Last September 28 to 30, St. Luke’s College of Medicine (SLCM-WHQM), in cooperation with St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) Institute of Neurology and Philippine Neurological Association, hosted this year’s Brigham and Harvard Lectures in Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy at the Angelo King Auditorium.
Three of Harvard’s Associate Professors of Neurology delivered a series of lectures over the course of three days. Dr. Edison K. Miyawaki, the Associate Neurologist in the Brigham and Womens’ Hospital, focused on basic neuroanatomy and clinical correlation; Dr. Joshua P. Klein, the chief in the Division of Hospital Neurology in Brigham and Womens’ Hospital, discussed how to approach brain imaging; and Dr. Sashank Prasad, the Chief in the Division of Neuro-ophthalmology in Brigham Womens’ Hospital, focused on neurologic and neuro-opthalmologic conditions.
Attendees included medical students of the St Luke’s College of Medicine and other schools of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC). Residents and consultants from Neurology, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology and Opthalmology were also present. A total of 217 participants took part in the discussion.
Dr. Miyawaki opened the lecture series with his first talk on “Essential Clinical Neuroanatomy” and was followed by Dr. Klein who delivered a lecture on “Approach to Brain Imaging.” Dr. Prasad discussed “Approach to Visual Loss” to cap of the morning session. During the second half of the day, Dr. Klein lectured on “Imaging of the Cranial Nerves and Skull Base,” Dr. Prasad on “Approach to Double Vision,” Dr Miyawaki continued his “Essential Clinical Neuroanatomy” lecture, and Dr Klein ended with a lecture on “Imaging of Vascular Anomalies.” The organizers of the event introduced the participants to the Pigeonhole Live online system which provided them with a live post-test after each lecture, to streamline post-lecture assessments provided by and questions directed to the respective lecturers. In addition, the lecturers answered questions directed to them through the Pigeonhole Live and in the open forum at the end of the day.
The second day started with Dr. Miyawaki’s final installment of his “Essential Clinical Neuroanatomy” lecture, followed by “Visuospatial Neglect” by Dr. Prasad and “Imaging of Demyelinating Disease” by Dr. Klein. After lunch, Dr. Prasad delivered his lecture on “Cortical Visual Disorders” and then Dr. Klein with “Imaging of the Spine.” Dr. Prasad returned afterward to end the day with “Approach to Anisocoria.”
The third and final day concluded the lecture series with “Imaging of Tumor and Cancer Therapy-Related Neurotoxicity” by Dr. Klein, “Approach to Movement Disorders” by Dr. Miyawaki and “Visual Hallucinations” by Dr. Prasad. After the last lecture, the participants met the lecturers for autographs and photographs.
In the afternoon, medical students, clerks, interns, faculty and admin of SLCM engaged in a discussion with the lecturers during the Student’s Hour. The professors shared their experiences as medical students and as professionals, encouraging the students to work hard and pursue their interests.
To show their appreciation, students from SLCM showcased their talents in the performing arts. The SLCM Chorale entertained the guests with three songs of classical and ethnic themes; Danielle Pua from Batch 2020 recited an original poem inspired by neurologic principles she had learned during the three-day lecture series; and Joselv Albano from Batch 2021 played two classical piano pieces for the crowd to enjoy. The lecturers expressed their delight with the memorable performances.
The impact left behind by the Brigham and Womens’ Hospital neurologists was apparent. Ana Margarita Ordoῆa, a third year medical student from SLCM said that she enjoyed the variety of topics lined up and found them interesting. She felt that the clinical approach to Neuroscience was effectively delivered by the lecturers in an engaging way.
Raynon Decano, also a third year medical student from SLCM, shared her sentiments. “The lectures made me appreciate Neurology more, [which is] especially [remarkable] for someone like me who did not really appreciate it before.”
Dr. Jeffrey Peligro, Section Head for Gross Anatomy and a faculty of Anatomy, Histology and Neuroanatomy Departments from Davao Medical School Foundation said “it was a good opportunity to review the old and [to] learn new concepts.” He added that “We also got to see [what] patients with rare syndromes we only read from textbooks [actually look like].”
Dr. Malaya Santos, one of the organizers from SLCM, said that a lot of people get intimidated by Neurology, but because of the passionate way the lecturers discussed Neurology during the three-day lecture series, the barrier to learning Neurology was shattered. “The lecturers were really engaging and open to questions, and as a faculty, it is very inspiring. Just having them here inspires us all – even those not in the field of Neurology.”
photographs taken by Vince Camangeg, Hazel Encarnado and Rajiv Menghrajani