The Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy at 44

In April 27, 1976, then acting PGH director, Dr. Gabriel Carreon inducted the first set of officers of the Philippine Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy with Dr Florencio Pineda as its first President, at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan. There were 21 member doctors who went ahead and drafted its constitution and by-laws.

With its two-year term presidency and later on changed to one-year terms, the society has witnessed 32 presidents. Through their leadership, these men and women have steered the society and its members into the direction of academic excellence, upheld its moral and ethical values and maintained its integrity.

While the academic environment which started with training conferences for the fellows i.e. Endoscopic-Radiologic Conferences (ERC), Endo Forums, Good Endoscopy Practice Workshop (GEP) for Fellows-in-Training, Basic Endoscopic Skills Training (BEST) Workshop for Trainers, Ex-Vivo Workshops, Joint Annual Conventions with the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology and currently with the Hepatology Society of the Philippines, the Society has taken on bigger fora for learning and has been holding its Annual Endoscopy Workshop rebranded now as the ENDOSCOPYCON Philippines to serve as a venue to update its members on their endoscopic knowledge and hone their skills and techniques through live demonstrations and hands-on teaching sessions from expert endoscopists both local and foreign. The society has also been setting up Clinical Practice Guidelines on various endoscopic topics and the COVID-19 Guidance during the pandemic.

The civic duties of the society, in doing community service to the Filipino people, had commenced holding medical missions to far flung areas where endoscopic services are not readily available. Up to the present, it is being conducted more frequently to be able to serve more areas annually. Since last year, the society has extended its services by including not only diagnostic but also free therapeutic endoscopy to selected indigent patients.

With the advent of internet technology, the society has launched an official website, through which, both its members and the public may access information about its members and society, be updated on the latest information and activities, and be a venue for interaction between the society and the public, regarding queries on digestive diseases.

From a brave group of 21 members on that fateful day of April 27, 1976, we are now 465 active members strong. Upholding our vision, our mission – together, better, stronger!