PRA 2017: The Generalists Track

The Generalists Track is open to general practitioners, family physicians, internists and specialists with interests in the care of patients with arthritis and rheumatism. The track will run from February 23 afternoon to the whole day of February 24. (Plenary sessions common for all tracks are happening on the morning of the 23rd).

The first set of sessions on the 23rd will focus on the cost effective diagnosis of commonly encountered rheumatic conditions in general practice. This will be done through 20 minute short sessions discussing the optimal approach to identifying osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, SLE and other connective tissue diseases. An interactive session will follow featuring patients with these conditions.

On the following day, practice guidelines will be discussed in more detail through 30 minute talks given by select PRA members. This will cover osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, gout, osteoporosis, lupus and red flags in Rheumatology. Likewise, there will be a special session on Career Opportunities in Rheumatology given by Dr. Lyndon John Llamado, a former PRA Board Member, to encourage those contemplating on further training. 

Dr. Sandra Teresa Navarra will also give a talk in the generalists’ track – by discussing another advocacy that she has – that  of the environment and climate change.

The first 130 participants who register through the PRA Office (Tel No. 726-8875 or email will be able to enjoy markedly reduced rates! For students and trainees*, this will be P2,000 for the 2 day convention. For government physicians and municipal health officers*, registration fees will be P3,000. And for other physicians, it’ll be P3,500. Beyond the first 130 registrants, a rate of P3,500 PER DAY will be charged for all. Should those registered in the generalist track wish to attend sessions on the 25th, they will be charged an ADDITIONAL P3,500. (*Government physicians, MHOs, trainees and students need certification to avail of these low rates). 

The 23rd PRA Annual Meeting will be held from February 23-25, 2017 at the Conrad Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines. This year’s theme is “Rheuma RANGE: Rapid Advancements, New Knowledge and Growing Expectations”.

PRA 2017: The Patients’ Track

Patients during conventions usually help other participants appreciate more of the disease(s) of interest. Well not anymore!

The Patient Track is a by invitation only set of talks given to patients during the convention. The sessions will include a discussion on the Magna Carta for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), emotional wellness and best practices in patient support groups. Following the break, patients will get to interact with each other and, hopefully, organize themselves to further common interests of patients with rheumatic conditions.

Patients invited to the track are registered free of charge on the 23rd. However, if they wish to join sessions on the 24th and 25th, they would have to pay an additional P3,500 PER DAY. Accompanying persons are not allowed during Patient track – they will also be charged P3,500 PER DAY should they wish to attend the convention.

The 23rd PRA Annual Meeting is to be held at the Conrad Hotel from February 23-25, 2017. This year’s theme is “Rheuma RANGE: Rapid Advancements, New Knowledge and Growing Expectations”.

A PRA Member Gets a TOYM

The Philippine Rheumatology Association congratulates Dr. Geraldine Zamora-Racaza for being the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardee for Medicine. She received the award for her inspired advocacy work connected to the Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation and the Lupus Bridging Fund. You can learn more about the TOYM Awardee and Doc Ging’s win here.

Your PRA Family is proud of you, Ging!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Board Passers!

The following have successfully passed the written examination given by the Philippine Specialty Board of Rheumatology last 26 June 2016 at the Cathedral Heights Building Complex, St. Luke’s Medical Center:

(Alphabetically Arranged)

  1. AFOS, Ivy
  2. CRISTOBAL, Miguel Antonio C.
  3. DE ASIS-FABILA, Aime S.
  4. GUTIERREZ-RUBIO, Anna Kristina
  5. TUPAS, Stamen N.
  6. ZAMORA, Leonid D.

The above clinical members are from hereon considered BOARD CERTIFIED. They will be be inducted as PRA Diplomates in ceremonies to be held during the 23rd Annual Meeting in February 2017. But prior to this, they have to comply with the requirements listed here. Please coordinate with the secretariat for the deadline of membership requirements.

Statement on Raising Awareness about Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis


We, in the Philippine Rheumatology Association, are pleased to partner with the Philippine Dermatological Society, Psoriasis Philippines and Novartis in increasing awareness for our patients with psoriasis.  As rheumatologists, we are keenly aware of the pain and suffering that our patients with psoriatic arthritis go through in their everyday lives.

Aside from the social stigma of being stared at because of their skin lesions, they go through physical challenges accomplishing tasks that we take for granted.  Tasks like getting up in the morning and reaching for your slippers, which become difficult for patients with back involvement.  Cutting and cooking food, eating, writing are challenging for patients with finger joint involvement.  The very act of dressing is a chore for those with shoulder involvement.
But even as we are witness to their physical limitations, we also celebrate with them their victories at what they can become and what they can achieve despite this chronic systemic illness.  Because our patients surmount, our patients are survivors.  Majority of them contribute to society in the same way that we do – as doctors, as teachers, as business people, as nurses, as skilled workers, as parents and as students.
Today, we are especially pleased to participate in this photography project by empowered patients in PsorPhil, because finally, everyone will see our patients the same way we see them – lesions or no lesions, they are persons of beauty, persons of strength, persons who are victorious, persons who can soar.

The above statement was given by Dr. Bernadette Heizel Reyes (PRA President) during the signing of the memorandum of agreement between PRA, PDS, PsorPhil and Novartis that aims to increase awareness on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, educate people on the early recognition of psoriasis symptoms and eliminate the social stigma associated with the condition.