By Estrellita A. Tanig, MD

     It was not the usual year-ender Christmas Party that anyone could ever expect; not just an ordinary one, where food and drinks were served, and with a program and group presentations in-between. This was what the organizing committee, headed by Dr. Roel Tito A. Marcial, had in mind when the party was in the making.


By Gerard Lapiña, MD

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”

                                                                                             -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

     These are the words of the famous physiologist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, and they are the simplest explanation on what research is really all about. Research is actually a systematic investigation by utilizing readily available facts or information to reach new and essential conclusions. The medical field is quickly changing and the current trend is evidence-based medicine.

     Annually, for 6 years now, the Rizal Medical Center has been hosting a research contest under the initiative of the Training Office, currently headed by its Chief Training Officer, Dr. Maria Rica M. Lumague, FPCS, MHA. I was fortunate enough to be included in the 2015 Research Contest. The 2 categories in the said contest were the Research Paper and Interesting Case Report. A case report is the fundamental form in research because this is where ideas or data from analytical research stem from.

     The interesting case contest involved presentation of a case report that is unique in the sense that it should either be about a patient with a disease entity that was very rare, or a patient with a usual disease that presented itself in an unusual way, giving physicians a hard time at arriving at a diagnosis. The manner of presentation also matters in this part of the contest. One of the guidelines states that, the more dramatic and fascinating the presentation is for the audience, the better. The analytical studies, on the other hand, are a different story. These take more effort to complete as there are a lot of data being sifted through and analyzed to come up with a sound conclusion. And these conclusions are where the so called “evidence-based medicine” is derived from.

     Founded in November 1989, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a multilateral international organization that seeks to foster free trade and economic prosperity among its member-economies in the Asia-Pacific region. It is composed of 21 member-economies. These include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam.

     The Philippines was chosen to become the host-country for the APEC 2015 with the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World.” The overall subject of APEC 2015 is the promotion and advancement of inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

By Catherine Joy V. Agustin, MD

     Prematurity remains a global problem. One out of 9 newborns are born prematurely, which can potentially lead to life-long disabilities in learning, vision, respiratory problems and even death. Philippines is among the countries with the highest rates of premature births. November 17 marks the celebration of World Prematurity Day to spread the word about preterm births.

     Last November 23, 2015, the Rizal Medical Center joined the world in taking a stand against preterm birth. This was done through a Lay Forum initiated by Dr. Jose B. Salazar, head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the medical center, in coordination with the Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The event started with a prayer, accentuated by a candle-lighting ceremony to symbolize one’s commitment to bring light to those unaware of preterm birth and its complications. This was followed by a moving welcome address by the Medical Center Chief, Dr. Relito Saquilayan, who is one with the movement against preterm births. Relevant speakers such as Dr. Pauline Ursua, Perinatologist, and Dr. Salazar, emphasized on prevention of preterm birth and management after a preterm baby is welcomed into the world. Mother of preterms who were born here at RMC also shared their experiences and their heart-warming stories of their preterm journey. The activity was capped off with a momentous signing of a commitment wall to encourage all participants to join in the league to fight preterm births.