My Story So Far

cropped-1610056_10203286749359980_1303018355_n4.jpgBack during residency training, I was tasked to monitor activities of interns rotating in the Department. During one such activity, the section head of the subspecialty I was rotating with, chanced upon me and asked why I wasn’t with her fellows doing rounds. And, instead, there I was busy attending to something else. Well, the fellows then were busy doing “research” and had allowed me to supervise the interns. Unimpressed, the section head threatened that, since I wasn’t fully immersed in my rotatiom, I’d be recommended for repeat rotation. Well, after finishing residency and fellowship, I can now look that person in the eyes and happily remind her, “Mama, I’m having my permanent rheumatology rotation!”

Who would have guessed that two years after that incident, I’d enjoy learning more about rheumatology. And YES! The section head who reprimanded me then was my mentor when I underwent training. And with her guidance, I discovered a lot more of my interests, strengths and potential. And no, there was no animosity between us despite that incident. In fact, I’m one of the few who can tease her about stuff. And she continues to be my adviser and mentor post-training.

Now that I have a practice of my own. I continue to engage in things I enjoyed during fellowship – curating evidence, appraising studies, keeping updated and sharing what I learn. This blog is an extension of these activities.

While a lot of things of things are on my plate at the moment, I try to find time to work on this blog. Now is the best time to be in rheumatology – the knowledge that comes up offers a lot of opportunities for both patients and doctors alike. I try to be practical – seeing what is feasible locally and in the clinic setting. And I really want to share this with colleagues – both in rheumatology and in medicine.

In 2016, after admiring the work of Dr. Iris Isip-Tan (@endocrine_witch on Twitter) and Dr. Willie Ong (check him out on Facebook), I’ve decided to start a section for patients. And, I’m hoping that writing in Tagalog would help Filipino patients understand more about arthritis, rheumatism and connective tissue diseases. I’m strongly convinced that patients properly informed about their disease make the best partners in obtaining their health goals. I still find it hard writing in the vernacular (after all, English was my first language) but let’s see where the effort will lead me. All for having better partners in health.

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I’m Phil Rheuma Jr – Dr. Sidney Erwin Manahan, in real life. Let’s share our knowledge.