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Best Medical Schools in the Philippines (Physicians)

If you’ve always dreamt of becoming a doctor, then why not pursue a Medical degree to become a licensed physician?

In the Philippines, you will have to take and complete a Medical Doctor degree in order to become a doctor. This program essentially trains students with the skills and competencies of being a physician. It typically takes five years to finish the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program offered by medical schools in the country. In the MD program, the student undergoes three years of academic studies, one year of clinical clerkship, and one year of post-graduate internship.

Finally to practice as a professional doctor, the MD graduate must take and pass the Philippine Physician’s Licensure Examination.

Physician Licensure Examination in the Philippines

Republic Act No. 2382, otherwise known as the “Philippine Medical Act of 1959”, states that that the examinee must pass a licensure examination to be conducted by the Board of Medicine. The said exam shall cover two general categories (Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences) each having six (6) subjects under their scope.

Physician Licensure Exam Coverage

1st Category – Basic Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

2nd Category – Clinical Sciences

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Legal Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine

The exam taker must achieve an average grade of 75%, with no grade falling below 50% in any subject, to pass.

Moreover, the exam taker shall accomplish the following requirements for taking the exam:

  1. NSO / PSA Birth Certificate
  2. NSO / PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  3. Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  4. Complete Payment P900.00
  5. Certificate of Post Graduate Internship *
  6. TOR & Certificate of having completed the first two (2) years in College of Medicine
  7. NMAT (for prelim only)

* After three (3) failures, to submit Refresher course, Certificate of Attendance, and copy of grades in subjects taken (FTB).

Career Opportunities for Doctor of Medicine Graduates

There are various opportunities for MD graduates and passers of the Physician Board Exam. Some examples:

Entry-level: Careers for new graduates without need of prior experience:

  • Resident Physicians
  • Junior Physician (in private clinics)
  • Company Doctor
  • School Doctor
  • Private Practice Doctors

Mid-level: If the graduate has completed residency training and successfully acquired a field of specialization:

  • Specialist – government hospital
  • Specialist – private hospital
  • Private Practice Specialist
  • Government Official

Advanced: After years of extensive experience and practice:

  • Surgeon
  • Medical Consultant
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Senior Government Official

Best Medical Schools in the Philippines

Are you now thinking of enrolling in a medical school? Find out here the universities that are considered top medical schools in the country, based on board exam passing rate. Below we compile the data about the average passing rates in previous Physician Licensure Exams in the Philippines.

Category 1: Top Medical Schools in the Philippines (with 201 or more examinees)

1University of the Philippines ManilaManila98%316321
1Cebu Institute of MedicineCebu City98%256259
2West Visayas State UniversityIloilo City97%199204
3University of Santo TomasManila96%929959
4Ateneo de Manila UniversityQuezon City95%253264
5University of the East Ramon MagsaysayQuezon City94%632669
6Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical FoundationQuezon City93%738789
6Cebu Doctors' UniversityMandaue City93%226241
7Davao Medical School FoundationDavao City91%232254
8Saint Louis UniversityBaguio City89%264295
9Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela CityValenzuela City86%532614

Category 2: Top Medical Schools in the Philippines (with 101-200 examinees)

1St. Luke's College of Medicine - William H. Quasha MemorialQuezon City100%162162
1Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng MaynilaManila100%125125
2San Beda CollegeManila94%163172
2Xavier UniversityCagayan de Oro94%125132
2Angeles University FoundationAngeles City94%117124

Category 3: Top Medical Schools in the Philippines (with 100 or less examinees)

1St. Paul University PhilippinesTuguegarao City100%1414
2Silliman UniversityDumaguete City93%8793
3Ateneo de Zamboanga UniversityZamboanga City92%7379

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Physicians Licensure Exams in March 2018, September 2017, March 2017, and September 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (

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