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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

P. A.
◈ Studied Doctor of Medicine
◈ At Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation
◈ Graduated 1986

list bulletWhy did I choose Doctor of Medicine: My father was a practicing doctor and because of that all of us 8 children were able to go to good schools and graduate.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot about medical practices which I needed to pass the Board and use in my practice.
The college of medicine demands a lot of reading and studying. All subjects will be hard if one does not study well. I passed all of my subjects because I studied.
In college, we do not only learned about medicine. I learned more about competition, friendship, and respect for one another. It is very important. Professional jealousy should be avoided.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a practitioner in Makati Medical Center in Makati City, Metro Manila, considered as the best hospital in this area. I am gynecologist and I attend to pregnant women.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my college years I learned that being very competent can attract many clients. Being nicer can get more high-paying patients.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation I took the review and the Board exam. After passing the Board I applied in several hospitals, luckily I was taken in by this hospital.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Doctor of Medicine: This is the best course and being a doctor of medicine in the Philippines gets more respect from a lot of people than other professions. A doctor needs not get hired, he just have to practice on his own.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: To the one interested in taking Medicine, may I advise him to make sure that this is what he wants to do for life because of the length and cost that this course will demand from the rewarded well.
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