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Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. hosts April CME 

Health Systems Applied to Dermatology

by Charlene Louise Palafox, MD


SCFI Consultant Staff and Residents 

The Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) in partnership with the Dermatopathology Subspecialty Core group and the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. (SCFI) held its monthly Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity at the Henry Sy Auditorium of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, entitled “Health Systems Applied to Dermatology”. The event started with a prayer led by Dr. Sylvia Jacinto, SCFI President and Chairman Emeritus and opening remarks by the SCFI Chairman, Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell.


The first three speakers’ lectures focused on how technology and health informatics has influenced medicine especially in the field of Dermatology.  Dr. Jose Dumagay who developed the PDS Health Information System shared the importance and use of this system in practice and introduced the concept of System Development Life Cycle. Dr. Jonathan Yu talked about the digital age in relation to Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan’s animated lecture introduced trends such as mobile application in Dermatology and UV Epidermal Patches. She also focused on how Telemedicine has changed the healthcare delivery system.


Ms. Anna Marie Tancongco Anastacio from the Chamber of Cosmetic Industry educated the audience with the Asian Cosmetic Directive and its relevance to Dermatologists. The last speaker was Ms. Rhoda Manoloto from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who updated us with FDA policies on Cosmeceuticals. Both lectures stressed the importance of regulations for innovations in cosmetics.


The program ended with a closing remark given by the PDS president, Dr. Daisy King Ismael. The event was a success, capturing the audience with the practical and relatable topics for the afternoon.




  • Health Information System improves health service effectiveness and efficiency
  • Patient oriented apps may promote self-surveillance but should maintain a healthy sense of skepticism
  • Teledermatology may partially solve health-care disparities
  • Innovations should be balanced with sound regulations
  • A unified, harmonized and streamlined licensing requirements will ensure availability and accessibility of quality and safe products.


Dr. Sylvia Jacinto, SCFI President and Chairman Emeritus, leading the opening prayer


Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, SCFI Chairman, giving her welcome remarks


SCFI Faculty and Graduate, Dr. Jonathan Yu, giving an interactive lecture on the role of social media in the management of dermal filler complications


Awarding of the Certificates. (L-R) SCFI Training Officer Dr. Jasmin Jamora, SCFI Chairman Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, Ms. Anna Marie Tancongco Anastacio, Dr. Jose Dumagay, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, Ms. Rhoda Manoloto, PDS President Dr. Daisy King Ismael and SCFI President and Chairman Emeritus Dr. Sylvia Jacinto