My Story So Far

cropped-1610056_10203286749359980_1303018355_n4.jpgI was frequently tasked to monitor medical students back in residency – clerks’ monitor during my second year and interns’ monitor during my senior year. And during one of those monitor-related activities, I was threatened by a consultant with a REPEAT ROTATION since I wasn’t with her fellows when she saw me. She felt I wasn’t immersed in my rotation then and that I was accommodating too many stuff in my schedule. Guess what that rotation was. Yep, it was RHEUMATOLOGY.

And who would have predicted that a year later I’d be applying for fellowship training. Now, whenever I remember that incident and that consultant is around, I always end by saying, “Look Mama! I’m on permanent Rheumatology rotation!” And yes, that consultant who threatened me is now my mentor, confidante, adviser, part-time supporter, part-time critique and forever my Mama in rheumatology.
Now that I have my own practice, 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. A lot of things of things are on my plate at the moment, I still 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.

Feel free to browse my site. Questions are welcome. If these are general info, I post via this site. But if it’s a personal health concern, I answer privately (so be sure to indicate your email). All comments are moderated so do wait for your comments to appear (and keep out unsanctioned ads).

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