More than 500 physicians, paramedical professionals and medical students were all WINNERS in the recently concluded 22nd Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA) Annual Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center last 25-27 February 2016 with the general theme “Linking Past to Present”.
The event kicked off with pre-convention activities consisting of an ARMS (Applied Rheumatology Made Simple) workshop for non-rheumatologists, Gout Awareness Campaign (in SM City Iloilo), and a physico-socio-environmental exercise “Rayuma walk / Kalye Share”(held at the Iloilo River Esplanade) co-organized with Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) Western Visayas and initiated by Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr.
The induction of the new PRA fellows, diplomates and members opened the convention proper. The audience actively participated in the Dr. Lourdes Manahan Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Time to Talk is Over,” by the environment vanguard, Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr. The audience were made aware of the reality about the big role people had in solving environmental problems.
The “What is New and Practical (WIN)” lecture series was introduced by the “Chronicles of Rheumatology” which recounted the history of the subspecialty. Newer and more relevant developments in managing rheumatic diseases, osteoarthritis, pediatric rheumatology, systemic lupus erythematosus, sclerodermal interstitial lung diseases and gout were then discussed by our colleagues. Dr. Yew Kwang Cheng (Singapore) and Prof. Yi.Hsing Chen(Taiwan) then shared their experience in “Bridging the gaps between clinical trial and clinical practice in the care of rheumatoid arthritis”. PRA past presidents then took center stage in discussing the approach to rare conditions (autoimmune encephalitis and lupus with psoriasis) with the fellows-in-training during the “Meet the Expert” sessions. The “Rayuma Quiz” for the Ilonggo Internal Medicine Residents concluded the scientific program.
A fun-filled fellowship night, themed “PRA goes Tribal,” began with the induction of the new PRA Board of Trustees, headed by Dr. Bernadette Heizel Reyes (President). Both PRA members and convention partners rocked the Casa Real De Iloilo as they enjoyed the program prepared by the organizers, showcasing their attire and posing with the Dinagyang warriors.
Written by Dr. Helmar F. Soldevilla and Dr. Sidney Erwin T. Manahan