Author : Dr. Jasmin Melissa Bernardo
Perhaps nothing rings more true among the vascular medicine and surgery consultants, fellows and technologists than the indomitable will to strive for excellence whether it is in the laboratory, pursuit of research, in delivery of care to patients and with the same passion in having fun and creating our own happiness amidst this pandemic. So it was no surprise that the virtual fellowship night was among the most awaited event of the year. This is the time when we let our hair down, paint our faces, dress the part and show our groove.
With the help of more than 100 strong members from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, we recorded our best rendition of grief, hope and triumph against all odds in the time of pandemic. The real life clips of hospital scenes we have all been too familiar having played out hundreds of times in our own ERs, ICUs and wards reminds us of the critical role that we play in this time of upheaval. It carries softly through the melody of the songs and the hopeful messages of the lyrics. One theme emerges and that is eternal hope.
This was followed by an ingenious idea of Dr. Malou De Jesus to hold a fun contents entitled "Vascular PPE Fashion: Faces-Phases" with 3 Phases/Categories representing pictures of members wearing their PPE depicting sadness, fear and fatigue, then strength and lastly happiness, confidence and positivity. The virtual audience thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We were also serenaded by our senior consultants, Drs. Florimund Garcia, Renato Villanueva and Johnny Shia who performed like professionals singing "You Gotta Be Patient" which narrates their plight as seniors who had to stay home during pandemic giving both classic Broadway singers a run for their money and comedians a run for their laughs. With the help of the talented daughter of Dr. Garcia, Ms Princess Garcia with her strong heavenly voice and the guitar accompaniment of Mr Raffy Santiago a vascular technologist from St. Luke's Global.