University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is the premier tertiary-care government hospital in the country, mandated to provide basic and specialized healthcare to the general public. It has 17 wards and 5 critical care units with a total bed capacity of nearly 1,000 dedicated for the care of indigent patients. It is a Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)-accredited hospital, which has an additional 500 beds for private patients. It also recently became an International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-certified institution. While primarily a service hospital, the PGH is also an educational and research institution being a vital constituent of the University of the Philippines Manila, with its close linkage with the UP College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
The Department of Surgery is one of the largest clinical departments of the PGH and the UP College of Medicine. The Division of Urology is one of the Department’s 12 Divisions tasked to render surgical care and service to the patients, provide residency training to the postgraduate doctors of the PGH, facilitate undergraduate instruction to the medical students of the UP College of Medicine, and conduct research work on urology for the University and the hospital.
At present, the Urology Residency Training Program of the Philippine General Hospital consists of six years of postgraduate training, including two core years of general surgery and four years of clinical urology. The training program is accredited by the Philippine Board of Urology. The most recent accreditation was granted in 2016. The program is designed to prepare selected physicians to evaluate, understand and manage medical and surgical aspects of genitourinary disorders. In addition to providing clinical training, it also offers research experience in urology. The training program aims to produce excellent urologists fully trained in all aspects of modern urologic practice, thoroughly familiar with urologic research, and possessing the attributes of life-long self-directed learners and potential leaders in the field. This is accomplished by focusing on the development of clinical skills and professional competency, as well as on the acquisition of detailed factual knowledge of the whole field of Urology. The training program is organized to allow the residents to take on an increasing level of responsibility throughout their residency experience, commensurate with individual growth, clinical experience, and theoretical knowledge. Through an organized course of study, the Division of Urology provides a comprehensive educational program which incorporates close guidance and supervision of the residents by the consultant staff, and which facilitates the trainees’ professional and personal development while ensuring high quality, safe and compassionate patient care in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Scholarly activities are emphasized, and the residents are also expected to assume some responsibility for teaching and supervising other residents and medical students, as well as initiating and participating in ongoing research.
PGH Mission Statement
∙ To render quality health care through effective teamwork.
∙ To train health care professionals to become competent, humane and ethical health care providers, educators and leaders.
∙ To undertake biomedical and health system researches which serve as basis for relevant health policies.
∙ To develop a referral network and evolve as the center for complex health care problems.
∙ To be the role model for health care delivery.
PGH Vision Statement
The PGH, globally competitive and committed to the health of the Filipino people, through networking and teamwork of competent, compassionate and ethical health professionals, shall be the center of excellence and leadership in health care training and research that impacts on health policies.
The Division of Urology of the Philippine General Hospital is equipped to render services in the fields of Endourology, Urooncology, Pediatric Urology, Infertility, Female Urology, Reconstructive Urology, Laparoscopic and Robotic urologic surgery.
The Division was assigned 17 service/charity beds for adult and pediatric urology patients and a flexible number of beds in the private/pay wards of the hospital. However, beginning in October 2019, the hospital policy allowed for a flexible number of elective beds for each Division, with elective admissions subject to the approval of the Charity Admissions Manager. On the average, the Division has maintained an average inpatient service bed occupancy of 18.
The Division has one dedicated operating room for endourologic procedures available for use from Mondays to Fridays, one operating room for charity elective surgeries on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and alternating Thursdays, and an operating room every Wednesday for ambulatory surgery. Emergency surgical cases may be done at any time at any available emergency operating room. Private cases for surgery may be scheduled on any day. The Division holds outpatient clinics for charity patients every Tuesday (morning and afternoon) and Thursday morning. Transrectal prostate biopsy, uroflowmetry, and other ambulatory procedures for charity patients are performed in the Urology office on Thursday afternoons for outpatient cases, and on any day for inpatient cases.
Requirements for Application:
Application form (2 copies) from the Deputy Director of Health Operations (local 2008)
2″ x 2″ photo (2 copies)
certification of class rank
General weighted average
Transcript of Records
Certificate of Internship
Community Tax certificate
The division had its first joint multidisciplinary international teleconference – the Philippines-Japan Urologic Teleconference on July 3, 2019. Along with Kyushu Hospital and several participating institutions (Baguio General Hospital, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Medical Center, National Kidney Transplant Institute, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Dagupan Doctors Hospital) discussed small renal masses and the interventions available.
The Division started performing robot-assisted surgeries in March 2019, with the hospital’s acquisition of the Da Vinci Robotic system. Dr. Dennis Serrano, assisted by Dr. Joel Patrick Aldana and Dr. Nikko Magsanoc performed the hospital’s first robot-assisted case – a robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy on a charity patient with prostate cancer stage IIC on March 27, 2019. This paved the way for a total of 31 robotic cases in 2019 – six of which were done on charity patients.
The division had several sessions during the PGH Surgery Postgraduate Course: Fertility Preservation in Oncologic Treatment, and Robotic Surgery in PGH. The division also hosted a multi-disciplinary Urology Grand Rounds discussing Robotic Surgery.
Several training opportunities were made available to the residents in 2019. The 2-month outside rotation during the residents’ third year has been expanded to include programs abroad – such as the Japan Urological Association’s International Scholarship Foundation. The residents also participated in overseas short-courses such as the The Asian Urological Surgery Training & Education Group’s (AUSTEG) regular training programs, the Urologic Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) Trainee Week, the Asian Urology Residents’ Course, and the Southeast Asian Urology Residents’ Educational Program.