The 52nd Annual Convention marked another fruitful calendar year for Philippine Urological Association, Inc. (PUA) immediate past president Dennis P. Serrano, MD. We were gracious hosts to international delegates who partook in the East Asia Society of Endourology and the Asia-Pacific Association of Pediatric Urologists. The global transformation of the practice of urology towards minimally invasive and robotic procedures were highlighted during the full packed 3-day conglomeration of interesting lectures and exciting live surgical demonstrations.
The first day started with various lectures on pediatric urology. The major topics touched were urinary tract infection, imagings, vesico-ureteral reflux and stones. Simultaneous live surgery demonstrations were also held at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. The following procedures were done: laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, LESS nephrectomy, laparoscopic stone surgery, laparoscopic radical nephrectomy and laparoscopic radical cystectomy. The surgeries went smoothly and post-operative courses were unremarkable with the delegates clearly appreciating the techniques displayed by the surgeons.
The next day was solely dedicated to lectures on pediatric tumors and reconstructive urology. It was capped by the PUA-Patriot Research Paper Contest which was won by the urology residents from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital taking the 1st and 3rd place and AFP Medical Center receiving the 2nd honors. The poster session was won by an Indonesian who is a urology resident of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital.
On the last day of the convention were simultaneous lectures on Pediatric Urology and Endourology. Topics on hydronephrosis, continence and neurogenic bladder were discussed. Techniques in robotic surgeries, LESS surgeries and laparoscopic surgeries were thoroughly discussed by the expert panel with their audiences. The convention was concluded with the Fellowship Night and Induction of New Diplonates and Fellows of the Philippine Board of Urology and Philippine Urological Association, Inc respectively.
By: John Kenneth Domingo, M.D.