Grand rounds are a time-honored tradition in medical education and in-patient care wherein the medical problems, research findings and treatment of a particular patient are presented and discussed with an audience of doctors, residents and medical students. On July 31, the University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, held the very first online medical grand rounds in the country in its continuing webinar series, “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, now on its 16th installment.
The second online medical grand rounds to be held on August 7, 2020, 12:00 nn will focus on a particular case of a first-time mother who has a congenital heart defect, and is thus a high-risk patient, who develops COVID-19-like symptoms and delivers her baby too soon. The virtual grand rounds will focus on her struggles to seek adequate medical care and how health workers handled her case, which can serve as a guide for other frontliners in coping with the harsh realities of death during a pandemic. This is especially a concern in a country which had an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate even before the pandemic.
Dr. Hannah Sombilla, Infectious Disease Division Fellow of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP College of Medicine and UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), will be the main presentor. Reactors will be: Dr. Sybil Bravo, Division Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infectious Disease Clinical Associate Professor, UP College of Medicine and UP-PGH; Dr. Lourdes Ignacio, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry, UP College of Medicine and UP-PGH; and, Dr. Marimel Pacatipunan, member of the COVID Management Team and Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, UP College of Medicine and UP PGH.
The UP webinar series “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, which is held every Friday, is being undertaken in cooperation with the UP College of Medicine and the UP-PGH. All medical frontliners and healthcare workers are invited to watch the webinar and be informed, so that together we can win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.