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History of the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatrics is a new field of medicine in the Philippines.

The Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine was born from two organizations that already were independently existing - the Philippine College of Geriatrics and Gerontology (PCGG) and the Philippine Society of Geriatric Medicine (PSGM).

The Philippine College of Geriatrics and Gerontology was established in 1990 by the late Dr.  Cesar Villafuerte who was a consultant of the Santo Tomas University Hospital.   The association developed a curriculum and utilized a modular training program that accepted a diversified group of physicians interested in managing the various conditions that face the elderly.

The Philippine Society of Geriatric Medicine (PSGM), likewise was established in 1999 by the late Dr. Emmanuel Gatchalian of St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City. The PSGM designed and pursued a fellowship program that accepted physicians who trained either in internal medicine or family medicine.

In 2010, the Association of South East Asian Nations focused towards harmonization of its member countries which included medical societies. Thus, the Philippine Medical Association mandated the two societies specializing in elderly care to come together and become one organization, merging into what is now the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine (PCGM). The PCGM was recognized by the Philippine College of Physicians as a subspecialty on May 11, 2011 and as a specialty society of the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians on June 11, 2015. The PCGM, therefore, is one of the newest medical groups in the country recognized by two major specialty societies.  

The first president was Dr. Shelley Ann F. de la Vega, who was succeeded by Dr. Doris Mariebel D. Camagay (2015-2016), Dr. Roy J. Cuison (2017-2018), and the current President is Dr. Edwin M. Fortuno.

The goal of PCGM is to have more physicians expertly educated and properly trained in taking care and healing the elderly population.

 

                                                                                                       Edwin M. Fortuno, MD FPCGM




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