University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH)

UP-PGH INFECTIOUS DISEASES FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

The University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is the premier public tertiary-care hospital in the Philippines, whose Vision is to be “the center of excellence and leadership in health care, training and research”. It pursues its mission of quality health service to the Filipino people through effective networking and teamwork. In particular, it bridges the gap between the poor and underserved on the one hand, and quality health care on the other. To achieve this, UP-PGH “aspires to meet the highest possible standards and levels of efficiency, effectiveness and quality… driven by the criteria of excellence, continuous improvement and innovation”.1

In the specialty practice of Infectious Diseases, these core values of excellence, continuous improvement and innovation are especially important. Thus the Vision of the UP-PGH Infectious Diseases Section (IDS) is to achieve

A community of leaders in the practice of infectious diseases and public health committed to the development of Philippine society through the prevention and control of infectious diseases, working through equitable partnerships locally and globally.

The fellowship training program in Infectious Disease of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) aspires to build the capacity of these future leaders and practitioners of infectious diseases and public health through excellence in Training, Service and Research. The two-year fellowship program aims to provide its trainees with solid knowledge base and “hands-on” experiences in almost every facet of infectious diseases, including epidemiology, infection control, HIV and AIDS management, hospital-acquired infections, surgical and trauma-related infections, tropical medicine, transplant-related infections, and the prevention and control of infectious diseases in general. The fellows-in-training act as physicians-in-charge, ably guided and closely supervised by some of the best mentors in infectious diseases in the Philippines.

Recognized as the first program in infectious disease in the Philippines, the fellowship training started in 1968 under the leadership of Dr. Antonio Gonzaga. For the past 38 years, it has produced more than 110 successful ID specialists spread all over the country. The program boasts of a faculty of experienced clinicians, academics, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and molecular biologists, who prepare the fellows-in-training for successful careers as future infectious disease specialists.

The main training ground of the program is the Philippine General Hospital, the national university hospital with a 1,500-bed capacity (1100 service and 400 pay beds). Fellows manage various ID cases in the Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Trauma, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, and Cancer wards including the respective Intensive Care Units. The program incorporates rotations in various laboratories, including the UP National Institutes of Health for basic to advanced microbiology and molecular biology. The Section has well-equipped and well-staffed microbiology and TB laboratories, which provide hands-on training for the fellows in processing specimens as well as isolating and identifying common organisms. The Section has wide-ranging service programs, such as the outpatient general ID clinic, HIV and AIDS clinic and treatment hub, anti-rabies unit as well as a PRIME TB-DOTS clinic. Moreover, fellows also actively participate in infection control programs, antibiotic stewardship and surveillance through the PGH Hospital Infection Control Unit (HICU).

A key learning resource of the fellowship training in UP-PGH is its wide roster of regular conferences including: multi-disciplinary conferences, medical audits, grand rounds, mortality and morbidity reviews, and various subspecialty and teaching conferences. Mentoring younger colleagues ranging from medical students, clerks, interns, medical residents as well as paramedical staff is also developed during training. On the second year of fellowship program, the fellow has the option to have month-long rotations at partner institutions, such as: at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) for transplant ID, Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) for Programmatic Management of Drug-resistant TB, the PGH Section of Dermatology and Section of Obstetrics-IDS and soon, The Medical City IDS.

Research is one of the strongest suits of the Section, with a roster of award-winning faculty recognized by both local and international scientific communities. The Section emphasizes clinical research and carefully follows the inception and progress of various research projects by the fellows. An optional additional year of fellowship is offered to those who would like to pursue further research.

The Section accepts up to 6 fellows-in-training each year and starts each year on June 1st. Applicants must be board-certified and a graduate of a PCP-accredited program in internal medicine. The applicant should also be a diplomate of the PCP and must pass the written examinations and interview given by the Department of Medicine and the IDS. The deadline for applications is usually on January of the same year. Further information can be obtained from the IDS Office at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel. No. 525-1062.

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