PSUCMI 18th Annual Convention
The Philippine Society of Ultrasound in Clinical Medicine (PSUCMI) just successfully hosted its 18th Annual Convention, “Unfolding Current Issues and Trends in Medical Ultrasound” via an online platform last October 17 and 24, 2020.
The convention was previously scheduled on March 27-28, 2020 at Century Park Hotel, Manila. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the convention to a later date for the safety of our delegates, speakers and sponsors. With no immediate end in sight for the pandemic and with PSUCMI’s commitment as a WFUMB Center of Education, the organizing committee decided to convert the face to face convention into an online convention.
PSUCMI partnered with Docquity as our platform provider. The convention was scheduled on two Saturdays, October 17 and October 24, 2020 at 3-7pm to allow more doctors and allied health professionals to attend the event. The Convention program was streamlined into 12 lectures, 6 lectures per day with 10minutes allotted per lecture for a live question and answer part. A virtual hall and virtual booths were 3D rendered for our sponsors.
Relevant topics in the practice of Ultrasound in the Philippines was included in the program including: The New FDA Guidelines on the Use and Operation of Ultrasound in the Philippines, Data Privacy in Ultrasound Practice, Systemic Ultrasound Evaluation of Multiple Gestation.
With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, relevant topics were also included such as: Infection Control Measures in Ultrasound Practice During the Pandemic, Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19 Disease and its correlation with Chest X-ray and CT-Scan and Assessment of the Vascular System in COVID-19 Patients.
The event was well attended with a total of 643 registrants from various medical background and specialties such as Radiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Occupational Medicine, Oncology, Anesthesiology, Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pathology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Infectious Disease Medicine, Orthopedics to name a few. Allied medical professionals such as radiology technicians were also present during the convention.
The convention was well received by the attendees with a 97.0% positive response based on the post- convention analysis.
The is the first full online convention that was hosted by PSUCMI. Due to the changing landscape in delivering medical education during the pandemic, hosting it was a great learning experience for the organizing committee.