Friday, 16 November 2018

Being in the heart of Luzon, we have envisioned to initiate and establish common grounds for our mission as gastroenterologists. One baby step at a time, and one small voice after another, the birth of the PSG CENTRAL LUZON CHAPTER all started out with the idea to embark on a noble journey, to branch from common paths, to rethink former approaches but still keeping the vision and values upheld by our Society's tradition.

As such, we endeavor to imprint an indelible mark to the local and national community as well. Actually the group started, albeit on informal status, with a CENTRAL LUZON GI Lecture Series in Angeles University Foundation Medical Center about twelve years ago. It was in 2006 when our now President-elect, Dr. Augusto Jose Galang, was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center when several gastroenterologists from Central Luzon and Manila were invited as speakers to deliver lectures to residents, nurses, consultants from other departments, and even family physicians and general practitioners. In line with this, a pending proposal to establish CLARK (Central Luzon Alimentary Researchers Kollaboration) whose office to be housed in Angeles University Foundation Medical Center to be named ACIDD - AUFMC Center for Investigation of Digestive Diseases. This, in addition to several Post-graduate courses started the journey towards a dream.

by: Felipe Gozar Duque, MD
2nd Vice President, PSG

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) is a group of diseases characterized by eosinophilic infiltration of the GI tract, the symptoms varying depending on which segment and layer of the digestive wall is involved.

There is an increasing number of newly diagnosed cases per year worldwide. Whether this increase in incidence reflects a heightened awareness of the disease or a true increase is undetermined.

On October 4, 2017, the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology held a Single Topic Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders to create awareness and familiarize the members on this emerging disease.

Invited speakers are some of the brightest minds in the organization. Guest lecturers were, likewise, invited to make sure that all of the topics were discussed by experts in their field. The 1st lecture on the burden of the disease both local and international was given by past President Dr Peter Sy who set the tone for the lectures that followed. The role of eosinophils in the pathogenesis of the disorder was delivered by one of the invited guest lecturers Dr Michelle de Vera who is an immunology and allergy expert. The clinical presentations of the disorder were discussed by past Presidents Dr Dina Gonzales and Dr Randy Mercado. Past President Professor Jose Sollano gave an outstanding presentation on the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis of the disease. Featured in his lecture are representative endoscopic pictures that will help the participants recognize the disease at a glance. The histologic features of the disease was discussed by another guest lecturer and pathology expert Dr Glenda Pua.

PSG Mission & Vision

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology envisions itself as an organization of competent gastroenterologists, imbued with a high level of moral and ethical values, committed to the practice of the specialty in the Philippines and dedicated to the high standards of learning, training and cure of digestive disorders. 

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