#HAWMC: Life Goal

#HAWMC Day 16.

What’s one thing that your 10-year-old self thought you would do? Can you still do it? How would you approach it to make it happen?

At 10, I wanted to be a doctor. I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember! And I wanted to have it all – a career, loving husband, kids and the Nobel Prize … cue in a witch’s cackle. Continue reading


#HealthXPH: Patient Peer Mentoring

I was browsing #HAWMC on Twitter and came across someone who said she is paying it forward by volunteering her time as a patient mentor for those newly-diagnosed with psoriasis. I googled the mentoring program of the National Psoriasis Foundation – it’s called Psoriasis One to One. There is a mentor page where one can find out more and choose a mentor based on their profiles. They are patients who have had psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Continue reading


So I signed up for #HAWMC!

I think I got the same email last year for the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge of Wego Health, but I wasn’t able to join. I’m trying to post more often on my blog this year. I haven’t been quite successful doing a Doogie Howser of blogging everyday – I only lasted six days straight! So I’m joining the HAWMC challenge for the month of April. I’m posting it here for accountability. Continue reading


Consent for Medical Photos on Facebook

I’m a doctor and so it’s not surprising that I have many doctors on my list of Facebook friends. Not often but not as rare as I would want it to be, I’ve seen various photos I’d rather not see on my Facebook feed: a dismembered hand reattached, a humongous ovarian tumor, an eye socket with a knife sticking out of it, a patient unconscious on an operating table, patients in the background at the emergency room, and hands in bloodied surgical gloves around a draped boy’s body at circumcision missions. Continue reading


Doogie Howser and Blogging

I’ve been “blogging” awhile. Not in any regularity as you can see in my archive. While waiting at the airport for our morning flight from Cebu back to Manila with Gia after the heady #hcsmph summit, I told her I wanted to try a blogging challenge. I will blog EVERYDAY … starting Monday. So, I got sick that Monday and had to postpone. The universe was trying to tell me something. Continue reading


What makes a five-star physician?

Throughout medical school I was told to strive towards becoming a five-star physician: clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer. And so this is what I measure myself against when I turn introspective now on New Year’s eve. What have I accomplished as a clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer in 2014? How can I become a better five-star physician in 2015? Continue reading