The Philippine Society of Ultrasound in Clinical Medicine, Inc. (PSUCMI) launched our newly revitalized website: www.psucmi.org last August 17, 2020. This new website will help us reach out to our old and new potential members. It will also provide easier access to ultrasound related educational materials.
To coincide with the launch, PSUCMI together with our educational partner, SIEMENS Healthineers, hosted a webinar entitled: The Role of Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19 Disease. It is the first online educational activity and webinar hosted by PSUCMI. The lecture was given live by Professor Dirk-André Clevert, M.D., section chief of the Interdisciplinary Ultrasound Center at The Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich.
We also invited two contributory reactors to share their insights and experiences in lung ultrasound after the lecture: 1. Dr. Romulo Brasil Babasa III, an Emergency Medicine Specialist from St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City and 2. Dr. Julie Christie Visperas, a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Specialist from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Anna Lyn Egwolf from St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Participants were also given the chance to ask questions to our speaker and reactors.
The event generated 714 registrants with 505 actual participants, a record above our expectation. Participants came from various medical specialties, from various institutions all over the Philippines. We also had international participants from Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Bangladesh and Japan. It was a very fruitful and interactive educational experience for everyone.
The Philippine Society of Ultrasound in Clinical Medicine, Inc. (PSUCMI) Virtual 18th Annual Convention on:
The Philippine Society of Ultrasound in Clinical Medicine (PSUCMI) successfully hosted its 18th Annual Convention, “Unfolding Current Issues and Trends in Medical Ultrasound” via an online platform last October 17 and 24, 2020.
The convention scheduled on March 27-28, 2020 at Century Park SheratonHotel, Manila was cancelled due Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown (ECQ), the organizing committee has decided to postpone the convention to a later date for the safety of our delegates, speakers and sponsors. With no immediate end in sight for the pandemic and with PSUCMI’s commitment as a WFUMB Center of Education, the organizing committee decided to convert the face to face convention into an online virtual convention.
PSUCMI partnered with Docquity as our platform provider. The convention was scheduled on two Saturdays, October 17 and October 24, 2020 at 3-7pm to allow more doctors and allied health professionals to attend the event. The Convention program was streamlined into 12 lectures, 6 pretaped lectures per day and 10 minutes of live question and answer part. A virtual hall and virtual booths were 3D rendered for our sponsors.
Relevant topics in the practice of Ultrasound in the Philippines was included in the program including: The New FDA Guidelines on the Use and Operation of Ultrasound in the Philippines, Data Privacy in Ultrasound Practice, Systemic Ultrasound Evaluation of Multiple Gestation.
COVID-19 pandemic relevant topics were also included such as: Infection Control Measures in Ultrasound Practice During the Pandemic, Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19 Disease and its correlation with Chest X-ray and CT-Scan and Assessment of the Vascular System in COVID-19 Patients.
The event was well attended with a total of 643 registrants from various medical background and specialties such as Radiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Occupational Medicine, Oncology, Anesthesiology, Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pathology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Infectious Disease Medicine, Orthopedics to name a few. Allied medical professionals such as radiology technicians were also present during the convention.
The convention was well received by the attendees with a 97.0% positive response based on the post- convention analysis.
This is the first full online convention that was hosted by PSUCMI. Due to the changing landscape in delivering medical education during the pandemic, hosting it was a great learning experience for the organizing committee and ultrasound vendors alike.
Indeed, we as physicians and an organization have to learn and cope with the present global woe and move forward as one in this fight for an invisible foe with full resolve to carry on our Hippocratic oath.