Entering medical school can be a challenge for aspiring doctors. Not only that you have to endure the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT), add to that the tedious screening process to enroll at your desired institution, but also the relatively higher cost (compared to other courses) it entails.
Fortunately, scholarships are available to those deserving students who want to proceed to enroll in medical school. We have previously posted on the several ways to get a medical scholarship program in the Philippines, which can still be availed of as of posting.
One of the more popular ways of getting into med school via a scholarship program is through the Department of Health’s (DOH) Pre-Service Scholarship for Medical Students. A similar program is also available for those who want to take up midwifery in college.
Recently, the DOH announced that they are already accepting applicants for the said scholarship program. It is available to all Filipino students, with good moral character, who have passed the admission requirements of the DOH and the chosen partner-school, and with no existing scholarship grants from other company or agency or with return service obligation at the time of application.
It is important to note that DOH Medical Scholarship Program applicants and grantees is willing to be deployed to far flung, disadvantaged and underserved areas after passing the board examination. The integrated approach aims to address the inequitable access to quality healthcare services prioritizing the depressed, hard to reach communities, and marginalized and vulnerable population of the country. Scholars will be expected to work for two years in public health for every year in medical school (or midwifery school) shouldered by the DOH.
The DOH scholarship programs will cover tuition fees and additional expenses accrued while studying, including book allowance, uniform allowance, lodging and transportation allowance, and medical insurance under PhilHealth.
The DOH Medical Scholarship Program includes all four years of medical education, including summer immersion programs prior to the second and third years of medicine, and one year of post-graduate internship. The DOH Midwifery Scholarship Program, on the other hand, will cover all four years of Bachelor of Science in Midwifery.