Geared to learn and uncover new insights at the forefront of innovation in response to contemporary and vibrant pathology education at its best, the MHAM Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Department Chairperson participated the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) 107th Annual Meetings at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada last March 17 to 23, 2018.
A lifelong learner and cell-lover for life, Dr. Annette L. Salillas was among the 4,700 pathologists worldwide who attended the 7-day global gathering among cell enthusiasts with its signifying theme, “Geared to Learn”, a message of inspiration that is particularly timely and promising to her life’s motto which goes, ‘those who dare to teach never cease to learn’.
Organized by USCAP, the participants from the different parts of the globe secured their places of interests with interactive and simultaneous sessions along with short courses, interactive microscopy sessions, evening specialty conferences and special courses in genomics and leadership.
As the lone Filipino pathologist who represented the country, Dr. Salillas attended the session on “Medical Education in Pathology: An update on Principles and Practices” where she learned on how and why medical education is changing, among others.
In a recent interview with the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Department Chair, she divulged that this year’s theme was so relevant in response to the leading-edge issues on learning style, teaching methods and course content in the field of Pathology.
“This year’s theme was the machinery of engagement and mentoring where ‘teaching by doing’ rather than ‘teaching by telling’ will allow the students to participate, direct and engage in their own learning. The course that I attended was centered on the areas and issues as to why and how the medical education has been changing, millennials’ active learning and flipped classroom, as well as the new and emerging approaches to medical pedagogy”, Salillas said.
A consistent local and national recognition-recipient for her continuous engagement and enhancement services in the academe and in the practice of Pathology, Dr. Salillas also added that the MHAM Pathology Department will be revising its teaching strategies into an active learning to engage the students in the process of learning through activities and class discussions.
“As the new generation of learners has immersed themselves in the medical classroom setting, the millennials need to be provided with directed active engagement that will greatly assist their learning experience. In effect, the Pathology staff will convene this May for brainstorming for best methods to be applied in Pathology in particular as we will be integrating GenPath and Clinical Pathology subjects for our students at the turn of the 21st century”, she concluded.
The 7-day worldwide gathering ended with a unified set of schedule for next year’s USCAP Annual Meetings which will be held in Washington, DC, USA.
Designed for a broad spectrum of learning and social opportunities from hot topics to social media, this year’s USCAP-led signifying event has marked another abounding year in presenting and acquiring the most recent data about Medical, Surgery, Pathology, Lung Pathology and Malignancies. Astoundingly-matched from the dramatic mountain backdrop of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre, the gathering of renowned speakers, professors and pathologists who have brought together for a common cause created another hallmark and avenue to reecho the growing importance of Pathology whose growing members worldwide are geared to learn towards quality and high-yield education. (Ana Liza Abao)