The UST Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery:
25 Years After
The Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery celebrates its 25th year of establishment via year long activities that will showcase the different expertise of its alumni. History has it that the creation of an independent Department of Otolaryngology at the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1984 rekindled the goal and broke the myth that it has been left unaltered by time and progress. That this breakthrough is bigger than the facts that can only be gleaned when one realizes that the Pontifical Institution’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is not only the oldest but the biggest of its kind in the country. Under the stewardship of Dr. Eusebio E. Llamas, headed the newly created department and Dr. Benito L. Uy as secretary. Dr. Norberto V. Martinez was accepted for training. The Department was rigidly scrutinized and evaluated by the Philippine Board of Otolaryngology and was immediately granted accreditation from 1985 to 1989. This paved the way for graduates to take the specialty exams immediately after residency and subsequently become diplomates of the Philippine Board of Otolaryngology. The department is now headed by Dr. Norberto V. Martinez, the very first graduate the institution produced. The first quarter of this year proved to be a very busy one as everyone wanted to start the year with a bang! As a Catholic institution, we venerate our patron saints religiously. There was no better fitting initial activity for the year than by celebrating the feast of our patron saint, St. Blaise. In commemoration, a Holy Mass was held at the USTH Clinical Division Chapel, followed by a blessing of the sick and the St. Blaise Ward. Slated every third day of February, the department did a series of activities for His honor. The celebration was jumpstarted by a civic and ecological tour for our Aeta fellowmen at the trail going to the Mount Pinatubo crater followed by a very successful bazaar of slightly used clothes and accessories of the department’s consultants at the UST Hospital grounds. The department also sent representatives for medical and surgical missions at the beautiful island of Romblon and in Lipa City, Batangas.
Sleep medicine is a medical subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders. This rapidly evolving field has become a recognized subspecialty within several medical specialties in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, otolaryngology, psychiatry and neurology in most well developed countries. Being part of this multidisciplinary approach on evaluating and treating sleep disorders, the UST Hospital Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery with Dr. Michael Sarte (ENT Section of Sleep Medicine) as course director, will be having an event entitled The First Post Graduate Seminar Workshop on Sleep Disorders: Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Restless Leg Syndrome, on May 8 and 9, 2009 at the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Auditorium of the UST St. Martin de Porres Building (Medicine Bldg). This will be facilitated by foreign and local lecturers from the different fields of specialty scoping sleep disorders apart from the workshop to be held during the event.
This is a postgraduate seminar workshop that would encompass the different subspecialties dealing with sleep disorders. Lectures on evaluation and management (medical and surgical) of obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, "bangungot", insomia, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder will be tackled and workshops on Polysomnography and CPAP will be included in the course.
It will be facilitated by local and foreign speakers from different fields of specialties concerning sleep disorders such as, ENT-HNS, Neurology, Adult Pulmonology and Pediatric Pulmonology.
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