Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Graduates of the International Medicine Department (IMD) of the Davao Medical School Foundation were among the top-ranking takers of the Medical Council of India board exams.
Also known as the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination, it is the licensure examination for Indians who have studied abroad to practice medicine in India. Dr. Erwin Rommel Hontiveros, assistant dean of the DMSFI, in an interview with local newspaper Sunstar Davao, said 30 out of the top 50 MCI passers are graduates of the DMSF.
“The Indian passing rate is 15 percent while the DMSF passing rate in the MCI is 86 percent,” Dr. Hontiveros said.
Their rating highlights DMSFI performance as one of the leading medical schools in the country. Its passing rate for the past four years in the Philippine board exams for physicians is more than 98 percent and for two years the school has a 100 percent passing rate for the core batches.
Hontiveros attributes it to excellent instruction and a competent faculty. And with its 43rd anniversary, the school launched its world-class digital simulation center which improves the teaching of clinical competence from second year to fourth year levels.
He added that DMSFI is popular among Indian students as they have the same method of instruction, climate, and the performance of previous graduates have greatly influenced the desire of students from the subcontinent to come to Davao and pursue medicine in the DMSFI.
There are currently 300 second year, 300 third year and 178 fourth year students.
According to 2017 Indian embassy data, about 8,000 Indian students are in the Philippines to study science and medicine with about 4,500 Indians studying medicine at DMSFI.
Source: SunStar Davao