Study MBBS in Philippines

Study MBBS in Philippines


“DOCTOR” – a word of wisdom, a noble profession, a social stratum, probably the first profession a child can visualize and portray oneself. I am sure many of my readers did play with a medical-set in their childhood and the stethoscope used to be the most favorite! Later during the school we develop interest in various subjects and we tend to understand that becoming a doctor needs loads of academic patience and lot of money too. In high school, many of us left the dream of studying medicine due to other academic interest or monetary inabilities, but the reports show most students could not accomplish the study of medicine due high competitiveness of the college admissions in India. So today I will try to put some light on study MBBS in Philippines.

The Scope of the Profession in India:

The admission process in Indian medical schools is not only competitive, but complex too and sometime ambiguous, especially when you score lower in the entrance examinations. But the land of Charaka (Father of Medicine) and Maharshi Sushrut (Father of Cosmetic Surgery) has huge gap between the requirement of doctors and the number of MBBS graduates. According to Medical Council of India, India has 9.36 lakh doctors including the inactive doctors (i.e. approximately 7.4 per 10,000 people). If we look at WHO guidelines, it recommends 10 doctors for 10,000 people. Even if we include the inactive doctors, there might seem to be a small gap of 2.6 doctors per 10,000 people in India. However, if we look at our population that comes to a stunning shortage of 3.3 lakh doctors on paper ignoring the reality. China has almost the double the ratio of doctors to people to India and most of the developed countries have a ratio greater than 20 per 10,000 doctors. India produces 50,000 doctors through approximately 370 medical colleges per year, but our population growth is annually 1.23% (LAST MEASURED AT 2014). So year after year, the gap between the supply and demand of medicine professional is increasing enormously. The prospects for expanding Indian education capacity, however, appear to be constrained by strict government policies.

Why Study MBBS in Philippines:

The additional requirement of doctors are partially fulfilled by the MBBS passouts from abroad for long time, but over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 per cent in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine. The study abroad is playing an alternative way-out for the Indian medicine aspirants. High admission constraints in Indian medical schools (as the seats are limited and 50% of the seats are with private medical colleges) is a major factor for choosing the study of medicine from abroad among the 10+2 passouts of different boards in India. More than one million students take the medical entrance each year. With the capitation fee and the volatile admission process in Indian private colleges, comparatively admissions to abroad medical schools are much more candid and cost effective. And our personal experience says that cost is never a constraint for parents as far as medical study is concerned. For some families studying in a medical school abroad is a mark of social strata. And believe me, for all kind of candidates the abroad has standard medical schools with direct admission on the basis of 12th scores. For postgraduate level, in most of the cases the doctors are taking the study as their future career plan in abroad with few exception of knowledge upgrade from abroad.

Which country to choose:

While choosing the institutes study MBBS in abroad there are several factors that a student needs to keep in perspective to enable him/her to choose the option most suitable for them. We are more concentrating on the undergraduate study as postgraduate study is mainly guided by the career opportunities in the concerned country and the practicing doctors are looking for options abroad for specialization and knowledge enhancement or registration in abroad for practicing there.
For undergraduate level the people who all are approaching us are clearly divided in two basic groups: Parents with no budget constraints but looking for leading first world countries like study MBBS in England or study MBBS in USA or Study MBBS in Australia or Study MBBS in Canada considering that the qualification from these countries will be better valued in India and abroad in future. Ofcourse their wards are also very bright in academics. The second category in which we find parents are looking for some country where their wards will be eligible for study MBBS in abroad; this sense of compromise on the country of study arises due to may be their wards academic abilities, the English language competencies, and above all the financial parameters.
Considering the cost parameters and level of stringency in admission process, coupled with the recognition, study infrastructure and quality of education, the most popular and good study abroad destinations for undergraduate medical studies are Philippines, Caribbean, Ukraine and China. Now on reading this statement, you might feel, I am biased. But, I am truthful; let me explain, how!

Why the popularity in study MBBS in Abroad does not go with First world countries:

  1. Admission formalities:

  • Very high academic requirements in the 12th board
  • Moreover all these countries have their own state-level entrance examinations just like our country and being a foreign student, preparation for these examinations is difficult.
  • Mandatory English language skill to be proved with IELTS or TOEFL etc.
  • Some countries have in-person interview with the admission committee which generally takes place in abroad. The travel cost is self-sponsored.

    2. Restricted environment:

  • Most of these countries have a highly restricted environment for allowing international students to study medicine, like they have country based quota.
  • Some universities decide the primary eligibility of a candidate on the scarcity of scope and infrastructure of medical studies in their home country – as compared to many African countries and some small South-East Asian countries, India is positioned much low in the list as per this parameter, as we have ample scope (though which is very less as compared to our population)
  • Some university only allows the students with international (IB) or Cambridge board examinations from India. CBSE, ISC or other state boards are not accepted

     3. Finances associated:

  • The final reason for the un-popularity of all these countries is the enormous fund requirement to complete MBBS. The education cost easily lies in the bracket of Rs 4 crore to Rs 10 crore in INR for an undergraduate course.
  • Moreover, while choosing the destination for studying UG level, one must keep in mind, becoming an MBBS is only the basics; more investments will be on demand for the post-graduate level if you want a truly rewarding career ahead. So your budgeting should include the higher-education also avoiding the hefty investment for the UG level only.

Top countries for study MBBS in abroad:

One must consider at the broader picture of medical universities abroad instead of only the first world countries or the countries those are more heard off. For example,
The small Asian destination, MBBS in Philippines is the most popular worldwide (even Americans, Canadians do come to study here).
• This country is most popular due to the American format of teaching medicine.
• The MBBS degree of Philippines is recognized by every major country, that offers you great career opportunity of working in the US, Canada, Australia and other developed countries without any bridging course.
• If you are planning to migrate to US, you can take the USMLE parts I and II in Philippines only under the guidance of medical professors.
• It’s also one of the countries having the highest ratio of Indians clearing the MCI screening test as the schools prepare students for the MCI screening test.
• The MCI list of foreign universities lists 39 medical schools of Philippines as compared to UK(8), Germany(3), Romania(8), Ukraine(27), USA(34), Poland (6), Canada (2), Australia(1), New Zealand(1), positioned second to Russia (106).
• Professors in the Philippines Medical schools are from different countries (like, USA, Germany, and India etc.) and well experienced in their respective fields.
• Philippines medical colleges are regulated by the Philippines ministry of education; the government control is very strict.
• English being the main language adds to the advantage of studying there. You can easily communicate with patient and a local as the Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country where almost 94% of Filipinos speak English.
• Moreover, as the country is 12th most populated country in the world, you will have greater opportunity to practice with a varied and large number of patients’ cases during your study period.
• Philippines embassy is very liberal, that means it is easy to obtain a student visa and quick processing of documentation, and the total process can be completed from Kolkata itself.

               The diverse continent, Europe, especially East Europe with the Universities of Medicine in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Check Republic, Universities of Medicine in Ukraine, Russia and Georgia are very approachable. But for mbbs in europe for indian students, though the study is majorly delivered in English, but for scholarships and internship year it is advisable to learn the local language. Even in EU countries study cost in English and their native language varies a lot. Most popular among the EU countries is Ukraine and Russia.

                 Study medicine in Caribbean has become attractive for international medical students for study MBBS in abroad. The Caribbean Medical Schools has some advantages like favorable admission criteria and process, reasonable tuition fees, English language programs, tropical environment. The Caribbean medical universities are affiliated with numerous teaching hospitals in USA, Canada. It gives students the opportunity to participate in the bridging programmes for doing the clinical rotations throughout the United States or Canada. Moreover the medical schools provides the USMLE training; Physicians with an MBBS (as per UK education system) or MD (as per USA education system), i.e people who are awarded a first professional qualification in medicine are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States. Therefore, students have the opportunities to practice in Caribbean and outside during their clinical studies, which give them more advantage in residency applications and when they become physicians in USA or Canada.

                  Another popular destination is study medicine in China, but for last few years and Chinese Government is reducing the seats for Indian students, the admission is becoming very competitive. You need to learn Chinese language also. The MCI website must enlist the medical school in the Chinese Medical Institutions admitting International Students for the concerned Academic Year, which is publish every year. Moreover, please avoid the universities with Traditional Medicine, as the MCI Screening test asks question from Mainstream medicine study only.

Cost Comparison between countries for MBBS


What are the post study opportunities?

After the study MBBS in abroad, to practice as doctor in any country, you need to follow the registration procedure of the concerned country and in most cases it is an examination which decides your registration as well as eligibility for post-graduate level study in that country. In case you are planning to come back India, be it from any country, you have to take the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by National Board of Examinations, New Delhi in order to get registered with Medical Council of India. This test is conducted as per the Screening Test Regulations 2002 act, which has the provision for provisional or permanent registration with Medical Council of India (MCI), apply for public sectors jobs in health sector and study postgraduate level in India. As per regulations, “An Indian citizen possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after 15.03.2002 shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the prescribed authority for that purpose as per the provisions of section 13 of the Act.”

Criteria for appearing the FMG Examination:

• Indian Origin or a person who has been granted Overseas Citizenship of India
• Had obtained ‘Eligibility Certificate’ from the Medical Council of India as per the ‘Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002’. For this certificate, the Foreign Institute must be listed in MCI website
• Completed First Degree in Medicine from the institutes of outside of India
• The Medical School should have been listed in the WHO international directory of Medical Schools
• Completed the medical degree from the same institute located abroad for the entire duration apart from exceptional scenario reported by the Embassy of India in the concerned country to the central government.
• You need not to appear for MCI Screening test provided you have completed the MBBS / MD from Australia/Canada/New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America and also completed Post-graduate qualification from these countries and has been recognized for enrollment as medical practitioner in that country.

The details about the FMG Examination:

• This examination is held twice in year in June and December on the third Monday and Tuesday of the month.
• There are three papers of multiple choice questions in Pre-Clinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical Medicine and its allied subjects including Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
• The language of the test is English.
• The test for each paper will be of three hours duration.
• A candidate shall be declared as having passed only if he/she obtains a minimum of 50% (fifty percent) marks in each paper separately.
• The minimum qualifying marks shall apply to all categories of candidates without exception.
• A candidate may avail of maximum three chances to appear and pass the test.
• If he/she does not qualify even in his/her 3rd appearance in the test, the candidate will not be eligible for registration by the Council or by any State Medical Council in India.

Very soon, FMGE will be replaced by NEET-PG, i.e. MBBS Exit test which will be mandatory for all students who has completed MBBS in India or abroad to practice in India, thus there will be a standardized quality parameters among the medicine graduates, as India really need quality doctors. This will facilitate the returning FMGs to compete with the local pass outs with more clarity.

Thanks for reading the above text. Hope it helps in understanding the study MBBS in abroad; if some student and their parent are seeking further information, they are requested to contact me for personalized counseling to guide you for the individual country options, their opportunities, institutes and admission details. I may be contacted at +91-8961000154 or mail me at

NB: For details on Study in Post-graduate level follow me for next entry soon.

3 thoughts on “Study MBBS in Philippines

  • April 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    nice blog. Study MBBS in abroad is best choice for Indian students. It is very affordable and also low MBBS course fees.

  • April 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Nice blog post! Keep sharing more about MBBS in China for Indian students and Kyrgyzstan!!


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