Philippines’ education policy opens doors for Indian medical students

The amendment allows Indian students completing their MD degrees in the Philippines, along with a 12-month internship, will be eligible for medical practice in the country

New Delhi: The Philippines has announced an amendment to the Philippine Medical Act of 1959, approved by the House of Representatives, allowing Indian medical students to register and practice medicine in the country upon completion of their MBBS degree from a recognized Philippine College of Medicine. 
This development recognizes the Philippines as a premier global destination for medical education, offering high-quality education at competitive costs. The tuition fees are significantly lower than those in Western countries, and the US-aligned curriculum ensures smooth transitions to international careers, supported by a network of globally recognized residency programs.
Under this new provision, Indian students who complete their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from a Philippine College of Medicine recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), along with a 12-month internship, will be eligible to register and practice medicine in the Philippines. The CHED will issue the necessary certification to facilitate this process, ensuring a seamless transition for Indian graduates.
Kadwin Pillai, Director of Transworld Educare and Chairman of Kings International Medical Academy, stated, “This amendment is a landmark achievement, not only for Indian students but for all foreign medical students studying in the Philippines. It acknowledges the high standards of medical education in the Philippines and provides a clear pathway for our graduates to practice medicine either locally or internationally. This change will greatly benefit our students and strengthen the Philippines’ position as a leading destination for medical education in the Asia-Pacific region.”
With 64 duly authorized medical schools across the Philippines, Indian students now have an even more compelling reason to pursue their medical education in this country. The amendment not only enhances their academic and professional prospects but also strengthens the educational ties between India and the Philippines, marking a new era in international medical education collaboration.