PAO Midyear 2016 Goes Back to Bicol

by Rena Ivy T. Bascuña, MD

After eight years, the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology revisited the Bicol Region for its midyear meeting which ran from April 29 to 30, 2016 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Headed by Dr. Roy Teodoro Principe, Incumbent Chapter President, the PAO-Bicol Chapter forged ahead with the midyear planning and preparations amidst national election season to accommodate delegates from as far as Baguio in the north and Davao in the south.

The Philippine Glaucoma Society organized a comprehensive, full day Glaucoma Workshop which jump-started the scientific program. The Opening Dinner that followed was a poolside event which featured live bands and fire dancers to warmly welcome over 200 registered delegates.

The Fine Art of Ophthalmology was the theme on Day 2, with lectures focusing on refinement and fine tuning of day to day issues at the eye MD's clinic like dry eyes, cataract surgery, refraction, diabetic retinopathy, PAO standards of care as well as strabismus and enucleation. It was capped with a Philhealth lecture: Ensuring Approval and Reimbursements.

The Fellowship Night: Eye Can Be Cool in Bicol, was well attended by game and spirited members and officers, as well as industry partners, and it was highlighted by the PAO-Bicol Chapter President's surprise dance number.


About The Author

Dr Rena Ivy Tamares-Bascuña is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. She completed her Ophthalmology Residency and Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at the DOH Eye Center in East Avenue Medical Center. She has been practicing in the Bicol region (Naga City and Legaspi City) since 2013.