by Dr. Jose Luis de Grano, MD
2017 has so far shaped up to be an academic-oriented year for the Vitreoretina Society of the Philippines as it embarks on successive activities tailored for VR practitioners and trainees as well.
In April the VRSP played an active role in the Retina Session (Day 1) of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology’s Midyear Meeting (“Eye to Eye; Ideas to Innovations”) held in Iloilo City. Manila-based and regional members of the VRSP were called upon to participate as faculty for the various talks.
In May the society partnered with the Department of Ophthalmology of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in conducting their postgraduate course at the Crown Plaza Ortigas (“Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Evolving Concepts in Diagnosis and Treatment”). The highlight of this activity was the presence of overseas guest speaker Dr. Anna Tan of the Singapore National Eye Centre.
Soon after, the society held its First Quarterly Meeting for its members at the Makati ShangriLa Hotel on the 27th of May 2017. This activity focused on the latest clinical evidence for anti-VEGF treatment of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and also on retinal imaging (“Retina Crossfire”).
June saw the active participation of our young trainees in Retina and Vitreous from the various local training institutions. The Retina Fellows Forum was conducted at Conti’s in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City and featured clinical case presentations and discussions with expert insight from the members. The collegial spirit and intimate atmosphere kept all the participants eager and waiting for the next installment.
Coming up: the Second Quarterly Meeting for all VRSP members on the 22nd of July 2017, Saturday, at the EDSA ShangriLa Hotel. This activity has been dubbed “Retina Academy 2: The Allure of Vitreoretinal Surgery” and will feature local experts who have volunteered to share their expertise and ‘exciting’ clinical encounters.
Truly, with help from partners in industry, members of the society and allied practitioners will stand to gain greatly from these activities geared to keep everyone in step with current clinical standards of care in this cherished field of ours.
About The Author
Dr. Luis de Grano is a full-time vitreoretinal surgeon and a full-time family man. He enjoys traveling to places that are off the beaten track and watching old videos of his kids. He is a professed non-conformist whose idea of a mid-life crisis is competing in a triathlon. He tries his best not to judge his peers, but draws the line when he sees that their actions are not for the common good.
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