How many years does it take to become a doctor in the Philippines?

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After graduating from high school, you need to earn a four-year B.S. or B.A. degree in college.

While it’s a general consensus that taking pre-med courses like Med Tech, Nursing, Biology, etc. will make you better equipped for med school, any college course will do.

Once you graduate from college, you’ll take the NMAT and find a med school that will accept whatever score you have.

The Doctor of Medicine degree program (M.D.) takes five years to complete: the first three years will be spent in the classroom, fourth year in clinical clerkship, and fifth year in a post-graduate internship.

There are alternative paths you can take to get the M.D. degree much quicker but most medical students earn it nine years after graduating from high school, provided that you don’t take any gap year.

If you manage to pass the licensure exam, you can then work as a general practitioner or train for a few more years to become a specialist. Should you choose the latter, expect to spend 3 to 5 years as a medical resident with little pay followed by another 2 to 4 years to train for your subspecialty (fellowship).

All in all, it may take you up to 18 years to earn the respect and financial rewards that most established doctors enjoy today.

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