Message from the President

GREETINGS MY DEAR COLLEAGUES! We welcome the new year, 2024, with the message of HOPE and OPTIMISM… moving forward and looking ahead, that we will be able to meet the goals we set for our Society this year and even exceed expectations.

Emerging from the success of our 30th Annual Convention, we set in motion this year our plans that are focused on the programs that would see through the advance OB-GYN skills we have learned from our renowned international experts. We remain to pursue our aspirations and empower our members through the advocacies we have begun.

This year, we continue to bring you virtually our Ultrasound Fellows Forum as our commitment to enhance professional growth and welfare of our members through continuing medical education. This event is held every last Friday of the month alternating each month. The Training Institutions, namely, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, The Medical City, Rizal Medical Center, and University of Santo Tomas Hospital are tasked with the presentations of interesting or rare cases seen in their respective centers. The objective is to provide a venue for our Fellows-in-Training to present and discuss these cases. Hence, we encourage every PSUOG member to take the time to attend and be updated.

With the recent approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the 2023 Ratified Amendments of the Articles of Incorporation/By-laws of PSUOG specifically Article XV. Section 2, the Transitory Provisions, the 2024 Board of Trustees passed a Board Resolution to conduct the Induction Ceremony of the Fellows who successfully passed the PSUOG certifying board examinations given last 2023. Constitutionally, the induction ceremony should take place once a year during the Annual Convention. However, we deemed it fair to proceed ahead and to give them already the opportunity to be officially invited as members of our Society and to move forward and confidently commence their practice as OB-GYN Ultrasound Subspecialists.

The Committee on Continuing Medical Education (CME) chaired by the Assistant Board Secretary, Dr. Anna Liza Campos-Salita, with her formidable members - Dr. Aileen Lopez, Dr. Marilou De Vera, Dr. Nelinda Catherine Pangilinan, Dr. Maria Cristina Franada, and Dr. Giancarlo Santos, have lined up more workshops with the thrust of enhancing further the two-year curriculum of the Ultrasound Fellowship Training Program (UFTP) of PSUOG. Although the CME Committee this year is geared towards training the trainers for proficiency in the advance skills, our members across the country will be given equal opportunity. Through the initiative of the Committee and with the support and collaboration with our Regional Directors, we endeavor to bring these to the different regions eventually. Along with the CME will be our commitment and our social responsibility to extend our free ultrasound services to areas who are underserved.

We continue to celebrate our Society’s Foundation Day on June 15 through the leadership of Dr. Rhodora Bustos. The objective is for all the PSUOG members to commemorate the beginnings of our organization and realize what we have become as the premier ultrasound Society guided by the core values of Professionalism, Social Responsibility, Uprightness and Integrity, Oneness and God-fearing virtues. This year, through the efforts of the Regional Directors who are given the discretion to launch their own unique activity to celebrate the special occasion adhering to the objective of the Foundation Day.

Annually, PSUOG hosts the Interesting and Research Contests for our Fellows-in Training. This year, Dr. Mary Karen Atanacio, our PRO is taking charge of this activity . This is an event that we look forward to because we learn new innovations from the studies conducted by our trainees during their training. Let us continue to support this endeavor and inspire them to search and discover novelties that could contribute to the advances in the practice of ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A very important undertaking for the Board of Examiners (BOE) this year is the Certifying Board Examinations for the first batch of graduates under the two-year-curriculum which was implemented in January 2022. This would be quite a challenge for the BOE in the preparation of both the written and practical examinations. Nevertheless, we are hopeful for a good outcome.

Under the helm of our Vice President and Overall Chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Maria Cristina Franada, this year’s 31st Annual Convention promises to be very engaging and productive. The Society incessantly aims to work hard in enhancing the knowledge and skills of all PSUOG members through the Scientific programs in the convention. Fellowship night is a must-attend event to unwind, establish new camaraderie and rekindle ties with our colleagues. This is one big occasion that we all anticipate eagerly every year thus let us save the date and be present in this once-a-year break from our hectic practice.

Lastly, may I encourage all members to constantly visit out PSUOG website and be informed of the events in store for the entire year. Let us all be pro-active in building a stronger united PSUOG.

To God always be the glory! God bless us all!

Maribel M. Pili-Lopez, MD
2024 PSUOG Board of Trustees