Leptospirosis Guidelines by Dr. Irmingarda Gueco; Guidelines on Contrast Induced Nephropathy by Dr. Maaliddin Biruar; Crush Injury Guidelines by Dr. Noel Camique; Hepatorenal Syndrome by Dr. Ramon Liboro and Dr. Benjamin Balmores, Jr; New CPG on UTI by Dr. Marissa Alejandria; Not All Pyuria is UTI by Dr. Lynn Almazan-Gomez; and Cardiorenal Syndrome by Dr. Agnes Mejia.

Topics discussed during the sessions for the nurses included Introduction to Dialysis Modalities by Dr. Margarita Abalon ; Acute Complications of Dialysis by Dr. Philip Neri Lazo; Chronic Complications of Dialysis by Dr. Michael Abutazil; Dialysis Access Complications by Dr. Odilio Yu; PD Workshop and Demonstration by Dr. Josephine dela Ysla and Dr. Chito Cornejo; Dialysis Trouble Shooting by Angeli Joyce Taleon and Engr. Raphael Roberto; and CRRT Workshop and Demonstration by Dr. William Rivero.

Organizing Committee of the course include: Dr. Jeanette Ybiernas, Overall Chairperson; Dr. Ma. Theresa Bad-ang, Scientific Committee Head; Dr. Rodelie A. Banico, Head of Registration Dr. Clarissa Arsolon, Head of Ways and Means; Dr. Bernard Ramos, Head of Booths and Exhibits, with Dr. Arnelia Masendo, President of PSN Mindanao Chapter. 

The post graduate course was well-received with more than 300 nurses and doctors participating in the said course. PSN Mindanao Chapter hopes that each of the delegates will be able to put to good use the knowledge they have gained to their area of practice for the betterment of their patients.


PSN Typhoon Yolanda Dialysis Relief Operation

PSN Typhoon Yolanda Dialysis Relief Operation

Introduction

Philippines is a country which is highly humid, very warm from March to October and relatively cooler in the months of November to February. Depending on the geographical location, regions experience varying amounts of rainfall and with some areas relatively more prone to extreme weather conditions than the others. Some 15-20 storms of varying intensity pass through the country in a year, thus almost all Filipinos are aware or have experienced the inconveniences these storms bring about.


During the recent years, it is of note that remarkably stronger storms are being experienced and a few of them brought about significant damages in various areas of the country. Among these were Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) which hit the Metro Manila, the country's capital in September 2009, Typhoon Megi (Juan) in Isabela in Northern Philippines in October 2010, Typhoon Washi (Sendong) in Cagayan De Oro in December 2011, and Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) in Davao in December 2012.. The latter two are both in the Southern Philippines. All these typhoons were characterized by heavy flooding, bringing about loss of lives and properties.

On November 8, 2013, while many Filipino nephrologists were attending the Kidney Week of the American Society of Nephrology in Atlanta Georgia, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon in history to ever make a landfall, very heavily struck Eastern Visayas, a region in the Central Philippines. The eye of the storm ravaged through major communities, particularly Samar and Leyte and a portion of Iloilo, leaving an unprecedented carnage. The typhoon in its fiercest flattened many heavily populated areas along coastal towns. Storm surge from the ocean swept kilometers away towards communities, tearing apart homes and

 buildings, sweeping away crops, destroying communication and power facilities, killing more than seven thousand and leaving almost two thousands missing. The exact loss of lives is unknown up to this time. As the recovery and rehabilitation phase continue, bodies are still are still being recovered from under the rubbles in some areas.

Guiuan, Basey and Borongan in Eastern Samar, town of Concepcion in Northern Iloilo and the towns of Tanauan, and Palo and Tacloban City, in Leyte were the most heavily damaged. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) destroyed these areas and many other cities in less than twelve hours.

Tacloban City is the seat of government of Eastern Visayas as it is the largest city in terms of population and the main gateway by air to the region. It is also one of the most competitive cities in the country being the first to become highly urbanized and where major health facilities are located. It only took a few hours for the typhoon to destroy everything that was built for many years for the progress of Tacloban. Because of the widespread flooding and the total outage of power in the region, all dialysis facilities were incapacitated. In November 9, the Philippine Society of Nephrology could not locate the five nephrologists based in the worst hit areas. Two of them were attending in Atlanta, and rest could not be accounted for. As such, it was also concluded that kidney patients were in dire situation. With all dialysis facilities down and the doctors and nurses also in bad situation, we realized that the medical relief efforts for dialysis patients would be fully dependent on a team coming from Manila.

CKD in the Philippines

Renal failure is among the ten leading causes of death in the country. In the latest report of the Philippine Renal Disease Registry (PRDR) there were in 18,000 prevalent cases in December 2012. There were 219 new reported cases from the Eastern Visayas Region where the hard hit areas belong. According to the census reported by the local nephrologists, the exact number of patients undergoing dialysis when typhoon struck can not be ascertained.

The Typhoon

All indications from early footages coming from the leading networks with access to the area showed that situation is worse than what was actually known. We knew already that some patients, maybe even some of the medical personnel could have perished from the calamity, and that dialysis was urgently needed. With no water, no electricity, washed out facilities and missing or ravaged medics, many more patients who survived the typhoon cannot may not last for long if dialysis would not be made available.


The PSN Dialysis Relief Operations

Despite the uncertainty and unclear picture of the situation, the planning started. In an emergency meeting, logistics were laid down, call for medical volunteers were made and coordination with national authorities (Department of Health, Philippine College of Physicians and the Armed Forces of the Philippines) were done. The society prepared the initial budget, and a call for donations from the members was done. Pledges from members came pouring in. The request for assistance from companies for supplies and additional medicines were immediately responded to. Thereafter, operation was ready for a headstart.

This was to be an operation that is highly specialized as no other society could handle this except ours. We started contacting the nephrologists in neighbouring areas which were also affected but not heavily damaged. Fortunately enough, outages in these areas were transient and damage to centers were minimal. Most medical personnels were called to report to assist for emergency cases. It was known thru communication with the nephrologists that trickles of patients have started migrating get dialysis treatments. Cebu, Ormoc City and even Manila were getting patients. Tacloban, where the centers were most of the centers are located, had no operational units
left.

Through the help of a cardiologist who was in Tacloban rescuing family members, a private hospital, the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Hospital management agreed to accommodate the Philippine Society of Nephrology for its dialysis relief operations. As soon as coordination with the management was made, the volunteer nephrologists and nurses were prepared to head out for Tacloban.

Dialysis Operations

Since we were not aware about what was going to happen in the area, the volunteer medical personnel were warned to expect the worst. Each batch was composed of 2-3 nephrologists and 3 dialysis nurses, all of them prepared to stay for at least 5 days, equipped with everything. Succeeding batches were already scheduled on stand-by to fly a day before the previous batch leaves. Food, water, sleeping equipment, emergency communication power banks and personal first aid kits were readied.
Generators were made available by the hospital. One dialysis nurse and a dialysis technician fortunately were also sent by the hospital as representative to assist the PSN dialysis team taking charge of the unit.

Transport of supplies and medicines were flown thru military planes, while personnel and other additional supplies had to be flown thru commercial flights. In less than a week, the system was in place and the PSN Dialysis Relief Operation opened. Information was sent out to hospitals and medical mission sites about the availability of dialysis facility. Upon their arrival in the area, the medical team had to clean up the place, organized the supplies and set up the place. In a few hours on November 17, the first patient showed up and was immediately dialyzed.

The Patients

Informing patients that dialysis was already available also came as a challenge. With no power, no television or radio network operating, the news had to be delivered in person to the different hospitals and to areas where medical missions where being conducted. Text messaging were also done in the hope of reaching the patients. Even these were extremely difficult because of gas and power shortage. Each day however, new patients came an every single one of them were welcomed with joy and relief knowing that another person survived.

Patients came in with their own stories. For PSN our main goal was to be there for every dialysis patient who survived and to give them the best care we possibly could. Each patient had to survive the trauma of the worst calamity they had to face. We could only help them so much the way we know how. The volunteers listened to their stories, fed them and provided the hope that they will get the medical treatment that they desperately needed.

Every day for the next six weeks, more and more patients arrived. Every patient who came, the load became heavier, but for every patient who came, there was always a sense of joy because they survived. Each was given full treatment and a month's supply of the basic medicines that they needed. At least they did not have to worry about how and when they will get their treatment and how much money they would need to get one.

The Staff

The volunteer doctors and nurses were all in private practice and had to take a leave from work for at least 4-5 days. They had to do full duty jobs in the unit. At the end of the day they slept on dialysis chairs or on the floor, eat the food from the hospital or from what they brought from Manila. At the end of the month, volunteer medical professionals were replaced by the local nephrologists who by then have recovered from the stress. Likewise, instead of sending nurses from Manila, we started hiring local dialysis nurses who were left jobless by the typhoon. Instead of spending for the plane fares, we spent for the salary of local resident nurses.

The Operations

As communications were restored, more patients came in for treatment. Many of those who went to other cities for treatment came back. As more patients came, additional machines were flown in and supplies had to be replenished more frequently. A few more local nurses were hired to cope with the maximized operation.
Two vascular surgeons flew to Tacloban to do surgeries for patients who needed permanent access.

On December the last day of the 2013, with other dialysis units are already operational, we terminated our free dialysis mission and endorsed the operation to the local hospital. Other patients were transferred back to their original centers. At the end of the mission, we were treating more than 48 patients and terminated with a total of 413 full treatments.

At the moment 5 dialysis units (4 in-hospital and 1 free-standing) are already back in operation. One in-hospital dialysis unit has stopped operating because the hospital has been severely damaged and is still closed up to this time.

The people of Tacloban and many other towns faced the full wrath of the strongest typhoon ever. The unimaginable happened and the world was shocked knowing that it could happen any place. It was a tragic event indeed. The selfless outpouring of love and concern from all over the world for the people of Leyte and Samar was the light of hope that somehow, in the midst of deep pain and sorrow, they could rise again.

For the Philippine Society of Nephrology, it was a heart-warming realization that commitment of the members and its partnership with allied healthcare partners was strengthened. The tragedy that occurred reminded us of our highest goal - patient care.
 


Transitioning

Transitioning

In a subspecialty where childhood illnesses are carried over to adulthood, like NEPHROLOGY, TRANSITIONING is a reality that all physicians should practice. It is done to give our patients outmost benefit of care. The moving force behind the transition project is the ISN-IPNA Policy statement (2011) recommending the development of locally appropriate transitioning programs for the pediatric patients with chronic kidney and urinary tract diseases who are eventually transferred to adult health services for purposes of continuity of care, training and research. Thus, the PSN in support of the statement embarked on the PSN TRANSITION PROJECT spearheaded by Dr. Carmelo A. Alfiler.


The project aims to develop models of structured transitioning programs for various Philippine hospitals meeting major requirements, to adopt appropriate models among PSN-TPAB accredited fellowship programs and integrate it to their 2 year curricula, to recommend appropriate models for non PSN-TPAB accredited hospitals

where there is substantial presence of adult and pediatric nephrologist and to conduct studies among patients who undergo transitioning programs. The adhoc committee members are Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Victor S. Doctor, Remedios Dee Chan and

Norma V. Zamora. There are 3 hospitals included in model 1 which are: UP PGH. UST, PCMC and NKTI. Model 2 includes: The Medical City and St. Luke's Medical Center. Timelines were set. Initial reporting will be on April 2014 and on December 2014. A workshop on transitioning was offered by UP PGH who has pioneered this transition clinic thru their LIPAT KALINGA program. The participants of this session actually embarked on a writeshop and consultations on how to solve issues besetting local institutions.


PSN Celebrates World Kidney Day

PSN Celebrates World Kidney Day

In celebration of the World kidney day, a Patients' Benefit Forum was held last March13, 2014 to provide Dialysis and Transplant patients more information on the financial support / benefits that can be provided by the government agencies like Philhealth, SSS and PCSO and how the patients can avail of them to support their expenses for renal replacement therapy.


Dr Susan Anonuevo - PSN President gave the welcome remarks and the resource speakers were: Dr Marvin Galvez of Philhealth, Dr Brenda Viola of SSS and Mr Rubin Magno of PCSO. Around 220 patients and relatives attended the event. Raffle prizes, T-shirts and food packs were also given to the participants.


Southern Tagalog Chapter Celebrates WKD 2014

Southern Tagalog Chapter Celebrates WKD 2014

Since 2006, World Kidney Day is being celebrated every second Thursday of March aiming to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

This year’s theme “Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Aging” outlined the objectives of our celebration: To increase public awareness about CKD through lay fora and promote early detection of kidney disease through free basic screening.


The PSN – Southern Tagalog Chapter, thru the efforts of our dear president, Dr. Faustino, has called into action all its members to participate in this worldwide event. Satellite lay fora and free urinalysis has been scheduled all throughout the province of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon on or before the week of March 13, 2014.

The members of the Southern Tagalog Chapter also aimed to bring the awareness of WKD outside the hospital and conducted a lay fora and screening to the seemingly healthy population of its community. Thus, they brought the activity to the employees of the Municipality of Imus City last March 17, 2014 to heightened their awareness of the risk factors for kidney diseases to be shared to their families and respective communities. A total of 170 urine test was done to those who attended. Cavite based nephrologist: Dra. Cha escobin, Dra. Gladys Diaz, Dra. Tess Madrazo, Dr. Aljun Malambut, Dra. Ruth Bernardo, Dra. Lala Ting – Tan, Dra. Jeanne Monzon and Dra. Faye Vergara – Lim Dy, organized the said event.


WKD14: Starting with a Glass of Water

WKD14: Starting with a Glass of Water

Start your day right with a glass of water! Because kidneys don't function without water. Drinking water can help keep kidneys healthy, although it won't cure kidney disease. The glass of water is a conversation starter to talk about how to prevent kidney disease.

So let's talk start talking about patients and their benefits. The PSN is spearheading a kick-off activity to be lead by the Section of Nephrology of Chinese General Hospital and The Medical City with a Patient's Benefits Forum March 13, 2014 (Thursday), 7am-12nn at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, 6th Floor Medical Auditorium (Old Building), 286 Blumentritt Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.


TIP: If you are organizing a special activity or event on the occasion of World Kidney Day, make sure that all your participants get their glass of water.


1. Have a glass of water ready for your guests, and take this opportunity to inform them about the importance of their kidneys. Don't forget to display and distribute the campaign material (posters and leaflets available on World Kidney Day website)
 
2. If you know some, help us engage highly visible local public spokespersons (politicians, artists, journalists, TV presenters, professors/teachers, CEOs, etc) to become advocates of the campaign and bring life to the "call to action". Ask them to drink a glass of water before any public intervention (talk/speech etc…) and encourage people to check their kidneys if they are at risk.

Here are some other materials you can use for WKD 2014:

  


Acute Renal Success!

Acute Renal Success!

The 2013 PSN Midyear Convention

It was a first of many . . .

Dr. Mara Baking Tugade, on her debut as an officer of PSN (of any organization, by her admission!), caught by surprise, shy, almost reluctant

A multitude of security risks, reaching even the sunny and ever smiling City of Bacolod, the land of sweet and affluent gentry

A challenge, albeit gently delivered, and consistent with the character of the serene national President, Dr. Susan Anonuevo-dela Rama

The acceptance of two regions, baptized with humility, sworn to unity, determination and industry for


A PACKAGE TO BE DELIVERED IN SIX WEEKS

THE PACKAGE:  THE 2013 MIDYEAR CONVENTION

At first glance, it was Mission Impossible.  The message could have self-destructed in 10 seconds but before that could happen, it was etched in the consciousness of the Central Luzon and Western Visayas Chapters.  The distance between the two regions was 24 hours by boat, 45 minutes by plane and seconds by cell phone.  Distance was never an object.

Sworn to unity, the theme was conceived from the souls of two cultures

A TALE OF 2 KIDNEYS, Unity in diversity

 

Nephrologists always knew that God made two kidneys so that one can be donated in the time of need.  This midyear convention gave the renal duet an entirely new meaning.  The smiling masks of Bacolod flew to Angeles, Pampanga.  The Kampampangans and Tagalogs opened their arms in welcome to their Ilonggo colleagues. 

The next six weeks were bound to steam with work and imagination as the one thing clearly common between the Bacolod and Angeles is:  they are not open to the option of defeat.

But wait . . . something here is NOT NEW.  The Central Luzon team just happened to be veterans and victors of a recent battle: the 2012 PCP Midyear Convention held last year, also in Angeles, Pampanga.  Last year’s PCP Midyear had no less than PSN’s former president Dr. Renne “Bong” Toledano as over all chair.  He trained us well and one year after that victory in Fontana, the nephrologists of Central Luzon still have the gumption, the organization, the talent and the connections to give another big roar!

And then, there’s more.  Apart from the organization of Dr. Dong Sese who served as over all chair and Dr. Joy Mallari who managed the treasury coffers, the next six weeks had to be hot with promotions.  The renal community of the Philippines MUST KNOW about the 2013 Midyear Convention.  They MUST WANT TO COME to the 2013 Midyear Convention.  Today, this is the PSN Central Luzon’s open secret:  we have an artistic genius named Dr. Rene Francisco.  A pediatric nephrologist, he is the formidable talent to beat.  He is the mind and the hand behind that gorgeous poster of the 2013 Midyear Convention.  With the help of Biomedis, our absolutely artistic posters were printed and spread all over the archipelago.  Electronic teasers were made by our Dr. Milik Pasumbal and our Metro Manila friend, Dr. William Rivero.  With only six weeks or less, we had to almost “seduce” the nephrology community to come to Pampanga!  Chapter Secretary Dr. Mia Collado could have compiled a book with all her e-mails and text messages.  Dr. Mara befriended every nephrologist in the country on Face Book!

The delegates needed hotels to stay in and lecture halls.  PHAP finally approved the Holiday Inn Clark for us and arrangements for other hotels needed to be made.  Those were the days and nights that Drs. Darwin Darjuan and Ritchie Rebong did not work and did not sleep.

All dolled up in our Filipiniana gowns and barongs, we opened the Midyear Convention on October 4, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning.  Overcoming her stage fright, Chapter Vice President, Dr. Shalee Santos led the prayer drafted by Dr. Olive Idio.  The orderly academic march, the warm welcome of President Dr. Mara and finally the climax of the adventure began to rise.  Our key note speaker was no less than one of the medical community’s guardians of ethics, Dr. Antonio Miguel Dans.  He gave us many critical points to ponder as we practice this enviable specialty.  New fellows were inducted and welcomed to the society and Dr. Susan Anonuevo-dela Rama raised the gavel and declared the convention open.  The game’s afoot . . .

We knew that organization is the key.  Another secret is revealed by PSN Central Luzon: even as Dra. Mara claimed to be a newby leader, she has a powerful tactical weapon in the person of her devoted and industrious spouse, Dr. Robert Tugade.  An organization man, by nature, necessity and force of circumstance, Dr. Robert outlined the details of the convention from the first step of the academic march in the Opening Ceremonies to the final minutes of the scientific program.  Happily, he was able to relax with rest of us during the social gatherings in between and after the convention.  THANK YOU, DOC ROBERT!  Sa uulitin ha . . .

Dr. Agnes Estrella worked with Dr. Soc Maravilla of Bacolod to recruit speakers that will make the scientific program engaging and unforgettable.  There was a balance of adult and pediatric nephrology (so glad we were able to get Drs. Angeles Marbella and Lorna Simangan to discuss Pediatric KT and immunology).  The topics discussed were those that speakers usually fear to tread:  Renal Nutrition (Dr. Lynn Gomez), Medical Stone Management (Dr. Coralie Dimacali), Deceased Organ Donation (Dr. JP Lagunzad and Dr. Sonny Paraiso). There were two lectures that caught our fancy and furor:  BIR and the nephrologist with Ms Jesusa Bigay, CPA as speaker (thank you LRII Therapharma!) and Hemodialysis Issues by our beloved Dr. Irma Gueco (she is our very own former PSN President with Kapampangan roots).  The lunch symposia were equally instructive with Dr. Marie Carmela Lapitan discussing Lower Urinary Tract Syndromes (Astellas). Dr. Agnes Estrella reviewing Lupus Nephritis (Macropharma), Drs. Lynn Gomez and Nines Bautista talking on their take on Incretin Therapy (Natrapharm) and Dr. Irma Gueco on Renal Anemia (Roche).

The Grand Dames of the Socials Committee, Drs. Marizel Catungal, Eden Castillo and Emely Pasumbal with their shared “consort,” Dr. Edison Guerrero crafted the social activities to the tiniest detail.  We have to thank LRII Therapharma (again!) for the Welcome Dinner that served as a warm up of our sterling and sosyal gatherings, so typical of the two regions.  You know you’re in good company when you have no less than THE COMPANY to rock your first night at the convention.  The fellowship night with the generous sponsorship of Biomedis only fueled more of the party attitudes of the midyear.  The Masskara art competition and the SIDE A Band released the other side of normally obsessive compulsive renal specialists! With the scientific sessions finally accomplished, groups of doctors and their families bonded with their pharmaceutical industry sponsors to tour scenic spots of Pampanga.  Among them, was the tranquil PRADO FARM where we ate Pampanga cuisine, awed ourselves with interesting houses and decors of the farm and just chilled out and enjoyed full body massages!       

It is done.  The mission is accomplished.  The longest six weeks of our lives was well lived.  Will there ever be another like it again?  We wonder while others dread and hope not as it was a challenge that intimidates those with faltering hearts.  It is only for the brave.

                                           

 


The Olongapo Mission

The Olongapo Mission

The aftermath of the recent monsoon rains and flooding in Olongapo last September brought about an outbreak in Leptospirosis cases in the city. Government officials and health care providers were overwhelmed with the number of cases which were admitted to the hospitals. James L. Gordon Hospital became the center of attention as about 80% of the affected individuals flocked here. The number of admitted cases swelled to about 500 easily overwhelming the hospital staff and its resources. Members of the PSN Central Luzon Chapter and the National Organization led medical missions to help the health-workers of the hospital cope with the situation. Aside  from assisting in the delivery of care to patients, PSN volunteers took time to help educate the health-care personnel in implementing the protocols for leptospirosis. Health Secretary, Dr. Enrique Ona declared the outbreak under control on October 14, 2013. 


Photo chronicle of the medical mission to Olongapo:


Family Day 2013

Family Day 2013

Malusog na Bato, Yan Ang Gusto Ko! The Annual Family Day was again successfully celebrated last June 9, 2013 at the UST Central Seminary Gymnasium. The celebration, now on its 11th year, never ceases to excite the patients as well as the healthcare workers and doctors. The gymnasium was filled by the patients together with their loved ones. The celebration started by a thanksgiving mass. The spirits and energy of the participants were rocked by the first activity entitled “I-ZUMBA MO AKO”. It was so amazing that the patients were as energetic and excited as they follow the dance instructor.


It was followed by another breathtaking activity entitled “KIDNEY TO WIN IT”. The game was a challenge to the participants as they need to finish the challenge in one minute. But there is a twist to the game, that the patients will learn behind the logic of the challenge (e.g. the sorting of the coins was comparable to the filtering capability of the kidneys). 

The last activity was really a memorable one the “KIDNEY MASTER CHEF” with Ms. Ivory Yat, one of the finalist of the recently concluded Pinoy Master Chef  who graced the event and was complemented by a very experienced Renal Dietician,  Ms. Virgie Buena. Ms. Ivory was very enthusiastic in teaching our patients on how to prepare healthy sumptuous meals for our Chronic Kidney Disease, she also explains that she understands our patients since she used to be a dialysis nurse and her Dad was also a Dialysis patient. Our renal dietician guest, Ms. Buena also explained on how much and why this diet or ingredients could be used. Ms. Balbuena was able to answer the questions of our kidney patients and clarified their misconceptions regarding their diet.

A GMA-7 talent artist, Mr. Teejay   Marquez also shared his time and rendered a song and dance number. This cutie teen-star gladly took time and had his pictures taken with our patients. Surely our patients were starstruck with his presence.   The Jollibee mascot also graced the event and gave smiles to our kids, as Jollibee danced along with them. Of course, a big thanks to our good looking nephrologists, Dr. Sonny L. Antonio, Dr. Maaliddin B. Biruar, and Dr. Frederick H. Verano, for hosting the event. Overall it was a DAY OF FUN, BONDING WITH THE FAMILY and LEARNING as well. Till next year as we are looking forward to a better, bigger and more exciting Family Day.


Strategic Planning 2013

Strategic Planning 2013

A total of 30 consultants consist of past presidents (Dr. Carmelo Alfiler, Dr.Benita Padilla, Dr.  Dolores Bonzon, Dr Delia Bayog and Dr.Nenita Collantes), BOT and other participants with important posts in the  Philippine Society of Nephrology attended the two day strategic planning at the Tagaytay City on the stormy days of  June 29-30.


Dr. Roberto Tanchangco facilitated the affair with very concise and directed actions that produced a very promising plan for the year to come.  A brief introduction on each of the participants was done .  The group was assigned to  work according to clusters  and assigned a group leader, a rapporteur and a presentor.  Each group filled up a balanced score card (this includes the financial, internal, learning and growth perspectives were filled up.  Brainstorming in each group was done setting the targets for each project.  For each cluster “ Pambihirang Tagumpay ”  which means the target project  was chosen  by the team mates and was presented for the body for reactions.

Guided by the mission-vision of the society the following are some of the major plans:
A.  Internal Processes: Hemodialysis summit, the Annual Conventions, Leadership Training
B. Customers Perspective:  Website, the Philippine Journal of Nephrology indexed internationally,
C. Financial perspective-   adjustment of fees, fundraising activity, maximizing solicitations and grants
D.  Learning and Growth:  Taas Antas PKD registry and multicenter  research.

After the presentation, a brief talk by Dr. Anthony Leachon was given on how to handle the press.  It is very interesting  because it emphasizes on making the press an ally of our advocacies.

Timelines were set.  We all hoped that the execution of  the plans will push thru and all the results will come out projected.


PSN Conducts First Hemodialysis Summit

PSN Conducts First Hemodialysis Summit

Last July 5, 2013, members from the different chapters of the PSN across the country convened for the very first PSN Hemodialysis Summit at the Microtel, Mall of Asia.  This 2-day summit was conducted to allow members to further discuss concerns pertaining to all  hemodialysis stakeholders, namely, our patients, their nephrologists, hemodialysis unit owners,  third-party payors, the DOH and Philippine Health Insurance Company (PHIC), and gather their collective stand to lead to policy formulation.


The first day of the summit involved “brainstorming” sessions  among the different groups, each tasked to discuss issues on the different aspects of the practice of hemodialysis, from the quality of care, duties and responsibilities of attending nephrologists, endorsement and transfer of patients to different hemodialysis centers,  professional fees, up to the current DOH and PHIC guidelines, followed by a plenary session for clarification and summation of ideas.

On the second and last day of the summit, the final integration which was ably facilitated by one of PSN’s  past presidents, Dr. Albert Chua, ushered the following plans of action:  1) The production of more patient education materials for CKD 5 patients, including options for renal replacement therapy, PHIC benefits, financial assistance from PCSO   2) The setting of guidelines and standards on the quality of care of hemodialysis patients  3) The harmonization of DOH and PHIC guidelines on the accreditation of facilities  4) The creation of templates for patient’s transfer and endorsement to different units to ensure continuity of care.

It is hoped that the output of the first hemodialysis summit will lead to further improving the quality of care of our patients on hemodialysis.  The summit is only the first step, as more work is yet to be done by each and every member of the PSN to reach and sustain this goal.
 


Kidney Month Celebration Around Mindanao

Kidney Month Celebration Around Mindanao

Throughout the country, the kidneys are placed front and center every month of June.  June is the time to celebrate its wondrous and manifold capabilities, its profound power, and encompassing significance.  It is also the time to recognize the consequences that may occur when the kidneys are ignored, when they are not given their due relevance, and when they are disrespected.  This year, much emphasis is placed on our kidneys’ health making the theme for this year’s Kidney Month Celebration “Malusog na Bato, Yan ang Gusto Ko”.


In Mindanao, different key cities celebrated Kidney Month in their own special and distinctive way.

Davao City - The Kidney Month celebration last June 16, 2013 was held at the Mahogany Room of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).  This was attended by many patients of the said hospital and their relatives together with medical professionals from different hospitals.  The event kicked off with a lecture series for the lay conducted by the Nephrologists of SPMC.  Topics included Overview of the Kidney Function and Common Kidney Diseases by Dr. Ma. Theresa Bad-ang, Renal Replacement Therapy – Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis by Dr. Jeanette Ybiernas, Kidney Transplantation by Dr. Rodelie Banico, and Maintenance Medications of Patients with Renal Failure by Dr. Clarissa Arsolon.  In accordance with this year’s theme “Malusog na Bato, Yan ang Gusto Ko”, a Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Grace Manuales, was invited to enlighten the audience regarding the proper diet for patients with impaired renal function.   As has been a tradition during the Kidney Month celebration in Davao City, the much-awaited portion of the celebration was the showcase of talents and special skills of patients with renal failure.  This year, the patients and their relatives were given the chance to wow the audience through two different formats – On-the-Spot Drawing Competition and Kidneys Got Talent Contest.  Both competitions gave the patients the opportunity to show the rest of the audience that despite their condition, they are still capable of living a normal and active life, that they are empowered, and that they are able to provide inspiration to other people.  

SOCCSKSARGEN Region - Several programs were held in observance of the National Kidney Month. The Department of Health- Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) SOCCSKSARGEN Region conducted a press conference last June 14, 2013 at the Serapio B. Montaner Hall, DOH-CHD XII, Cotabato City. During the conference, Dr. Leonora A. Lozana, MD, MO III, talked on the Updates on Renal Disease and the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) in Region XII. Dr. Mary Anne C. Lu, MD, FPCP, DPSN also gave an overview on Renal Disease and Renal Disease Screening and Prevention. This was followed by an open forum, which addressed several questions and myths regarding kidney health and disease. Dr. Marlyn W. Convocar, MD, MPH, CESO IV, Regional Director of the DOH-CHD Region XII and Dr. Olivia T. Sudaria, MPA, DMHRM, Regional Director of the Philippine Information Agency Region XII were also part of the panelists. The conference was also aired over the local channel as part of their public information dissemination. The Cotabato Regional and Medical Center Hemodialysis Unit (CRMC-HDU), headed by Dr. Mary Anne C. Lu and Mrs. Jocelyn Mojado, RN, organized a free clinic and lay forum last June 22, 2013, 6am-12nn, at the CRMC Out-patient Department.  A total of eighty patients registered for the free clinic. Screening tests included FBS, cholesterol, urinalysis, and hematocrit screening and bone scan. A lay forum was also conducted during the event to promote kidney health and disease prevention. A video presentation of end-stage renal disease patients on maintenance hemodialysis was shown during the event to improve patient awareness on kidney disease and treatment options. An open forum was held afterwards to address questions on kidney health, screening and prevention of kidney disease. The event was concluded by a free consultation with medical internists after the screening tests for early disease detection and management.

General Santos City – As a break from the usual format of educating the lay about the kidneys, the organizers of the Kidney Month Celebration in General Santos City opted for a more audience-friendly and interactive method of information dissemination in the form of a talk show.  This was held at the St. Elizabeth Hospital last June 20, 2013.  This was participated in by 40 patients, patients’ relatives and watchers, and hospital employees.  Erick Von Fredeluces, RN provided comprehensive insights into the normal kidney function while   Dr. Arnelia Bersales-Masendo elaborated on kidney diseases and their management. 

Cagayan de Oro City – A series of events were initiated by the Nephrologists in Cagayan de Oro City to commemorate Kidney Month.  Launching of the Activities for Kidney Month entitled “Pamahaw Espesyal” was held last June 3, 2013 at ABS-CBN, Bulua, CDO with the participation of several sectors: KITAP-CDO, DOH-Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), PSN Mindanao Chapter, Philippine Urology Association (PUA), and Vascular and Transplant Surgeons.  On June 15, Urologists and Transplant Surgeons gave a lecture on Percutaneous Nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) to coincide with the launching of the new PCNL of NMMC and on Kidney Transplantation Updates.  The following day, patients undergoing hemodialysis in different hemodialysis units in the city and their relatives were treated to a day filled with fun and surprises during their Family Day held at Philtown Hotel.  The Urologists of CDO also conducted free prostate screening as part of their celebration of Kidney Month.  By June 22, a Lay Forum on Kidney Diseases was held also at Philtown Hotel headed by Nephrologist Dr. Helen Roa.  In the evening of the same day, Kidney Month Celebration in CDO was capped off by a Fellowship Night spearheaded by Dr. Sandra Oliveros.  All in all, the celebration of Kidney Month in CDO was well-received and truly memorable.

Zamboanga City – Kidney Month celebration in Zamboanga City started with a cooking contest mimicking the popular reality show Master Chef and inspired by the Kidney Month theme.  This was participated in by several hemodialysis patients paired with a relative who were made to prepare from scratch their own recipe fit for patients with renal failure. Each dish was judged according to palatability, nutritional content, and presentation.  While the aspiring chefs were preparing their distinct recipes, the rest of those in attendance participated in a nutrition lecture, were entertained by doctors and hemodialysis nurses, and engaged in parlor games and raffle draws.

As a culmination of the Kidney Month Celebration in Mindanao, the PSN Mindanao Chapter conducted the second leg of its lecture series entitled “Basic Nephrology for Non-Nephrologists” this time in Zamboanga City.  The aim of this lecture series to increase awareness regarding early recognition and initial management of common renal conditions in areas in Mindanao with no and limited number of Nephrologists.  Speakers and moderators of the said medical forum were Nephrologists practicing in different cities in Mindanao. Topics included were:  Urinalysis Interpretation and Ten Renal Syndrome, Conservative Therapies for Advanced Renal Failure, Smoking and CKD, Acute Kidney Injury, and Basic Pediatric Nephrology.

Special acknowledgement: Dr. Arselia Bersales-Masendo, Dr. Mary Anne Chong-Lu, Dr. Sandra Oliveros, Ms. Gwendoliza Escalon, RN
 


Mindanao Chapter Holds 2nd Medical Forum for Non-Nephrologists & 2nd Chapter Assembly

Mindanao Chapter Holds 2nd Medical Forum for Non-Nephrologists & 2nd Chapter Assembly

A flagship project of the PSN Mindanao Chapter is the organization and implementation of medical fora in different areas in Mindanao as part of their desire to impart elemental and relevant knowledge regarding the kidneys with the straightforward title “Basic Nephrology for Non-Nephrologists”.  The first locality to benefit from this endeavour was Tandag City in Surigao del Sur last August 4, 2013.


The second leg of the series took place in Zamboanga City last June 29, 2013 at the Orchid Garden Hotel.  This also served as the culmination of the Kidney Month Celebration of the city in coordination with PSN Mindanao Chapter.  This was organized by Dr. Arnelia Bersales-Masendo, President of PSN Mindanao Chapter; Dr. Rodelie Banico, Head of Committee on Continuing Medical Education; and Drs. Margarita Abalon and Marizel Karim, Nephrologists practicing in Zamboanga City.  The venue was filled to capacity by attendees, doctors and nurses alike, practicing in Zamboanga City and adjoining areas including Dagupan City.  Topics covered during the said forum and the respective lecturers were as follows:  Urinalysis Interpretation and Ten Renal Syndromes by Dr. Mary Anne Chong-Lu from Cotabato City, Conservative Therapies for Advanced Renal Failure by Dr. Jeanette Romano-Ybiernas of Davao City, Smoking and Chronic Kidney Disease by Dr. Antonio Ybiernas, Jr. (an Otorhinolaryngologist and Tobacco Treatment Specialist from Davao City), Acute Kidney Injury by Dr. Arnelia Bersales-Masendo of General Santos City, and Dr. Ma. Theresa Banes of Davao City.

The event was well-received with the participants taking home augmented knowledge regarding the kidneys which they may be able to use during their practice.

Immediately following the medical forum, the PSN Mindanao Chapter officers and members convened at Orchid Garden Hotel for its Second General Assembly.  This gathering is not only a means to meet and discuss PSN-related matters but also to augment the knowledge of the members.  Invited speakers during the assembly were Nephrologist Dr. Nila Lopez who discussed Current Approaches for Managing Phosphorus and Diabetologist Dr. Rima Tan who updated the attendees on Patient Initiation and Intensification of Insulin. The assembly proper was headed by Dr. Masendo being the President of PSN Mindanao Chapter.  The leading agendum of that meeting was the concerns to be raised during the Hemodialysis Summit.  Each member of the chapter present during the meeting was given the chance to voice out his concerns regarding the pressing matters that were to be brought up during the Hemodialysis Summit.  Other matters discussed were:  the date and venue of the third leg of the medical forum Basic Nephrology for Non-Nephrologists and other future plans for the chapter including a post-graduate course in Nephrology on 2014.

The PSN Mindanao Chapter, together with Southern Philippines Medical Center Internal Medicine Department, is currently in the process of organizing a Post-Graduate Course in Nephrology to be held in Davao City tentatively on March 14 and 15, 2014.  Expected attendees are doctors and nurses from around Mindanao. This course will tackle updates of interest in our field not only through a lecture format but through interactive and hands-on sessions especially for those topics related to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.  Speakers will be a mix of Nephrologists from the Mindanao Chapter and the National Chapter and other specialists.


The 3rd Hemodialysis Post Graduate Course PSN – Southern Tagalog Chapter

The 3rd Hemodialysis Post Graduate Course PSN – Southern Tagalog Chapter

As the old saying goes, “The show must go on…” despite foggy weathers with zero visibility and threats of monsoon rains, the 3rd hemodialysis post graduate course of the PSN – Southern Tagalog Chapter kicked off last June 30, 2013 for the second time at Tagaytay International Convention Center.

This year’s theme, “Nutritional, Fluids and Electrolyte concerns in Hemodialysis” was attended by more than 400 physicians, nurses, allied medical staffs and pharmaceutical partners.


The whole-day course started by the opening ceremonies and invocation led by Dr. Francia Sobrevinas, followed by the current PSN-STC president, Dr. Edgardo Faustino who gave the welcome remarks. Dr. Orpheus Monakil, the overall chair for the post-graduate course gave the overview and Dr. Susan Anonuevo – De La Rama, PSN president, gave her message to the PSN-STC. Dr. Milo Villena remained to be the master of ceremonies.

At around 8:30am, breakfast symposium by our pharmaceutical partner, Biomedis, started with a lecture given by Dr. Edgardo Faustino. This was immediately followed by the morning’s interactive session on “Nutrition evaluation in dialysis patients: What’s old? What’s new?” given by Dra. Ruth Bernardo.

After a brief coffee break and visit to exhibits, the Session 2 of the interactive morning session resumed, this time tackling “ Nutrition in Dialysis Patient: What to eat and what not to eat?” lectured by Nutritionist Ms. Jao Mandigma. Two-luncheon symposium, sponsored by Roche and Fresenius Kabi followed.

The afternoon session was opened by the 3rd interactive lecture given by Dr. Edgardo Faustino on “Sodium and Potassium”, and was followed by “fluid Management” lectured by Dr. Maria Rhodora Valenzona. The Redcop Lecture, given by Dr. Arlene Munoz officially ended the lecture course.  After the last session was given the much awaited raffle was drawn, giving away an ipad mini, Samsung S3 phone and other special prizes prepared by the chapter.
 


The PSN Central Luzon General Assembly

The PSN Central Luzon General Assembly


Indeed, we couldn’t have imagined a better way to start the third year of the PSN Central Luzon Chapter.

The First General Assembly opened 2013 on a Saturday, July 22 at Green Kitchen, San Fernando, Pampanga. Twenty-five members came together and were honored with the presence of the Past President and PSN A-1 awardee, Dr. Irmingarda Gueco and the current PSN President, Dr. Susan Anonuevo-Dela Rama as our Resource Speakers.

All members who attended came in enthusiastically with their Green GA Shirts as the General Assembly was announced to be the avenue for the dissemination and discussion of the Hemodialysis Summit Guidelines. 

Boehringer-Ingelheim, Philippines Inc. graciously sponsored the sumptuous lunch which was also highlighted by a lecture by the PSN Central Luzon Past President, Dr. Hezel Diwa of Bataan.

After the lecture of Dr. Diwa, the body was immediately involved with the presentation of the calendar of activities. Nephroprojects and Nephroprograms for 2013-2014 were all ably laid out by sparring partners PSN Central Luzon Vice-President, Dr. Shalee Santos and the Chapter Secretary, Dr. Almira Collado, both of Tarlac.  These plans were marked with the organization and relevance that are becoming distinguishing characteristics of this zealous chapter of the PSN.

The near completion of the Chapter’s Medical Directory was presented through the big efforts of Dr.  Rene Francisco, our pediatric nephrologist from Nueva Ecija.  The chapter assigns a premium on open communication lines between colleagues and the directory facilitated easy access between us.

The Nephroprojects/Nephroprograms are planned to bring out the camarederie and unity among the members.  The Chapter boasts of major activities that will showcase the members' capability and commitment in serving PSN. 

First in line will be the traditional Inter-hospital Nephrology Quiz this October 2013 to be held in Nueva Ecija.  Already on its third edition, this unique competition, pioneered by the Central Luzon chapter continues to challenge Internal Medicine residents of PCP accredited programs in the region to master their knowledge on Nephrology. It will be handled by one of our Board Members, Dr. Roland Valdez of Nueva Ecija and Dr. Rocelia Gonzales of Bulacan.

The Hemodialysis Workshop entitled "Hemodialysis Myths and Fallacies" will debut in January 2014 with Dr. Alejandro Sese of Pampanga and Dr. Agnes Bridget Estrella of Bulacan as the Over-all Chair and Scientific Committee Chair, respectively.  This promises to be an eye-opener for Central Luzon Nephrology nurses and technicians as well as Hemodialysis center duty physicians as this activity aims to eliminate erroneous hemodialysis practices and come up with a standardized protocol for Central Luzon.

The final activity for this term will be the World Kidney Day this March 2014 with its front liner, The PSN Central Luzon First Neph-Run to be held at the Parade Grounds of Clarkfield, Angeles, Pampanga with Dr. Biboy Suarez of Pampanga as the Over-all Organizer. A Lay Forum will then follow in Tarlac in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Endocrinology Central Luzon Members through its Board Member, Dr. Mary Jane Gutierrez, our guest Endocrinologist from Bulacan.

The discussions on the Hemodialysis Summit Guidelines were presented by the dynamic current PSN Central Luzon President, Dr. Mara Baking-Tugade and Board Member, Dr. Mary Lynn Due as the Moderator. These guidelines comprised sensitive and critical issues that concerned not only members of the chapter, but the entire society.  Some of these issues have been brewing all over the nation but among the first brave voices to articulate them were those from the Central Luzon Chapter.

Dr. Mary Lynn Due did a very good job in making the discussions very interactive and productive as everyone was given a chance to share their own concerns, misconceptions and problems which were very well addressed by our Resource Speakers.

The PSN Central Luzon Chapter was very thankful that their voices were heard and continues to hope that an order will be made to settle all the lingering Hemodialysis Issues.

The PSN Central Luzon 2013 saga began with a very successful dialysis family day last June 22, 2013 and the fervor continued to blaze on to the First General Assembly exactly a month later.  Many of the projects that were launched this year are ground-breaking.  In 2013, the chapter revealed its priority for continuing renal education.  The members were tasked to hold monthly lecture activities in every province of the chapter.  In association with a partner from pharmaceutical industry, these lectures are to be conducted by a chapter member of the province.  Initially, the learning activity was planned to be a discussion of a product related subject but members articulated the desire to focus on continuing renal/nephrology education.  Suggestions were made to either discuss an interesting chapter from Brenner and Rector’s Ninth Edition or to report/critique a current remarkable journal article. 

Before the sun could set on the First General Assembly, our President, Dra. Mara Tugade adjourned the meeting at the Green Kitchen but many members, the Presidents included, eventually gravitated to the nearby residence of Dr. Marizel Mallari-Catungal for coffee and more talk.  Nephrology and PSN etched on our minds and spirits, our interests will always burn all throughout this year and for many years to come!
 


UST Hospital Celebrates World Kidney Day 2013

UST Hospital Celebrates World Kidney Day 2013

On March 14, 2013, the Philippines joined other countries around the globe in celebrating World Kidney Day to the theme of “Kidneys for Life: Stop Kidney Attack”. World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and the Philippine Society of Nephrology held annually on the second Thursday of March to raise awareness on the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease worldwide. This year’s theme aimed to inform on how to prevent and stop kidney failure.


For this event, the Section of Nephrology of the University of Santo Tomas was tasked by the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) to be at the helm of the celebration. It was held at the Central Seminary Gym of the University of Santo Tomas. The celebration was spearheaded by Dra. Elizabeth Angelica Roasa, Chair, Section of Nephrology and Dra. Stephanie Andres, WKD Head. Our PSN President, Dra. Nenita Collantes opened the program with some mind opening messages for the participants. The celebration was also supported by different doctors from Internal Medicine, Pediatric and Adult Nephrology and Rheumatology.

The Participants, which, included kidney patients, on or not on dialysis, their families, doctors and nurses, were invited to join in a short power stretching routine to start the day. Lectures on nephrotoxic drugs and herbal medications were conducted by Dra. Josephine Valdez and renal nutrition followed, conducted by Miss Emily Bigsot to emphasize their significance on the health of our kidneys.

This year, essay writing and photography contests were held to express and share how to stop kidney attack. The winners for the Essay writing contest are Mr. Bernardo Camara with his essay entitled “Tunay na Pag-ibig sa Ikalawang Pagkakataon” for Filipino Category and Ms. Maria Bulaklak Ausente for her essay entitled  “ The Day I said Hi to CKD” for the English Category. For the Photography Contest, the winners are Ms. Jobelija Estreller, “Keeping the Faith”, first prize, Ms. Marifel Joy Valerio, “Strength Beyond Illness”, second prize, and Dr. Gerard Perlas “Feeling of Uncertainty”, third prize. Special awards were given to Mr. Raniel Castaneda for his work “We Do Love our Kidneys”, as Photo of the Year and Ms. Jobelija Estreller for “Keeping the Faith”, as People’s Choice. Other special prizes were given away thanks to our sponsors from the Pharmaceutical and Dialysis companies.

Participants were serenaded by our Physicians from UST Hospital and Makati Medical Center and an entertaining dance number was given by Doctors and Nurses from the Chinese General Hospital. Another power stretch was done to close the program. Overall, the program was a success, with participants going home with new knowledge on how to stop kidney attack.

Co-author: Ma. Katrina Simon


Southern Tagalog Chapter Celebrates National Kidney Month

Southern Tagalog Chapter Celebrates National Kidney Month

The Philippine Society of Nephrology Southern Tagalog Chapter and Dela Salle University Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine conducted a lay forum in keeping up with the celebration of the National Kidney month last June 25, 2012 at the OPD Waiting area of DLSUMC, Dasmarinas, Cavite. The theme was: “Ikaw at Ako Panalo sa Malusog na Bato”.


The occasion was attended by OPD patients and their relatives. Dr. Josephine R. Valdez welcomed our guest speakers and audiences. One of the topics discussed included: What is Chronic Kidney Disease? lectured by Dr. Enrico Paolo Legaspi, a Senior Medical Resident at DLSUMC.

A discussion on Renal Nutrition followed, given by our hospital nutritionist Ms. Pinky Viloria. An overview of peritoneal dialysis was also given by Ms. Angela Mercado, a peritoneal dialysis nurse lecturer of Baxter. Active audience participation was encouraged during the question and answer portion after each lecture. Refreshments were given and raffle prizes were given to those who actively participated.

Dra. Marie Fe Vergara – Lim Dy gave the closing remark in behalf of our chairman, Dr. Eugene Castillo. The program ended at 10:00am.


PNSP Goes to Baguio, Batangas and Bacolod

PNSP Goes to Baguio, Batangas and Bacolod

PNSP Annual Convention

The Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines (PNSP) continues to update and encourage all sectors interested in Pediatric Nephrology thru our annual convention. As we celebrated our 17th year in 2012, a level up program was prepared to meet the state of the art needs of attendees to the annual convention entitled iKidney Apps (Practical Approaches and Applications) under the tireless leadership of PNSP President Dr. Remedios Dee Chan and Over-all chair Dr. Offie de Leon. This convention was supported by the Asian Pediatric Nephrology of the Philippines and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. Thru the help of PNSP founding President Carmelo A. Alfiler, the faculty was graced by the presence of IPNA speaker Professor Arvind Bagga, MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Back to back lectures on nephrology and urology were delivered by Dr. Dave Bolong and PNSP member counterparts. A total of more than 300 delegates attended the convention. We are all looking forward to PNSP ‘s China Anniversary. The society will surely prepare a more enriching program in the years to come.


CPC’s in B and B

Two interesting Clinicopathologic Conferences (CPC) were held last year in the cities of Batangas and Bacolod. Both CPCs were well attended with approximately 100 participants in each conference. The PNSP CPCs team up with the PPS Local chapters who need CPCs to help satisfy their accreditation needs. The CPC module ws spearheaded by Dr. Agnes A. Alarilla-Alba. The events were graciously supported by Pharex Phils. During the conference, member hospitals of each chapter present a case and an expert pediatric nephrologist (Dr. Rita Mendoza for Batangas and Dr. Lynette Alcala for Bacolod) shares his/her thoughts on the case, followed by the pathologist who gives the final verdict of the case. It was truly a venue for exchanges of ideas.


PSN Mindanao Chapter Conducts First General Assembly

PSN Mindanao Chapter Conducts First General Assembly

A landmark event was organized by the current officers of the PSN Mindanao Chapter ably headed by the Chapter President Dr. Arnelia Bersales-Masendo.  This was the First General Assembly of the said chapter which was held last November 24-25, 2012 at the Saranggani Highlands in General Santos City. The main thrust of the assembly was to convene Nephrologists practicing in Mindanao to discuss and reconcile pressing matters specific to Mindanao.  This milestone was attended by twenty-seven Nephrologists from all over Mindanao. 


First in the agenda was a luncheon meeting with the PSN President Dr. Nenita Collantes who brought up issues being tackled by the society and opinions of the attendees regarding these.  She likewise inquired from the chapter of any concerns it wants to elevate to the national level. 

The local Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee also took the opportunity to conduct two CME-credited lectures. The first lecture was entitled “The Value of Premix Analog in Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Patients with Renal Failure” by Dr. Grace Kho de los Santos followed by a lecture by Dr. Noel Villanueva entitled “Biosimilar Recombinant Erythropoietin: Need for Regulation and Pharmacovigilance”. 

Matters that were discussed during the assembly proper included fund raising activities for the chapter, organization of CME-credited endeavors, and concerns pertaining to hemodialysis (medical directorship, standardization of professional fees, setting-up of hemodialysis units, and PHIC reimbursement).

The assembly capped off with an outing to Gumasa Beach, General Santos’ very own white sand beach.

The chapter hopes that this general assembly will be a bi-annual event, to be held every June and November, with Zamboanga City being eyed as the next venue. 


PSN Mindanao Takes Surigao del Sur

PSN Mindanao Takes Surigao del Sur

PSN Mindanao Chapter conducted the first leg of its CME-motivated lecture series entitled "Basic Nephrology for Non-Nephrologists". The main objective of this lecture series is to augment the basic nephrology knowledge of physicians practicing in areas in Mindanao without Nephrologists. It is hoped that through this lecture series, physicians will gain confidence in recognizing and diagnosing renal diseases, correctly manage common renal diseases, and acknowledge when it is prudent to refer patients to a specialist.


The first location chosen was Tandag City, the capital of Surigao del Sur.  Tandag City is about 331 km from Davao City, or approximately 7-8 hours travel by land.  The lecture was conducted in coordination with the Philippine Medical Association - Surigao del Sur 2 Chapter officers, with Dr. Ruby Cristina Pama as chapter President. It was held at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel and Restaurant last August 4, 2012. The event was attended by around 50 general practitioners, family physicians, internists, surgeons, pediatricians, and obstetrician-gynecologists from Tandag City and nearby towns.

The lecture series consisted of the following topics: Urinalysis Interpretation and Syndromic Approach to Diagnosing Renal Diseases by Dr. Rafael Sy of Butuan City, Acute Kidney Injury by Dr. Clarissa Equipado-Arsolon of Davao City, Chronic Kidney Disease by Dr. Ma. Theresa Bad-ang of Davao City, Urinary Tract Infection Guidelines by Dr. Romina Rusillon of Surigao City, and Common Pediatric Renal Diseases by Dr. Leila Quidilla of Koronadal City.

However, the event was not purely an academic endeavor.  The following day, the group of nephrologists together with the local practitioners spent the day enjoying the different scenic sites of Surigao del Sur, including Laswitan (“laswit” pertains to the splash of the waves as they hit the rocky shore) and Cagwait Beach (Surigao del Sur’s very own white sand beach).

This occasion gave the Mindanao Nephrologists the opportunity to impart their knowledge to physicians in areas without nephrologists at the same time enjoy the beauty that Mindanao has to offer and bond with each other.

Proposed venues for the next lecture series include Mati City, Davao Oriental; Dahilayan, Bukidnon; and Zamboanga.