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Feature: Pinoy MD – a PCSO-DOH medical scholarship program

Butuan City (October 27) — The growing concern in the country today regarding doctorless municipalities, inequitable and inaccessible health care services and worsening state of health care is attributed to medical exodus.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), an estimated 4,000 doctors have become nurses in 2004. And with the growing population, doctor to population ratio is beyond the ideal number. With such scenario, the Department of Health (DOH) has foreseen a medical workforce crisis by 2010 if the health sector and stakeholders will not be able to promptly and properly address this situation.

The DOH with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has come up with an immediate solution – that is, establishing partnership with academe to design a curriculum that will be able to develop medical graduates who are not only physically and mentally fit but most of all service-oriented. Thus, Pinoy MD: “Doktor Para sa Kapwa Pilipino” was born and launched this year.

This is considered a priority program of the present administration under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the goal of accessibility of health care services for the marginalized and poor sectors of the country. This scholarship program is open to all Indigenous People (IP), Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and all government employees of their children.

This school year, a total of 54 scholars were accepted and enrolled in the different government and private medical schools nationwide. In Caraga, three fortunate health workers were granted with the said scholarship. Scholars are then required to render two years of service to the government for every year of study. Currently, the DOH through its Centers for Health Development (CHD) are now accepting applications for school year 2007. Interested individuals or applicants are advised to call or visit the DOH-CHD Caraga on or before November 24, 2006.

 
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7 Responses to “Feature: Pinoy MD – a PCSO-DOH medical scholarship program”  

  1. 1 ej

    hello!
    i do not know if i should be happy or be dishearted upon reading this news article. i belong to an ip group in cordillera and a daughter of a govt employee. i have always desired to be a medical doctor but financial capacity, like other students’ problem, is a burden.

    may i know if such program still running for the next school year 2009-onwards and where and to whom should i ask for the information.

    this will really mean a lot to me…thank you.

  2. 2 toni

    hello!
    i do not know if i should be happy or be dishearted upon reading this news article. i belong to an ip group in cordillera and a daughter of a govt employee. i have always desired to be a medical doctor but financial capacity, like other students’ problem, is a burden.

    may i know if such program still running for the next school year 2009-onwards and where and to whom should i ask for the information.

    this will really mean a lot to me…thank you.

    ME TOO

  3. 3 Ji

    me 3!
    but i have talked to maam amy padilla and dr. co at the DOH already and they recomended me at the our lady of fatima university. I have just submitted the requirements at the said university last week including the application form which is readily distributed at any DOH regional and main offices in the country.
    OLFU is accomodating with the applicants and they even manage to crack jokes while i’m under the pressures of interview. :) all in all, the application process was not that hard as how i thought it wud be. the harder fact to face now is that a lot of applicants are also waiting to get in. Having a good Nmat grade, good school and grade in your premed, being an IP, a brgy health and government worker’s child, and a family income of about 600,000 per annum and lower, are all factors of the selection.
    I am an Anthropology graduate at the UP Diliman and i am a member of the tinguian tribe of abra.this is a make or break for me in medskul. If i will not be acepted in the said scholarship, i guess i have to try my luck in other fields like working in the NGO maybe. all that matters for me now is to serve my passion and that is to work with my minority group in Abra. :)
    good luck to us guys and lets keep reaching our dreams…

  4. 4 LORRIE ARNUCO

    Sir/MAdam,
    I am interested to apply for the scholarship !I would like to avail such priviledge. May I know the requirements needed to be qualified for such noble job for providing service to humanity.

    With Hope,

    Lorrie Chris Noemi S. Arnuco

  5. 5 jhon eduard nanit

    Ilike to apply a medical scholarship anyone who can help me you can e-mail in my e-add.Thank you for your concern.Im from antipolo city for more info visit my e-mail add. Thank you.

  6. 6 cyrus suarez

    It has always been my dream to become a doctor. And it would really be very helpful if i can get a scholarship. Please if anyone give me an idea on how to go about it contact me through e-mail or sms…cyrussuarez@yahoo.com/09167513842

  7. 7 kristine marie palmares

    hi.. how can i get an application for the scholarship???can anyone send me the needed requirements???send it @ tin_maldita06@yahoo.com…thank you so much,,,

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