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Doctor Course and Career Info


Doctor Course and Career Info Description


Course Classification:


Course Description:

Before you can enroll yourself to a medical school, you first have to complete a pre-med bachelor’s degree. Some of the pre-med courses that you can take up are biology as psychology. You could also take up medical technology, nursing, or even physical therapy. These are great pre-med bachelor’s degree courses that will not only teach you about the different medical theories and practices, but these courses will also teach you about the human body, its anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of diseases and their treatment protocols. After you graduate from the pre-med course, you move on to the M.D. program, which is another four years, after which you can advance your career by focusing on a specialization such as cardiology, dermatology, pediatrics, surgery, among others.

Cost of Education:

Depending upon the school and the pre-med course, one semester can cost you P40,000 to P55,000 in private universities; and about P8,000 to P13,000 in public institutions. However, when you enter the formal M.D. program, the cost is going to increase to about P75,000 to as high as P120,000 each semester in private universities. In public institutions, one semester can cost you anywhere from P35,000 to P45,000.

Top Universities for Course:

  • Top universities for both pre-med and M.D. programs include University of the Philippines, Manila; Saint Louis University; West Visayas State University – La Paz; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; University of Santo Tomas, Xavier University, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.; Cebu Doctors University; and Velez College.


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Course Skills and Factors


Skills/Physical Attributes:

  • Desire to truly help and serve people.
  • Ability to bear long hours of medical education, practice, and work.
  • Ability to withstand stress and pressure.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
  • Sensitive to what patients and their families are feeling.
  • Ability to stay calm even during emergencies and accidents.
  • Ability to make practical yet ethical decisions during emergencies.
  • Good communication skills, excellent rapport, and courteous bedside manner.



  • The main responsibility of a doctor is to care for his patients health and wellbeing, taking into consideration not only the physical and social factors but also the emotional and psychological factors as well. He is responsible for diagnosing the patient’s illness, ordering laboratory tests, analyzing the results, and planning the medical and pharmacological treatment of the patient. In addition to these, he will also provide the patient preventive medical plans.



Career Outlook and Global Demand


Global Demand:

There is a good demand for doctors locally, particularly in rural and low-income places. Globally, there is a demand for Filipino doctors in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Libya, UAE, and Oman.

Expected Salary:

Consultation fee costs about P300 to P500 per patient, and if you’re working at a hospital, you earn a monthly salary of P20,000 to about P35,000.

Opportunities for Advancement:

If you want to advance your medical career, then you need to focus on one area of expertise such as anesthesiology, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, etc. Achieving this could also open up more career opportunities for you like becoming head of a department.