Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program MasterClass 2023 goes to Manila!

Written by: Chay Tanlapco, MD, DPBO, FPAO

The APAO Leadership Development Program (LDP) has been dedicated to equipping prospective leaders in ophthalmology within our region with essential professional growth skills and a structured orientation since its inception in 2009. This comprehensive program encompasses a series of components and activities, including an Orientation Class, a Midyear MasterClass, and a Graduation Workshop.

Left to Right. Dr. Sherman Valero (Philippines), Dr. Vivek Dave (India), Prof. Muhammad Moin (Pakistan), Dr. Shaheeda Mohamed (Hong Kong, China), Dr. Linda Tsai (United States), Ms. Marsheila Devan (United States).

This year, the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) took the privilege of hosting the Midyear MasterClass at the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel, situated in the vibrant Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Metro Manila, from August 18 to 20, 2023. This event brought together a diverse assembly of nineteen ophthalmologists from the Asia-Pacific Region. Alongside international delegates, ten local ophthalmologists from all over the country also attended. The participants immersed themselves in personal development, insights and strategies from distinguished faculty and speakers. Topics ranged from organizational dynamics, diversity integration, ethical leadership, emotional intelligence, advocacy proficiency, and refined communication aptitude.

Top Row, left to right. Dr. Hon Shing Ong (Singapore), Dr. Timothy Tang Lee Say (Philippines), Dr. Aruna Fernando (Sri Lanka), Dr. Faraby Martha (Indonesia), Dr. Earl Sarabosing (Philippines), Dr. Koji Kitazawa (Japan), Dr. Indra Widyanatha (Indonesia), Dr. Bernardo Soares (Australia), Dr. Abdul Hannan (Pakistan), Dr. Shams Noman (Bangladesh), Dr. Chan Jan Bond (Malaysia), Dr. Lee Tan (Philippines), Dr. Wing Lau Ho (Hong Kong, China), Dr. Mohammad Mostafa Hossain (Bangladesh), Dr. Nitee Ratprasatporn (Thailand).

Bottom Row, left to right. Dr. Charisse Tanlapco (Philippines), Dr. Mariel Parulan (Philippines), Dr. Diwa Lamichhane (Nepal), Dr. Oyungerel Bayarmunkh (Mongolia), Dr. Zan Arao (Philippines), Dr. Lucilla Sefo (Samoa), Dr. Dewang Angmo (India), Dr. Mary Rose Yan (Philippines), Dr. Catherine Nasol (Philippines), Dr. Kristine Pormida (Philippines), Maryjane Tumulak (Philippines), Dr. Billie Jean Cordero (Philippines).
The LDP Faculty and Participants with members of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology Executive Council (Bottom Row) Dr. Donna Santiago (3rd from left), Dr. Miriam Fermin (4th from left), Dr. Rainier Covar (7th from left), Dr. Karen Arriola ( 8th from left), Dr. Vicente Victor Ocampo (10th from left), Dr. Ellen Sy (11th from left) and Dr. Raymond Regalado (3rd from right).
PAO President Vicente Victor Ocampo welcoming the LDP Faculty and Delegates to the Program

Following these intellectual engagements, the program embraced the spirit of camaraderie and cultural appreciation. Engaging in quintessential Filipino warmth and hospitality, both faculty and participants indulged in Manila’s gastronomic offerings and explored the historic precincts of Intramuros during a captivating tour, culminating in an immersive cultural showcase at Barbara’s.

Resonating with enthusiasm, the emerging leaders and seasoned LDP Faculty from the Asia-Pacific region collectively lauded the workshop’s logistics and the thoughtfully designed social activities- all orchestrated by the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology. Beyond the professional enrichment, these interactions fostered bonds and laid the groundwork for prospective collaborations. The PAO is immensely honored to have spearheaded this event, and eagerly anticipates extending a similar platform for our local ophthalmologists in the near future.

As momentum continues to build, the APAO participants are set to present their LDP Self-Initiated Projects and to be in the LDP Graduation Ceremony. This event is scheduled to coincide with the APAO Convention in the enchanting locale of Bali, Indonesia, come February 2024.

Intense and thought-provoking moments during sessions.
Welcome dinner photos at the Pool House, Grand Hyatt Manila
Participants get toured at the historic walled city of Intramuros.
The second night culminated with a cultural night dinner at Barbara’s.
The LDP Faculty with the Participants proudly bearing their MasterClass Certificates.
LDP Faculty with the Local Organizing Committee and PAO Secretariat: left to right: Dr. Sherman Valero, Dr. Rainier Covar, Dr. Karen Arriola, Prof. Moin, Ms. Joane Gagnon, Ms. Georgette Servidad, Ms. Czarina David, Dr. Shaheeda Mohamed, Ms. Marsheila Devan and Dr. Linda Tsai.

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