Applications for the Section of Adult Neurology and the Section of Neurosurgery Training Programs

23 08 2015



Please submit the following to the Philippine General Hospital Office of the Deputy Director for Health Operations:


1. 2 pcs 2×2 pictures (NOT more than 1 year old)
2. Certification of class rank and general weighted average grade from the office of the Dean or Office of the registrar (MUST be original or certified true copy)
3. Photocopy of the following (1 copy each)

  • Transcript of records
  • M.D. Diploma
  • Certificate of Internship
  • Community Tax Certificate

The application form (available at the office) must be filled in duplicate at the Office of the Deputy Director for Health Operations.


If you have any more questions please feel free to talk to the  personnel the Department of Neurosciences Office in Ward 5 or you can call them (our wonderful staff Mabuhay Nanette and Norma) 554-8462. The residents will all be hard at work during the morning but should you wish to talk to any of the Adult Neurology residents, you can try calling at night, 554-8400 Loc 2401. The Neurosurgery residents are probably in the OR. You can comment your questions as well.

Schedule for exams, interviews and pre-residency will be posted in the coming days.

Featured here are the current second years of both sections. This was taken before they started residency.

Featured here are the current second years of both sections. This was taken before they started residency. Many things have changed since then. Relationships. Friendships. BMI. Haircuts. But the love for the neurosciences remains. They are all, with the guidance of the attendings, still saving lives, one brain at a time. Come join the team.

Epilepsy Week 2015

23 08 2015

The UP-PGH Department of Neurosciences will hold its annual Epilepsy Week this coming September 1-7, 2015.  This aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of laypersons regarding epilepsy.  Moreover, this also aspires to enrich the expertise of medical practitioners on basic epilepsy management.

Epilepsy Week Tarp

This is for FREE but slots for the lay forum will be limited to the first 100 participants (patients and their companions) who will pre-register.  Slots for the MD forum will likewise be limited to the first 100 clerks, interns, residents, and consultants who will pre-register.  Free snacks and lunch will be served.  Contact Dr. Rhain De Roxas to register for the Lay Forum and Art Workshop.  Contact Dr. Marj Bagnas (5548400 local 2401) to register for the MD Forum.

Only pre-registered participants will be allowed to attend the said activities.

Lay Forum
“Mga Katotohanan Tungkol sa Epilepsy”
September 1, 2015

8:00am – 8:20am                       Registration
8:20am – 8:25am                       Pambansang Awit
8:25am – 8:30am                       Pambungad na Pananalita
8:30am – 9:00am                       “Ano ang Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Dr. Marjorie Anne C. Bagnas
9:00am – 9:30am                       “Nagagamot ba ang Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Dr. Jesi Ellen Bautista
9:30am – 9:45am                       Epilepsy at Marijuana
.                                                  Dr. Rhea Angela Salonga-Quimpo
9:45am – 10:15am                     “Delikado ba ang Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Dr. Marc Fernandez
10:15am – 1045am                    “Pwede ba mag-aral at magtrabaho ang may Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Dr. Mari Anne Kristin Dale Moll
10:45am – 11:15am                   “Pwede ba magbuntis ang may Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Dr. Leonor I. Cabral-Lim
11:15am – 11:45am                   “Sining at Epilepsy?”
.                                                  Mr. Baldwin Kho
11:45am – 12nn                         Talakayan (Open Forum)
12nn                                           Pangwakas na Pananalita

Epilepsy Art Workshop:  Breaking Barriers
September 1, 2015 1:00PM
Limited to the FIRST 30 participants who will pre-register.

MD Forum
Epilepsy Basics and Beyond
September 2, 2015

8:00am – 8:30am                        Registration
8:30am – 8:35am                        National Anthem
8:35am – 8:45am                        Opening Remarks
8:45am – 9:30am                        Epilepsy or Not?
.                                                   Dr. Katerina Tanya Perez-Gosiengfiao
9:30am – 10:15am                      AED Treatment – Not One Size Fits All
                                                    Dr. Leonor I. Cabral-Lim
10:15am – 10:45am                    Greater Access to Treatment: AED Generics
.                                                   Dr. Marilyn Ortiz
10:45am – 11:00am                    Epilepsy and Marijuana
                                                    Dr. Rhea Angela Salonga-Quimpo
11:00am – 11:30am                    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Adverse Effects of Treatment
                                                    Dr. Marc Fernandez
11:30am – 12:00nn                     New Kid on the Block: Perampanel
                                                    Dr. Leonor I. Cabral-Lim
12:00nn – 12:15pm                     Open Forum
12:15pm – 12:20pm                    Closing Remarks

Come and SEIZE the day!

Epilepsy Week 2012

1 09 2012



Sept 3:  Epilepsy Lay Forum,  Buenafe Hall, UP College of Medicine, 8am-12nn

Sept 5: Epilepsy Scientific Symposium for MDs, Buenafe Hall, UP College of Medicine, 8am-12nn

Sept 3-7: Information Booth at PGH Elevator Lobby


Neuro and NSS Residency Applicants

1 09 2012

Schedule of Activities:

Sept 3:  Epilepsy Lay Forum,  Buenafe Hall, UP College of Medicine, 8am-12nn

Sept 5: Epilepsy Scientific Symposium for MDs, Buenafe Hall, UP College of Medicine, 8am-12nn

Sept 7: Pre-Residency Exam, Paz Mendoza Bldg UPCM, 1st floor, 9am-12nn

– Adult Neurology and NSS applicants

– NSS aplicants will have an additional exam in the afternoon

Sept 8 onwards:  Start of Pre-Residency duties for Adult Neurology applicants

– 2 weeks per batch

Oct 10: tentative Interview for Adult Neurology applicants

LSB in Inquirer

18 04 2012


Needy patients with brain diseases and disorders are no longer up against a brick wall. Neuropsychologist Lourdes Ledesma’s brainchild Let’s Save The Brain Foundation can help.

The nonprofit organization, put up to extend the best care to indigent patients confined at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital’s (UP-PGH) Department of Neurosciences, aims to raise P10 million this year and at least P100 million in five years to fund medicines, laboratory tests and procedures such as brain imaging studies and medical life support systems.

“When somebody has a stroke or any brain-related injury, that person isn’t the only victim,” said Ledesma, speaking before prospective donors during the recent launch of the foundation at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. “Sometimes that person is the head of the household, the breadwinner. When you donate today, you are helping more of our patients enjoy longer, better lives.”

A P1,000 donation would enable one patient at the Neurosciences department to rent a ventilator that would help him breathe and survive for about two days.

A P100,000 donation would enable the department to buy eight aneurysm clips for their patients, effectively treat two fatal infections, allow two stroke victims to receive emergency procedures, help five patients undergo life-saving brain surgeries, and carry out 10 magnetic resonance imaging procedures.

Surviving an ordeal

(MARY Anne Chan, Mariter Macapagal, Marge Tambunting, Arturo Macapagal)

Majority of the patients at the UP-PGH Neurosciences department have suffered a stroke, and were lucky to have survived the ordeal, but have to live with the fact that their lifetime of memories, abilities and comprehension of the world have already been wiped away.

Few patients have been there for some time, suffering from brain diseases that left them disfigured, unable to live independently.

What brought them to this hospital was the fact that their families can no longer afford to pay for treatment and rehabilitation.

Angelica Ponce, 58, considers herself lucky now that she can slowly move around after having suffered a stroke. “But I cannot afford the P7,000 a month fee that I need to be rehabilitated, not with my bedridden daughter who is confined here because of cerebral palsy,” she said.

Ponce may still be fortunate, considering that about one-third or 167,000 of more than half a million Filipinos who suffer a stroke still die despite hospital intervention.

While the rest will be lucky enough to survive, they will endure partial or complete disability. Full recovery depends on the area of the brain involved and the amount of tissue damaged, as well as timely medical or surgical intervention.

“At any given time, there are around 60 patients confined here,” said Dr. Alvin Cenina, the department’s chief resident. “Apart from stroke—the Neurosciences department sees around 30 emergency cases a day—a number of those confined here are survivors of traumatic brain injury, have epilepsy, hydrocephalus and infections involving the central nervous system.”

(DOCTORS Wally Ledesma, founder of Let’s Save The Brain Foundation, and Caloy Chua)

He lamented that majority of these patients don’t have the means to pay for the emergency procedures or shoulder the medicines needed for continuing care and rehabilitation.

“Even if we waive our professional fees, these families will still not be able to pay,” said Cenina. “For example, the family of a patient suffering from a ruptured brain aneurysm must shell out at least P12,000, the cost of the clip that must be placed to seal off the leaking artery in the brain. In the case of a patient suffering from a stroke caused by a blood clot, that patient must be given within three hours a drug that costs around P30,000.”

Had these patients gone to a private hospital, they would have spent more than P400,000 for such emergency procedure and subsequent hospitalization.


*Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle section, April 17, 2012

Save the Brain

18 03 2012



Let’s Save the Brain!

6 03 2012

The Department of Neurosciences caters to indigent patients of PGH.  They come from all over the Philippines especially NCR and CALABARZON regions needing acute and chronic neurological and neurosurgical care.

Common illnesses of our patients are Stroke, Epilepsy, Brain Injury, Hydrocephalus and CNS infections.  These are all serious conditions and can be catastrophic if proper diagnostics and medications are not available.  This entails a lot of expenses for our poor patients especially those coming from far provinces.

If you would like to help us help others, please visit our partner foundation: Let’s Save the Brain (


Let’s save the brain – it’s all that matters!