Dear Colleagues:

Happy New Year!

The year 2012 has been a good year for our College.  We started with a well-attended 2nd Annual Convention at the Crowne Plaza last April 17-18 with several highlights: three pre-convention workshops, poster case report and oral research presentations, recognition of our ten accredited training programs and the oath taking of our new diplomats in Emergency Medicine.

The succeeding months saw the successful post-graduate courses on emergency medicine conducted by the various training and non-training hospital.  This is our first year as an accredited CME provider with recognition from the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).  Our research and academics committee is set to accredit training programs on Life Support Courses such as First Aid, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Moreover, the committee also plans to publish our own academic journal.

Department of Health Undersecretary, Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, PCEM honorary fellow met with the PCEM board to seek a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between DOH and PCEM to collaborate in the establishment of the National Pre-Hospital Council.  The MOU has been approved by the PCEM board and presently awaiting approval from the DOH.

Our member organization, the Philippine Society of Emergency Medical Technicians (PSEMT), together with members of the committee on EMS and disaster preparedness has attended the EMS Asia conference in Penang, Malaysia last September to network with organizations and people in the Asian region for the development of EMS.  Recently, SMART Communications has also liaised with the college to explore collaborative endeavors on use of telehealth in EMS as well as IT solutions for EMS and ED concerns.

On the international front, last October 2012, the College has been granted full membership status by the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM). Dr. Eligio Maghirang and Dr. Dianne Peralta presented the constitution and by-laws, activities and membership of the college during the General Assembly of IFEM in the ACEP convention in Denver, Colorado.  Earlier in the year, in April, the College has also been recognized as full member of the Asian Society of Emergency Medicine (ASEM).  Dr. Noel Lagman is the PCEM representative to the IFEM International Advisory Board and Dr. Faith Joan Mesa-Gaerlan is the PCEM representative to the ASEM International Advisory Board.  We hope to increase the participation of our fellows, diplomats and residents during the two international convention in Japan (2013) and Hongkong (2014).

Back home, we will also be working with Philhealth to develop the acute care packages, case rates for ED consults and EMS packages. This shall ensure that ED consultations and admissions will be covered by Philhealth so our practitioners will also be given appropriate professional fees.  A big challenge to the PCEM board and to the PBEM board is to develop guidelines on accreditation of practitioners as required by Philhealth.

We are sent to hold our 3rd Annual Convention on April 14-16 with new, exciting and relevant topics with varied format.  Also next year, we will be electing a new PCEM board.  All active fellows are eligible to vote and to run for an elective position.  We encourage everyone to update their membership soon.

It has truly been a rewarding year for everyone.  We look forward to more accomplishments next year with everyone’s help!

Yours truly,

FAITH JOAN MESA-GAERLAN, MD,FPCEM
President