DMC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VISION
To be recognized as one of the transformative medical educational institutions where five star-physicians are nurtured and developed
DMC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE MISSION
To shape five-star physicians who are competent, ethical, strategic, inquisitive, and responsive to local and global healthcare needs
DMC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GOALS
- To produce competent and ethical medical professionals who are responsive to the individual, the family, the community, the population, and global healthcare needs
- To be one of the leaders in medical care scientific inquiry and evidence-based medical practice in the region
- To instill the philosophy and dedication among its faculty, staff and graduates to continued professional and personal development
- To create opportunities, linkages and programs which stimulate interprofessional leadership, education, research, and service
DMC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PROGRAM OUTCOMES
- Demonstrate clinical competence
- Competently manage clinical conditions of clients in various settings.
- Communicate effectively
- Convey information, in written and oral formats, across all types of audience, venues and media in a manner that can be easily understood.
- Lead and manage health care teams
- Initiate planning, organizing, implementation, and evaluation of programs and health facilities
- Engage in research activities
- Utilize current research evidence in decision-making as practitioner, educator or researcher
- Collaborate with interprofessional teams
- Effectively work in teams with co-physicians and other professionals in managing clients, institutions, projects, and similar situations
- Utilize systems-based approach to healthcare
- Utilize systems-based approach in actual delivery of care
- Network with relevant partners in solving general health problems
- Engage in continuing personal and professional development
- Update one’s self through a variety of avenues for personal and professional growth to ensure quality health care and patient safety
- Adhere to ethical, professional and legal standards
- Adhere to national and international codes of conduct as well as legal standards that govern the profession
- Demonstrate nationalism, internationalism and dedication to service
- Demonstrate love for one’s national heritage, respect for other cultures and commitment to service
- Practice the principles of social accountability
- Adhere to the principles of relevance, equity, quality, and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare to patients, families and communities
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Graduates of this program shall be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), the primary educational qualification for the Physicians’ Licensure Examination (PLE) in the Philippines.
Nature of the Field of Study
The Doctor of Medicine Program is a four-year post-baccalaureate program which is competency-based and outcome-based. It utilizes an integrated organ-system curricular design and a problem-based learning approach. The subject offerings are presented in course titles which consist of core courses and clinical sciences. The basic sciences as foundation courses are integrated in the clinical sciences and in some of the core courses.
Students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material. The PBL (Problem-Based Learning) process does not necessarily focus on problem solving with a defined solution, but it allows for the development of other desirable skills and attributes. This includes knowledge acquisition, enhanced group collaboration and communication.
The PBL process allows for learners to develop skills used for their future practice. It enhances critical appraisal, literature retrieval and encourages ongoing learning within a team environment.
Academic activities are of three categories – lectures, laboratories and small group discussions.
Each organ system-based course or module is composed of lectures that are given face-to-face or virtually, mostly at the beginning of the week. Topics that require further practical or clinical skills to enhance theories obtained from lectures, students conduct laboratory sessions. Toward the end of each week, students attend small-group case discussions.
The PBL small-group tutorial process and case discussion is officially called Clinical Conference (CC). A main academic activity, the Clinical Conference involves working in small groups of learners, preferably 10 at the most. Each student takes on a role within the group that may be formal or informal and the role often alternates. It is focused on the student’s reflection and reasoning to construct their own learning. For every Clinical Conference, students are given case studies with guide questions, which they will study and analyze to formulate the most likely diagnoses and differential diagnoses, and plan for the best and most cost-effective diagnostic workup and management.
Clinical Conferences aim for the students to assimilate knowledge and information obtained from lectures and laboratories and apply them for hypothetical clinical situations and scenarios that may be relevant to their future clinical practice.
Program Educational Objectives
The Doctor of Medicine program shall develop professional physicians who will serve in the Philippine healthcare system as primary care providers and to help realize the objectives of RA 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act. The graduate shall be a primary physician who can pursue general medical practice after passing the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE). The graduates may pursue any of the following careers:
- General Medical Practitioner
- Local Government Unit Physician
- School Physician/Company Physician
- Community Physician
- General Medical Practitioner
- Researcher/Medical Scientist/Innovator
- Health Professions Teacher
- Health Administrator
- Health Information Manager
- Health Economist
- Health Policy Maker
Program Outcomes of the Doctor of Medicine:
Operational Definition of Program Outcomes
1) Demonstrate clinical competence
Competently manage clinical conditions of clients in various settings
2) Communicate effectively
Convey information, in written and oral formats, across all types of audiences, venues and media in a manner that can be easily understood
3) Lead and manage health care teams
Initiate planning, organizing, implementation and evaluation of programs and health facilities.
Provide clear direction, inspiration and motivation to the healthcare team/community
4) Engage in research activities
Utilize current research evidence in decision making as practitioner, educator or researcher
Conduct research/Participate in research activities.
5) Collaborate within interprofessional teams
Effectively work in teams with co-physicians and other professionals in managing clients, institutions, projects and similar situations
6) Utilize systems-based approach to healthcare
Utilize systems-based approach in actual delivery of care
Network with relevant partners in solving general health problems
7) Engage in continuing personal and professional
Update oneself through a variety of avenues for personal and professional growth to ensure quality healthcare and patient safety.
8) Adhere to ethical, professional and legal standards.
Adhere to national and international codes of conduct and legal standards that govern the profession.
9) Demonstrate nationalism, internationalism and
dedication to service
Demonstrate love for one’s national heritage, respect for other cultures and commitment to service.
10) Practice the principles of social accountability
Adhere to the principles of relevance, equity, quality and cost effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare to patients, families and communities
It is the goal of DMCCFI Alberto P. Concha School of Medicine to produce qualified and competent medical practitioners by offering a clinically oriented, community oriented and student-centered curriculum that will develop students to become self-directed and lifelong learners – qualities that will prepare them for professional practice.
The four-year curriculum equips the students with clinical reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking skills with emphasis on interdisciplinary and life-long learning. The first three years provide the students with an integrated understanding of the basic and clinical sciences in the classroom and community settings. The fourth year of the curriculum is devoted to the application of the basic and clinical concepts in actual clinical and community settings.
The curriculum employs various teaching-learning and assessment strategies to achieve the educational goals. As early as Year 1, the students are already introduced to case studies that would allow them to correlate basic science concepts to clinical practice. Year 1 is designed to synchronize topics in Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology. Years 2 and 3 of the curriculum are a continuum of organ system-based courses that integrate basic and clinical concepts necessary for the understanding of diseases, disorders and illnesses.
Assessment of student performance is based on written examinations, practical, oral or clinical examinations, short quizzes, reportings, submissions, recitations, seatworks, and participation in clinical conferences.
Year 4, which is the final year, allows the students to learn from clinical materials in the base and affiliate hospitals and institutions, and in the community facilities, under the supervision of practicing clinicians.
To ensure quality graduates, an Admission Committee is created to determine who among the applicants are qualified to pursue medical course at Alberto P. Concha School of Medicine. The Admission Committee screens all applicants for admission with the documents presented and makes a list of applicants who have the potentials of pursuing the medical course.
Interested applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Medicine program may submit their applications and supporting documents to the Office of the University Registrar. Only applicants with complete requirements will be processed. Application forms can be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.
While all qualified freshmen are given the chance to study, they are expected to maintain the academic standards set by the School of Medicine for retention in the succeeding years. The school reserves the right to refuse the admission of applicants for reasons like poor academic performance, gross violation of the school’s rules and regulations especially those which are contrary to the mission, vision and objectives of the school, lack of resources and the like.
General Admission Requirements
The School of Medicine subscribes to a selective but non-discriminatory admission policy in accepting students. All applicants shall comply with the general requirements set by the School of Medicine, which reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who fails to meet the set standards and requirements.
An aspiring freshman for the Doctor of Medicine program must
- Be a holder of a baccalaureate degree conferred by a duly recognized educational institution,
- Have complied with all academic preparations with a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 2.75, or its equivalent, or better
- Have National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) rating of 40%ile or better, taken within the past two years prior to admission.
- Take the entrance examination prepared by the School of Medicine
The applicant shall submit to the College of Medicine office the original and duplicate copies of the following documents, together with a duly filled-up Student Information Sheet and properly accomplished Application Form:
- Official Transcript of Records (TOR) with Special Order Number showing completion of the baccalaureate degree course;
- Diploma/ Certificate of Graduation;
- Certified General Weighted Average (GWA) from the Registrar’s Office;
- If currently enrolled in the last year of the program, the applicant shall submit an Official Copy of Grades for the three (3) years of undergraduate course completed;
- Two (2) copies of birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA);
- Certificates of Good Moral Character from two (2) faculty members in the undergraduate course; and
- Two copies of 2 x 2 pictures with plain white background.
The applicant shall be interviewed by the Admissions Committee as soon as requirements for admission are complied.
The decision of the Admissions Committee is final. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mail, fax, e-mail, or phone call, whichever is applicable.
The School of Medicine may accept a transferee student or an applicant who has partially completed the Doctor of Medicine degree course in another medical school provided that he/she
- Complies with all the requirements set by the Alberto P. Concha School of Medicine for a first-time applicant.
- Submits a certificate of honorable dismissal issued by the Dean of the previous medical school.
- Submits an original and certified true copy of the transcript of records (TOR) from the previous medical school.
- Submits a personal statement including intent.
- Gets interviewed by the Admissions Committee
Transferees are only allowed to enroll in the School of Medicine during the first year of the course.
The transcript of records of the prospective transferee will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Credit units and hours earned by the student from the previous medical school will be assessed. Since the curriculum of the Alberto P. Concha School of Medicine is organ system-based, only transferees from schools with similar curriculum will be acknowledged.
If admitted, a transferee is placed under a probationary status for one year.
TUITION AND OTHER SCHOOL FEES
Information about tuition and other school fees for new and old students may be obtained from the Accounting Office.
Withdrawal of enrollment in the School of Medicine is allowed only within the first week of classes. Information about refund of fees may be obtained from the Accounting Office.
STUDENT RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS
A student may request for school records and documents from the Registrar’s Office. A clearance form must be accomplished, with the final endorsement from the Dean.