PBO Website Upgrade
PBO Website Enhanced
By Emmanuel M. de la Paz, MD, FPOA
PBO Trustee, Website Project Coordinator
Six months after going live, the PBO Website gets a fresh new look!
With improved technologies at hand and more experience in website development (the Board does its own publishing), the enhancements made are two-fold: firstly, an improvement in the interface, and secondly the addition of new features (a forums page and downloads of documents relevant to trainees and accredited institutions). The changes are in line with ongoing efforts of the PBO to continuously improve its services to its stake holders, including its own members.
In keeping with the original intention of improving information dissemination andcommunications with all stake holders, the addition of the forum page will facilitate off-site discussion of the Board pertaining to matters of importance to its functions. This is a realization of the suggestions of Drs. Ric Liwag and Danny Caro (incumbent Chairman and Secretary, respectively) who both wanted the ability to continue discussions on pressing issues that otherwise cannot be tackled during actual meetings. On certain issues, members of the community may be invited to take part. The first application of this feature is on the preparation of the 3rd edition of the Greenbook currently underway. A simple Blog feature will allow readers to post their thoughts about articles we write.
In this enhanced version, a soft copy of the Greenbook 2ed (1998) is offered as a download along with the other forms the PBO uses. It came as a surprise during this year’s inspection of accredited training institutions that some have no copies of the latest edition of this training manual. Needless to say, many other information that is felt to be useful for endusers have been added.
The Board shall endeavor to continuously improved this website to meet its original goal. Any comments or feedback to the website are welcome! Email us and let us know how we can improve this site for you.
The PBO Green Book Revisited
By Emmanuel M. de la Paz, MD, FPOA
The PBO recently conducted a workshop to review and update the Curriculum for Orthopaedic Residency Training in the Philippines. Held at the Golden Pine Hotel in Baguio City on March 14-15, the workshop revisited the PBO Training Manual, fondly called the Green Book.
Picture. The Curriculum Review Working Group in Golden Pine Hotel, Baguio City. (From left) Drs. Danny Caro, Peter Quiaoit, Andy Borromeo, Nonong Tanchuling, Bimboy Garduce, Tess Altre (Resource person), Ric Liwag (PBO Chairman), James Paggao, Nemuel Fajutagana (Workshop Facilitator), Eman de la Paz, Mario Geronilla and Leslie Reyes (Workshop Chairman).
The two-day activity was headed by the Curriculum Update Committee Chairman, Dr. Leslie Reyes and PBO Chairman, Dr Ric Liwag. Other board members in attendance were Drs. Andy Borromeo, Antonio Tanchuling, Mario Geronilla, Venancio Garduce, James Paggao, Danny Caro, Peter Quiaoit and Emmanuel de la Paz. The workshop was ably facilitated by Nemuel Fajutagana, MD, MHPed, Associate Professor at the National Teacher Training Center for Health Professions of UP Manila. Also gracing the occasion and providing enlightenment was Dr. Teresita Altre, three-time past chairperson of the PBO.
The Curriculum Review Working Group in Golden Pine Hotel, Baguio City. (From left) Drs. Danny Caro, Peter Quiaoit, Andy Borromeo, Nonong Tanchuling, Bimboy Garduce, Tess Altre (Resource person), Ric Liwag (PBO Chairman), James Paggao, Nemuel Fajutagana (Workshop Facilitator), Eman de la Paz, Mario Geronilla and Leslie Reyes (Workshop Chairman).
The Green Book outlines the competencies and learning standards by which graduates of Orthopaedic Residency Training Programs in the Philippines would be assessed as having completed their training and at which they might be deemed ready for the award of the certificate of completion of training by their respective institutions. The Curriculum is produced to guide Orthopaedic Training by providing accessible information for both the trainees and trainers, who are seen as its primary end users. It is also intended to provide guidance for other stake holders such as the general public, patients and the international orthopaedic community.
A work in progress, the Green Book revision is expected to be completed before the end of the year and is targeted for implementation by all PBO-accredited training programs on 2010. Included in the revision project is the updating of all PBO policies and procedures pertinent to training. The final revision will be available in this website ahead of print.
The workshop was made possible in part through an industrial sponsorship from United American Pharmaceuticals (UAP), a Division of United Laboratories. The Board extends its thanks for their gracious support.