ASMPH hailed as champions in 45th ICPC

By Paul Kenny Ko (Class 2021) and Hanna Jillian Ho (Class 2022)

March 17, 2018 – The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) won first place and Best Visual Presentation in the 45th Interscholastic Clinicopathologic Conference (ICPC) held at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Science Hall, hosted by the Medical Students Society and the University of the Philippines Department of Pathology.

First and second runners-up were University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, respectively. Ahnee Mae Ahyong from Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation-Institute of Medicine won the Best Presenter Award.

Eight teams from different medical schools – Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation-Institute of Medicine, New Era University College of Medicine, San Beda College of Medicine, St. Luke’s College of Medicine, University of Perpetual Help College of Medicine, and University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery – were tested on their diagnostic skills given case and presented to the judges from the PGH Neurosciences Department namely Dr. Paul Matthew Pasco, Dr. Jose Leonard Pascual, and Dr. Ibet Marie Sih.

Dr. Mark Angelo Ang of the Department of Pathology presented the actual autopsy findings of the case and revealed the diagnosis that left the audience in shock.

With this year’s theme as “Headlines”, the 45th ICPC kickstarted with talks from Dr. Iris Isip-Tan on Health in the Social Media Era, Dr. Leonardo Estacio on the State of Drug Rehabilitation in the Philippines, and Dr. Antonio Dans on the Dengvaxia Controversy.

Dr. Isip-Tan’s lecture gave the audience a more concrete idea of what should and should not be done when talking about health on social media platforms. She set up boundaries on what to or what not to post and what to reply to all sorts of comments. She emphasized that while one may give general answers to help people understand more about their diseases, one should also encourage them to come in for a proper consultation.

Dr. Estacio’s talk was on substance abuse. He elaborated on drug rehabilitation therapy, which is especially relevant in light of the current political administration’s war on drugs. He also expounded on the workings of rehabilitation facilities for victims of substance abuse willing to go into rehab, as well as the activities these recovering addicts take part in while in treatment. He also showed photos of the “graduating” inmates.

Finally, Dr. Dans shed some light and updated the audience on the controversial Dengvaxia issue. He was able to cover all the bases of the controversy–from the biology to the policies to the the current situation and possible solutions. Medical practitioners who already knew about the pathophysiological processes of dengue already had doubts and fears on the effects of the vaccine since its release to the masses in 2016. Research was still incomplete, and the rising deaths that have vaguely been linked to people vaccinated with Dengvaxia has caused widespread alarm amongst the general public. While the masses’ blame seems to center on the government, Dr. Dans made it clear that it was Sanofi, the company that produced the vaccine, that people should turn to as they withheld data and their different analyses on the dangers of the vaccine.

For over 4 decades, the Medical Students Society and the Department of Pathology organizes the ICPC as an avenue for the medical community to exchange ideas on present issues and to display their diagnostic prowess. The 44th ICPC winners were De La Salle Health Science Institute (Champion), Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (1st Runner Up), and University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (2nd Runner Up).  

Photos courtesy of Ena Wong (Class 2020)

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