Fellowship Training in Allergy and Immunology

A joint fellowship program between the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, first conceptualized in 1987 and eventually duly recognized by the Philippine Board of Allergy and Immunology in 1990. Among the three fellowship programs in the country, the two-year fellowship program in PGH has a robust complement of both adult and pediatric specialists involved in training and is the only training program that offers reproductive immunology. The fellows have in-depth knowledge in both allergy and immunology and are acknowledged locally and internationally in case and research presentations.

Fellowship Training in General Cardiology

The three-year fellowship training program, accredited by the Philippine Heart Association Specialty Board of Adult Cardiology, offers clinical and academic training in its comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for a large volume, wide-based patient population with diverse, complex cardiac conditions. Infused with hands-on experience in diagnostic and interventional modalities, the program provides the trainees with ample opportunities to develop competence in coronary, vascular, electrophysiologic, valvular, and congenital diseases. This proficiency is further honed through extensive inter-specialty conferences and referrals from colleagues in the medical, obstetric, and surgical services. The program further nurtures the trainees’ skills and interest in conducting clinical research through an in-depth evidence-based approach. It serves as an excellent platform to prepare the trainees to embark on further cardiology subspecialty training, engage directly in clinical practice, or pursue a career in research or in the academe.

Fellowship Training in Invasive and Interventional Cardiology 

The two-year fellowship program in invasive and interventional cardiology, started in 2003, is designed to equip the trainee with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the proficient performance and interpretation of cardiovascular invasive and interventional procedures. 

Fellowship Training in Adult Echocardiography 

The one-year fellowship program offers further training in adult non-invasive cardiovascular imaging focused on clinical echocardiography and the related modalities. The trainee is exposed to a variety of echocardiographic studies that include standard transthoracic and advanced modalities such as stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and perioperative/ procedural echocardiography. Moreover, the trainee is encouraged to engage in research related to the study of echocardiography as well as assist in quality control of the Echocardiology Laboratory. 

Fellowship Training in Dermatopathology

The one-year fellowship program in dermatopathology, started in 1993, is a full-time program that offers a comprehensive exposure to the histopathologic diagnosis of cutaneous disorders and neoplasms. Fellows under this program are not only trained to recognize and diagnose skin disorders clinically and histopathologically but also to perform basic skin tissue processing procedures and conduct research studies on dermatopathology. The program aims to produce dermatopathologists who will serve in areas of the country in need of the expertise. 

Fellowship Training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Established in 1955, this pioneering two-year training program seeks to nurture exemplary and socially responsible endocrinologists. The program provides training in the fields of general endocrinology, diabetes, thyroid, and obesity and other metabolic disorders. It underscores the subspecialists’ integral role in the multidisciplinary diabetes extremity care team, fracture liaison service, and pediatric-adult transition clinics. Training in the provision of radioactive iodine therapy for indigent patients is also available through a partnership with the Division of Nuclear Medicine of PGH. In collaboration with the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, various advocacies are being undertaken by the Division to promote awareness of endocrine programs. Apart from delivering quality endocrine care to patients and acquiring academic competence, the trainees are expected to conduct relevant researches that would address the society’s health programs.

Fellowship Training in Gastroenterology

The two-year fellowship program in PGH remains the top training program for the study of the digestive diseases in the Philippines. The program provides training for proficiency in the cognitive knowledge and skills in gastroenterology, hepatology, and digestive endoscopy (both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy) while delivering care to patients in both the service and pay areas of the hospital. The trainees are expected to produce original research works for presentation in local and international conferences. In the past 40 years, the program has produced outstanding fellows who eventually have become the leaders in the respective fields of gastroenterology. 

Fellowship Training in Hematology

Accredited by both the Philippine Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and Philippine College of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, the three-year fellowship program prepares the trainee to be proficient in the practice of general hematology. The trainee is expected to acquire important knowledge and skills such as the basic principles and techniques in hematology, pathophysiology and approach to diagnosis of diseases, and management of patients with primary hematologic disorders and patients with hematologic manifestations of systemic diseases. Extensive mentorship, didactic lectures, hands-on procedural skills training, exposure to diverse clinical experiences, and a variety of supervised skill building and self-education activities form the training armamentarium of the program. The trainee is also expected to undertake quality researches that will impact on the practice of hematology.

Fellowship Training in Infectious Diseases

Established in 1968, the two-year fellowship program is the first training program in infectious diseases (ID) in the Philippines. The program aims to provide its trainees with solid knowledge base and hands-on experiences in almost every facet of infectious diseases including, but not limited to, epidemiology of infectious diseases, infection control, HIV and AIDS management, hospital-acquired infections, surgical and trauma-related infections, tropical medicine, transplant-related infections, and the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The fellows-in-training act as physicians-in-charge, closely supervised by the faculty and medical consultants of the division, who are experienced clinicians, academics, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and molecular biologists. The division has well-equipped and well-staffed microbiology and TB laboratories; offers a wide range of service programs, such as the outpatient general ID Clinic, HIV and AIDS Clinic and Treatment Hub, and PRIME TB-DOTS Clinic. The fellows actively participate in infection control programs, antibiotic stewardship and surveillance through the PGH Hospital Infection Control Unit (HICU). Research is one of the strongest arms of the Division, with a roster of award-winning faculty recognized by both local and international scientific communities. The division emphasizes clinical research and carefully follows the inception and progress of various research projects by the fellows. Thus, the graduates can pursue a career in the academe and clinical or laboratory research while having a thriving clinical practice. 

Fellowship Training in Medical Oncology

Started In 1982, the two-year fellowship training program is the first program in medical oncology in the Philippines and is accredited by the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology. It is the only training center in the country that offers a concurrent Master’s Program in Clinical Medicine (Medical Oncology). Committed to produce medical oncologists equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the profession, the fellowship program provides excellent opportunity for graduates to enter the academe, engage in clinical practice, and pursue clinical research in the subspecialty. 

Fellowship Training in Nephrology

This two-year fellowship program, the first to be accredited by the Philippine Society of Nephrology in the country, provides the trainee with the clinical experience and expert guidance needed to become a competent five-star physician and world-class nephrologist. The fellows are trained to handle proficiently varied and complex cases and are honed on the skills for management of patients with end-stage kidney disease, supported by a bustling dialysis unit that accommodates 8,500 procedures a year. The fellows are able to present original researches and case reports in both local and international conferences. Training in teaching nephrology to undergraduate medical students is also acquired in the course of the fellowship program. 

Fellowship Training in Pulmonary Medicine

This two-year fellowship program, initiated in 1978, offers in-depth experience in the acquisition of knowledge and expertise in the management of pulmonary diseases. It provides broad-based clinical exposure in basic and clinical investigation, with a well-designed mix of training, service, and research components. It boasts of trainers that are recognized by national bodies and agencies for awards such as the Ten Outstanding Young Scientists Award and Gawad Lingkod Bayan. The fellowship program also produced the largest number of Most Outstanding Fellow-in-Training in the country.

Fellowship Training in Rheumatology

Established in 1971 and accredited by the Philippine Rheumatology Association, the two-year fellowship program aims to produce not only astute rheumatologists but also effective educators and leaders. It incorporates the investigation, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of patients with rheumatic diseases in the training and service components of the program. Its continuing patient advocacy has led to various programs and publications targeted to help improve the lives of patients with rheumatic diseases. Its contribution in the field of research has been recognized in various local and international publications and conferences. To date, the program has produced more than 250 rheumatologists in nearly half a century.