04 May Chairman’s Message
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Board of Orthopaedics, Inc., welcome to our website. After all these years, on the verge of our Golden Anniversary in 2022, we are finally going to have the world wide web presence we have long dreamed of. We hope this endeavor grows with all of us. Web presence allows us to interact with our stakeholders. These stakeholders are:
- Filipino medical school graduates interested in the fastest-growing surgical subspecialty in the world,
- Orthopaedic residents-in-training in the Philippines,
- The twenty-three (and growing) orthopaedic residency training programs in the country,
- The professional organization regulating the practice of orthopaedics in the country, the Philippine Orthopaedic Association, Inc. (POA),
- The Filipino people, for whom excellence in training for the sub-specialty is lovingly offered.
Beyond medical school, and after a year of post-graduate internship, and finally qualifying as a licensed physician after passing the Physicians’ Medical Professional Examination conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) a young Filipino doctor may opt to further specialize in the care of musculoskeletal disorders. Orthopaedics encompasses the care of fractures, as well as conditions of all extremities and the axial skeleton (spine), degenerative joint diseases, extremity sports injuries, hand and peripheral nerve ailments, and problems in adults as well as in the pediatric population. Such is the depth and width of orthopaedic practice. It is a sub-specialty that holds no gender discrimination and is open to all political, religious, and economic strata of Philippine Society. What is important is the drive, and the perseverance, to undergo four or five years of rigorous training to become a full-fledged orthopaedic surgeon in the country. Orthopaedic training is dictated by a Curriculum that has evolved over the years.
Our curriculum is not only deeply rooted in the principles governing orthopaedics all over the world but also hopes to mold not only expert clinicians but also effective communicators, imaginative researchers, capable of inter-specialty, inter-personal, and inter-community engagement, with the highest ethical standards, and superlative leaders both in the national as well as international fora.
The PBO is the accrediting arm as well as the examining body for all Orthopedic Residency Training Programs in the Philippines. We re-evaluate all twenty-three residency programs yearly. Three tiers of examinations are given annually. For current residents, we conduct an Orthopedic In-Training Examination (OITE or ITE) for residents in the Level One, Level Two and Level Three of training. The Qualifying Examination (QE) is for senior graduating residents. The Diplomate Examination is now conducted in two parts: Part One is the written examination and Part Two is the oral examination. Prior to 2020, there was Part Three, which was the practical examination portion. This has since been phased-out.
Both accreditation and examination aspects of the Board have transitioned into the virtual realm, an adaptive response due to the 2020 Corona virus pandemic. Visits for accreditation are now conducted via teleconferencing platforms. The Board has its proprietary examination platform, managed for us by Xynapx, and before the pandemic we used this examination platform in a face to face set up in a testing center. This year, we boldly decided to take our examination platform into the virtual realm as well. Since March this year we have successfully conducted home-based Parts One and Two of the Diplomate Examinations. In April, the Qualifying Examination was also concluded. There are still growing pains, we adapt and we improve.
The PBO sees this communication platform as the future: the “www”can bring its decisions to all stakeholders. The website shall point young doctors dreaming of a career path in Orthopaedics to the proper accredited training programs. The webpage is the conduit for all information related to orthopedic residency training, and we hope it will be put to good use by our current residents. It sees this website as the training programs’ direct link to the Board where all pronouncements and clarifications can be put forward. The fellows of the POA shall now have real-time on-line involvement with their very own PBO. This website would prove to be versatile because for the general public, any Juan or Maria, can glean how the only body regulating the development of orthopaedic residents into fully qualified accredited orthopaedic surgeons can give them the care they need. Any medical school graduate may treat any ailment, but only a truly certified orthopaedic surgeon gives the love and expert musculoskeletal care every Filipino deserves.
This Board proudly declares that we aim for excellence. We aim for the best for the Filipino.