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Philippine College Scholarships: The Pinoy MD Scholarship

A wise person once told me that “we esteem lightly what we obtain easily.” In other words, people tend to place greater value on things they work hard for. This holds true for any worthwhile endeavor—even a degree in medicine.

Even when you work hard, you sometimes need to let others help you bear your burden. The training field of medicine contains numerous stories of potential doctors who never actually paid for their tuition—they received financial aid from the government, instead.

If the idea of getting a state grant for a chance to play doctor sounds interesting to you, then read on.

Financing Future Physicians

1. Background: The Philippine Medical Scholarship Program (also known as the Pinoy MD Scholarship) is basically a joint project of the Philippine government’s Department of Health and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Its main objective is to train quality doctors for employment, private practice and community service.

2. Number of Slots: This scholarship grant will go to one hundred fortunate students (spread out across twelve schools) every year.

3. Deadlines: Please refer to number 4 for more details.

4. Application Process: The Pinoy MD system is a little different from other kinds of scholarships. Instead of having only a single application process to follow, you have several processes to choose from depending on the requirements of the Pinoy MD participating school in question. There are currently twelve of them in existence, and all of whom have their respective deadlines and different ways of doing things.

While the requirements across schools have certain things in common (E.g., birth certificates, diplomas, ID pictures and the like), the best way to get the specifics would be to pick a school, contact them and find out exactly what they need from you. Please refer to the table below for each school’s contact details, or feel free to get in touch with the Department of Health and request for more information on each school.

5. Qualifications: The Pinoy MD scholarship has certain general minimum qualifications you need to meet, regardless of which particular school you’re eyeing:

• You need to have taken the NMAT (National Medical Admissions Test), and you must have earned a percentile score of at least 40 on the exam. Please note that the minimum required NMAT score varies across member schools.
• You must have at least a couple of character references.
• You must be mentally and physically fit for the rigors of medical school.

The following aren’t really strict qualifications, but they’re worth noting if you want your application to receive priority attention:

• Your family’s combined gross income must be no more than 50,000 pesos a month or 600,000 pesos a year.
• You are a Barangay Health Worker, government employee or a member of an indigenous tribe of people. If none of these apply to you, then you must at least be a son or daughter of anyone who fits the aforementioned descriptions.

Scholar Privileges and Obligations

Simply put, the Pinoy MD Scholarship will pay for all your study-related expenses. These include allowances on books, uniforms, daily transportation, and lodging. It will also cover such fees as your tuition, laboratory expenses and others.

Besides passing all your classes and exhibiting good behavior, the scholarship really only has one main obligation for its applicants: they need to give back to the government and to the community by serving for two years for every year that they spend studying (The scholarship is good for five years.).

Applicants may do so by entering either the Medical Pool and Placement Program or the Doctors to the Barrios Program. For more details on these, please contact the DOH (kindly see below).

Contact Details

Depending on the nature of your questions, there are several ways of having them answered. For instance, if you haven’t taken the NMAT yet and you need more details on it, please contact the Center for Educational Measurement (CEM) Secretariat at (02) 813-3686 or (02) 813-3691 to 95 loc. 108.

If you need information of a more general nature (E.g. scheduling and what not), it would be best to contact the DOH’s Health Human Resource Development Bureau directly. Simply call either (02) 743-1776 or (02) 743-8301 loc. 4226 or 4203 and ask for Ms. Menchu Eguia or Mr. Kenneth Salumbides.

They may also be reached via e-mail at If you’d rather visit the facility in person, however, it’s located at the second floor, Building 12-A, Department of Health, San Lazaro Compound, Santa. Cruz, Manila

Questions of a more specific nature need to be directed toward the specific, participating Pinoy MD Scholarship school. Please refer to the table below for a listing of the member schools and their respective contact details.

School Location Number E-mail Contact Person

Cagayan State University College of Medicine and Surgery
Tuguegarao City
(078) 844-0105
Dr. Rodina R. Gorospe

Davao City
(082) 222-5712
Dean Petronilo Basa, MD.

Ermita, Manila
(02) 521-2710 loc.5521
Dr. Esteban Pineda

ILOILO DOCTORS College of Medicine
Molo, Iloilo
(033) 337-7755, (033) 336-9550
Chona Elmido

Iligay City
(063) 221-3835
Dr. Christina Achacoso or Joan Reserva

OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY Fatima Medical Science Foundation College of Medicine
Valenzuela City
(02) 291-6556, (02) 293-2704/06 loc.114
Dean Reynaldo Olazo, MD

PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA (University of the City of Manila) College of Medicine
Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527-9067 or
Dr. Eleanor J. Galvez

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine
Cebu City
(032) 255-6469
Dr. Yvonne Lanuza

UNIVERSITY OF ST. LA SALLE College of Medicine
Bacolod City
(034) 433-3151
Ms. Yvonne Cortes

UP MANILA College of Medicine
Pedro Gil St., Manila
(02) 526-4170
Dean Alberto Roxas, MD.

Palo, Leyte
(053) 323-3114
Dr. Romeo Ceniza

Iloilo City
(033) 320-0881
Dean Emiliana Carmona, MD

Additional Source:
Mr. Kenneth Salumbides of the Department of Health


While every effort has been made to keep this website accurate and updated, makes no guarantees about the veracity and accuracy of the information it provides. has been established to provide students and their parents an additional source of timely and relevant information.  It is not meant to serve as nor claim to be a replacement for the information portals of universities, schools, government agencies, private organizations, and any other entities we may have used as references.

Please be advised. Thank you.

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33 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: The Pinoy MD Scholarship

  1. Hi,
    I’m a working student and I’m currently studying bs biology. Ever since I really would like to become a doctor, I have no parents that supports my study, am I able to avail this privilege?

  2. Hello! I would like to ask if this scholarship can also be availed by INTARMED students of UPM. Thank you so much for the info!

  3. good a graduating nursing student this year planning to pursue into medicine if GODs will, hence i meet a friend who is under scholarsip of UP,, he gave me the hints to ask info about the pinoy mds,,thru your good office.. is this program is still open on this year?

  4. hi! i just want to get an update about the PinoyMD scholarship. In- approve ba ni PNoy?.. sana naman ipinagpatuloy niya. I’m planning to pursue my career in med next school year..sana meron pang chance.thanks po

  5. Haay…wla bang paraan para marinig agad ng pangulo itong issue?..pwde bang mkasend ng sms sa kanya?…wla na ata tayong pag-asang maging doctor nito…

  6. so sad, just called DOH, no more Pinoy MD scholarships for new students. tinigil na daw, tatapusin nlang nila ang mga naiwang scholars….:(

    • 🙁 This is sad, indeed. But let’s just look for other scholarships. There should be more out there. Tip: whenever you’re bored waiting for something/someone somewhere (especially if you’re in a government office, school, hospital, university – even churches), look around and read the bulletin boards, posters, whatever. There might be scholarship announcements lying around unnoticed in these places.

  7. I went to DOH, According to them, Pinoy MD scholarship is put on hold until further notice from the President, effective year 2011 onwards.
    Previous batches will not be affected.
    It’s up to P-Noy daw if He will allow DOH and PCSO to continue with the program of the Previous administration. 🙁

  8. ano po ba yong character reference? how does it differ from honorABLE dismissal? kasi when i ask for it sa department namin sabi nila di na dw kailangan bsta may honorable dsmisal na. pls clarify

    • According to the post, you need a couple of character references. In this context, character references are persons that the scholarship foundation can contact if/when they check your background. Character references must be people who know you and can attest to your characteristics; ideally, they’ll tell the scholarship administrators about your positive traits (e.g. how hardworking you are, how smart, etc. – you get the drift). They can be old professors/teachers, school administrators, etc. Preferably, they shouldn’t be kin or relatives.

  9. hello po! totoo po ba na wala nang pinoy md scholarship? kasi po nag inquire po ako sa university of st. la salle through the email add given. sabi po nya hindi na daw sila mag o-offer ng pinoy md scholarship this school year. pumunta din po ako sa southwestern university at nag inquire doon, sabi din nila hindi na daw sure kung mag o-offer sila ng pinoy md scholarsip this coming school year 2011-2012

  10. totoo po ba na wla na ang pinoy md scholarship? Ng inquire po kasi ako sa univ. Of st. La salle through the given email add at sabi po nya na ngmeeting daw cla nung jan about pinoy md. Hindi na daw cla mag o-offer ng pinoy scholarship this coming school yr. 2011 to 2012. Pumunta po din ako sa southwestern univ. Sabi nila hndi daw sure kung mag o-offer ang school ng scholarship na ito.

  11. totoo po bang wala na ang pinoy md? Ng inquire po ako sa univ. Of st. La salle through the email add given at sabi nya wla na daw pinoy md scholarship sa school nila next yr. Pumunta din po ako sa southwestern at sabi nila na hindi daw sure kung mgkakaroon pa ng pinoy md scholarship sa kanilang school.

  12. wala na ba talaga ang pinoy md scholarship? Kasi nag inquire ako sa university of st. La salle through the email address given at sabi nya na nagkaroon daw sila ng meeting noong january about pinoy md at hindi na daw available ang pinoy md scholarship sa kanilang school. Pumunta po din ako ng southwestern univ. At nginquire doon sabi nila hindi na daw sure kung mgkakaroon sila ng pinoy md scholarship.

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