PSGS Integrated Assessment in Minimal Access Surgery (PIAM)

The integration of Minimal Access Surgery (MAS) techniques in the curriculum for general surgery is a clear step towards first world surgical care and education.

Essential components of curriculum operationalization are: [1] cognizance of objectives; [2] assessment of gaps; [3] strategy identification; [4] capacity building; [5] intervention; [6] measurement of gains and [7] strategy reevaluation.  The latest revision of the Standardized Curriculum in  General Surgery set the objectives.  The training Resource Manual for Minimal Access Surgery was written to address the gaps in content.  Capacity building was the strategy identified.  With the upcoming Content Delivery Seminar (Sub-comittee on Minimally Invasive Surgery) a standard methodology in delivery will be imparted amongst all the 68 training programs nationwide.  In terms of metrics, the pre-intervention assessment of knowledge carried out at the beginning of the year was directed at setting a baseline for assessing both course and content of curriculum implementation.  On the psychomotor realm, the society has developed both the Philippine Adapted Skills-Training (PAST) Box System and the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)-Based Philippine Adapted Standardized Exercises (PASE) in Minimal Access Surgery.


The PAST system will provide the environment for skills acquisition and development that PASE will assess bench-top (simulated) laparascopic skill.  The benefit of the FLS-based exercises is based on: [1] face and [2] content validation of the exercises as well as [3] skills documentation and assessment on a global scale.The strength of the FLS is that standardized scores have been proven to correlate well with skill level and clinical experience in Published literature.  The objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (OSATS) is validated and objective measure of clinical skill.  As a stool, OSATS is made up of two components.  The first is a procedure specific checklist of critical steps that measures procedural competence versus simply knowing (declarative knowledge - OSCE).  The second component is a global scale wherein basic technical competence is rated.  With OSATS, technical skill in the operative field can be objectively assessed and monitored over time as the PAST and PASE are implemented.  National studies can then be undertaken to validate the tool locally and perhaps define a truly Filipino learning curve for specific procedures. Read full story here



  • Refresher Course

Fellows can now register on the website: WEBSITE RESTRICTIONS ON THE MEMBERS AREA IS NOW BEING IMPLEMENTED.  Access to the restricted portions of the website will only be available to REGISTERED FELLOWS.

What : 11th PSGS REFRESHER COURSE for PBS Part 1 Exam

When: April 20-24, 2015 (Monday to Friday) 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Where: Westmont Pharmaceuticals, 4th Floor, Bonaventure Plaza, Greenhills, San Juan.

For inquiries and reservation please call the PSGS Secretariat
at (02)926-8432; 0918-908-1795; 0917-802-2903

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History of PSGS

In the beginning, what was but a dream in the late 1980's became a reality in 1999. The latter part of the previous millennium has witnessed so many advances in the field of knowledge led to the development of subspecialties. For instance, the field of Internal Medicine now had subspecialty groups like cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, and so on. This reorientation towards subspecialization did not spare General Surgery.  And as cardiothoracic surgeons, transplant surgeons, and other subspecialists organized their own societies, it became clear that the Philippine College of surgeons (PCS) no longer stood for general surgeons alone. It had morphed into an umbrella organization for all these subspecialties.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez attempted to form a national organization of general surgeons. Meeting resistance, the concept persisted as a dream, until 1991, when then –PCS President Willie N. Lagdameo revived the issue. Stiff opposition met the very first brainstorming meeting. Meanwhile, in the Queen City of the South, the efforts of Drs. Marianito C. Ante, Kenneth S. Chan, Camilo M. Enriquez, Jr. Josemar A. Mercado and Stephen Sixto Siguan  paid of. The Cebu society of General Surgeons, Inc (CSGS) was chartered November 1993 with Dr. Cesar D. Chan as its first President. Dr. Samuel Trocio served as the keynote speaker in its formal launching. CSGS spearheaded continuing surgical education activities in cooperation with the –PCS –Cebu-Eastern Visayas Chapter, inviting General Surgery fellows from Manila. Social gathering and sports events further improved camaraderie, while surgical residents in Cube were trained for the Philippine Board of Surgery Exams through mock oral and written examinations.

In 1996, Dr. Lagdameo, now the Chairman of the newly created Board of Governors of the PCS, resurrected the idea for a national GS specialty group. He instructed CSGS President, Dr. Arturo T. Mancao, through the PCS Cebu Chapter Governor, Dr. Trocio, to submit a letter of proposal. The letter was endorsed to Dr. Florentino Doble, 1997 PCS President.  The succeeding president, Dr. Antonio B. Sison, favorably acted and tasked Drs. Adriano V. Laudico, Narciso S. Navarro, Jr., Edgardo Cortez, and Arturo De la Pena, together with some CSGS members, to promote the various chapters, and begin to draft a constitution.

During a general meeting at the 1998 PCS Midyear Convention in Davao City, a Board of Incorporators was formed.  by  December Annual Convention, having finished the Constitution and By-Laws, the Board convened a formal meeting to admit charter members.  After years of grueling groundwork, the cornerstone was finally put in place in January 26, 1996: The Philippine Society of General Surgeons, Incorporated, had arrived.


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