August 13, 2016
Dear PUA Members,
It has been 8 months since I assumed office, by now you know the success of the midyear convention in Baguio, the AUA-PUA symposium held at San Diego and our Annual Men's Health program. THANK YOU PUA MEMBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Kudos to Dr. Dodge Limjoco our chair for the Men’s Health committee for a job well done. Special thanks to Dr. Joseph Lee our PUA media coordinator, our partners in media gave their full support in both TV and Radio to help spread our advocacy.
Last March 2016 at the EAU convention in Munich, I had the chance to meet Dr. Ali Gozen, which was facilitated by Dr. Juvido Agatep, to discuss with him the possibility of conducting a workshop in laparoscopy sanctioned by the EAU thru ESUT (European Society of Uro-Technology) which is responsible for conducting training courses. We agreed to bring in the famous Prof. Jens Rassweiler (Chairman ESUT, Heilbronn klinik, Germany) in the Philippines to conduct the workshop this coming October 6-8 2016. This agreement was cemented when I met with Dr. Rassweiler last July during the Urology Association of Asia meeting in Singapore. The head of this important learning activity will be Dr. Juvido P. Agatep, Jr.
I had a chance to meet with the Korean Urological Association International relations head Professor Jang Kim last AUA meeting in San Diego and met with him again during the UAA meeting in Singapore regarding the residents exchange program, at the moment we agreed to bring to Korea one resident in urology from the Philippines this October 2016.
This November 2016, we will be sending one resident in urology to attend the 3rd Asia Pacific preceptorship program in Singapore to learn about the advances in Prostate Cancer Management. I tasked Dr. Jun Gerial to craft guidelines on how to choose residents to send in this two international learning activities.
Our Annual Convention will be on November 23-26, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. This will be the 1st clinical congress in which all the sub-specialties in urology (Pediatric. Endourology, Uro-oncology) and Uro-Nurses Association of the Philippines will conduct their own sessions. We have gathered well known personalities in their respective fields all over the world. Dr. Warren Snodgrass (USA). Dr. Sang Won Han (Korea)- Pediatric, Dr. Nikolaos Sofitikis (Chaiman section of Andrology EAU)-Infertility, Dr. Ananias Diokno (USA)- Urodynamics, Dr. Raoul Concepcion (USA) Prostate Cancer, Dr. Guohua Zeng (China)- Mini PCNL. There are also 2 pre-congress workshops one in Urodynamics and in Endourology on November 23, 2016. The head of the scientific committee Dr. Joben Abraham and the overall chair Dr. Gabby Mercado has promised me a very meaningful learning experience in this year’s annual convention.
It is also with great honor that the President of the Urology Association of Asia Dr. MK Li will be the keynote speaker during the opening day of our Annual convention and will lead the induction of PUA and PURDA members to UAA. We are part of this big Urological Family in Asia and let us give our full support. I have instructed Dr. Gene Yusi and Dr. Gabby Mercado to prepare the necessary documents needed regarding the possibility of holding the 2021 UAA meeting in Manila.
I commend the skills committee chaired by Dr. Ian Lorenzo and outreach committee headed by Dr. Aris Roque for a job well done. They are on their second skills development and surgical mission activity for this year.
I would like to salute Dr. Colonel Omar Cortez for doing a good job on the PUA review course. Most of the reviewers (consultants and residents) passed the exams given by the PBU.
I would like to congratulate the PUA - Mindanao chapter headed by Dr. Pabs Buac for successfully holding their Post Graduate Course in Dipolog last July 1-2, 2016. I challenge the different chapters to follow suit.
The awards committee chairman Dr. Ronan Cuaresma is now accepting nominations for the lifetime achievement award, Academic and Community Service awards. Kindly send your nominations to the PUA Secretariat office ASAP.
The Uro-formulary would include the different treatment options of common urological diseases, guidelines and algorithm in addition to the most common drugs used by urologist, thanks to its chair Dr. Roderick Arcinas.
I congratulate Dr. Jun Dy and its members for creating new set of guidelines for research. The PUA journal chief editor Dr. Paul Sunga assured me of world class papers to be included in this years issue of the PJU. Thank you so much!
Lastly, I would like to thank the Executive Council and the PUA secretariat for their patience, cooperation and understanding.
Pedro L. Lantin, III, MD