UP grad tops 2020 board exams for doctors

The Professional Regulation Commission announced Friday a graduate of medicine from the University of the Philippines Manila claimed the top spot in the 2020 board exams for doctors conducted in March and September.

Maria Carla Edejer Buenaflor of UP Manila, with a rating of 89.17, topped the 2020 board exams for doctors.

A total of 800 out of 1,424 (56.18%) passed the exams. The examination results to fourteen (14) examinees were withheld pending completion of the licensure exams’ remaining subjects.

The top ten in the 2020 Physician Licensure Examinations are as follows:

2020 Physician Licensure Examinations top 10

Due to the -19 pandemic, starting November 5, 2020, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Passers should go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following:

  • downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  • notice of admission (for identification only)
  • 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of documentary stamps
  • 1 piece short brown envelope

The new doctors should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The oathtaking ceremony of the new doctors will be done virtually or . The online oathtaking application system (e-oath) can be accessed at Licensure Examination and Registration Information System (LERIS).

More doctors in PH targeted under Doktor para sa Bayan bill

The Senate recently passed on a 22-0 vote the Medical Scholarship Act or Doktor Para Sa Bayan bill. The government would pay tuition and other school fees, books, and allowance of qualified medical .

The P4.6 billion would cover medical students’ tuition and other school fees, required textbooks, uniforms, and living allowances, among others, and establish more public medical schools nationwide.

Three schools were currently applying to offer the Doktor para a Bayan program: Cebu Normal University, Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City, and the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City.

“This measure comes at the most opportune time as our country continues to battle against the devastating health impacts of COVID-19. This law will help the healthcare system sector to be better prepared for similar health emergencies in the future,” said Senate President Vicente Sotto III.