Good day PUA members,
It's been almost 3 months since the beginning of the year 2016, we the current executive council and the committee chairmen and members have been working doubly hard because of the several main activities lined up for the 1st half of the year.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our 32nd Midyear Convention in Baguio theme: “Agpalam-miis ditoy Baguio: WAGWAGAN na PUA! ", on April 21-24, 2016. This year’s Scientific Committee chair, Dr. Pat Tuliao, has chosen the theme: “Evolution of diagnostics in urology” and thus have lined up several interesting lectures. Dr. Joel Aldana will present our very own LUTS / BPH guidelines and Dr. Benny Sunga will talk about Parenthood.
Let us also congratulate the Philippine Urological Residents Doctors Association (PURDA) headed by Dr. Euan Sanchez who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary during the Midyear Convention.
I am very proud to announce the first ever International Societies: PUA–AUA Symposium to be held in San Diego, California on May 9, 2016. We invited several prominent U.S. based Filipino urologist to talk about Prostate CA, Incontinence, renal transplant. More importantly, we would like to take this opportunity to strengthen our ties with the Philippine-American Urological Society represented by Dr. Ananias Diokno.
The first PUA-Outreach mission headed by Dr. Aris Roque will be held at Dipolog on April 1-3, 2016 with Dr. Victor Cabrera, Jr. as our area coordinator. The Outreach team will consist of both young and old (experienced) dedicated urologists.
The Skills committee chaired by Dr. Ian Lorenzo is in the process of drafting structured learning modules to serve as guide in performing Endourological and Laparoscopy Procedures this 3rd week of March.
The Head of the review course Dr. Omar Cortez has scheduled their activity on May 30-June 3, 2016 at Urology Center of the Phils. Inc. He assured me that this would be a greater learning experience for the participants.
The research committee headed by Dr. Jun Dy in collaboration with the Editor in Chief of the Phil Journal of Urology, Dr. Paul Sunga and Dr. Jojo Castillo head of membership will make sure to improve the number and quality papers to be published. In line with this there will be a research workshop scheduled on March 12, 2016.
The Men's health month on June headed by Dr. Dodge Limjoco will be conducting our Annual DRE for Men above 40. It will also showcase the 1st ever Men’s health lay symposium in which we hope to attract hundreds of participants and avail of wider media coverage. They also invited media personalities to help us propagate our advocacies. The highlight of this event will be the much more invigorated Fun Run.
Dr. Gene Yusi who has accepted the difficult task of heading the clinical practice guidelines committee that would draft our own PUA guidelines in urolithiasis.
I would also like to present Dr. Rafael L. Lising and Dr. Z. Raymond Anthony T. Cablitas, the first PUA members to avail of a mini fellowship training in Japan this coming May 2016.
The PUA Masteral program for hospital management began last January 16, 2016, which attracted around 17 fellow urologists.
Lastly I would like to thank the Executive Council and the PUA staff who endured the long hours during our meetings and all the committee chairs and it's members for accepting the challenge to bring the Association into greater heights.
Pedro L. Lantin, III, MD