Letís take a look at Iloilo City . . . at Sarabia Hotel to be exact. On June 27, half an hour before the designated time, doctors started to arrive for the event they have long been waiting for. Yes! It was their turn for an interactive conference on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - - UMED style.
One of the early birds was Dr. Ernesto Rivera, the most senior of the Philippine Academy of Family Physicans (PAFP)-Iloilo Chapter. By 11:30 am, the participants already filled up Siete Pecados Function Room and UMED in cooperation with UAP started the ball rolling.
If there was one word that would describe the turnout of the affair, it would be
S-U-C-C-E-S-S. It was truly successful in every angle. The interactive conference started on time because the participants arrived earlier than expected. The number of people who attended showed the high level of enthusiasm. About 60 healthcare professionals came - - double the expected number.
UAPís District Manager Bong Mamonong led the invocation. Dr. Jimmy Jay Bullo, President of the PAFP Iloilo Chapter, expressed his delight for holding the UMED Interactive Conference on COPD at Iloilo City. After welcoming the participants to the event, UMEDís Dr. Percival Punzal gave an overview of what UMED was all about. Dr. Jesus Eugene de Jesus was the emcee for the day.
Drs. Ma. Ronila Santos and Percival Punzal served as the facilitators for the day. Dr. Santos is a clinical faculty member of the Department of Physiology of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and physician of the Adult and Pediatric DOTS Center. Dr. Punzal is the consultant of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine of the Philippine Heart Center and the Program Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit of the Philippine Heart Center.
For the closing remarks, PAFPís Iloilo Chapter Secretary Dr. Sharon Faith Pagunsan expressed her enthusiasm in UMEDís thrust in its continuing medical education.
The doctors now look forward for other UMED interactive conferences in Iloilo City.
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