The BMC - Dermatology Center of the Bicol Medical Center started in 1996 when two board-certified dermatologists joined the Department of Internal Medicine. These Medical Specialists trained on the Diseases of Hair and Nails and Dermatologic Surgery in Philippine Dermatological Society-accredited institutions in Metro Manila.
The scarcity of Dermatology as a field of specialty coupled with the increase in demand for more learnings in the late 1990s and early 2000s opened to more invitations, lectures, round table discussions, and conferences for BMC accredited dermatologists. In addition, it created linkages with the primary health care physicians and municipal health workers and further developed awareness of Skin Health in the community.
The passage of the Universal Health Care Law and the hospital's adaptation of the Performance Governance System strengthens the existence of the BMC - Dermatology Center. Conversion of a more comprehensive clinic with an upgraded physical structure, state-of-the-art equipment, additional human resources is ongoing. The formation of linkages is also a priority. Also, the creation of a training program for the Center is in the pipeline.
The BMC Comprehensive Dermatology Center shall maintain a high standard rendering quality dermatological care that is accessible to all, and shall focus on continual improvement to be one of the best dermatologic centers in the Philippines.
The BMC Comprehensive Dermatology Center, as a responsive and active unit of the Department of Internal Medicine, will deliver patient-focused and compassionate service on skin health to all Bicolanos.
- Commitment to Service
- Quality Care
Free Skin Clinic
One of the significant activities of the BMC - Dermatology Center is the Free Skin Clinics which is held annually, in observance of the DOH-sponsored "Kilatis Kutis" activity and cooperation with the Philippine Dermatological Society.
The BMC - Dermatology Center has a Narrowband UVB Phototherapy equipment serving as a treatment modality for Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Atopic Dermatitis, Chronic eczema, Mycosis Fungoides, and a myriad of skin diseases. Funded by the DOH in 2018, it prides itself as the first and only in the Bicol Region.