𝐔𝐒𝐞𝐏-𝐒𝐨𝐌 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐨-𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞

On May 17, 2024, the University of Southeastern Philippines – School of Medicine (USeP-SoM) held its annual Clinico-Pathological Conference (CPC) at the Science Building Conference Room. This significant event saw the active participation of second-year medical students, who took part as a requirement for their general pathology subject.

The CPC is a pivotal component of medical education, designed to bridge the gap between clinical practice and pathological science. During a CPC, medical students present and discuss real-life cases, integrating clinical findings with pathological data to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. This method fosters critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, and a holistic approach to patient care.

The conference opened with a welcome address by Dr. Alejandro L. Domingo Jr, the Department head of the Pathology Department of SoM. He emphasized the importance of CPCs in the development of future physicians, highlighting how these conferences enhance diagnostic skills and encourage a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms of diseases.

Throughout the day, students presented a case selected among various interesting cases ranging from common illnesses to rare and complex conditions. Each presentation was followed by an in-depth discussion moderated by experienced faculty members and guest pediatric infectious disease specialist, Dr. Maria Sabrina A. Suaybaguio, our very own Neurosurgery Department head faculty, Dr. Russel Sasing, and public health specialist, Dr. Maryrose B. Rendon. The discussions not only focused on the medical and scientific aspects of the cases but also touched on the broader implications for individual patient care, family, and community health.

For the second-year medical students, participating in the CPC was more than just an academic requirement. It was an opportunity to develop their skills as future community-oriented doctors. By engaging in these detailed case analyses, students learned the importance of thorough clinical evaluation and the integration of pathological findings to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans.

Moreover, the CPC underscored the value of teamwork and collaboration in the medical field. Students worked together to research and present their cases, fostering a spirit of cooperation and mutual learning. This collaborative approach is crucial for their future roles as “doctors para sa bayan,” or doctors for the community. It instills in them the importance of working collectively to improve healthcare outcomes, especially in underserved areas.

The conference was concluded by Dr. Marjorie O. Uy, a faculty of the said department by reminding the students of their mission to serve the community. “As future doctors, your goal is not only to treat diseases but also to understand their root causes and contribute to the overall well-being of the communities you will serve. The skills and knowledge you gain from these conferences are vital in achieving that goal”, she shared.

The CPC at USeP-SoM was a resounding success, leaving the second-year medical students better prepared for their future roles. Through such initiatives, the University continues to produce competent, compassionate, and community-oriented physicians dedicated to making a positive impact on public health.

Congratulations to the winners and to all participants for a job well done!