Under the leadership of Dr. Jaime C. Montoya (2003-2004) PSMID was at the forefront in the campaign against SARS with its strategic programs in influenza and other emerging infections. In support of national information campaigns, the chapters hosted symposia during the annual convention. Likewise, through a strategic partnership with Manila Times, PSMID addressed relevant health issues through its own newspaper column, “What’s bugging me doc?”, as well as feature articles in the Times’ health magazine. In 2004, PSMID initiated and formed the Philippine Alliance for the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (PAPCID) as a venue for networking between private and public agencies and organizations to achieve faster mobilization of efforts against the threats of emerging infections. Leading promoter of medical research in the country through the institution of Research grants in infectious disease like the Dr. Benjamin Limson Research Grant during his term as President of the PSMID and recognition of outstanding researches in infectious disease through the Dr. Antonio Gonzaga Research prize also launched during his term as president of the PSMID and encouragement for young researchers through the Outstanding Young Researcher Awards during his term as President of the BMS Philippine Foundation. The Dr. Benjamin Limson Research Grant Contest for Young Investigators was launched in 2004 and there PSMID has been awarding financial grants.