Quality of Education
Philippines was a colony of Spain for more than 300 years and then became a colony of USA for 50 years during the Industrial Revolution. During this time, USA designed Philippines education system similar to their system. The medical course in the Philippines is called the MD (Doctor of Medicine) comparable to that of the USA.
Study MBBS In Philippines Syllabus
Philippines MBBS Syllabus is almost similar to Indian MBBS Syllabus which makes it easy for Indian medical students who study medical course in Philippines to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam(FMGE) exam. The subjects taught in Philippines Medical Schools are Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Community Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology Anesthesiology, Radiology.
Medical Course Fees and Cost
Medical Course in Philippines Fees are affordable for Indian students who belong to middle class family. Tuition fees are paid annually to the Philippines Medical University Bank Accounts directly. Total Medical Course fees to study Medicine(MBBS) In Philippines 2020 (for the entire course duration) would be approximately 20 lakhs. If we compare tuition fees of Philippines Medial University to self-financing private medical institutions in India, you can save 70% tuition fees. As the cost of living is relatively cheap in the Philippines, hostel fees, mess fees, and other living expenses would come close to Rs 12,000 per month. Taking this into account, total cost to complete Medical course would be close to 30 Lakhs.
Medical Course Pattern & Duration – BS Followed By MD in Philippines
The total duration of Doctor of Medicine(MD) course is 5 and half years for students who have been educated till class 12 with a background in science. The first 16 months focuses on building the foundation for a strong medical education and is called the Bachelor of Science program. The next three years is the core medicine and during the final year, students undergo clinical rotations.
NMAT Exam for MBBS In Philippines
For Government Medical Schools in Philippines, MD admissions are based on the common Philippines Entrance Test called NMAT(National Medical Admission Test). This exam is similar to NEET UG examination in India but for Government Medical Colleges in Philippines. According to Indian Embassy in Manila, many foreign students who joined government medical universities in Philippines are forced to take break till they get passing percentile in NMAT exam. 40 is the passing percentile in NMAT exam. This increases the course duration which eventually leads to higher cost of study.
Lateral Entry Direct MBBS Admission In Philippines
Students who have completed Bachelors Degree in Science in India can do Lateral Entry MBBS In Philippines. This is similar to lateral entry scheme being implemented in Indian Engineering colleges for Diploma students. Students directly join MD(Doctor of Medicine) course in Philippines.
MD Degree Recognition
The Commission on Higher Education Philippines(CHED), gives approval for both public and private higher education institutions in the country. Prospective students are strongly advised not to get admission in any institution which is not recognized by CHED.
For international recognition, students should check whether institution in recognized by World Health Organization. All medical universities/colleges in Philippines, which are recognized by WHO has approval from CHED.
English Speaking Patients
The medium of Instruction being English as opposed to Russia and China avoids the learning curve of an additional language. The Philippines being a colony of United States, has English as its official language. Your entire course duration is available for you to concentrate on studying MD (MBBS) in Philippines. Though the US planted the seeds for learning English in the Philippines, it took enough interest to give attention and to dedicate necessary resources to maintaining the fluency of English language in the Philippines after the Americans left. Every sign board and name board in the Philippines are written in English making it compulsory for every Filipinos to understand and speak English. During clinical practice, it becomes easy for students to interact with patients in common language and to understand and learn the practical sessions better. University of Perpetual Help, being located in the capital city of Manila has huge number of patients inflow.
High FMGE Passing Ratio
Students from India, who wants to pursue MD(MBBS) degree abroad in Philippines should check whether the overseas institution is recognized by Medical Council of India(MCI). After 2002, all MBBS/MD students after being educated in WHO Listed medical colleges abroad are eligible to give screening test.
Reference: Section 4 of MCI Screening Test Regulations 2002, dated 13 February 2002
Recently, NMC(National Medical Commission) Bill is approved by Cabinet which indicates that FMGE exam will be merged into NEXT exam(National Exit Test). NEXT Exam will serve as a licentiate examination to practice medicine for Indian as well as abroad Students.
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