BMC ENT Resident Wins First Place in National Interesting Case Contest


NAGA CITY, BICOL - A second-year Resident of the BMC Department of Ear, Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Surgery brought honor to her department and the Bicol Medical Center by winning first place in the Annual National Interesting Case Contest of the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PSO-HNS).

Dr. Kathleen Yambot presented her case, "Multifocal Tuberculosis in a 3-year-old Male presenting as Mandibular Swelling," beating the other entries from 35 training institutions of PSO-HNS. Dr. Yambot's initial nervousness and intimidation were replaced by excitement as her case presentation proved itself to be not only interesting but expertly managed with an excellent outcome.

"Tuberculosis has been studied for many centuries. It has been around for so long, but it still never fails to surprise us. Using this element, my case has won because of the complete documentation from the first check-up to the diagnostics, the treatment, and the outcome. I have shown another unusual way that TB can present itself." Dr. Yambot said.

Dr. Kathleen dedicates her award to BMC — her training institution.

"Gaining this award verified that our training institution is at par with the best of the country. That even if we are one of the newly accredited institutions, with hard work and dedication, we can achieve any goals that we put our mind into." Dr. Yambot added.

Dr. Yambot's honor gave recognition to the efforts and dedication of the department's new chair, Dr. Neil Aldrine Peñaflor, as he leads the department to push itself to achieve greater heights and higher standards. Together with Dr. Marifee Reyes, Training Officer; Dr. Melanie de Leon, Research Coordinator, and staff. The department extends its gratitude to Dr. Gregorio Gigantone III, Medical Center Chief II, and the management for their support to the department.

Meanwhile, 2022 will be a momentous year for the Department of Ear, Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Surgery, entering its fifth year. Moreover, the department's accreditation was renewed for four full years last October 2021. As a new first-year resident entered the program, the BMC Department of ENT-HNS expects to have its first resident graduates this year.