On the Thursday morning of March 22, 2018, PSEDM greeted hundreds of doctors and other medical professionals from all over the country to this year’s PSEDM Convention. The Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Inc. (PSEDM) held the 2-day conference to update its members of the latest technologies and practices in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes. This is in line with the convention’s theme: ‘Actively Heading Endocrinology and Diabetes into the Digital Age (AHEAD)’.
The first part of the day was spent on registration and the opening ceremonies. Dr. Pepito de la Peña and Dr. Kenneth Hartigan both gave their speeches to officially welcome the guests. At around 9 AM, the series of plenary lectures were commenced by Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan’s talk on the benefits of online networking for medical specialists.
While the first batch of lectures was ongoing, Man Pharma and the other convention sponsors were busy readying the booths for the upcoming exhibit opening. For this event, Man Pharma gave a special promo. A Clover Self A1c analyzer were to be given on loan to any laboratory or clinic that would purchase two boxes of Clover cartridges. These loaned machines could remain in their practice as long as they order and use its cartridges. The promo was successful in attracting the attention of the visiting crowd. Our representatives were able to receive numerous inquiries and product demonstration requests from prospective clients. We also promoted our other Diabetes Care division products such as the LipidPro and GluNEO Lite.
For the PSEDM guests, the rest of the two-day convention were spent on various educational plenary lectures and symposia. They got to hear from the industry’s bests on timely topics such as Vitamin D deficiency diagnosis and the clinical management of hyperparathyroidism. The 2017 and 2018 recipients of the research grants from the Philippine Research Initiatives in Diabetes and Endocrinology (PRIDE) were also presented to all PSEDM members, recognizing our local efforts to drive the fields of diabetes and endocrinology forward.
For the closing ceremonies, PSEDM’s Vice President, Dr. Mia Fojas, gave her final remarks after the awarding of certificate of appreciation, emphasizing the convention’s theme and how the PSEDM is and will always be ahead.
To conclude the event on a high note, a Fellowship Night was held for the attendees. They were able to enjoy the company of their fellow members, further solidifying the PSEDM as a tight-knit community well-equipped to face the future of Filipino healthcare.