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  1. pammywammy's Avatar

    pammywammy said:

    Smile SDSU student wants to go to Philippines for medical school.

    Hi. I'm serious about attending medical school in the philippines. I will graduate from San Diego State University (w/ Biology **) next year, so now I'm getting my stuff together so that I can apply and hopefully get accepted to a quality medical school in PI. Why philippines? Unlike most people, money is NOT a problem for me. The main reason i chose the philippines is because my GPA is not at the level of medical school acceptance here in the U.S. I predict im graduating SDSU with BARELY a 3.0. Maybe even slightly less. I can come up with many excuses for my low GPA. But this is the fact. But I am passionate and serious about becoming a doctor. So im hoping philippines will allow me to follow my dreams even after i messed up my gpa in college.

    My question is: which QUALITY med schools in the philippines are worth applying to considering my gpa? I only want to apply to schools which will accept me pretty much for sure. I dont want to deal with any rejections. With my GPA, what NMAT score should I aim for if i want to get accepted? Also, what are the best med schools for american students so that we can socialize and not feel homesick? I don't want to go to school in the jungles or anything like that. What med schools have a good night life as well?

    So many questions, but thanks so much!!!

    Also: is there ANY truth to the rumor that foreign applicants usually always get in? Please explain.
     
  2. trauma said:
    Quote Originally Posted by pammywammy View Post
    Hi. I'm serious about attending medical school in the philippines. I will graduate from San Diego State University (w/ Biology **) next year, so now I'm getting my stuff together so that I can apply and hopefully get accepted to a quality medical school in PI. Why philippines? Unlike most people, money is NOT a problem for me. The main reason i chose the philippines is because my GPA is not at the level of medical school acceptance here in the U.S. I predict im graduating SDSU with BARELY a 3.0. Maybe even slightly less. I can come up with many excuses for my low GPA. But this is the fact. But I am passionate and serious about becoming a doctor. So im hoping philippines will allow me to follow my dreams even after i messed up my gpa in college.

    My question is: which QUALITY med schools in the philippines are worth applying to considering my gpa? I only want to apply to schools which will accept me pretty much for sure. I dont want to deal with any rejections. With my GPA, what NMAT score should I aim for if i want to get accepted? Also, what are the best med schools for american students so that we can socialize and not feel homesick? I don't want to go to school in the jungles or anything like that. What med schools have a good night life as well?

    So many questions, but thanks so much!!!

    Also: is there ANY truth to the rumor that foreign applicants usually always get in? Please explain.
    In Philippine schools, the main requirements are the Bachelor's degree and the NMAT. UST has added an entrance exam of their own and it's the most competitive private school (although not impossible).
    Med schools in the Phil. usually look at your NMAT score and will tend to overlook your GPA (if from the US) as they cannot really objectively evaluate this. If you want to be with other students with similar backgrounds, UERM tend to have more Fil-Ams and their NMAT requirement is not strict (around 55). Fatima also has some Americans but there is mixed reviews on their school. Most of them are in the city (UST, UERM, FEU) although honestly, there is not much time for night life in med school. If not sure, visit them personally as many rarely responds to email.
     
  3. pammywammy's Avatar

    pammywammy said:
    Thanks so much for your very informative and useful input Trauma!

    More questions open to everyone:

    1. Should I have a good volunteer service background to get accepted? Do the PI med schools expect that from their applicants? I need to know because i want to use my time effectively and practically within the next year. If volunteer service isn't important, i'd rather use that time studying for my classes and the NMATs.

    2. I'm not understanding the fees for foreign applicants. I hear there's a "donation fee", which from what i heard if you pay, you will pay the same tuition rates as the local philippine students, bc foreign tuition is much more expensive. Is this information accurate? Even bigger question, what is the bill break-down for PI med school?

    Every and any input is appreciated. Thanks so much everyone.
     
  4. trauma said:
    Quote Originally Posted by pammywammy View Post
    Thanks so much for your very informative and useful input Trauma!

    More questions open to everyone:

    1. Should I have a good volunteer service background to get accepted? Do the PI med schools expect that from their applicants? I need to know because i want to use my time effectively and practically within the next year. If volunteer service isn't important, i'd rather use that time studying for my classes and the NMATs.

    2. I'm not understanding the fees for foreign applicants. I hear there's a "donation fee", which from what i heard if you pay, you will pay the same tuition rates as the local philippine students, bc foreign tuition is much more expensive. Is this information accurate? Even bigger question, what is the bill break-down for PI med school?

    Every and any input is appreciated. Thanks so much everyone.
    1. Admission to Philippine schools is numbers based (usually NMAT). They don't require volunteering history.
    2. The donation fee which they call "foreign fee" is a one-time fee on admission/entrance. They range between $6,000 to $10,000. Other than that you pay the same tuition as the locals. The other extra expense is if you are planning to take some of your 4th year clinicals in a US hospital (allowed in some school), but there's a separate thread for that.
     
  5. LongIslandDoc said:
    Hey,
    i'm actually from new york and was currently in the same position as you were before...it's a lot of research and hard-work...i've gotten into a few carribean med schools but it's not worth it to pay that much ammount of money, when you can have as equal or better education in the philippines.i am currenly visiting med schools in cebu and manila to see which schools offer the best opportunity to practice back in the states...i'll be down here for about a month, then i will be planning my applicaton process when i get back to new york...let me know if you have any questions regarding the med schools...
     
  6. pammywammy's Avatar

    pammywammy said:
    Quote Originally Posted by LongIslandDoc View Post
    Hey,
    i'm actually from new york and was currently in the same position as you were before...it's a lot of research and hard-work...i've gotten into a few carribean med schools but it's not worth it to pay that much ammount of money, when you can have as equal or better education in the philippines.i am currenly visiting med schools in cebu and manila to see which schools offer the best opportunity to practice back in the states...i'll be down here for about a month, then i will be planning my applicaton process when i get back to new york...let me know if you have any questions regarding the med schools...
    Wow what a nice position you're in right now, in the philippines getting a feel for the med schools. Wish i was there doing that right now...
    I can't think of any questions at the moment, but can u share with us your personal opinions of the schools? Anything and everything would be a valuable insight and helpful.

    My current status right now, I'm taking the NMAT's this November. I havent studied for it yet but getting into full study mode in September up until the exam day.

    I just learned that a good friend of mine is seriously considering Cebu. So now i'm adding that to the list of schools i'm looking at so maybe we can attend med school together which would be totally awesome. So info on Cebu would be great!

    Thanks so much! Enjoy your stay at the Philippines! Keep us updated with your experience!
     
  7. beachbum said:
    Quote Originally Posted by pammywammy View Post
    Wow what a nice position you're in right now, in the philippines getting a feel for the med schools. Wish i was there doing that right now...
    I can't think of any questions at the moment, but can u share with us your personal opinions of the schools? Anything and everything would be a valuable insight and helpful.

    My current status right now, I'm taking the NMAT's this November. I havent studied for it yet but getting into full study mode in September up until the exam day.

    I just learned that a good friend of mine is seriously considering Cebu. So now i'm adding that to the list of schools i'm looking at so maybe we can attend med school together which would be totally awesome. So info on Cebu would be great!

    Thanks so much! Enjoy your stay at the Philippines! Keep us updated with your experience!
    from what i've learned, cebu seems to have great med schools plus a much better environment that manila. choosing between CIM, CDU, and SWU would be a task. i'm planning to take the NMAT november as well. might see you there. haha good luck!
     
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    devildoc8404 said:
    I only want to apply to schools which will accept me pretty much for sure. I dont want to deal with any rejections.

    Be prepared. Medicine will probably deal you some rejections down the road, especially as an IMG/FMG coming back to the States for residency. Just be ready for that fact. It is not the end of the world to be rejected someplace. As one surgeon told me recently when we were discussing residencies... "Apply for what you want, and then take what you can get."

    Being smart about the schools/specialties to which you apply makes sense (based on competitiveness of Step Scores, grades, etc.), but my advice is not to operate in utter fear of being rejected. If you want to be, say, a pathologist... and every pathology residency you apply for rejects you EXCEPT ONE, then guess what?

    You're still going to be a pathologist.

    Good luck in the P.I.! I hope it works out well for you.

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    blue... I use red
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  9. trauma said:
    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    I only want to apply to schools which will accept me pretty much for sure. I dont want to deal with any rejections.

    Be prepared. Medicine will probably deal you some rejections down the road, especially as an IMG/FMG coming back to the States for residency. Just be ready for that fact. It is not the end of the world to be rejected someplace. As one surgeon told me recently when we were discussing residencies... "Apply for what you want, and then take what you can get."

    Being smart about the schools/specialties to which you apply makes sense (based on competitiveness of Step Scores, grades, etc.), but my advice is not to operate in utter fear of being rejected. If you want to be, say, a pathologist... and every pathology residency you apply for rejects you EXCEPT ONE, then guess what?

    You're still going to be a pathologist.

    Good luck in the P.I.! I hope it works out well for you.
    Also Philippine schools are time and effort-intensive. Admission maybe easy but passing all their exams is not a piece of cake. They also spend the whole day in class in many schools.
     
  10. LongIslandDoc said:
    Yeah for sure...from this experience, i definitely gained a few helpful facts and hints...will let you know for more details...
     
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