This year, MIMS has sat down with many Filipino healthcare professionals’, as they shared with us their valuable professional insights into their practice through a series of up close-and-personal interviews. And, while not all of the insights were captured in the final piece of their respective articles—we believe they are still worth sharing, nonetheless.

Let’s recap some of the valuable quotes from four of our most notable interviews: 

Dr Edsel Salvana
, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines

On the correcting common fallacies about the healthcare profession:

“Education is always key to correcting misconceptions. However, at the end of the day, the thing that matters most to physicians – whether internists or not – is that the patient does well; and that is what makes us happy. It is nice for patients to be grateful; but it is not why we do what we do. The goal is to help and heal the sick – and that is enough.”

Dr José Florencio Lapeña, Jr
, Senior Consultant Otolaryngologist at Philippine General Hospital

On what motivates his work in research editing:

“As a physician and surgeon, I may touch the lives of my patients and their families in local communities; as a medical educator, I may touch the lives of my fellows, residents and students (and their future patients in multiple communities, nationwide). But, as a researcher, reviewer and editor – I can touch the lives of many other people, communities, and publics in the region and the world, as well as the health policy makers and providers who serve them globally.

I stand in solidarity with the many nameless and faceless editors – the unsung heroes who “burn the midnight oil” to ensure the quality and timeliness of their journals – particularly those in low- and middle-income country, under resource-challenged settings – so that we can contribute to the availability and accessibility of quality health information for all.”

Dr Adrian Rabe
, Research Analyst at Dr Foster

On helping Filipinos living with HIV:

“One of the most important things that doctors should do is not just diagnosing the patient, and prescribing them with medication; rather, to also provide that comfort and compassion towards the end of each clinical session. Treating a patient with HIV is unlike the regular fifteen-minute consultation.

Having the patients know that being HIV positive is not terminal, and that they can have a normal life, can be very liberating to them. It allows them to accept the diagnosis easier.”

Dr Cristina Inserto
, Owner and resident dentist at You and Your Teeth Dental Clinic

On her experience working in the public and private sectors:

“[In the military,] we worked with low quality materials, sub-standard chairs, and I had to work all day with medium gloves, and I fit an extra small. [In my work in the private sector,] I have encountered the opposite of everything I came to know in the military. I was able to work with top-of-the-line equipment, materials and highly experienced specialists.

[These experiences have helped me to be] more confident and more courageous when I opened my clinic.  MIMS