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Philippines

Hello,
I thought maybe we could start a discussion on Philippine medical schools. I know there's another message board for the Philippines, but there doesn't seem to be much activity going on there.

Anyway, does anyone know about Davao Medical School? I know about the major schools: U. of the Philippines, U. of the East, and St. Luke's. Are there others that are available for U.S. citizens?

Also, what about the USMLE pass rates for U.S. citizens from med. schools in the Philippines?

hope to hear from someone soon,
PB
 

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    Hello, Philippines has about 20+ medical schools around the country. I can't exactly tell you about each one but I can tell you that there are other schools in the Metro Manila area that are notable. For one there is Univ of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc. Another one is Far Eastern University-NRMF which has just opened their new campus and hospital in Quezon City. I can tell you that there are many foreign students here, not only FilAm but also from other countries. The best way to do research on these schools is through the nearest Philippine consulate from your area.
     
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      Hello, I'm interested in studying medicine in the Phillipines but I'm concerned about the prospects of obtaining a residency when I come back to the US. I'm especially concerned about rumors that the US is cutting down the amount of residency space for foreign medical graduates. I'm wondering if anybody else knows about these rumors. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
       

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        Originally posted by rdac:
        Hello, I'm interested in studying medicine in the Phillipines but I'm concerned about the prospects of obtaining a residency when I come back to the US. I'm especially concerned about rumors that the US is cutting down the amount of residency space for foreign medical graduates. I'm wondering if anybody else knows about these rumors. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

        Yes, it is true! They are either cutting down on
        residencies for foreign grads, or making it more difficult
        to get them. Some states are not taking foreign grads
        anymore! I am in school in Germany, and I talked to
        a residency director in the States, and he told me, "You better
        get a good USMLE score i.e. around 225, have connections,
        and spend as much time in one place in the States doing electives, rotations, etc."
        According to him, that was the bottom line if you graduate from
        some school outside of the States!

        I guess everybody is in the same boat.

        Don't mean to sound negative, but that seems to be
        the way it is.....

        Good luck!
         

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          It has long been my position is that the Philippines is an excellent choice for pretty much anyone. You simply cannot beat the cost to risk ratio when you are going to medical school for a grand total of about 36K USD--tuition, living, books, everything. And quality is very high--U of Philippines once had LCME. One study I read showed Philippines med edu to be on par with med edu in nations whose development was higher. I think it is U of Santo Tomas that is approved for clerkships in NY. If it is not that one, it is one of the other popular ones--you'll have to research it. Also, St. Lukes has clerkships with Georgetown, but I am not sure of these are just to the top % of the class. Irrespective, you can independently find US selectives. The path through the Philippines to the US is very well worn.
           

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            Hello 2004guy! Yes I am also in the Philippines currently in my third year. I posted up a note asking for any information on how I can get a rotation back in the states in my fourth year. I know some of my classmates who are doing all or some of their rotations in various states. I do not know how to go about taking advantage of the opportunity. Would you happen to know?
            Originally posted by 2004guy:
            Hello Adobo! Are you from the Philippines like I am?

             

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              Originally posted by rdac:
              I'm concerned about the prospects of obtaining a residency when I come back to the US. I'm especially concerned about rumors that the US is cutting down the amount of residency space for foreign medical graduates.

              Go here http://network54.com/Hide/Forum/58749 and Click "View All Messages." Though there is alot of less than valuable comments there, there are some comments that do speak to your question.

               

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                For all you medical students that plan to study near the university belt, and need a place to stay, please check out www.ubelt.net. It is walking distance to San Beda & FEU and not far from UST and UE. It is very secure as it is located inside the Malacanang Palace compound ( presidential palace ).
                 
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