Philippines
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Philippines AMSA-Philippines
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
English, Filipino
English
(GMT+08:00) Taipei
Philippine peso
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Philippines (AMSA-Philippines) - Manila, University of Santo Tomas

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Kristoffer Verdan
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WELCOME NOTE

Warm greetings from our 7,107 islands!

Allow us to welcome you into our Family. Mabuhay!

OVERVIEW
The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7,107 islands, divided into three major Islands namely: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Agriculture is the major source of income in the Philippines, being the 8th largest rice exporter in the world. The Philippines also has the sweetest mangoes in the world, and is a major export product of the Philippines. Being an archipelago, the Philippines is mostly covered by water, and boasts of numberous beautiful beaches and islands.
The Philippines is also one of the gastronomic spots in Southeast Asia, influenced by the ancient way of cooking: steaming, roasting and boiling.
The best thing about the Philippines are the people, the Filipinos, whose genuine hospitality and smiles would make you want to come back.
So what are you waiting for? Come and visit the Philippines!
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The healthcare system of the Philippines is at a crossroads. It is currently modeled after the american system. Recent legislation has encourage many citizens to apply for insurance, under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, better known as Philhealth; where member covers about 30-40% of medical expenses. Most encounters with the health system still requires out-of-pocket payment. 
Health Maintence Organizations are major players in the country's health system, but only a small portion of the population benefit from the services offered by these entities. The SES gap is still largely reflected upon our healthcare system.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
The Philippine medical education is different as compared to other Asian countries. It is also the only counrty in Asia, where English is the mode of instruction in all schools.

Aspiring physicians are required to finish one (1) Bachelor's Degree, colloquially called as "Pre-Med", before being eligible to apply for medical school. In many respects, this is similar to the American system. 

Another requirement is a standardized entrance exam known as the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT), where students are ranked based on percentile scores. Various medical schools have different cut-offs for the percentile scores attained from this exam.

The Philippine medical education makes use of didactics, laboratory works, and problem-based learning. Recent moves to improve the delivery of medical education involves the usage of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) in keeping up with the trends of healthcare delivery. Now, there has been a recent shift to an Outcomes-Based Educational model and is being adapted by all the Philippine medical schools.

After medical school, students take part in a (1) year internship, and then become eligible to take the medical board exams. Upon passing, they are now allowed to practice as Primary Care Physicians or take part in residency programs which may last 3-7 years (depending on specialty). They may stop at this point or undergo fellowship, or further training.
TRANSPORTATION

Jeepneys and tricycles are the basic local transporation here in the Philippines.
A jeepney fare costs about PhP8.00 per 4 kilometer ride with an additional P0.50 every kilometer. While most tricycles have an average fare of about 20 pesos. 
Other modes of transportation are taxis/cabs, buses, and the light rail trains (in Metro Manila). Small boats are normal ways to traverse the different islands. Of course, airplanes. 
We also have Uber, and a local counterpart: Grab, that provide safer alternatives. 

SOCIAL PROGRAM
The Social Program here will depend on the hosting school. It is usually done informally based on the availability of the students on campus. Rest assured, there's always something to do, and someone to accompany with you.
MUST SEE
To say the Philippines is beautiful is a grave understatement. If you love nature, food, and beaches as much as we do, then this list won't do it justice. Here are some of the top spots: 

Mt. Batulao
Mt. Maculot
Mt. Pulag
Taal Volcano
Mt. Pinatubo
Sagada
Banaue Rice Terraces

Beaches, Surfing, and Diving among others: 
Bohol
Coron, Palawan
El Nido, Palawan
Boracay Islands
Puerto Prinsesa Palawan
Underground River, Palawan
Apo Island
Hundred Islands
Siquijor Beaches
Enchanted River, Surigao
Siargao, Surigao (Surf)
Baler, Aurora (Surf)
Zamabales (Surf)
Anilao, Batangas (Dive)

Gastronomic and Historical Places:
Intramuros, and China Town
Ilocos Region
Baguio City
Vigan City
Pampanga
Bicol City
Cebu City
Palawan
Batangas City
Davao City
Quezon Province
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
The Philippines has a wide cultural diversity. It is very much confusing, even for ourselves. Often time we find ourselves lost in our own culture. In many respects, we are a very western Asian country. Students are encouraged to explore beyond Manila whenever they get the chance. Having 65 native dialects, with different tribes, and niches, you will find more than what you came for. We have very close family ties, making us involved in our extended family. Filipinos love spending time with their friends, and loved ones. Filipinos love to sing, having at least one (1) karaoke machine in their houses, and dance. Most importantly, Filipinos love to eat, you'll surely get your fill here!
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