I recently got an inquiry from one of my readers if the scholarship offered by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Commission and Higher Education under the Students Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP), and the “study-now, pay-later scheme” by the Social Security System are applicable to post-graduate courses like doctor of medicine. Unfortunately, these scholarship and assistance program are mostly applicable for college level.
Medical education has been one of the most expensive courses in the Philippines. So, what are the available options for the financially incapable ones?
The Pinoy MD Scholarship Program:
The Department of Health (DOH), in its aim to encourage more students to take up medicine and as palliative approach to the shortage of doctors especially in far flung areas, has partnered with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and several medical schools in the Philippines to offer scholarships to less privileged students who aspires to become doctors someday through the Pinoy MD Scholarship Program. But in our recent searches, feedback from other blogs say that the program has been put on hold temporarily as of September 2012 due to the lack of funding.
The Pinoy MD Scholarship Program was initially designed for indigenous people, local health workers, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), DOH employees and their children who want to pursue medical education.
Scholarship from medical colleges:
Selected medical colleges in the Philippines like the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLS HSI), University of the East Ramon Magsaysay, the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH), Cebu Institute of Medicine, and Saint Louis University, among others, offers scholarship programs for less privileged but deserving students and for those who have done exemplary performance in their undergraduate years.
The drawback though is you have to maintain a certain grade throughout your stay in the college to keep the scholarship grant.
Enroll in a state university:
State-run universities offer much lesser tuition fees compared to private medical institutions. In my case, my parents were not capable of sending me to prestigious universities in Manila and Cebu. Gladly, there was Mindanao State University, which made my dream become realized. I surpassed the grueling life of a medical student and have become a licensed physician, paying only about 1/8 of the tuition my other co-leagues paid to get their MD title.
Other state universities include the University of the Philippines, Cagayan State University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and University of Northern Philippines, among others.
For more information about medical colleges in the Philippines, WikiPedia has the list.
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