UP and PhilHealth to host first Virtual International Conference on medical education in the time of the pandemic

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


The University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), is intensifying its role in the fight against COVID-19 through the first Virtual International Conference on Medical Education in the Time of the Pandemic. This webinar is scheduled on October 9, 2020, Friday, and interested parties may register via bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar25.

Part 1 of the conference-webinar aims to examine the capabilities of the country and the world in health service delivery and the training of doctors and other health professionals during the pandemic. When each one in healthcare facilities is tasked to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all necessary precautions are taken, contributing to delays and difficulties in both COVID and non-COVID related cases. Services for other medical and surgical conditions may also go unserved. The pandemic also highlights the importance of producing more medical professionals who are able to serve more patients.

Presentors during the conference-webinar are: Dr. Stella Marie Jose, Deputy Director for Health Operations of the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH); Prof. Alfred Kow Wei Chieh, Assistant Dean of Education of the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Medicine; and, Prof. Shahrul Bahyah, Postgraduate Training for Internal Medicine, and COVID Coordinator for the University of Malaya. They will shed light on how medical training institutions are dealing with the challenges brought about by the pandemic as it disrupted the training of health professionals and services in hospitals.

Conference reactors include: Dr. Vincent De Leon, Chief Resident of the Department of Radiation Oncology of The Medical City in Ortigas, and President of the Medical City Fellows and Residents Organization; Dr. Madonna L. Aujero, Resident at the Department of ENT-HNS of the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Philippines; and, Dr. Edward Christopher Dee, from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Also joining the conference to deliver important messages to the participants are: Hon. Jose Y. Cueto, Jr., of the Philippine Regulatory Commission; Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor of UP Manila; and Dr. Charlotte Chiong, Dean of UP College of Medicine.

This historic conference is part of the Stop COVID Deaths Webinar Series jointly produced by UP, PhilHealth, and UP Manila National Institutes of Health National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with UP College of Medicine and UP-PGH. Past webinars may be viewed in the YouTube channel of TVUP, UP’s Internet television (webcast) network.