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The Success Story of Hard Work…

August 13, 2007

p8101997.jpgThe AACE – Philippine Chapter annual convention came to a close yesterday.  It was and will be a great learning experience for me as a member of the organizing committee and in charge of inviting the foreign speakers.  The members really did a good job and simply put…it was hard work that was actually full of fun. 

I guess the looks and the comments of the attendees and from our friends in pharmaceutical industry were more than enough for us to now start thinking how we can do much better next year!

c305scd1.jpgMy other assignment was to make sure my “sons” ( invited foreign speakers in photo) were all well fed and literally well!  Lucky me, they were so impressed with our program, the venue and the orgnization as a whole.  Dr Gharib who is currently the President Elect of the American College of Endocrinology and my mentor will write about us in The Messenger which is a publication of the AACE – US for all members all over the world to know what transpired and how the meeting met all the mother society’s vision of advocacy and education.

We spent sleepless nights but were all worth it.  Our togetherness the-friends.jpgand comarderie even strenghened…more so, as our expected attendance ballooned from an expected 120 doctors to more than 400!!!!  We were just literally overwhelmed!  Dr Steven Petak ( in photo) who is the Past President of the AACE even announced that our meeting should be made a model for the rest of the world to pattern and in fact said in his talk… that he is learning from us and will suggest some changes to be made by the US AACE meetings to pattern after AACE Philippines! What a complement!

All in all…it was FUN, Factual and Fulfilling!  Will I do it Again?  YES! Not only did I learn a lot about friendship with my colleagues and our pharmaceuticual friends, but also the great learning from all the great talks we heard during the convention are good reasons for me to do it again! Dr Litonjua who is the founding mentor and adviser and President Emeritus of the organization wants us to do it again in Cebu!

Overall…our petite President DR George Tan did a fantastic job! He endured the most of the pains and challenges along the way but they made him stronger in the end and the fruits of his labor bore fruit…and it was a great success!

So to all those who made the affair a success… Thank You!

See You All Again in Cebu Next Year!