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Doctor of Medicine in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree is a five-year graduate program intended to teach students the essentials of being a Medical Doctor. The program consists of three years of academic instruction, one year of clinical clerkship and one year of post-graduate internship. 

In the first year, the subjects integrated in the curriculum are mainly composed of basic sciences such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Preventive Medicine, Community Health, Psychiatry and Medical Practice I. The second year is spent studying fundamental concepts in Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Pharmacology, Medicine and Surgery, Psychiatry II and Medical Economics. During the third year of studying Medicine, students are taught subjects that deal with common diseases encountered in clinical practice, as well as interesting or rare conditions. The pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnostic approaches and the management of these diseases are also given emphasis. The final year of the Doctor of Medicine program is spent on hospital duty. 

The first two years of the Doctor of Medicine program are spent in class lectures delivered through computers using LCD projectors complemented by slide/ film showings, laboratory work, and group discussions. In the third and fourth years, students begin to meet patients in an actual hospital setting. Students are rotated in various hospital departments, spending up to two months in each department in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, and several weeks in other specialties under the supervision of a faculty. After each clinical duty, students undergo periodic evaluations to assess their performance. 

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue the Doctor of Medicine program should have a pre-medicine undergraduate degree.  However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are required to take a preparatory medical course by the Board of Medical Education before they can proceed to the M.D. program. These applicants must complete the number of years designated for the preparatory course. Once the applicant completes the course, the Board of Medical Education will issue a certificate of eligibility permitting the applicant to proceed to the Doctor of Medicine program.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Biochemistry

  • Community Health

  • Psychiatry and Medical Practice

  • Preventive Medicine

  • Pathology

  • Microbiology and Parasitology

  • Pharmacology

  • Medicine and Surgery

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

  • The student must pass the National Medical Admissions Test (NMAT)

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Practice

  • Internal Medicine

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Pediatrics

  • Obstetrics-gynecology

  • Orthopedic

  • General Surgery

  • Psychiatry

Program Outcome

Graduates of the M.D. program are expected to be able to:

  • Competently manage clinical conditions of all patients in various settings

  • Initiate planning, organizing, implementation, and evaluation of programs and health facilities

  • Effectively work in teams in managing patients, institutions, projects, and similar situations

  • Adhere to national and international codes of conduct and legal standards that govern the profession

  • Abide by the principles of relevance, equity, quality, and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare to patients, families, and communities

Board Exam

To be a full-fledged medical doctor in the Philippines, a graduate of the M.D. program needs to pass the Philippine Physician’s Licensure Examination conducted by The Board of Medicine under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

After passing the Licensure Exam, graduates are eligible to enter the Residency Training Program in their field of specialization. The Residency training program in the Philippines is regulated by their respective Medical Societies: Philippine Board of Psychiatry, Philippine Board of Pediatrics, Philippine Board of Cardiology, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, etc. Each society has created an Accreditation Committee/Board whose goal is to assure the delivery of the highest quality medical care by implementing a structured residency program and a standard curriculum in order to ensure the competence of those undergoing training in different fields of specialization in the different training institutions nationwide

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the M.D. program may pursue a career path in public and private medical facilities, educational institutions, government agencies, and private sectors  They may apply as a company doctor, school doctor, resident physician, or a private practice doctor.

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Reviews of Doctor of Medicine graduates:

C. D.
◈ Studied Doctor of Medicine
◈ At Angeles University Foundation
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletWhy did I choose Doctor of Medicine: I felt that to be Doctor of Medicine I can make my parents feel comfortable in their old age. I can help a lot of relatives and friends while earn sufficient income.

list bulletAbout my college education: The doctors in pediatrics taught me how to detect if a child is sick and to prescribe the right dosage. I also learned how to make a child patient comfortable while I am treating him. There were math subjects and that I did not like. I knew how to count money anyway. I did not want to be an engineer so why study a lot about math. But I still read them. I liked most the subjects related to anatomy and medical practice. Every knowledge learned is helpful for my practice in the future.
I knew of no one who failed. Maybe all of my classmates passed. I did my best and I passed all my exams.

list bulletMy current job: I am now Pediatrician of a known hospital as well as I have my own clinic in Angeles City, Pampanga. I treat a lot of children with all kinds of illness and disease.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my college days in the course of Physical Therapy I learned about how to apply the therapeutic techniques to the different parts of the body that needed therapy. I now used this learning in my current job as a pediatrician.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me a while to get hired as a Doctor because I took first the course of Physical Therapy and after graduation I got married and then I continued the studies of Medicine.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Doctor of Medicine: I really believe that a doctor will never be out of work and will always have good income. As a doctor, one can practice this course and profession anywhere. I feel happy to treat and heal people all the time.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: To study this course means a lot of money, hard work, late nights studies, and patience. One who likes to study medicine must be totally decided to become a doctor. To be a good doctor one has to develop a sense of care and compassion for the sick and the sickly. It is not about money all the time. Being too materialistic does not make one succeed in this course.
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