Pfizer Philippines, PCOM join forces to enhance healthcare education and clinical excellence

Sunday, November 5, 2023

In a significant milestone for the healthcare community in the Philippines, Pfizer Philippines and the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM) have forged a groundbreaking partnership. The goal of this collaboration is to provide educational initiatives to healthcare professionals (HCPs), promote enhanced learning, and drive excellence in clinical care, with a particular focus on occupational health and safety. This article delves into the details of this landmark partnership and its potential impact on the healthcare landscape in the Philippines.

The Landmark Partnership

The partnership between Pfizer Philippines and PCOM was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed by Pfizer Philippines Country Manager So-Myung Lim and PCOM President Dr. Anna Sofia Victoria Tamayo Salazar-Fajardo in a ceremony held at the Manila Hotel. This agreement represents a significant step forward in Pfizer's commitment to increasing access to quality healthcare services and information through sustainable programs and robust collaborations with health stakeholders.

Enhancing Learning and Patient Care

The collaboration aligns with Pfizer's mission of bringing breakthroughs that transform patients' lives and their core principle that "Science will win." The belief is that fostering collaborations among various stakeholders is essential in accelerating the ability of HCPs to address occupational health and safety needs effectively. This initiative is consistent with PCOM's objective of promoting enhanced learning and driving excellence in patient care among its members.

Pfizer Philippines Country Manager, So-Myung Lim, emphasized the significance of this partnership, stating, "The initiatives that are part of this remarkable partnership with PCOM will drive not only our healthcare system but also the Filipino workforce towards growth, especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic."

Key Initiatives

Under the agreement, Pfizer and PCOM will collaborate on several crucial initiatives, including:

  1. Continuing Medical Education Programs: The partners will conceptualize, launch, and implement continuing medical education programs, specifically Continuing Professional Development through the Modular Learning System and webinars. These programs aim to provide online information and learning opportunities to HCPs.
  2. Information Drive on Workforce Healthcare: Pfizer and PCOM will coordinate an information drive regarding workforce healthcare and protection through vaccination. This will be accomplished through various educational channels, such as webinars and chapter events, including lay forum modules cascaded to employees of corporations managed by PCOM members.
  3. Knowledge Sharing: PCOM members will gain knowledge on various relevant topics, including vaccine-preventable diseases for employees, the disposition of employees with contagious diseases, and post-exposure prophylaxis for employees, among others.

Mutual Recognition and Gratitude

Dr. Fajardo, the President of PCOM, expressed their recognition of Pfizer Philippines' capability and resources to create collaborations and develop initiatives to advance the knowledge of healthcare professionals in relation to occupational health and safety. The partnership represents a shared belief that effective collaboration can significantly contribute to continuing education for the medical community, bringing positive impact to the Filipino workforce and the post-pandemic economic recovery.

The collaboration between Pfizer Philippines and PCOM signifies a significant step forward in enhancing healthcare education and clinical excellence, particularly in the context of occupational health and safety. This partnership reflects the shared commitment of both organizations to improve healthcare services and patient care in the Philippines, ultimately contributing to the nation's post-pandemic recovery. As this partnership unfolds, it holds the promise of ushering in a new era of healthcare education and excellence in clinical care.