The Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation formally endorsed recently the use of Fundamentals of Pediatrics: Competency-based as a textbook in all local medical schools.
The two-volume pediatric textbook edited by Drs. Xerxes Navarro, Aurora Bauzon, Juliet Aguilar, and Olympia Malanyaon was launched by C & E Publishing, Inc. on September 3, 2014 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City. Intended for medical students, residents, pediatricians, and healthcare practitioners who engage in child care, it is the first contemporary, locally authored reference material on comprehensive health care for Filipino newborns, infants, children, and adolescents published since the fourth and last edition of the pioneer pediatrics book was released in 2000.
The APMCF, an organization of schools, colleges, hospitals, and medical institutions that aims to maintain high standards of medical education, pointed out that the competency-based approach in pediatric healthcare is the textbook’s unique feature. It is organized, comprehensive, concise, well-referenced, properly indexed, and rich in local data and images. It incorporates the current practice and management guidelines in child care.
In time for the Physicians’ Licensure Examination in August 2015, the APMCF will also recommend the textbook to the Professional Regulation Commission for endorsement as a review material for exam takers.