Message from the President
Maria Antonia E. Habana, MD
It is FINAL. In 2014, we approved the change in name of our society and this was affirmed last year, from the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility to the Philippine Society of Reproductive Medicine. With this, it is understood that our society will be involved in the study of all aspects of reproductive medicine and technology. With the legal paper work finally done, all our transactions will use our new name. The blueprint of our new logo is in the works and is currently being designed by our dear Dr. Florante Gonzaga. It will be launched in time for our Annual Convention. Your Board is also diligently updating our administrative manual.
In recent years, we have been witness to the tremendous growth of our specialty, especially in the field of infertility. A workshop was held last May 14-15, 2016 to meet this challenge. It was an opportune time to revisit the standards for infertility practice. This was superbly organized by Dr. Virgilio Novero, Chair of our ART Regulatory Board,with key stakeholders present. The revision and update of our Guidelines on the Ethics and Practice of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Intra-Uterine Insemination will be available this October.
Dr. Madonna Domingo, Overall Chair, and Dr. Gilda Martinez and Dr. Delfin Tan, Chairs of the Scientific Committee, with the chairs and members of the different organizing committees have prepared an excellent program for our mid-year and an annual convention for all our members and colleagues.
Our mid-year convention will focus on PCOS: A Lifetime Disease. Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects numerous aspects of a woman’s life with long term consequences. A remarkably detailed program has been prepared from pathophysiology, evaluation, and approach to management and monitoring. In addition to the lectures, there will be interactive case presentations.We are fortunate to have an outstanding guest speaker, Professor Robert Norman of the University of Adelaide, Australia.
The annual convention is also shaping up and promises to have a comprehensive and interesting program covering topics on amenorrhea, contraception, endometriosis, myoma, infertility, ARTand menopause. The third day will be on reproductive and reconstructive surgery with a planned workshop. In the works is an exciting line-up of local and international expert speakers.
As part of our commitment to continuing medical education, our conferences will be complemented by half-day symposia to be held in three different regions. Our circuit courses allow more in-depth albeit more informal discussions with recognized experts.
I genuinely value your participation in our activities and I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.