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  • 1. How is the medical education in Philippines?

    Philippines follows the American system of education. This is shaped due to the fact that Philippines was a colony of USA for a period of 50 years, which shaped the education system and has brought out one of the best education system in Asia. The medical course in Philippines is called the MD program [ Doctor of medicine] This is similar to that of USA, Russia, Ukraine and rest of Europe. The MD program is equivalent to MBBS of UK, India, Pakistan and other Commonwealth countries.
  • 2. What are the admission requirements and my eligibility criteria for the course?

    Citizen of any country is eligible to study in Philippines as a fee paying student for undergraduate and post graduate programs.
    • For undergraduate Medical program (MBBS), HSSC with min. 50% Marks in with Subjects in Physics , Chemistry and Biology.
    • For graduate (MS, MD)- undergraduate in medicine with min. 50%. For post-graduate (PhD)- graduate in medicine.
    • 18 to 60 years old (Depending on subjects- For medicine age limit is 30 years)
    • In good health.
    • For exceptions, please contact the Admissions Section. For more specific information please click on the university u are interested to join and refer to the eligibility section on the right hand side of the page.
  • 3. What is the total duration of this course?

    The total duration of this MBBS course is between 5-5.5 years. The first 12-16 months is called the Bachelor of Science program and focuses on building foundation for a strong medical education. The next 4 year is the core medicine and clinical rotation. The post Graduation is for 3 years and is called residency training [ Similar to that of USA]
  • 4. Is there any local bodies who can help me in providing the overall info?

    Yes, We have representatives all over Asia, Middle east and Africa. Please send your query to us and we shall send it to our local representative office and they would be getting in touch with you.
  • 5. Can a student avail loan facility, what are the procedures?

    Yes, Students from Countries like India and other countries can avail education loan from any bank. The entire necessary information is provided at the time of enquiry by us.
  • 6. What are the documents required for the admissions?

    The photocopies of all relevant documents which are necessary for academic eligibility and proof are required for the admissions.
    1. 10Th Standard Marksheet
    2. 12th Standard marksheet
    3. Passport / Adhar Card
  • 7. What are the benefits given to students joining through our company?

    The students are provided with good hostel facility. Good guidance throughout the whole process of admission.
  • 8. Since when are the Universities established?

    All these universities are established for decades before gradually diversifying in many advanced courses. For more details on each university please refer to the relevant page of each university.
  • 9. Where are these Universities located?

    All universities are located in very good and beautiful cities in Philippines. Each city has its own specialty. Please refer the University link for more details.
  • 10. Are the degrees offered by foreign universities recognized and World Health organization?

    All the medical colleges and university present in the list of WHO are recognized by WHO and are recognized by CHED [Commission for Higher Education and Development].
  • 11. What is the medium of teaching in Philippines?

    As we had discussed earlier in Philippines even fisher man can speak English. Being an American colony for 50 years English has become the official language for government, Communication, day to day living and all other affairs. All the universities we are representing in the medical stream are having English medium education. Refer to Education System in Philippines.
  • 12. How is the weather there...?

    The Climate of the Philippines is tropical. There are 3 main seasons. Firstly from June to September is considered to be the areas rainy season when showers can be frequent and heavy although they do tend to pass relatively quickly. From October to February the climate is cool and dry according to the locals however the temperature only very rarely drops below 25 degree Celsius. Finally the hot and dry season which runs from March to May when temperatures can sore. Overall the climate is perfect for a holiday in paradise and long hours of sun make this a dream destination. In terms of what to pack it is advised that lighter clothing is taken, shorts and beachwear are of course essential although in the rainy season be prepared for a sharp shower.
  • 13. When is the intakes usually?

    The classes begin by the first week of November usually for medicine program. For other program there are two intakes [Depends on the university and program] June and November.
  • 14. Give a brief idea about the Hostel facility there?

    The hostel facility are up to the standards with attached bathrooms, with single, double or triple beds Air-conditioned rooms as per the choice of accommodations. [Depends on the budgets] The students can choose to stay outside on their own accommodations after the 1’st semester.
  • 15. Whether the market is nearby or not?

    Yes, the market for daily needs is nearby to the campus and there are a lot of nearby stores.
  • 16. What about the availability of other facilities like laundry, library, internet, etc. there?

    All such facilities are available nearby at extra cost. Or are available inside the accommodation, Depends on where the student is going to stay.
  • 17. Are students allowed to prepare their own food?

    No, most of the universities do not allow students to cook their food in room. But some of them have facilities that pro but students who hire apartments or homes outside can do it by themselves or have food in student's canteen or in Small eateries located around the university targeting the local students.
  • 18. Are there vegetarian Foods available?

    All foods have vegetarian and nonvegetarian components, Students can choose only vegetarian dishes if they want to. But we suggest that vegetarians can cook their own food so that they are happy about what they eat.
  • 19. Is there any dress code for college students?

    Yes, for medical students, there is a required uniform.
  • 20. Are books available there or we need to carry along with us?

    Some universities provides list of recommended books to carry and some books are given there during session. We suggest that the students carry the books, or can purchase it in Philippines too. Or you can look for E-books.
  • 22. Can I do my internship from my country?

    Yes, but it also depends on the university applied for and also the medical board of the country where the students wants to do the internships.
  • 23. For how many days is the vacation period there? Can a student come to Home during holidays?

    The vacation period is of 6 - 8 weeks, depending on the batch of student in which admitted he/she can come between July / August and should inform the university accordingly.
  • 24. What are the services offered by Pats Medical Services?

    Free counseling to select right course, University and Country?
    Ø Arrange guaranteed admission in your desired University/ Course.
    Ø Assistance for passport.
    Ø Assistance for foreign exchange through bank?
    Ø Assistance for education loan.
    Ø Accompany student to university and help in settling down.
    Ø Regular feedback to parents on student’s development.
    Ø Post education placement assistance through global consultants.
    For a detailed list of services please refer- Services offered
  • 25. How the students have to pay the charges to Pats Medical Services and total course fees?

    Student has to pay the processing fees by bank transaction or by transfer.
  • 26. How a student is going to pay tuition fees and other fees?

    The fee can be paid directly to the university by bank transfer for the first year and after that they can carry in form of US$ or Travelers Check or Euros and pay it directly to the university [After converting into local currency].
  • 27. Whether the University will refund the fees in case the admission is cancelled?

    Once the student’s reports to the university and joins the same, the University regrets its inability to refund any part of the educational fees and other expenses paid by the student. The decision is all upon the university.
  • 28. Is there any special provision for International students to solve their any personal problems or queries?

    Every university has an International Students Department where a student could address their problems directly.
  • 29. Can a student earn while learning?

    No, a student cannot do job while studying since he/she is having a student visa.
  • 30. Can I practice in my country after I study medicine from Philippines?

    Yes, you can practice in your country, provided you stand by the local governing laws of the medical council or Medical board of your country. All our universities are recognized by the World Health organization, CHED, MCI and other bodies But it is advisable to check with your local medical board for any specific requirements.
  • 31. Can I arrive prior to the orientation day?

    Yes. Let the admission office know your planned arrival date and Pats Medical Services will make your accommodation reservations beginning on the day you designate. Note that you will be responsible for payment of accommodation fees for any additional days outside of your course program.
  • 32. What is the cost of living in Philippines?

    This varies from City to City. While Metro Manila, CEBU etc. would be costlier compared to Vigan or Cagayan. Normally our Students spend about 60-120 US$ per month depending on the spending habits, what you want to buy, where you want to eat. If you are going to cook your own food in the kitchen provided then you would spend around 50- 60 US$ per month.
  • 33. What other types of expenses should I plan for while in Philippines?

    Entertainment in Philippines is generally inexpensive. Transportation options include the public bus (which costs less than 10 pesos per ride) etc. and taxi starts with around 60 – 80 Cents for 2 KM ride, many students also opt to buy bicycles/motor bikes while they are in Philippines. Bicycles are the most prevalent mode of transport in Philippines.
  • 34. How can I get or exchange money while I am in Philippines?

    You may bring money with you, either in the form of cash or traveler's checks. ATM machines are available in banks, or cash advances can be drawn over the counter at most large banks for a transaction charge. Major hotels and most fine restaurants and stores now accept credit cards. Students enrolling for longer courses can open a bank account through the local bank on campus or down town and transfer funds from accounts in their home country.
  • 35. What do I need to bring with me from home?

    Today in Philippines you can find almost any product and brand that you would find at home. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. are all readily available. We recommend that you bring any prescription medication in sufficient quantities to Last for the duration of your visit and any preferred brands of over-the-counter medications (cold & flu tablets, etc.) Clothing is also plentiful and very inexpensive. Shoes are available, but larger sizes are hard to find.
  • 36. What vaccinations do I need for Philippines?

    The following vaccinations and applicable frequencies are recommended for students coming to Philippines: Hepatitis A (within previous 10 years); Hepatitis B (within previous 5 to 10 years), Japanese B Encephalitis (within previous 3 years); Tetanus (within previous 10 years); Polio (within previous 10 years); and Typhoid (once in lifetime). Students 55 and older should also have a Pneumococcal Vaccine.
  • 37. What is the voltage used in Philippines?

    The voltage here is 220. Converters and power strips may be purchased locally? We have tried to answer to all the possible questions, if we have left out anything please write to us.
  • 38. What is the BS-MD Medical Degree Programme?

    The BS-MD Medical Degree Programme is a concurrent double degree Course in which students will be awarded two concurrent degrees upon graduation—the BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Biology as well as the MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree.
  • 39. What is the MD degree? How different is it from the MBBS programme?

    The BS-MD Medical Degree Programme is a concurrent double degree Course in which students will be awarded two concurrent degrees upon Graduation—the BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Biology as well as the MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree.
  • 40. What qualifications are needed to enter Medical Degree course?

    All applicants must have completed the 10+2, Grade 12, or equivalent examinations, and scored 50 percent or more in each of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. Holders of a Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc) degree may also opt for the direct MD programme.
  • 41. Do I have to sit for an entrance level examination before taking the Course?

    No entrance level examination is required for the BS-MD Course.
  • 42. What is the total duration of the course?

    The BS-MD double-degree programme lasts for a total of 5-5.5, depends on the university you plan to choose. This will consist of theory and laboratory/practical lessons. Towards the end of the programme, students will also undergo clinical rotations, in which they will be attached to selected hospital departments and treat live patients under the guidance and supervision of a practicing doctor.
  • 43. Where will the clinical rotations be conducted?

    The clinical rotations will be conducted in hospitals that are affiliated or associated with each university. Top students in some of the Universities may also have the opportunity to perform their clinical rotations in overseas hospitals, including those in the USA.
  • 44. Is a stipend provided during the clinical rotation period?

    No stipend will be paid during the clinical rotation period.
  • 45. What is the medium of instruction?

    English is the medium of instruction for all the universities and English is widely spoken throughout the country. Students can communicate easily in English with the instructors, campus staff, locals, and even patients during the clinical rotations.
  • 46. What is the method of teaching?

    The syllabus will be taught based on the US style of teaching. The medical curriculum can be taught in many ways. Different learning methods suit different students, so diversity is supported among all our participating universities. A wide range of teaching techniques are employed from traditional lectures and clinical attachments to problem based learning, small group work, clinical skills training, communication skills training and research projects. This will also ensure that students are exposed to a variety of working conditions and allow them to acquire different skill-sets which will be useful in their future careers.
  • 47. After completing the medical course, what is the career path for me?

    There are a large number of specialty career paths in medicine, with over 50 career options available. Some of these options include becoming a surgeon, a general practitioner, a geneticist, a psychiatrist, a medical lecturer at medical school, a medical researcher, or a public health physician. However, some of these may require further training or education.
  • 48. Where will I stay when I get there?

    Dormitory facilities are available at our partner university which offer high quality dormitories for both male and female students. We ensure with the respective schools to ensure boarding and lodging requirements are arranged prior to your arrival. This is one of the value-added services which we provide. However, the actual costs of accommodations will be borne by the student.
  • 49. Who will make travel arrangements and bear the cost of the flight tickets?

    We can assist the students in obtaining the air tickets as well as other travel arrangements as a value-added service. However, the students will pay for the costs of travel themselves. Alternatively, the students can buy the ticket on their own if they prefer to make their own travel arrangements. We will organize an airport pickup to the university.
  • 50. Do I need a passport?

    Yes, you should have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity at the time of applying for a Visa.
  • 51. Can I work as FI in school?

    The start of the academic year differs among the Universities. Generally, Universities will commence their courses in the period in the fourth quarter of each year. Please consult an authorized representative of the university for more information.
  • 52. Will there be a local coordinator inside the campus to assist me if I need help?

    The University will have its own student services office to provide students with support, counseling and guidance during the course of their degree.
  • 53. Can I come back to my home country during the holidays? What is the holiday period?

    Yes, during the semester break, the student can make their way back to their home country for vacation. However, all costs involved are to be borne by the student Please refer to the academic calendar from the University for exact vacation dates.
  • 54. Why study MBBS in the Philippines?

    • The MD program in The Philippines is recognized and approved as an equivalent course to the MBBS by the MCI (Medical Council of India) who has established and maintain uniform standards of medical education.
    • Philippines medical universities are widely renowned in many countries for the superior standard of education and also have listed in the WHO, IMED and ECFMG medical education directories.
    • Another advantage of an Indian student is the climate of the Philippines. Philippines climate varies from 23 °C to 32 °C throughout the year, which is very alike to the Indian climate helps Indian students in settling with no trouble. The other advantage of the similar climate is, people having the same pattern of disease which aids to the Indian students who want to practice in India.
    • The English medium of instruction diminishes the barrier of learning the native language and helps to concentrate only on the study.
    • As the MBBS degree of Philippines is recognized by MCI, you can practice in India after completing the MCI registration formalities.
  • 55. What is the procedure of getting admission?

    Start with visiting one of the nearest Authorized educational partner’s office, who will give you guide you and council you on the complete procedure of getting admission.
  • 56. What are the pre medical courses that are being offered?

    BS Biology and AB Psychology, for more information read our blog about AB Psychology VS. BS Biology.
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