The BS-MD Medical Degree Programme is a medical programme
that is jointly-developed by HCMI Education and our partner
universities in the Philippines. It 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)
Traditionally, in countries which adopt the Commonwealth
system of education, they use the term “MBBS”
(Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery) for the medical
degrees conferred to the medical students. As for countries
which adopt the American system, they use the term “MD”
(Doctor of Medicine). However, despite the difference in
name, the level of qualification between the two are actually
equivalent, and both will allow the holder of the degree
to practise as GPs (General Practitioners) as long as the
country they practise in recognises the university that
confers the degree to them.
As for the issue of the word “surgery” being
omitted from the “MD” title, as mentioned, the
two degrees are actually the same thing. It is just that
they use different names in different countries. The curriculum
is very much the same; just that the order the lessons are
conducted may be in a different sequence compared with the
original MBBS course. In the developed countries, both qualify
the holders as General Practitioners who are allowed to
engage in minor surgery, in the strictest sense of the word
“surgery”. Both also allow the holders to further
upgrade by attending a post-graduate course and become medical
specialists or surgeons.
For a better idea of how the degrees are actually very similar
despite differences in title due to the peculiarities of
the American vs Commonwealth system, consider the IELTS
vs TOEFL, BS vs BSc, SAT vs GCSE, BA vs BBA etc. Despite
the differences in name, all the above are generally considered
All applicants must have completed the 10+2, Grade 12, or
equivalent examinations, and scored 50 per cent or more
in each of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and
Holders of a Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc) degree may also
opt for the direct MD programme.
No entrance level examination is required for the BS-MD
The BS-MD double-degree programme lasts for a total of 5.5
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 practising doctor.
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.
No stipend will be paid during the clinical rotation period.
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
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.
- Cagayan State University
- Cebu Doctors’ University
- Davao Medical School Foundation
- Emilio Aguinaldo College
- Our Lady of Fatima University
- Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
- Southwestern University
- Tarlac State University
- University of Northern Philippines
- University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical
- University of the Visayas
- Cutting edge curriculum
- Integrated problem-based learning approach
- English speaking country
- Affordable tuition fees
- Affordable living costs
- Screening test preparation for the licensing examinations
required by Medical Councils of the students’ home
- USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
- Safe environment
- Well established infrastructure in the universities
- Excellent boarding and lodging provided by the universities
- International exposure
- Located in the heart of Asia, with easy access to many
parts of the world, especially Asia.
Each country will have its own medical governing council
or authority, which regulates the country’s healthcare
standards and practices.
No matter where you do your degree, you will need to apply
for registration with the appropriate country’s medical
board and pass the licensing requirements before being allowed
to practise medicine in that country. With the exception
of selected local universities in the county, no foreign
medical degree will entitle you to “automatic”
recognition in any country.
However, our graduates are eligible to apply for licensing
in places including the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada,
India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, most parts of
the European Union (EU) and many other parts of Asia.
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.
Upon graduation, you can utilize the services provided by
our job matching division HCMII. Via this global recruitment
network, you will be able to embark on a rewarding career
as a medical professional in many parts of the world.
Alternatively, as our Universities are recognized by the
Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
in the United States, you can participate in the United
States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE) after graduation
in order to practise in the United States. Other choices
would include the regions listed above (previous question).
Dormitory facilities are available at all our partner universities
which offer high quality dormitories for both male and female
Upon request, HCMI Education will liaise 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.
Alternatively, should the student decide not to stay in
the hostels, there are other accommodations in vicinity
(surrounding areas) of the school. HCMI Education can again
assist in trying to source for suitable accommodations.
Yes, all of the universities provide separate dormitory
facilities for females. Male and female students are housed
in different areas.
Laundry facilities are conveniently available at the hostels
to allow students to do their own laundry.
The hostel is as per international standards in most of
the international universities’ hostels. General facilities
include: bed, study table, cupboard and fan (or air-conditioning,
which will naturally come at a higher cost). The number
of people sharing each room, as well as additional facilities
will be dependent on the price that students are willing
to pay. Bathrooms are usually attached. This is a general
guideline. It may differ from university to university.
Please check with the university that the student has enrolled
As is the common practice in most parts of the world, No
pillow case, linens etc are provided. As such, students
are required to bring those items themselves or to purchase
them in the Philippines on the individual’s expense.
Please also be informed that for hostel facilities, HCMI
Education does not operate the hostels, but merely acts
as a facilitator to assist students in arranging for suitable
accommodations according to the students’ needs and
budgets as a value-added service. HCMI Education does not
profit in any way from the hostel arrangements.
Internet is available in the boarding facilities. The school
library also has available terminals for usage. If the student
has a laptop, he would need to purchase a data/network card
to use the internet.
As for the library facilities, students also have access
to textbooks and other reference materials.
Opening hours of canteen varies from university to university.
Please check with the university that the student has enrolled.
However, food is easily attainable in the vicinity of the
campus even when canteens are closed.
HCMI 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.
HCMI Education will organize an airport pickup to the university
should HCMI Education be requested to assist in making travel
arrangements for the student.
Yes, you should have a passport with at least 6 months’
validity at the time of applying for a Visa.
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 HCMI employee or representative for advice
Each university will have its own student services office
to provide students with support, counselling and guidance
during the course of their degree. HCMI Education has also
arranged for a coordinator in selected universities to assist
the students and ensure their welfare.
There will also be an HCMI Education team in our Manila
office to guide you and solve any of your problems which
might require outside help.
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 individual
universities for exact vacation dates.
The type of VISA issued will depend on when the student
enrols into the course. This is because the Philippines
embassy usually requires time to process the student visa.
At least 10 weeks or more – Student VISA
Fewer than 10 weeks (Last minute registration) – Visitor
Visa, which will then be converted to Student Visa after
arrival in the Philippines. However this option is available
only in certain countries. Please check with our HCMI friendly
counsellors or representatives for details regarding this.
However, it should be noted that processing of the student
visa from a student’s home country will require the
applicant to present himself/herself at the Philippine embassy
in the student’s home country. If the applicant does
not wish to do so, he/she may then, subject to availability,
acquire a visitor visa, which will later be converted to
a student visa.
For the list of authorised clinics, please check with your
local Philippine embassy. If the authorised clinics are
not easily accessible, students may also consider taking
the medical tests upon arrival in the Philippines. On request,
HCMI Education will assist the student in this respect.
This is to be done by the students themselves. If the student
needs information on how this can be done, they can approach
our friendly HCMI counsellors for assistance.
The student will bear the costs for Visa processing fees
and the fees for authentication. HCMI Education will facilitate
and advise as a value-added service, but these extra costs
paid to third parties have to be borne by the student.
The students will bear the costs of the textbooks. However,
the school library is an informative centre whereby students
can find reference books and use the facilities available.
It might be more advantageous to bring over your own dissection
box, textbooks etc from the student’s home country
as it might be cheaper. However, textbooks or study materials
required are subjected to the requirements of the professors
which are not under the control of HCMI Education. Please
therefore confirm the exact materials which need to be bought
with the professor before making purchases.
There is also a dress code for all doctor students. Students
are usually expected to wear the Physician’s uniform
to maintain an image of professionalism.
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