By HILDA M. SAGAYAGA, MD
The Department of Surgery of UERMMMCI held the 34th Dr. Jose S. Ramirez Research Surgical Forum on September 19, 2011, at the JMC Amphitheater B, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The participants were the full complement of the surgical training program of the Department consisting of nine General Surgery (GS) residents, one Urology resident and one Plastic Surgery (PS) fellow.
Eleven research papers were presented orally, with the written reports prejudged weeks before. The panel of judges consisted of Dr. Jennifer Nailes, Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine; Dr. Luinio Tongson, Faculty Member from the Institute for Studies in Diabetes Foundation; and Dr. Luis Abola, Consultant from the Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology-all from UERMMMCI. A short question-and-answer portion followed the oral presentation. The criteria for judging, as presented by Dr. Paul Anthony Sunga, consisted of 80 points for the written manuscript and 20 points for the oral presentation.
The winners were presented by Dr. Luis Abola as chairman of the panel of judges.
Third place went to Dr. Hannah Angela Acosta, a 4th-year GS resident, who presented her paper entitled "A Comparison between Local Wound Exploration and Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)as Diagnostic Procedures for Patients with Abdominal Gunshot and Stab Wounds in a Single Institution Level III Trauma Center."
Second place went to Dr. Rafael Manuel Azares, a 5th-year GS and Chief Resident, who presented his paper on "A Cross-Sectional Study on the Value of Ultrasonography in Predicting the Risk of Thyroid Malignancy."
Finally, the winning paper was presented by Dr. Fremont Base, a 2nd-year PS fellow, entitled "The Use of Human Placental Extract in the Promotion of Wound Healing: An Experimental Study in Rabbits."
All participants were given certificates of appreciation, and the winners were given monetary awards as well.
The occasion was graced by the consultant staff of the Department, interns and clerks as well as Dr. Romeo Divinagracia, our UERMMMCI President; Dr. Alfaretta Tan-Reyes, the Dean of the College of Medicine; and Dr. Andres Borromeo, our Hospital Director. Also present were members of the family of Dr. Jose Ramirez, headed by Dra. Gloria Ramirez, her son David and daughter-in-law Liza. A short audio-visual presentation was also
shown as a tribute to Dr. Jose Ramirez.
In closing, Dr. Isaac David Ampil II, the head of the Department of Surgery, congratulated all the presenters for their accomplishments and hoped that the research output of the Department will enjoy local as well as international recognition in research contests and publications-reminiscent of the time when Dr. Ramirez was head of the Department and even years after.