The celebration of the VSMMC Medicine Week has been one smash hit after another, beginning with the Monday morning flag ceremony and opening of exhibits of each departments' best practices. OBGYN was assigned the color RED and we had the opportunity for a photo with the Executive Committee.
The Medicine Week 2017 coincided with the birthday celebration of our medical center chief, Dr. Gerardo M. Aquino Jr, whom we greeted with serenade and dance. There was also a special video made in honor of our chief of ten (10) years.
Considering the importance of research in our residency training, there was a Research Oral Presentation Contest for Residents, and as the training officer of our department, I am proud that three out of ten finalists were OBGYN residents.
Dr. Jalilah Abedin presented her research on Surgical Site Infections (SSI), Dr Cindivy Rupita presented her research on Hepatitis B infection in pregnancy and Dr. Karen Kris Balbosa presented her research on Anemia in Pregnancy.
The whole week we had public health lectures on different relevant topics at the outpatient department. The VSMMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology also had a voluntary blood letting activity for the benefit of the patients entitled "Save a Mother from Hemorrhage" and we thank all 28 donors who braved the rain and squeezed in time to donate despite the highly hectic schedule.
The next bloodletting activity will be on March 30, 2018.
The grand finale of the Medicine Week 2017 was a showcase of the other talents of VSMMC doctors. Much in the same theme as UP-PGH "Tao Rin Pala", the VSMMC Doctors Got Talent is a great way to show camaraderie and teamwork between consultants and residents and between different departments.
The VSMMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology put on a great performance themed "OBGYN Divas" considering their "one night only" practice due to the intensively hectic schedule.
Topping off the night was a raffle draw of the Nissan Almeera (which went to a clerk at the information desk, congratulations mam!), a Samsung Galaxy Book (which Dr. Princess Lorezo of OBGYN won) and a smart TV (which Dr. Cindivy Rupita of OBGYN won).
My take on this is that if this will become an annual event, then there must be more planning than just "one night only"