Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The BS-MD Medical Degree Programme is a medical programme that is jointly-developed by Finix Academy and our partner universities in the Philippines. It is a concurrent double-degree course in which students will be awarded two concurrent degrees upon graduation—the BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Biology as well as the MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree.

Traditionally, in countries which adopt the Commonwealth system of education, they use the term “MBBS” (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery) for the medical degrees conferred to the medical students. As for countries which adopt the American system, they use the term “MD” (Doctor of Medicine). However, despite the difference in name, the level of qualification between the two are actually equivalent, and both will allow the holder of the degree to practise as GPs (General Practitioners) as long as the country they practise in recognises the university that confers the degree to them.

As for the issue of the word “surgery” being omitted from the “MD” title, as mentioned, the two degrees are actually the same thing. It is just that they use different names in different countries. The curriculum is very much the same; just that the order the lessons are conducted may be in a different sequence compared with the original MBBS course. In the developed countries, both qualify the holders as General Practitioners who are allowed to engage in minor surgery, in the strictest sense of the word “surgery”. Both also allow the holders to further upgrade by attending a post-graduate course and become medical specialists or surgeons.

For a better idea of how the degrees are actually very similar despite differences in title due to the peculiarities of the American vs Commonwealth system, consider the IELTS vs TOEFL, BS vs BSc, SAT vs GCSE, BA vs BBA etc. Despite the differences in name, all the above are generally considered mutual equivalents.

All applicants must have completed the 10+2, Grade 12, or equivalent examinations, and scored 50 per cent or more in each of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. Holders of a Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc) degree may also opt for the direct MD programme.
No entrance level examination is required for the BS-MD course.
The BS-MD double-degree programme lasts for a total of 5.5 years. This will consist of theory and laboratory/practical lessons. Towards the end of the programme, students will also undergo clinical rotations, in which they will be attached to selected hospital departments and treat live patients under the guidance and supervision of a practising doctor.
The clinical rotations will be conducted in hospitals that are affiliated or associated with each university. Top students in some of the Universities may also have the opportunity to perform their clinical rotations in overseas hospitals, including those in the USA.
No stipend will be paid during the clinical rotation period.
English is the medium of instruction for all the universities and English is widely spoken throughout the country. Students can communicate easily in English with the instructors, campus staff, locals, and even patients during the clinical rotations.

The syllabus will be taught based on the US style of teaching. The medical curriculum can be taught in many ways. Different learning methods suit different students, so diversity is supported among all our participating universities.

A wide range of teaching techniques are employed from traditional lectures and clinical attachments to problem based learning, small group work, clinical skills training, communication skills training and research projects. This will also ensure that students are exposed to a variety of working conditions and allow them to acquire different skill-sets which will be useful in their future careers.

  • Lyceum NorthWeatern University, College of Medicine.
  • University of Perpetual Help Rizal Jonelta Foundation School of Medicine, Metro Manila.
  • Emilio Aguinaldo Medical College, Manila
  • Cutting edge curriculum
  • Integrated problem-based learning approach
  • English speaking country
  • Affordable tuition fees
  • Affordable living costs
  • Screening test preparation for the licensing examinations required by Medical Councils of the students’ home countries
  • USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) test preparation
  • Safe environment
  • Well established infrastructure in the universities and hospitals
  • Excellent boarding and lodging provided by the universities
  • International exposure
  • Located in the heart of Asia, with easy access to many parts of the world, especially Asia.

Each country will have its own medical governing council or authority, which regulates the country’s healthcare standards and practices.

No matter where you do your degree, you will need to apply for registration with the appropriate country’s medical board and pass the licensing requirements before being allowed to practise medicine in that country. With the exception of selected local universities in the county, no foreign medical degree will entitle you to “automatic” recognition in any country.

However, our graduates are eligible to apply for licensing in places including the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, most parts of the European Union (EU) and many other parts of Asia.

There are a large number of specialty career paths in medicine, with over 50 career options available. Some of these options include becoming a surgeon, a general practitioner, a geneticist, a psychiatrist, a medical lecturer at medical school, a medical researcher, or a public health physician. However, some of these may require further training or education.

Alternatively, as our Universities are recognized by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in the United States, you can participate in the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE) after graduation in order to practise in the United States. Other choices would include the regions listed above (previous question).

Dormitory facilities are available at all our partner universities which offer high quality dormitories for both male and female students.Upon request, Finix Academy will liaise with the respective schools to ensure boarding and lodging requirements are arranged prior to your arrival. This is one of the value-added services which we provide. However, the actual costs of accommodations will be borne by the student. Alternatively, should the student decide not to stay in the hostels, there are other accommodations in vicinity (surrounding areas) of the school. Finix Academy can again assist in trying to source for suitable accommodations.
Yes, all of the universities provide separate dormitory facilities for females. Male and female students are housed in different areas.
Laundry facilities are conveniently available at the hostels to allow students to do their own laundry.

The hostel is as per international standards in most of the international universities’ hostels. General facilities include: bed, study table, cupboard and fan (or air-conditioning, which will naturally come at a higher cost). The number of people sharing each room, as well as additional facilities will be dependent on the price that students are willing to pay. Bathrooms are usually attached. This is a general guideline. It may differ from university to university. Please check with the university that the student has enrolled in.

As is the common practice in most parts of the world, No pillow case, linens etc are provided. As such, students are required to bring those items themselves or to purchase them in the Philippines on the individual’s expense.

Please also be informed that for hostel facilities, Finix Education does not operate the hostels, but merely acts as a facilitator to assist students in arranging for suitable accommodations according to the students’ needs and budgets as a value-added service. Finix Academy does not profit in any way from the hostel arrangements.

Internet is available in the boarding facilities. The school library also has available terminals for usage. If the student has a laptop, he would need to purchase a data/network card to use the internet.

As for the library facilities, students also have access to textbooks and other reference materials.

Opening hours of canteen varies from university to university. Please check with the university that the student has enrolled. However, food is easily attainable in the vicinity of the campus even when canteens are closed.

Finix can assist the students in obtaining the air tickets as well as other travel arrangements as a value-added service. However, the students will pay for the costs of travel themselves. Alternatively, the students can buy the ticket on their own if they prefer to make their own travel arrangements.

Finix Academy will organize an airport pickup to the university should Finix Academy be requested to assist in making travel arrangements for the student.

Yes, you should have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity at the time of applying for a Visa.
The start of the academic year differs among the Universities. Generally, Universities will commence their courses in the period in the fourth quarter of each year. Please consult an authorized Finix employee or representative for advice on this.

Each university will have its own student services office to provide students with support, counselling and guidance during the course of their degree. Finix Academy has also arranged for a coordinator in selected universities to assist the students and ensure their welfare.

There will also be an Finix Academy team in our Manila office to guide you and solve any of your problems which might require outside help.

Yes, during the semester break, the student can make their way back to their home country for vacation. However, all costs involved are to be borne by the student.

Please refer to the academic calendar from the individual universities for exact vacation dates.

The type of VISA issued will depend on when the student enrols into the course. This is because the Philippines embassy usually requires time to process the student visa. In general:

At least 10 weeks or more - Student VISA Fewer than 10 weeks (Last minute registration) - Visitor Visa, which will then be converted to Student Visa after arrival in the Philippines. However this option is available only in certain countries. Please check with our Finix friendly counsellors or representatives for details regarding this.

However, it should be noted that processing of the student visa from a student’s home country will require the applicant to present himself/herself at the Philippine embassy in the student’s home country. If the applicant does not wish to do so, he/she may then, subject to availability, acquire a visitor visa, which will later be converted to a student visa.

For the list of authorised clinics, please check with your local Philippine embassy. If the authorised clinics are not easily accessible, students may also consider taking the medical tests upon arrival in the Philippines. On request, Finix Academy will assist the student in this respect.
The student will bear the costs for Visa processing fees and the fees for authentication. Finix Academy will facilitate and advise as a value-added service, but these extra costs paid to third parties have to be borne by the student.

The students will bear the costs of the textbooks. However, the school library is an informative centre whereby students can find reference books and use the facilities available. It might be more advantageous to bring over your own dissection box, textbooks etc from the student’s home country as it might be cheaper. However, textbooks or study materials required are subjected to the requirements of the professors which are not under the control of Finix Academy. Please therefore confirm the exact materials which need to be bought with the professor before making purchases.

There is also a dress code for all doctor students. Students are usually expected to wear the Physician’s uniform to maintain an image of professionalism.

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