The years 1973-1978 saw the considerable growth in membership with the Society’s focus on CME and the establishment of professional standards. The PSMID Specialty Board was created and the Philippine Journal of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases was launched. Post-graduate courses were initiated by Dr. Cesar Uylangco (1974-1975) in collaboration with local medical societies throughout the country, which expanded to more scientific meetings under Dr Joaquin Sumpaico (1976). CME was further strengthened by Dr. Bienvenido Alora (1977-1978) with the establishment of a Trust Fund dedicated for that purpose, and the recognition of outstanding physicians in infectious diseases with the PSMID-Bristol Awards. A milestone is the holding of the first Annual Convention.