The Section of Infectious Diseases of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital adheres to the three core values of the PGH Department of Medicine: Research, Training, and Service. The activities of the section are geared towards the pursuit of excellence in these three endeavors, specifically with regard to the prevention, clinical management and control of infectious and tropical diseases.
MISSION: We are faculty and staff of the section of Infectious Diseases at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine- Philippine General Hospital, committed to quality healthcare, training and research to help achieve the Mission of UP Manila. We achieve this by leadership and excellence in holistic, compassionate, evidence-based and specialty practice of, training in and research on infectious diseases, in the service of the Filipino people and in the context of communities and global health.
VISION: A community of leaders in the practice of infectious diseases and public health committed to the development of Philippine Society through the prevention and control of infectious diseases working through equitable partnerships locally and globally.
The ID Section is also affiliated with the ID Medical Research Laboratory (MRL).
With respect to capacity-building, the UP-PGH Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is the first training program on infectious diseases in the country. The program started in 1968 under the leadership of Dr. Antonio Gonzaga. Initially, it was a combined adult and pediatric ID training program up to 1992. Since 1993, it has been solely a 2-year adult infectious diseases training program with an option for a third year research fellowship.
From 1968 to 2002, training began in January and ended in December of the succeeding year. In 2003 to 2013, the commencement of training was adjusted to March to allow applicants to take the PCP specialty board examination. About five fellows were accepted each year, and midyear applicants were accepted if the maximum number of slots has not been filled up. In 2014, the schedule was again adjusted from March to June. And starting 2016, up to six fellows were accepted in the training program.
Since 1968, the UP-PGH Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program has trained 130 fellows who have become leaders in their chosen areas of practice.