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DEPARTMENT OF ANESTHESIOLOGY AND PERIOPERATIVE MEDICINE

Residency Training Program: 3 Years

     The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine of  Rizal Medical Center offers a three-year residency training program and is fully accredited at present by the Philippine Board of Anesthesiology. It has seven active consultant staffs  with the following sub-specialties: Pediatric, Obstetric, Transplant and Vascular, Thoracic, Perinatal Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Residents go on a 24-hour tour of duty and do pre-anesthetic visits and evaluation of all elective and emergency cases prior to surgery, administer anesthesia for all elective and emergency cases including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, render immediate post-operative care of all surgical patients and take care of the recovery room patients for evaluation, assistance, management and proper disposition.

     The department holds weekly conferences on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 in the afternoon. Topics include basic lectures, interesting cases, mortality and morbidity/audit , pre-operative and post-operative conferences and censuses that are reported by a resident. Special lectures are conducted by each consultant according to year level. M&M conferences are held every month with RMC residents alternating with Cardinal Santos Medical Center residents. Specialty rotations to affiliate institutions to provide adequate exposure include National Kidney and Transplant Institute for Urology Anesthesia, Philippine Children's Medical Center for Pediatric  Anesthesia and St. Luke's Medical Center for Pain Medicine.  Tools for evaluation and promotion of residents include in-training examination, monthly quizzes, directly observed procedural skills and reports.

     At the completion of residency,  the trainee  must have the knowledge of basic and clinical sciences as applied to anesthesiology dealing with but not limited to assessment of , consultation for, and preparation of patients for anesthesia, relief and prevention of pain during and following surgical, obstetric, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, monitoring and maintenance of normal physiology during the perioperative period, management of critically ill patients, clinical management and teaching of cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation,and conduct clinical,translational and basic science research.

For more information about the Anesthesiology Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 141.


 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

Residency Training Program: 3 Years

     Guided by the department’s Vision-Mission and the principles of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), the Rizal Medical Center specialty training in Internal Medicine endeavors to produce specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. The program offers resident-trainees a well-rounded learning experience with opportunities to serve the underprivileged, hone professionalism and develop leadership skills.

     Accredited by the PCP since 1985, the Internal Medicine Residency in RMC has been recognized as one of the preferred specialty training programs among the hospitals under the Department of Health. Applicants are rigorously screened thru a pre-residency clinical evaluation, review of academic credentials, clinical internship performance, panel interview and results of the Internal Medicine Admission Test (IMAT). In 2011, the department opened its doors to foreign trainees who have been board-certified in their country of origin after completion of the program.

     The department’s training core is composed of fellows of the PCP, who roll out the program with guidance from competent subspecialists in Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Hematology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Oncology, Dermatology and Neurology.

     The 3-year training program at RMC conforms to the mandatory and standard requirements prescribed by the PCP and forms part of the institution’s ISO-certification on healthcare services and training. With the institution being a referral hospital, the residents handle more than adequate caseloads and a wide range of cases allowing them to enhance their clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills. The residents-in-training rotate in the wards, critical care units, the outpatient clinics, subspecialty services and the emergency room. Teaching and learning activities include bedside rounds, conferences, lectures, and technical procedure trainings. Post-graduate courses and inter-hospital scientific sessions are also attended by the staff to ensure that clinical practice guidelines and up-to-date diagnostic-therapeutic modalities are adhered to in the management of cases. Clinical knowledge and skills are regularly evaluated thru bedside/oral evaluation while academic performance is appraised thru written examinations to ensure that core and year-level terminal competencies are achieved prior to promotion or graduation.

     The department nurtures a culture of research and continuing medical education. The residents are encouraged to develop research aptitude thru resident- and consultant-initiated research studies, and also groomed to become critical users of research data thru didactics and practice exercises on evidence-based medicine. In the third and final year of training, the residents take on a supervisory role and assist in the   management of the training program and the clinical department, in addition to rotation in critical care units and outpatient continuity care. They also take charge of various patient support groups and the Alay-Buhay Medical foundation, which offers financial/resource assistance to the hospital’s indigent patients.

     Over the years, the training program has produced noted clinicians and physician-leaders in the community and medical-professional organizations.

For more information about the Internal Medicine Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 202.


 

DEPARTMENT OF LABORATORY MEDICINE

Pathology Residency Training Program: 4 Years

Pathology training in Rizal Medical Center encompasses both fields of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. It is a four-year comprehensive program that consolidates the training in both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. The Section of Anatomic Pathology includes surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology, frozen section and basic immunohistochemistry. The Section of Clinical Pathology includes hematology, clinical microscopy, clinical chemistry, serology, blood banking, drug testing and immunology.

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The program is structured to allow all the residents to rotate in the different sections to give them adequate exposure to the different fields of pathology. Training activities in anatomic pathology include daily grossing of specimens, signing out of cases with consultants for which they are required to come up with their own diagnosis and differential diagnoses, didactic conferences that include lectures by attending pathologists and residents, autopsy pathology conferences, and written or projection examinations. In clinical pathology, residents rotate in the various sections of the laboratory where they are able to supervise and perform procedures, validate results before these are released and correlate the reports with clinical data, decide on laboratory management issues, and attend mobile blood donation programs.

The Department boasts of several seasoned alumna who are luminaries in the field paving ways for the advancement of the practice of Pathology. Currently there are six Pathology resident trainees who are under the tutelage of six Medical Specialists as members of the pathology staff who contribute to the training of the residents.

For more information about the Pathology Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 160.


 

 DEPARTMENT OF OB-GYNE

Residency Training Program: 4 Years

          The Residency Training Program of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a 4-year competency-based program designed to develop a medical graduate into a specialist equipped with the basic knowledge and skills necessary in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Philippines, not just as a competent clinician, but also a caring physician, teacher and researcher.

          Each year level undergoes training for corresponding general OB-GYN competencies in knowledge, skill and attitude based on standards set by the Philippine Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (PBOG). Rotations in the different Department subspecialties such as Perinatology, Ultrasound, and Gynecologic Oncology are likewise incorporated into the training program.

For more information about the OB Gyne Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 local 136.

 


DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Residency Training Program: 4 Years

     The RMC Department of Ophthalmology offers a residency program accredited by the Philippine Board of Ophthalmology (PBO). It aims to produce Ophthalmologists that both excel in their medical specialty field and at the same time remain sensitive and passionate towards the plight of Filipinos and the country in general.

     The Department’s strengths include faculty who are trained subspecialists and the Eye Training and Facilities Center, opened in April 2014, equipped with up-to-date facilities.  The four (4) year curriculum consists of a combined structured clinical science course in didactic presentations, clinical conferences, independent study and supervised hands-on surgery.

     The RMC Ophthalmology Training Program offers clinical training and professional development while rendering compassionate service to our fellow countrymen. Residents are ensured exposure to a large volume of varied ophthalmic cases in the clinics, with supervision of full time junior consultants and senior subspecialty consultants as well.

     Over the duration of the training program, the resident will rotate in the different subspecialty clinics. All specific duties and assignments will be performed with the supervision and guidance of the subspecialty consultant staff. The areas of rotation and short list of activities are listed below:

  1. Ophthalmology ward
  2. Out-patient Clinic
  3. Sub-specialty Clinics
  4. Ward referrals from other departments
  5. Emergency Room
  6. Operating Room
  7. Lectures/ Conferences
  8. UP-PGH Ophthalmology Basic Course
  9. UP-PGH Clinical and Surgical Courses
  10. Post-graduate Clinical Courses/ Conventions/ Special Lectures sponsored/ recognized by the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology
  11. Outside rotations (e.g. Bicol Sanitarium, Asian Eye Institute)
  12. Diagnostics (Biometry, keratometry, OCT, Perimetry, B scan)
  • Research Committee Head: Milagros Arroyo, MD
  • Publications and CME Courses: Gladness Martinez, MD
  • Residents’ Training Officer: Lourdes Ang, MD
  • Interns’ Monitor/ Assistant Residents’ Training Officer: Elaine Marie Omaña, MD
  • Allied Health Training/MSICS Training: Franklin Kleiner, MD
  • Optometry Interns’ Monitor: Edward Chio Jr., MD/ Mark Zamora, MD

For more information about the Ophthalmology Department’s Residency Training Program please call 6715742.


 

DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY – HEAD AND NECK SURGERY

Residency Training Program: 4 Years

     The Rizal Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery trains general doctors into specialists who are competent, well-rounded, and compassionate.  The program offers trainees the opportunity to acquire the surgical competence of being a well-rounded ORL – Head and Neck surgeon while having the privilege of serving our fellow men.

     In 1961, the department of E.E.N.T. was established and headed by Dr. Rodrigo S. Santos Jr. Through the years, the department continued to treat diseases in the eyes, ear, nose, and throat as a whole and in 1993, the ENT Clinic was formally separated from the Eye Clinic which eventually led to its formal distinction as the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1995 with its first chairman Dr. Josefino G. Hernandez.  Since then, it has been one of the ORL-HNS specialty programs under the Department of Health at par with other training institutions in the Philippines.  The 4-year training program is regularly accredited by the Philippine Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  The department’s consultant staff read like the Who’s Who of the different subspecialty experts in ORL-HNS (Otology and Neuro-Otology, Rhinology, Allergy, Paranasal Sinus and Skullbase Surgery, Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sleep Medicine, Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery).

     The department caters to a wide range of patients from different areas near the hospital and also gets referrals even from distant provinces.  This is both a responsibility and privilege for the residents to hone their clinical and surgical skills under the direct supervision and close guidance of the specialists.  Competencies of residents are regularly assessed through regular oral and written exams, bedside rounds, and during surgeries.  Regular conferences and lectures are also held to ensure that the department is up-to-date with the latest medical information and technological advances. The department also advocates evidence-based medicine in helping patients as it encourages residents to utilize the latest available information, tempered by the experience and guidance of its consultants. A strong culture of research and innovation is also nurtured in the department, with both resident- and consultant-initiated studies being done yearly. Clinical clerks and Interns also benefit from the department’s commitment to academic excellence through their 2-week ENT rotations.

The department also hosts annual post-graduate courses and workshops in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The Rizal Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery also gives back to the community by conducting “ENT sa Barangay”, with the goal of providing barangay health workers, general practitioners, and other health workers updates on common ENT conditions.

For more information about the Otolaryngology Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 186.


 

DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS

Residency Training Program: 3 Years

     The Department has set its eyes and heart on one Big Dream: “to be a Center of excellence in providing quality, holistic, and family-centered care that is responsive to the needs of the community."

     Under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Valeriano as Chairman, the consultant staff are all committed to train pediatricians who are efficient health-care providers and managers, inspiring educators, innovative researchers, and social mobilizers.

     The Department has a Level 1 PPS-Accredited Training Program with a rich source of clinical materials and a variety of learning activities. The bed capacity is 75 and the average monthly ER consult is 700; OPD visits, 600; ward admissions, 100; and nursery deliveries, 300. With a heavy traffic of incoming and outgoing patients notwithstanding, the mortality rate still falls within the low range of 1.8% to 5.7%.

     There are 4 slots per Residency Year Level. After rotating in the General Ward, Nursery, OPD, and ER in their First Year, the Second and Third Year Levels will move on to the Community and Subspecialty Rotations (Cardiology, Hematology, Nephrology, PICU, NICU, Neurology, Pulmonology, and Gastroenterology). Consultants offer personalized attention to the residents through a “Mentor-Mentee” partnership. Academic matters are not the only scope of this professional relationship but also other personal and psychosocial concerns that have an impact on the residents’ functioning.  

     The Department maintains an active involvement in the Community where the residents practice Preventive Pediatrics and conduct health-promoting educational campaigns. Research work is given a high priority. The residents are encouraged to compete in research contests and to publish their work. We value the parents’ role in patient care, hence, we invite them to participate in the decision-making process through a guided Family Meeting or Counselling. As part of the consultants’ faculty development training, they join workshops like Test Construction and Instructional Design Making.

     Through all these activities and personal encounters, we do hope that our residents-in-training will be carefully molded, like fragile earthen vessels in a potter’s hands, to become competent and compassionate pediatricians; healers who believe that they must engage and empower the community in promoting people’s well-being through comprehensive and sustainable health-care programs!

For more information about the Pediatrics Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 151.

 


DEPARTMENT OF RADIOLOGY

Residency Training Program: 4 Years

     The Department of Radiology offers a 4-year Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program with an ultimate mission of training competent and compassionate leaders in the field of imaging, teaching, research and public service. The program assures an adequate environment for residents to develop a good eye for diagnostic imaging and adequate skills for image-guided biopsy. The variety of cases encountered in the institution provides good setting for clinical research.  Resident teaching conferences and interdisciplinary conferences are an integral part of the training program. Our dedicated faculty, fellows of the Philippine College of Radiology, work hard to make sure the residency training experience is among the best in the country.

Department Chairman: Dr. Nancy M. Aquino
Residency Training Officer: Dr. Maria Louven U. Grasparil

For more information about the Radiology Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 206.


 

DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY

Residency Training Program: 5 Years

     The General Surgery program is in line with the prescribed 5-year surgical curriculum of the Philippine Society of General Surgeons. Residents are trained to provide ethical, safe and competent patient care to patients with surgical disorders. The principles of evidence-based practice; patient safety, professionalism and collaborative quality care are strictly adhered to. The department is also adamant in producing top-quality researches of current and relevant issues of surgical care. General Surgery program residents, once they finish, are expected to have acquired the clinical proficiency in diagnosing and managing core surgical disorders. Our graduates are highly suitable in proceeding to subspecialty programs as they would please.

     Our department strives to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our country's constituents. Thus, throughout the years, our department has partnered with different surgical institutions to answer the demands of our patients. The Neurosurgical subspecialty is tied up with the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Neurosurgery Department. At any given time, Neurosurgery consultants and residents are available to attend to neurosurgical cases, both emergency and elective. The Section of Urology is affiliated with the Urology Program of the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC). Albeit on its own, the Section of Pediatric Surgery caters to more than 300 minor to major operative cases every year.

     In recent years, different fellowship programs materialized out of the novel necessitations of our patients. The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has been integrated into the Plastic Surgery Consortium Program for many years and has already produced an excellent roster of Plastic Surgeons now serving our country. Recently instituted are the Hepatopancreatobiliary Fellowship Program, Surgical Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program, and the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program. They aim to produce skilled specialists who will cater to our fellowmen in the different parts of the country.

For more information about the Surgery Department’s Residency Training Program please call 865-8400 loc 148.