GWS Medika Conducts Continuing Medical Education with PanAsia

by Kristihandaribullet
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GWS Medika Conducts Continuing Medical Education with PanAsia
GWS Medika Conducts Continuing Medical Education with PanAsia

Continuing medical education (CME) is an important step that must be continuously carried out so that medical professionals are up-to-date with advances in the field of medicine.

GWS Medika held a Continuing Medical Education (CME) event on varicose veins and screening and prevention of colorectal and digestive cancers at the Senayan Golf Club meeting room on March 15, 2024. The event was organized in collaboration with PanAsia.

CME is a continuous learning program that aims to improve and develop the competencies of GWS Medika's medical team by updating their knowledge with the latest scientific developments. The event was attended by doctors and nurses from GWS Medika clinics and featured presentations from two experts, dr. John Wang and dr. Melvin Look.

Despite the morning rain in Jakarta, the medical team's interest in expanding their knowledge remained strong to ensure they could provide the highest standard of care.

Varicose veins: a hidden danger

The first session featured dr. John Wang, is a vascular and general surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, Singapore, with special interests in vascular and endovascular surgery. He is up-to-date with the latest cutting-edge vascular therapy available globally.

In this CME, he discussed the hidden dangers of varicose veins if left untreated. Varicose veins are a common health problem that affects almost everyone. Varicose veins that are left untreated increase the risk of various diseases, from swollen legs to infection to deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

"Varicose veins can be treated conservatively or surgically to prevent hidden dangers," he said.

Importance of digestive screening

The next session was delivered by dr. Melvin Look, who is a general surgeon. Currently, dr. Melvin Look is a consultant general surgeon and medical director of the PanAsia Surgical Group at Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, and Parkway East Hospital. 

On this occasion, dr. Melvin Look explained the importance of digestive screening to prevent cancer. This should be done even if there are no symptoms. Colorectal, stomach, and liver cancers can be treated if detected early.

"Colorectal cancer can affect anyone. Cases of this cancer have increased by 10% in the age group of 50 years and below," said dr. Look. "Another possible cause is the increased use of antibiotics in the younger generation in recent years," he added.

Global partnership

This collaboration is the third time GWS Medika has partnered with PanAsia. Previously, GWS Medika had twice sent a team of doctors to observe various leading healthcare facilities in Singapore.

The CME was opened by dr. Koh, Chief Medical Officer of GWS Medika, first introduced the doctors and clinics of GWS Medika, as well as the plan to open the GWS Medika Permata Hijau clinic, which is one of the planned flagship medical centers.

"The plan is for the center to be equipped with radiology, laboratory, dental, and other specialist services. Soon, GWS Medika will also open a clinic in the Sudirman Park area," said dr. Koh.

This event confirms GWS Medika's commitment to continuously updating medical knowledge and insights to improve healthcare services for the community.