Category Archives: HealthXPh

#HealthXPH: Should Continuing Professional Development be Mandated?

I renewed my physician’s license at the Professional Regulation Commission this year. Thankfully, I didn’t have any worries about fulfilling the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units as I am often a speaker (if not an attendee) at various conventions. I also teach at a medical school and hold a professorial chair in medical informatics. Because of these activities, I had more than enough CPD units. Why this scramble for CPD units? The Republic Act No. 10912, the CPD Act of 2016 made CPD a mandatory requirement for the renewal of the professional identification card. Without this ID, one would be unable to continue practicing one’s profession. Continue reading

When Patients Complain

A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a talk entitled Cyberbullying: Legal Rights of Physicians Maligned on Social Media. I accepted the talk but changed the title to “When Patients Complain.” I wanted to reframe the discussion. Patients have complained about the quality¬†(or the lack thereof) of the healthcare they receive, even before social media. Social media though has provided a platform where such complaints can get more mileage. Continue reading