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About Philippines

Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. Nearby countries are Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. It comprise of over 7000 islands. The main islands are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country with a population of 92 million. The Capital is Manila; a mega city withover 20 million population. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found through the islands. Cultural influences are from Spain, US, Hindu & Islam. It is thought that The Philippines was part of the Hindu Java Kingdom in 13th Century. 14th century Islam came. From 15th to 18th century it was ruled by Spain & Catholics;followed by America in 19-20th Century, with a brief period of Japanese occupation in World War II.

The dominant religion is Catholic Christianity with 93% of the country following it. A Hindu temple / gurudwara is located in UN Avenue in Manila. The Embassy of India is located in Manila

Weather :

Summer is from March to May. Monsoon is from June to October. November to February is cool with fair weather. Average day temperature, is 22.2 C to 3l.6 C with humidity at 77 percent.

Transport :

Manila International Airport has several international flights from many countries. It is the gateway of international flights to Philippines. In Manila Buses, Jeepneys, LRT, and taxis are readily available in getting around the city.

The Education System

The Philippines is widely recognized as education gateway in the contemporary world. A cross road for European and Asian societies, the Philippines is strategically in a position for introducing students to the issues, concerns and expectations of the international scene.

With priority on higher education and with English being taught in all schools, the Philippines is rated as the world third largest English speaking country considering an estimated overall literacy rate 95.9%. Through Its educational System patterned after that of the developed countries in the world in the west and USA, thousands of international students from more than 70 countries are now studying in the Philippines. Philippines program is hard to beat. It has one of the most affordable programs available in the world. It has many accredited state and private universities which are renewed worldwide.

Advantages of Education in the Philippines

  • Education facilities are Excellent and of HIGH Quality
  • Many US educated professionals are Teachers and Administrators in Philippines
  • USA / American pattern of Education followed
  • English is an Official Language of the Philippines – 100% English Medium
  • Low fees – 50% lower than fees in Private Colleges in India
  • Listed in WHO Directory - Eligible to practice in India post MCI registration
  • Listed in IMED / FAIMER Directory – Eligible to do higher education in USA
  • USMLE – Part I & II can be done in Manila & students can go to USA thereafter
  • Listed in California Board of Medicine – eligible for jobs in California, USA
  • Easily accessible from India with several daily flights to Manila
  • Tropical Diseases similar to India – great for clinical training
  • Indian food available
  • Education gateway to countries like USA & UK
  • Philippines has educated & sent 2nd largest number of foreign Doctors to USA
  • Philippines has trained and sent the largest number of Nurses to USA & Canada Over 20,000 foreign students are enrolled in The Philippines

Advantages of Medical Education in the Philippines

Philippines is growing fast destination for students interested in studying medicine .e BBS,MD,BDS and Post Graduation courses. Philippines Universities are the world’s most affordable, according to a recently published global comparative study on affordability and accessibility in higher education. Philippines have a 90% literacy rate this shows that the country has a great concern for education. Philippines is world’s third largest English speaking country. Mode of instructions in medical schools/colleges is English. Medicine degree recognized by WHO, IMED of ECFMG-USA and similar other bodies. This is the 2nd largest exporter of medical Professionals after India.

English Language :

  • The official languages in the Philippines are English and Filipino. All education is in the English medium. 95% of the population speaks English. Students going from India do not need to learn any local language to talk to patients – which they need to do if they go to China or Russia or other such countries.
  • Philippines is the 3rd largest English Speaking country in the World. After USA and UK; ahead of Canada, Australia and India
  • Highest English literate country in Asia
  • Mode of instruction in all Schools & Colleges is in English for all students
  • English is commonly used in Business & Education communication

Degree Awarded :

MD or Doctor of Medicine, called MBBS in India. MCI gives MBBS registration in India as will UK, Singapore and Gulf authorities. In USA you will get a MD certification. What is known as MBBS in India and other commonwealth countries is called MD in the USA and in The Philippines.

American Pattern :

The Medical course is patterned on USA. This gives a strong advantage to medical professionals educated in the Philippines who are interested in the US.

USA Exchange :

Students can go for clerkship rotations (internship rotations) to the USA from the Philippines. Some colleges have tie ups for this. Else students can source out their own rotations and get permission to go to the USA which will be given credit by the School for clerkship

USMLE :

All students who study in the Philippines are eligible to give USMLE and go to the USA for practice after satisfying the norms needed for licensure and registration. The Medical Colleges are listed in IMED Directory (FAIMER Directory) and approved by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Jobs in USA :

There is a strong culture of USMLE preparation in The Philippines which is the 2nd largest supplier of Doctors and the largest supplier of trained Nurses to the USA. This is a huge advantage for those wishing to work in the USA. Students need to work hard, get a high rank in USMLE. They need to comply with licensing & immigration in US. Education provides with careers in many countries but you need to work hard in order to achieve it.

Many Patients in Hospitals :

94% of the population speaks English. Students talk to patients in English and get great clinical expertise - not the case in most countries like China or Russia.

Tropical Country :

Philippines is a tropical Country. It has similar diseases as India. So it is the perfect destination for Indian students to learn medicine – as they can integrate easily in India and they get exposure to diseases commonly found in India.

Food :

Indian and Asian food is available. Indian / Nepali cooks are there who run kitchens and cook for students. There are many food establishments offering various cuisines in and around the college and in the shopping areas.

Affiliations / Listings / Recognitions:

World Health Organization (WHO) :

Medical Colleges in Philippines are listed in World Health Organization (WHO) Directory of Medical Universities. http://www.who.int/hrh/wdms/en/

The WHO Directory is now the AVICENNA Directory, maintained by the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine

Commission For Higher Education - Philippines (CHED) :

Body which authorizes and regulates all Universities and Colleges of higher education in the Philippines. All Universities need to be recognized by CHED, under the Govt. of The Philippines.

Medical Council of India (MCI) Recognition :

The All Philippine Medical Colleges are recognized by the MCI. Under Section 4 of MCI Screening Test Regulations 2002, dated 13 February 2002; applicants are eligible to give the Screening Test and practice in India after being educated in WHO Listed Medical Colleges. i.e. The MCI recognizes all medical colleges listed in the WHO Directory.

Effectively :

The MCI directory of Medical Colleges is the WHO Directory. There is no separate MCI list after 2002.

The MCI registration process for students going overseas for Medical education is:

  • File for Certificate of Eligibility in India. This can be filed anytime before graduation.
  • On return clear a competency examination named FMGE or Foreign Medical Graduate Examination conducted by the National Board of Examination – New Delhi (know as the MCI screening test) – conducted twice a year.
  • There is NO Limit on number test attempts.
  • If a student is well prepared they pass the FMGE in the 1st attempt. All students who go overseas for MBBS or equivalent degree are to clear this test – no exceptions. Screening Jobs in India: After students are Registered with the Medical Council of India, they are eligible for jobs in India in the private and Government sectors. They are eligible for independent.

Universities

  • Angeles university Foundation
  • AMA college of Medicine
  • UV Gullas college of Medicine
  • University of Northern Philippines
  • University Perpetual Help