Why philippines
Saint Paul University (School of Medicine)

Climate & Disease Pattern

Since Philippines boast a tropical climate, Indian students adapt well and quick, making them feel more at home and at ease. The health conditions and medical concerns of the patients in the Philippines are comparable to that of Indian patients. Hence, medical students have the opportunity to get the hands-on experience early on their MD years, giving them expertise on the field. This paves the way for them to put their medical knowledge and practice gained in the Philippines into use in India without hesitation.

Language

The Philippines is the worlds’ third largest English speaking country. English is the mode of instruction in all levels of education and widely used language for business, communication and trade. It has an environment where one is forced to speak in English and one gets to learn English language very fast at an extremely low price. In fact, the Philippines is the choice destination to study English as a Second Language (ESL) for other Asians like Koreans, Chinese and Japanese. It also paved the way in boasting the country’s tourism and business as many of the Asians have put up a business in the Philippines, an evidence that communication is never a factor to consider.

Hospitality

Filipinos are a great host, very hospitable. They have a very welcoming and friendly nature. Multiple ethnicities and culture are found throughout; it enjoys affinity and kinship with western world. The hospitality of the Filipinos can be seen in the number of foreigners in the country; visiting for tourism or settled down operating their own businesses. The Philippines tourism industry is driven by the countries great tourists spots (specially the beaches), the language and the hospitality of the Filipino people.

Cleanliness and Safety

The country is extremely safe, for foreigners, woman, elderly and children. Respect is deeply rooted in the culture. Cleanliness is evident everywhere. School going children are taught at an early age the practice and value of cleanliness by inculcating them in their curriculum. Fines and imprisonment are imposed in places where throwing one’s trash and urinating are prohibited. Considering India’s considerable sanitary conditions, there is no comparison when it comes to Philippines’ clinic set-up.

Affordable Living/Travel Expenses

Living and travel expenses in the Philippines are extremely affordable. The availability of flights between India and Philippines makes it more accessible compared to its neighboring Asian countries. The Philippines is just around 6-8 hours flight from India. Philippines is well connected with countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia, United States, Australia through both air routes and sea routes. There are daily flights to Philippines from various cities of India like Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkota.

Quality of Education

Medical schools in the Philippines follow American system of medical education ((that of Problem-based Learning or PBL System rather than focusing on Theories) and the Primary Medical qualification is MD (Doctor in Medicine) degree. This qualification is globally recognized by bodies such as World Health Organization (WHO), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and including the Medical Council of India (MCI). The affordable overseas education and tuition fees and quick and easy availability of student visa are all plus factors. The teaching faculty in university usually comprises of Filipinos having gained expertise in first world countries, mostly in the USA, hence exposing the students to the kind of teaching method and environment. 1 out of 10 physicians practicing in the USA are graduates from Philippines, second only to India. Moreover, medical schools are mandated to have their own hospitals for teaching and internship.