What is the BS-MD Medical Degree Programme?
The BS-MD Medical Degree Programme is a medical programme that is jointly-developed by Shine Education Consultancy 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) degree.
What is the MD degree? How different is it from the MBBS programme?
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 practice as GPs (General Practitioners) as long as the country they practice in recognizes 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 is 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 mutual equivalents.
What is the total duration of the course?
The BS-MD double-degree programme lasts for a total of 5.5 years.
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.
Where will the clinical rotations be conducted?
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.
What is the method of teaching?
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 by 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.
Why choose a university in the Philippines?
The 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 countries
USMLE (the United States Medical Licensing Examination) test preparation
Well established infrastructure in the universities and hospitals
Excellent boarding and lodging provided by the universities
Located in the heart of Asia, with easy access to many parts of the world, especially Asia.
Are the medical degrees from the Philippines Universities recognised worldwide?
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 practice 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.
After completing the medical course, what is the career path for me?
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 the medical school, a medical researcher, or a public health physician. However, some of these may require further training or education.
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 practice in the United States. Other choices would include the regions listed above (previous question).
What are the facilities offered by the Universities for Shine students in the international hostels?
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 in.
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, Shine 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. Shine Education Consultancy does not profit in any way from the hostel arrangements.