The Long and Winding Road to M.D.

I’d lie if I tell you that not once during med school have I thought of why I am here, or questioned myself if I made the right decision. Because I did, more than once, to be honest. Despite these few moments of doubt, I always seem to get back on track and continue with what I have started. But, looking back to my old self eight years ago, I wish someone had told me what it really takes for one to get that “MD” on his name.

I am done with the second month (out of twelve) of clerkship aka 4th year med school aka “being at the bottom of the food chain.” But before I tell you how I feel as a clinical clerk, you may want to be enlightened how I got here. So here it goes…

THE PREPARATION BEFORE MED SCHOOL

1. Finish a pre-med course.

It was during the application period for universities when I thought I cannot be a Civil Engineer, said to myself that I did not want to be an accountant (although I was a “Mathlete” throughout high school… Okay, don’t start laughing! It was actually cool to be good with numbers! Haha), and decided that I wanted to become a doctor.

My parents are not doctors so I asked around and a lot of reliable people told me that BIOLOGY IS THE BEST pre-med course. So I took their advice like a good child. But what the heck, it is not the best pre-med course! You know what the actual best option is? NURSING! But maybe, there is no such thing as the best pre-med course because each one has its own pros and cons. However, if I am going to send my children to medical school in the future (don’t worry, I will not force them), I would definitely suggest BS Nursing. Nurses have a good grasp of the basics in the hospital setting. They know some things about the patients’ medications, and they are familiar with a lot of diseases.

Throwback to April 2012 during the University and College of Arts & Sciences graduation ceremonies.Β 

Then, you ask me, “What if you have a college degree not related to life sciences at all?” If that’s the case, then you can still become a doctor. I know of med students who are Engineering, Business Administration, Fine Arts, and Clothing Technology graduates. Some med schools may just require them to take some classes in Chemistry and Biology before they consider their application. The bottom line is, if you want to become a doctor, go get a college degree!

2. Take the National Medical Admission Test aka NMAT.

All medical schools require this for admission. I knew I was going to med school so I took the exam during college, around 3rd year – December 2010. This test can be taken during April or December each year. Know more about NMAT here.

NOTE: If one happens to be admitted to an Intarmed program (UP-PGH, for example), then he won’t need a college degree. It’s a program where only two years of pre-medical education (versus the usual four years) is required. But I do think intarmed students are still required to take the NMAT to be eligible to continue with med school proper.

3. Apply to medical schools, of course.

I sent application forms to three schools — UP-PGH, UERMMMCI, and PLM. I got interviewed in PGH but was not included in the final list. I got in to both UERM and PLM. Why I chose UERM, maybe this deserves a different blog entry or you may just ask me personally if you’re about to apply or in the process of choosing. This is a very crucial step because each med school has a different culture and approach on teaching students. As for me, since first year, I’ve always felt that going to UERM is one of the best decisions in my life!

THE REAL DEAL: INSIDE MEDICAL SCHOOL

While some of my high school friends were moving in to a new place for work, I was moving to Quezon City where UERM was located. Four years of Biology? Check! Now on to a new adventure; I was so excited! Then that summer before med school started, I went home to the province, people found out I would be taking Medicine, and the follow-up question was…

About the time:Β How many more years would it take until you become a doctor?

The simple answer to this question is FIVE YEARS. The slightly complicated version? The first two years was devoted to reading, lectures, and some group discussions. In third year, we got to see and interview patients, and examine them with consent. The fourth year is spent in the hospital as clinical clerks. For 365 days as clinical clerks, we have the opportunity to learn as much as we can about the patients, their diseases, diagnosis, and the appropriate management. After the 4th year, we’ll get our “Doctor of Medicine” aka MD diploma. However, in the Philippines, before you can legally practice as a physician, you need to have a one-year internship experience and then pass the board exam. So technically, you are a doctor after 5 years of hard work and a passing board exam score.

So you’ve got the time to spare for medical school. You’re fine if you don’t see your parents, friends, or lover regularly. But you ask, why won’t you get to spend time with them? Because you have to study! I didn’t know this was a legitimate reason to skip parties and meetings with friends until I became a medical student… But, aside from the time, what else do you need?

You have got to give a lot more than five years worth of your life.

About the right attitude: One has got to have the desire and determination to become a doctor. Or if you have parents who will drag you into medical school. Or both. Those who do it for themselves may find it easier to just swallow the things they’ve got to do or the materials they’ve got to read. Kasi nga, it was your choice. If anything goes wrong like failing an exam or the whole semester, you can’t blame it on your parents or other people. Just please, don’t do it for the pogi points.

After one of our small group discussions…

Med school becomes more fun when spent with crazy groupmates!

About the money: In contrast to Jesse J’s Price Tag, it IS about the money. To send someone to medical school is an investment, an expensive one. I did not come from a rich family, so imagine the horror when I found out that one semester costs 120K to 130K pesos. And that’s only for the tuition! It was a good thing that my school is generous enough to offer scholarship programs (academic and financial aid) to qualified students. Other medical schools in the Philippines also offer scholarship programs but maybe not as generous as UERM. Meanwhile, med students in UP-PGH only pay about 50K per sem while those in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) pay between 10K to 70K per sem, depending on the student classification (based on academic standing and place of residency).

However, even with scholarship grants, med school still doesn’t come close to being cheap. You’d spend a lot of money for the gallons of coffee you’d drink, a hundred pieces of highlighter, stacks of bond papers, and liters of ink for printing. Add lodging and utility fees if you are not from Manila, just like me. Medicine really is an expensive path, no wonder why one consultation lasting for at least 10 minutes would cost about 500 pesos, or more!

I’m the type who can study in my room all day, with the help of instant or brewed coffee. But there are times, especially during exam week, when I can’t concentrate in my room anymore. So, I go out and it means spending so much on coffee!

I think this is the longest blog entry I have written so far. A lot has happened since I chose this path about seven or eight years ago. Medical school may have taken a lot from me — money, time, effort, and tears, but it is worth all of these sacrifices. I gained a lot of knowledge, experience, friends, and memories that money can’t buy. Also, I may be in my 4th year, but I know that I have a looong way to go. After board exam comes residency (three years for dermatology, five years for general surgery). So, how do I feel after two months of clerkship have passed? Grateful, that I have parents and family who are with me on this journey; and hopeful, that I may not get tired of the routine and continue to do and give my best in everything that I do.

So, who wants to be a doctor?

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58 thoughts on “The Long and Winding Road to M.D.

  1. Hi! I’m an incoming pre-med student. I was wondering since you’ve graduated your pre-med course, was the NMAT hard? Can i have an idea what was the grade/results you had? If it is okay with you only. πŸ™‚ i really want to be a doctor but im worried about the expenses during medical school. 😦 πŸ™‚ pls help

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    1. The answer to this is of course going to be subjective. I think being a Bio student at the time helped me get a good score because we got a bit of everything (subjects like Chemistry, Psych, Physics and Biology, of course). The questions asked were about the basic concepts of each subject. The most important thing to do is to review the study materials given once you’ve registered for the exam (I did not enroll to any review center). I got a 99 (most of my classmates actually got a high score too, the highest score possible is 99+).

      About the expenses, it’s better to let your parents save up for med school while you’re in college. Also, study hard because graduating with honors will save you thousands of pesos during 1st year med, and the succeeding years if you maintain the required grades. But, don’t forget to enjoy and have fun during college! You’ll never have the same schedule once you’ve entered med school. Hope this helps, good luck! πŸ™‚

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  2. Would it require to study med, if I’m not that intelligent? Does medicine was a really difficult course? I’m a person who’s quiet can i take this course? There is so much question in my mind that i want to ask but that’s all for now. I’m a pre-med 2nd year student. I dont know if can pursue this course. I doubt also if i can do this. Please ate could you give me also an advice. Thank you! 😌😌

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    1. First, you’ve got to believe in yourself. Just do your best in school. And when I say best, yung totoong best mo talaga. If you really want something, like to become a doctor, then do all that you can to achieve that goal. Not everyone in med school is as smart as the top student in class but we all get by because of hard work, dedication, and diskarte (studying the most important things first aka studying smart). I also have classmates who are shy and timid but look where they are now, they’re already in 4th year of med school. πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi! I just want to ask, what pre-med course did you take during your pre-med days? I took Medical Biology and realized that the curriculum of that course wasn’t that inclined with medicine so I am currently taking Human Biology right now and I’m on my junior year. Is it worth taking? πŸ™‚ and what advice can you give to me when I soon enter med school. Thank you and God bless! 😊

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    1. My university offered only one type of Biology course, which I took. It is general and covered plants to animals, no focus on the human body or medicine. πŸ™‚ I am not really familiar with Human Biology and its curriculum but what I like about Biology as a pre-med course was that I was already familiar with some of the first year med subjects like Biochem, Physiology, and Anatomy (during the introduction part relating to “The Cell” and the histology part). In 2nd year, we had Microbiology and Parasitology which were also taught during college so I was used to memorizing scientific names and looking for the microbes under the microscope. Biology is a good pre-med course; it is definitely worth taking. But still, in my opinion, Nursing is better.

      As for the advice, enjoy the journey in med school. Have fun with your new friends and classmates, go on vacations with them during the breaks. Manage your time well so you can have the luxury to not study during Saturdays or Sundays. Also, enjoy the learning experience. Try to be as curious as possible so you won’t feel the burden of too much reading. Most med students get burnt out. I did, a lot of times, actually. It’s normal. It really helps to have a good support group such as your family and friends who will always be there to give you encouraging pieces of advice when you feel like giving up. πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi! This really help me a lot. I’m currently taking up BS Psychology (3rd year) and thinking about entering a med school after graduating and passing my Psych Board Exam. I don’t know if my chosen pre-med course will help me but I have subjects like Chem, Physics, AnaPhy, Zoo and of course, Pysch. But the problem is, I’m not confident and I’m not that smart. I barely passed my subject whether it’s minor or major and my parents want me to take my med course in UCSF or in Ateneo, which put me in a lot of pressure. I want to go all-out while I still can but instead of studying, I sleep or hangout with my friends. Do you think medicine is for me if I have this “Katam” disease? I already talked about this with my friends and the only answer that I got is, “Ikaw bahala. Nasa sayo ‘yan.” which is not really helpful. Maybe, they’re right but i want something or answer that will make decide without regrets. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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    1. I have a question. Do you really want to become a doctor? If yes, then there may be a chance that you might improve your study habit while in med school. If you are to make a decision, make sure that you are aware that the work load during med school is so much more than that in college. I thought I was studying a lot of stuff when I was in college. But when I look back to college whenever I am studying during med school, I realize that I had so much free time back then. Don’t let your present study habit and time management skills define your future because youvan always improve for the better. If you can’t see yourself in a job other than bei a doctor, then maybe you should give med school a try. But then, it’s really expensive especially if you’re going to UCSF. However, if your parents are very much willing to pay, I’d say give it a try. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!

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  5. Hi! What do you think is the best school for pre-med and medicine itself? I’m currently a pre-med student in UST but my parents want me to transfer to Ateneo and I really can’t decide if I should transfer or not. Ateneo’s always been where I wanted to study Med but since I already started in UST, I already enjoyed it there. And now that I was given the chance to move to Ateneo, I don’t know what I should do. 😦

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    1. I know this may sound clichΓ© but it really depends on the student. I’m not sure about the curriculum of the different pre-med courses in the different universities in Metro Manila since I’ve only studied in UP. Even the Biology course of UP Manila is slightly different from that of UP Diliman and UP Los BaΓ±os.

      As I have said, I really believe that Nursing is the best pre-med course. However, I do not regret taking up Biology because I think it helped me get a high NMAT score, and it was a nice course, actually. I’m glad that I have knowledge about “Kingdom Plantae” and the ecosystem, aside from the med-related stuff like Comparative Anatomy, etc.

      If you’ll be happier in Ateneo, then by all means, transfer. My only regret was that I only applied to UP for college (there was a storm during the deadline for Ateneo application and I got lazy to submit my form) so you’re lucky that you have options.

      As for the medical school, again, I’ve only been studying Medicine in UERM so how it’s like to be a med student in Ateneo, PGH, St. Luke’s, UST and all the other med schools, is beyond me. I love it in UERM, that’s for sure. A lot of people sent me an email, asking me why. The simplest answer I can give is this — In UERM, they give us a high quality of education, and the professors are one of the bests in their respective field. We have a good patient interaction because the UERM hospital has a charity ward where we are allowed to help with the management of patients. The school is like a home to the students, we really treat each other as family, no harsh competition. We help each other a lot, from sharing reviewers, to tips, walang iwanan talaga. Also, we have a good schedule. We have 3 exam periods per semester so it is up to us students how we’re going to manage our time. We also have the best parties! πŸ˜‰ There is a balance of academics and extracurricular activities. I’m not forcing anyone to go to UERM, just sharing my experience in the institution.

      It’s best if you ask friends or acquaintances who are in different med schools. This is what I did before picking the med schools to apply to. I did not apply to UST just because they are not as generous with scholarship programs for the incoming freshmen. For the freshman year, I was faced with full scholarship in UERM (no fees for the whole year!) versus no scholarship at all in UST (because I took my pre-med from a different school), so of course, I chose UERM. πŸ™‚

      Even if one is at the best school, taking up the best pre-med course, how he would perform in med school would depend largely on him. Good luck on that decision-making. Do let me know if you have transferred or not! Good luck! πŸ™‚

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  6. This is really awesome. Its like…you already said it all. I’m an incoming 3rd year BS Medical Technology student and I’m still in the process whether I should go to Med School after I graduate. One of the things that pushes me to go to Med school is the low employment rate of my current program, because I can never really tell, what if one day I don’t wanna pursue medicine anymore.
    I do have some question in mind:
    πŸ™‚ When is the right time to take NMAT? Is there a need for me to enroll in a review center? I’m really clueless about this part because plus I can hear some of my batch-mates talking about the scores needed to qualify in UP-PGH and that’s where I want to pursue Med but i don’t think I have what it takes, I mean, I don’t think I’ll be as good as they are.

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    1. I think it is best to take the exam while you’re in third year. Take the test on December and if you are not satisfied with your score, take it again on April.

      I did not enroll in a review program because I knew I can study alone, and I prefer reading by myself instead of listening to lectures all day. This may or may not be your style, it really depends on you. Some of my friends enrolled in a review center just for the peace of mind or because they knew they wouldn’t study at all if they are not required to go to classes. As for me, I just had a copy of their reviewers. Haha. Never fail to review the material (sample test questions) given upon registration though. A lot of the questions during the actual exam were with the same pattern (with the way of of questioning, or on which topic/point to focus on) as the sample exam.

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  7. Hi, I’m a High School student , I am having a hard time on what am I going to get for college. It’s between MedTech & Nursing. I was also thinking of BS Psychology. Mostly says, Nursing. I’m really confused.

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    1. Some of the best premed courses are MedTech, Pharmacy, Nursing and Physical Therapy.

      Specific advantages:
      Medtech: Biochem, Pathology, Microbio/Parasitology + skill points in Phlebotomy/Blood Extractions; if you’re Public Health instead of Medtech, + points in Research & Community Medicine
      Pharmacy: Biochem, Pharmacology (BIG advantage here; it’s one of the most difficult subjects in Medicine)
      Nursing: they have a very good background/base for almost all the subjects in Med + skill points in patient interaction and patient care
      Physical Therapy: Anatomy and Physiology; better understanding of concepts in Medicine and Surgery

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    2. I think the best approach is to consider first the universities you want to apply to. Where do you see yourself as a college student? And then, research on which pre-med courses each university of your choice has to offer. Also, some people choose their pre-med course based on their likelihood of pursuing Medicine. If there is a chance that you may not continue with med school, what would you want to do? Do you want to be a nurse, a medical technician, a pharmacist, a biologist? But, if you really want to go into Med (as in 100 percent sure), then choose whatever pre-med course you’re interested in and study hard to get good grades so you may get into the med school of your choice. πŸ™‚

      Everything I would be telling you is from my conversations with friends and classmates in med school who took their pre-med from different universities. I’m not an expert on this, and I’m assuming you’re from the Philippines.

      If you’re going to UP Manila, DO NOT take Pharmacy because their Pharmacy course is sooooo hard (unless you want the challenge)! They have a very high mortality rate, and a lot of people get delayed (even if they are so smart!).

      In UP Diliman, a lot of people choose Psychology because their department is very generous with grades. Majority of those who get accepted in PGH are Psychology graduates from UPD.

      In Ateneo, I think the most popular ones are Human Biology and Psychology. I am not entirely sure. DLSU offers a kind-of intarmed course, but you’ll have to go to their campus in Cavite. UST offers a lot of pre-med courses. Anghirap talaga pumili ng course!

      College life is all about the experience both inside and outside the classroom so aside from the course, choose your university wisely. πŸ™‚ I hope I lessened your confusion!

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      1. I’m not really sure if they look at the breakdown of grades or just the GPA. Try to call the admission office of UST, maybe they can answer your question diretly. πŸ™‚

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  8. Based on your experience, can you possibly be working while you are in the med school? Kaya ba? Nanghihinayang kasi ako sa gasto, kahit papano magtatrabaho sana ako while going to med school. Thank you for your time.

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    1. I was an UPCAT review lecturer during the summer before 2nd year of med school. This was the only time I worked while being a med student so I may not be the best person to ask. However, I have a friend/classmate, who is a freelance writer. Even with the hectic schedule during 1st to 3rd year, he was able to earn with his writing. Also, I have a groupmate who happens to be handling her own business (hardware supplies) as well while we were in med school. She took a leave after finishing 2nd year, though, to focus on the business first. However, she realized she could have just continued with 3rd year while also managing her business.

      I don’t know anyone else who works while in med school. Our classes are usually from 8AM to 5PM, Mondays to Fridays (1st three years) and the schedule becomes complicated in 4th and 5th years because we have duty nights in the hospital. What kind of work do you have in mind, anyway? I hope I’ve been helpful. πŸ™‚

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  9. Hi I’m still confused of the looong med student path. After the four year pre-med course and five more years in med school (2 years reading etc, 1 year interacting with patients, 1 year clerk, 1 year intern), you’ll be a resident doctor. What comes after residency? I really don’t have any idea. I’m confused what is fellowship. And how many years it is in total? Thank you so much. Your blog is really helpful!

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    1. After residency (i.e. after 3 years in Pedia, 3 years in Derma, 3 years in Internal Medicine, 4 years in Neurology, etc.), you will now be called a consultant in Pediatrics (Pediatrician), IM (Internist), Dermatology (Dermatologist), and so on. Some start their practice already once they have become consultants while some pursue further training aka fellowship. For example, if I were a Pediatrician, I can further specialize into Pediatric Neurology (which I am not sure if it would take another 2 or 3 years). If I were an Internist, I could start a fellowship in Cardiology (3 years?) so I may become a Cardiologist. I am just not sure about how many more years each subspecialty would entail, but usually they are taken for 2-3 years.

      Thank you for reading my blog. I hope my answer eases your confusion! πŸ™‚

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  10. Hi Rachelle! Your blog post is really insightful and I gained so many questions! πŸ™‚ I am currently taking a non-Science course, but I am planning to take Medicine. I am currently enrolled in a review class for NMAT because I dream of entering UERM just like you! What are the requirements for someone who really wants get in? Can you give any tips? πŸ™‚ Thanks so much in advance! And good luck!

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    1. Hi, Kat! Just work hard to get a high NMAT score and a good GPA. After submitting the requirements (official NMAT score slip, true copy of grades, etc. — please call the UERM admissions office), they’d be calling you regarding your interview schedule.

      The interviewer would be a doctor at the UERM Hospital who is also a faculty member of the College of Medicine. He or she will be asking you about your college life, your knowledge about the significant current events, and then you’ll be asked to write a short essay about a certain topic (this may be about a personal experience or a current issue).

      Here are some tips:
      1) Aside from studying hard to get good grades and a high NMAT score, always know your deadlines. Submit the requirements on time.
      2) Dress appropriately for the interview. You’ll be asked to go to the doctor’s clinic (usually) so don’t wear a coat (for the guys) or a semi-formal dress (for the ladies). Smart casual is the way to go.
      3) Be punctual and just relax. πŸ™‚ An interview usually lasts for only a few minutes.

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  11. Hi! First off, your blog post has been very helpful thank you for that. I’m a 2nd year Psych major so it’a about time I think about the NMAT test. Was just wondering if you know of any NMAT review centers? I know you didn’t enroll but I hope you’ve heard of some good ones πŸ˜€

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  12. Hi! I’m an incoming 2nd year med tech student. I find my pre med course really challenging I mean it takes alot of effort (not complaining) but I really want to be a doctor. My mom told me to shift to a course not related to med because she doesnt want to see me stressed out everytime and she keeps on overthinking about my health.

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  13. hello, i am an incoming med student and i would be entering medschool this aug.. with that said, i was just wondering what a typical day of a med student looks like? how about exam days? what time do you sleep (if you ever sleep at all)? and Do you have any advice or heads-up information for incoming first years? (e.g. significant life changes, things too look out for, and how to get ready for med school before classes start.) i know that this would help psyche me up before plunging into your world. thank you

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    1. Which med school are you going to? πŸ™‚ We might have a different culture especially in relation to the exam schedule. In UERM, we have three exam periods per semester. In other med schools, the exams are scheduled weekly. Exam schedules usually dictate how a med student handles his/her time.

      Whether the student would sleep or not depends on that person. I can’t function while taking an exam if I haven’t slept at all, so I make sure that I had at least 3 hours of sleep. What works for me may not work for you, though. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry too much, you’ve got the whole 1st semester (or 1st year) to figure out which style suits you. πŸ™‚

      Just accept the fact that you’ll have less time for your friends and family. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t have quality time spent with them. Learn how to manage your time really well. This would be helpful not only for studying but also for maintaining a fun social life. πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m entering a med school in Baguio City, SLU… I think it would be better for me to study where I am most comfortable (insert cold climate here)… I tried taking my nmat in manila and i was sweating buckets outside the campus… XD

        I think we have the same exam schedules… Thrice per sem.. Ouch, i’m at optimal cognitive level at 6 hours of sleep but i can’t function well with less than 4 hours of sleep.. Hope i can still retain my sleeping hours… =(

        I’ve already accepted the fact that i won’t have time for my family and friends… I’ll do my best though.. anyways, thanks for the reply doc.. Hope we’ll be colleagues someday.. I want to take surgery as my specialization after i graduate and get my license… ^^,

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  14. This blog post was very insightful! I also love how you take the time to reply to your readers 😊 anyway, you mentioned that it might take you another blog post to explain why you picked UE but I’m hoping that you will!

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  15. Hi ate, how many times can we take the NMAT? During when can we take it po? I’m an incoming PT freshman in UST πŸ™‚

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    1. If I remember correctly, one can take the exam for a maximum of three times. December and April ang dates when I was in college. Please confirm with the NMAT site link I’ve included on this post just to be sure. πŸ™‚

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  16. Hi ate! Your blog really answered a whole bunch of questions in my mind. I am a 4th year MedTech student from FEU. I have been considering going to med school and not take the licensure exam for MedTechs. I am hearing a LOT of people who compliment my pre-med course kasi ang subjects daw ng 1st-2nd year in MedSchool are mostly Micro, Para, Clinical Chemistry and General Pathology which i have taken/taking right now. I really dont know what path i should take. Should i go to med school? Also, im worried na baka sobrang baba ng NMAT score ko. What do you think should i do?

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    1. You can take the NMAT three times naman so don’t worry about the score after your first try. Just do your best. Most of my classmates who took the same course as yours for pre-med still took their licensure exam. Sayang naman kung hindi mo ite-take diba. πŸ™‚ Some of my them took the test while already in med school, while some took a year off. It depends on you if you feel like you need to study and take a break first. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

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  17. Hi! Am currently a BS Community Nutrition student in UPD. πŸ™‚ In your opinion, anu yung edge ng UERM compared to other med schools? And is it hard being a nutrition student in med school (considering that we do not have advance courses in math and physics but have subjects like human anatomy and physiology) thank you and God bless! πŸ™‚

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    1. I hope you read my replies to the previous comments. I talked about why I really love it here in UERM. πŸ™‚

      I’ll try to write about UERM as a medical school in the future, kapag hindi na masyadong busy sa duty. πŸ™‚

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  18. Hi! I’m an incoming first year pre-med physics student in DLSU-M, will my selected college program be effective when I start pursuing proper med? Or by the time i take NMAT. I really want to obtain high NMAT score so it would be possible for me to apply in the best medical schools here in PH. Most people say that Physics is a stressful subject, baka hindi na ako makapag isip ng maayos sa medical school πŸ™‚ xD need some advice 😦 thank you and God bless!

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    1. For sure, you’ll be taking basic science courses in Bio, Chem, and Psych. These will help you with NMAT. πŸ™‚ If you ever feel burnt out after finishing your degree, you can opt to take a year off naman before starting with med school. πŸ™‚ A year is just a short period of time, trust me. I have friends who took a year off to relax for a bit before plunging into med school. πŸ™‚

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  19. Hi!! I’m currently a first year Psych major. (Kakastart lang kahapon) Uhm okay po ba yung psych as premed? And how much po yung rough estimate ng tuition fee sa med sch (including the books and other essentials) sa UERM?

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    1. Okay naman yung Psych kasi may mga subjects rin naman kayo na helpful sa NMAT and medical subjects in the future. πŸ™‚ For the fees, like I’ve said in the previous comment 120-130K per semester. It varies per year level kasi. Books usually 15K per year (or more) pero di naman required bumili ng lahat ng books. If you can manage to read through tablets, edi cheaper. πŸ™‚

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  20. Hi ate. I’m a 4th year med tech student and I’m planning to take medicine. I have failed a subject for some reasons, do you think it will be a hindrance for me to go to med school? And do you suggest na magtake na ako ng NMAT even though I’m planning to work for a year after taking the licensure exam? BTW, your blog is so nice and inspiring, it motivates me and my friends. Thank you ate πŸ™‚

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    1. Some people have failed a subject or two but still managed to get into med school. Don’t be discouraged. Titignan naman nila yung ibang grades mo and your general average. I suggest that you take the NMAT while the basic sciences are still fresh in your mind. Pero it is up to you naman kasi pwede ka naman mag-enroll sa review center for the NMAT after working for a year. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi, Andrea! Challenging talaga i-maintain yung scholarship. For the 2nd and 3rd year, partial academic scholarship yung meron ako. Fifty percent off sa tuition πŸ™‚ Pero may extracurricular activities na ako nun (to keep me sane hehe). I was really trying to maintain a full scholarship pero hindi ako umabot. I have a few classmates who were still able to get it so it depends talaga. πŸ™‚

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  21. Hi ate rachelle! Ask ko lang po what are the perks of being a medical student in UERM? I’m an incoming freshie this August. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi, Tone! I would say I had a very good “work-life” balance in UERM. The administrative office makes sure that adjustments are made to provide a better quality of education to the students each year. The scholarship committee is very generous; the alumni are very supportive. There are lots of extra-curricular activities — sports, arts, med missions, parties (haha). There are lots of good organizations, sororities, and fraternities. Of course, the best part would be the people here. The students are so diverse, there’s really no stereotype. I can go on and on but I think it would be best to experience UERM Med yourself and find out! Good luck and enjoy! See you around πŸ™‚

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  22. Hi, do you have an idea if they accept installment payment at UERM ?currently Full payment costs 140k kasi. Thanks a lot!

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