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    EthanHunter is offline Permanently Banned 510 points
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    For those who interested in going to Philippines for medical school!

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    I m a third medical student at UST. I think there are many people wondering what is the main different between US cirrculum and Philippino cirrculum? In the process of studying for my step one rite now, i come to recognize the main different is simply this Phi medical school cirrculum focus on the What instead of the Why. What i mean is this: In Dr. Goljan's audio for patho, he mentioned over and over that to be successful in step one, u cant just memorize. You have to understand the why behind every mechanism. Unfortunately, in Philippines memorization is the key for medical school education. They emphasize on remembering facts after facts but the main concept and in depth understand is not a piority. Therefore, when their students study step one, they find it difficult because it's a new way of thinking. That is most of the students from philippines medical school have to take six months to prep for step one. I think if i have to do it over again- and Philippines is my only choice-I would start watching the kaplan video and listen to Goljan's audio since first year. Go to class but focus on Kaplan videos, which u can get if you know the rite people via boot legs hahaha. This wont help you to do well in school, but u will be better prepare when it's time to take step one. So ask around and get those kaplan videos and books, start your prereading and review since first year, you can do by subjects of the semenster like anatomy, physio, biochem. Do your prep early? Unlike me found out too late. So i hope this help clear up some confusion about Philippines medical school for anyone interested.

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    Hi! I am interested in medical school in the Philippines. Can you tell me about any of them? I heard that UP in the best but nearly impossible to get into. I looked in Fatima and actually spoke to them. I am also looking into schools in Cebu. I am staying away from Manila due to the cost of living and crime. I am American and I probably have to take the NCAT? The national exam? Not sure. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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    yea u are rite about UP. It's very hard to get in. Fatima has it plus and minus-i m sure u can find plenty of posted for Fatima under Asian medical school link, so read them up-I m going to UST now, like any other school-better than Fatima -it's plus and minus. The plus are suppose to have better teachers and a better school. While the big minuses are Not US cirruculum and some of the teacher can be ****head sometimes. What they call here: Terror teachers! All about power trip and not much in between the ears, if you what i mean. U can also read up some of my post on UST too. FEU, I heard from my friend-attending there-is a good school, which allow u to do clerkship 4th yr in the states. There are so many more school in Phi, i dont know which u really interested. There are few good school in Cebu, i think Cebu Doctor of Medicine is a very good school. However, i got confuse with the name with another Cebu something. So u should check out for sure.
    As of living in Cebu or Manila, the truth is u going to be in a third world country, so either way it's dangerous. Yes Manila has its shady area, but also there are lot of good things like Makati, Timog, Greenhills, lot of nice malls that u can get some civilization. I think if u keep a low keep and keep an eye out for things, then u should be fine. I actually recommend Manila more than Cebu. I was in Cebu nothing much there. So you should check out these places before u committ. Good luck. bye

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    Quote Originally Posted by EthanHunter
    I m a third medical student at UST. I think there are many people wondering what is the main different between US cirrculum and Philippino cirrculum? In the process of studying for my step one rite now, i come to recognize the main different is simply this Phi medical school cirrculum focus on the What instead of the Why. What i mean is this: In Dr. Goljan's audio for patho, he mentioned over and over that to be successful in step one, u cant just memorize. You have to understand the why behind every mechanism. Unfortunately, in Philippines memorization is the key for medical school education. They emphasize on remembering facts after facts but the main concept and in depth understand is not a piority. Therefore, when their students study step one, they find it difficult because it's a new way of thinking. That is most of the students from philippines medical school have to take six months to prep for step one. I think if i have to do it over again- and Philippines is my only choice-I would start watching the kaplan video and listen to Goljan's audio since first year. Go to class but focus on Kaplan videos, which u can get if you know the rite people via boot legs hahaha. This wont help you to do well in school, but u will be better prepare when it's time to take step one. So ask around and get those kaplan videos and books, start your prereading and review since first year, you can do by subjects of the semenster like anatomy, physio, biochem. Do your prep early? Unlike me found out too late. So i hope this help clear up some confusion about Philippines medical school for anyone interested.
    Thanks for the post.

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    hi ethan, i'm also planning to pursue my MD degree in UST but i'm worried about the residencies and taking the USMLEs. i'm currently residing in new york (fil citizen, green card holder), graduating this may, and planning to take my nmat in dec (in phil). what i really wanted to do is study med in the philippines, get my degree, do my USMLEs after my 2nd yr and apply for residencies in the US. do u know if i would have a good chance in the residency match in the US if i studied in UST? thanks in advance

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    well it's depend on ur step scores for residency rite-as far as i know- So if you score high u will be better off than most IMG. I m sure u can do it specially since you have a green card already most hospital would rather take u instead of someone they have to apply for a work visa. This can cost lot of money for the hospital. Good luck on ur decision and becareful of those terror teacher, which i wont name here. Bye

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    Nmat---Age for MD

    Anyone know where i can find information on taking the NMAT
    ....I am an American who wants to study medicine in PI... Then practice there ..My family is from there and they practice medicine here but i have been there many times.. so i am familiar with the culture and the way of life....
    I know staying in The US i could make alot more$$$$ but i really want to do some humanitarian work... I think you could still make good money in PI...The quality of life is a little better no Hurry hurry hurry..
    Anyone know of any older people studying medicine there i am 36 now so i would not be able to start med school for 2 years since i need to retake some classes.
    On that note is anyone here going to attend Fatima.. I know there are good and bad things associated with going there but that is the same with any school..

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    I believe the age cut off for studying medicine in Phils is 35...

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    I think there is one guy at Perpetual that started med school at 40 but then again I wouldn't recommend anyone to go to Perpetual.

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    A lot of schools don't have any cut-off age especially now that they need students. A few (maybe 3 schools) are still strict with this age requirement.

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