UP College of Medicine Degree Programs

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science Basic Medical Sciences
  • MD-PhD (Molecular Medicine)
  • PhD in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Bioethics
  • Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Medicine
    • (Child Health, Family Medicine,Medical Oncology, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Surgery)
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
    • (Medical Informatics)
  • Master of Science in Medical Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology
  • Master of Science in Physiology
  • Master of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Master in Clinical Audiology
  • Master in Clinical Medicine
    • (Medical Oncology)
  • Master of Medical Anthropology
  • Master in Orthopedics
  • Diploma in Bioethics
  • Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine
    • (Child Health, Family Medicine,Obstetrics-Gynecology)
  • Diploma in Physiology
  • Certificate Program in Biochemistry
INTARMED (INTegrated Liberal Arts and MEDicine), is the seven-year program of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (UPCM) which shortens the whole medical education by two years. It consists of two years of pre-medical courses (Learning Unit I – II), four years of regular medical studies (Learning Unit III – VI), and one year of clinical internship (Learning Unit VII). Students who enter Level I are considered direct entrants while students who enter Level III are considered lateral entrants.
The dual MD- PhD (Molecular Medicine) program of the UPCM aims to train aspiring physician- scientists for careers dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied biomedical research towards the advancement of health from individual to global levels. The prescribed program of study comprises eight years: one year of graduate level coursework and research, five years of medical education (LU III – VII of the INTARMED program) and two years for completion and defense of a PhD dissertation. Applicants are expected to clearly demonstrate their aptitude and motivation for advanced study in molecular medicine and related areas.
 

Synopsis/Summary

The MD-PhD (Molecular Medicine) Program aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the advancement of health through biomedical research. The prescribed period of study is eight years, during which time the MD-PhD student is expected to satisfy all the course requirements of the UPCM Organ System Integrated (OSI) curriculum (i.e., the MD component of the Program) and also earn at least 44 credit units of graduate courses, including 16 credit units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, 4 units of cognates/electives and 12 credit units towards the PhD dissertation. A student is qualified to take the comprehensive examination upon completion of 32 units of graduate courses, inclusive of 16 units of core courses, subject to the required minimum general weighted average (GWA) as determined by the National Graduate Office for the Health Sciences (NGOHS). A student must satisfactorily pass the comprehensive examination before proceeding with the proposal, approval and conduct of dissertation research. He/She must satisfactorily defend his dissertation to an expert panel before submitting the final dissertation manuscript in accordance with NGOHS regulations. The graduate courses are typically completed during the first year of enrollment in the Program. Dissertation work may formally commence after completing the required basic science courses of the MD Program, such that the clinical courses may be completed after the dissertation requirements are fulfilled.

Rationale

The conduct of biomedical research increasingly demands PhD-level training. Yet, pursuing a PhD separately from an MD entails many more years of training via two distinct programs completed in succession, and achieving coherent synergy between the two programs is challenging given their traditional differences in perspective. The MD-PhD (Molecular Medicine) Program thus aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied biomedical research with a strong translational character, towards the advancement of health from individual to global levels. Emphasis is placed on preparation to assume key leadership roles within the academic community as principal investigators and mentors to physician-scientists in training, so as to promote a self-sustaining process whereby new knowledge is continuously generated, applied and transmitted to meet emerging and anticipated health needs.

Administration

The MD-PhD Program is administered by the office of the UPCM Associate Dean for Academic Development (ADAD) in collaboration with the MD-PhD Program Committee, which comprises core faculty members based in the UPCM, the UP College of Public Health (CPH) and the UP Manila National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly in the UPCM Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the CPH Departments of Medical Microbiology and of Parasitology, and the NIH Institute of Human Genetics.

Admission

The most basic admission requirement is an outstanding scholastic record with a baccalaureate or higher (e.g., master’s, doctoral or other graduate) degree in a field relevant to health and biomedicine, preferably molecular biology and biotechnology or biochemistry. Applicants initially apply for admission into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program, with the option of explicitly indicating on their application forms their intent to apply for admission into the MD-PhD Program. From among the MD-PhD Program applicants who successfully qualify for admission into the MD Program, the MD- PhD Program Committee selects prospective candidates for admission to be interviewed for further screening on the basis of their submitted application documents, after which the final list of accepted MD-PhD Program applicants is determined in view of their aptitude and motivation for advanced study in molecular medicine and related areas in the health sciences.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of admission into the MD-PhD Program as early as their interest warrants, even prior to filing an application for the MD Program, by contacting the faculty coordinator of the MD-PhD Program Committee through the office fo the UPCM ADAD. However, such preliminary communication should be understood as serving the purpose of clarification for the applicants rather than providing any guarantee of admission into the Program.

The core courses & their respective credit units are as follows:

Course Title Units
Biostat 201:Fundamentals of Biostatistics3
Epi 201:Principles of Epidemiology3
Biochem 205:Special Laboratory Techniques3
Biochem 221:Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids3
Biochem 222:Proteins, Lipids and Carbohydrates3
Biochem 297:Seminar in Biochemistry1
 
 

Biochemistry 205 (Special Laboratory Techniques) is typically taken over a period of two consecutive semesters, for one credit unit in the first semester and two more credit units in the second semester, whereas all the other core courses each run for one semester.The list of approved additional graduate courses, which is expected to diversify as relevant new graduate courses are developed and offered, includes the following:

Course Title Units
Biochem 224:Physical Biochemistry3
Biochem 240:Advances in Biochemistry3
Biochem 310:Biochemical Genetics3
Biochem 310:Public Health Immunology3
Biochem 311:Public Health Bacteriology3
Biochem 397.1:Seminar in Public / Health Microbiology I1
Para 307:Immunologic, Biochemical and Molecular Parasitology3
Para 397.1:Seminar in Parasitology I1

Biochemistry 240 (Advances in Biochemistry) is typically taken over a period of two consecutive semesters, for one credit unit in the first semester and two more credit units in the second semester, whereas all the other additional graduate courses each run for one semester.

Successful completion of 32 units of graduate courses including all core courses is a prerequisite to take the comprehensive examination, which in turn must be passed as a prerequisite for the formal proposal of the dissertation research.

PhD Dissertation

All MD-PhD students are strongly encouraged to actively engage in biomedical research at the earliest possible time in order to explore various possibilities for prospective PhD dissertation projects, either to accomplish work that could be further developed as dissertation research or to at least inform subsequent decisions on the selection of dissertation topics. However, proposed dissertation research must be formally presented and approved, by way of preparing a written dissertation proposal that is successfully defended in an oral presentation. Such approval is necessary for authorization to conduct dissertation research and to qualify for funding in support thereof. Dissertation research activities may be conducted at host institutions abroad in cases where the requisite infrastructure and expertise have yet to be established in the local setting, provided that the necessary arrangements (e.g., for inter-institutional agreements and funding support) are finalized in a timely manner.

Scheduling of Courses and Dissertation Activities

All the graduate courses are typically completed during the first year of enrollment in the MD-PhD Program, with the OSI-curriculum course IDC 211 (Research Methods 1) completed during the first semester of the said year. IDC 211, which is a course under Learning Unit III (LU III) of the OSI curriculum, entails the preparation and defense of a research project proposal, which is to be implemented and successfully completed in fulfillment of course requirements for IDC 211.1 (Research Methods 1 Project Implementation, also part of LU III). Apart from IDC 211, all other LU III courses (including IDC 211.1) are thus completed during the second year of enrollment in the MD- PhD Program, thereby providing an extended period for the conduct of research activities between IDC 211 and IDC 211.1. (IDC 211 is counted among the OSI courses rather than the graduate courses and hence is excluded from the computation of graduate-course credit units, although it entails two lecture -class hours per week and is therefore comparable to a course worth two credit units as regards time requirements.)

Accordingly, the following graduate course credit units (with those for core courses marked by asterisks) are expected to be earned during the first semester of the first year:

Course Title Units
Biostat 201*:Fundamentals of Biostatistics3
Epi 201*:Principles of Epidemiology3
Biochem 205*:Special Laboratory Techniques1
Biochem 221*:Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids3
Biochem 222*:Proteins, Lipids and Carbohydrates3
Biochem 224:Physical Biochemistry3
Biochem 240:Advances in Biochemistry1

In addition, the following graduate-course credit units (with those for core courses marked by asterisks) are expected to be earned during the second semester of the first year:

Course Title Units
Biochem 205*:Special Laboratory Techniques2
Biochem 297*:Seminar in Biochemistry1
Biochem 310:Biochemical Genetics3
Microbio 310:Public Health Immunology3
Microbio 311:Public Health Bacteriology3
Microbio 397.1:Seminar in Public / Health Microbiology I1
Para 307:Immunologic, Biochemical and Molecular Parasitology3
Para 397.1:Seminar in Parasitology I1
In line with its vision and mission of leadership and excellence in medical education, the College of Medicine has been offering a number of graduate programs in the fields of Biochemistry (PhD, and MS), Physiology (MS and Diploma), Pharmacology (MS), Clinical Epidemiology (MS and Diploma), Basic Medical Science (M), and Orthopedics (M). It also has Clinical Medicine (MS and Diploma) with the following tracks: Surgery, Child Health, Family and Community Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Medical Oncology.
 

Multidisciplinary programs are now also offered such as the MD-PhD (Molecular Medicine) with tracks in Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology, Molecular Biology and those tracks in collaboration with the College of Public Health which are Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Medical Parasitology; the Two-Track Residency/Fellowship Program in collaboration with the Philippine General Hospital and the Master in Clinical Audiology in collaboration with the College of Allied Medical Professions, Diploma in Bioethics and MS Bioethics in collaboration with the College of Social Science in Diliman and M Sc in Health Informatics with the Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics (in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences) track.

The College of Medicine, true to its vision of developing multipotential medical graduates, developed programs, which can enhance their roles as specialty clinicians, researchers, educators, managers, social mobilizers and advocates.

Degree Program

Training/ Specialty Board qualification

Others

1. Master of Science/ Diploma in Clinical MedicineAccredited residency training or resident-in- training in PGH
  • All core courses for MSc CM such as CE 204, CE 211, CE 212, HP 201, HP 221 and HP 261 taken by a student in another graduate program are automatically credited.

Child Health

Pediatrics
  • Computer literacy (Word processing)
  • Financial capability to finish program
  • Written htmlendorsement from sending institution if applicable
Family and Community MedicineFamily Medicine (not required for students from countries which has no Family Medicine Program yet) Fellow/diplomate in Family Medicine (Local)
  • Currently trainor or with interest to be trainor in family medicine
  • Current/prospective   trainor   in   family   and community medicine (Foreign)
  • Written endorsement of the Chair, Department of Family Medicine and/or the President of National Family Medicine Organization (Foreign)
Medical OncologyInternal Medicine or equivalent (for foreign applicants) Medical Oncology Training in PGH Fellow / Diplomate of Philippine College of Physicians
  • Pass written exam and oral interview
  • Pass validating exam for those with postgraduate training in Medical Oncology outside PGH. This shall waive the courses in Medical Therapeutics in Medical Oncology (MO 230 and MO 231) and the Clinical Practices in Medical Oncology (MO 280, MO 281, MO 282, and MO 283)
  • Must pass the written Licensure Board Exam of the Philippine College of Physicians prior to the final acceptance to the graduate program; or be a diplomate or fellow of good standing in the Philippine College or Physicians; or, for foreign applicants, the equivalent in their respective countries;
Obstetrics GynecologyObstetrics Gynecology
  • Pass entrance exam
  • Weighted average of 2.0 or better in OB GYN
SurgerySurgery graduate; at least on last year of Surgical training or subspecialty training in Surgery (if non-PGH) 
2. Master of OrthopedicsOrthopedics training, minimum of 3 years 
3. Master of Clinical AudiologyBS (health science graduates with background in anatomy, physiology and basic clinical skills will be given priority for the initial offering)
  • Passed entrance interview
4. Master/ Diploma of Clinical EpidemiologyA Bachelor degree or the equivalent degree or title from a recognized institution of higher learning
  • A high quality and integrity of intellect
5. Master in Basic Medical Science (on hold)MD degree obtained within the last 10 years Bachelor degree
  • Entrance Interview
  • Passed 5 units each of: Vertebrate Anatomy, Organic Chemistry and Physics (Bachelor degree holder)
6. Master of Science/ Diploma in BiochemistryMD, BS or its equivalent UPCM Medical students for MD-MSDDM (for Diploma course) Those who are currently enrolled in the LU3 of the UPCM
  • Courses in chemistry, biology,  physics  and mathematics are preferred for BS graduates.
7. Master of Science in PharmacologyBS or its equivalent; MD, DDM, DVM
  • Medical graduates from other medical schools shall be required to validate or enroll in the combined Pharma 201 and Pharma 202. Non-medical graduates shall be required to enroll in these courses.
  • Background in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics for BS graduates are preferred.
8. Master of Science/Diploma in PhysiologyBS or its equivalent,
  • Background in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics are preferred.
9. Master of Science in Health InformaticsMust be a Health Practitioner (MD, RN, DDM, RMT, etc.)
  • Basic  training  in  Biochemistry  or  Molecular Biology. Otherwise, prospective students may opt to take the undergraduate equivalent (Chem 32 or Chem 40/ Biochem 14)
  • Passing mark and validating exam in Computer Programming and Data Structures.
  • Basic training in Epidemiology or Biostatistics or equivalent
10. Diploma in Bioethics—–
  • Good scholastic record from university/ institution of higher learning. For non-UP graduate, GWA must be 2.00 or better (or its equivalent).
11. Master in and Master of Science in Medical AnthropologyMust be Bachelor Degree( BA, BS) or a professional degree (e.g. MD)
  • Applicants  will  be  evaluated  based  on their transcripts  of  records,  work  experience  and interviews.
12. Master of Science in Genetic CounselingAt least a graduate of baccalaureate degree program 
The UPCM also offers a number of graduate programs in the following fields: Basic Medical Sciences (M), Biochemistry (PhD, MS and Diploma), Clinical Epidemiology (MS and Diploma), Genetic Counselling (MS), Orthopedics (M), Pharmacology (MS), and Physiology (MS and Diploma). An MS and Diploma in Clinical Medicine are also offered with the following tracks: Child Health, Family and Community Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology Medical Oncology and Surgery. Multidisciplinary courses in Ethics (Diploma) and Medical Anthropology (M and MS) are offered in collaboration with UP Diliman, A Master in Clinical Audiology is jointly offered with the College of Allied Medical Professions. An MS in Health Informatics is jointly offered with the College of Arts and Sciences.