Intern in Charge

About To Finish My Internship

I was in the middle of my Pedia rotation last year when I got the confirmation that I’ll be an official PBB housemate. Obviously, I was going to take the opportunity, even if it meant having to repeat my whole internship year if I had to.

Luckily, I was allowed an indefinite leave of absence for my “once in a lifetime”. Our chief resident back then only had one advice.

“Just make sure to come back right away to finish your internship. Pass the boards and then you’re free.”

I saw her again today, and I proudly told her I’m here because of her.

That, as well as the deliberate pros and cons list my boyfriend helped me create, and the “in your face / real talk” I got from a known celebrity doctor that we reached out to.

I am very thankful for their guidance, and it is now more than ever that I appreciate being in this path that I chose.

“Strike while the iron is hot”, they all said.

The iron was NOT yet hot, that I know. My time will come.

For now, I’ve come full circle. My med school life is really about to end. I have two weeks left in my Pedia ER rotation and I’m off to study for the boards.

Packing my things! I’m moving to a study dorm in two weeks!

Three months of pure dedication, one last time, because I want to finish what I started. I will always, always owe it to myself to finish what I started.

Come March 2018, I’ll be free to do what I want.

Now, what do I want? I can’t seem to put it into writing yet.

I want to do a lot, but I also have this unstoppable feeling that I can also be a lot. A lot more than what’s expected, a lot more than what’s required. I guess that’s for another entry.

Seriously Considering Derma!

In this video, I’ll debunk a common misconception about derma, why I look up to dermatologists, and tell you if and why I may become a skin doctor myself in the future!

Aaaaand.. as per your request – I snuck in a little bonus. My skin care routine!! Hahaha it’s not even a routine as you’ll soon find out. I only have a few holy grail products, so if you’re lazy like me, you’ll find my recommendations for clear skin very helpful.

Intern In Charge: First two months as a PGI!

Hellooo! I just finished my first two months as a post-graduate medical intern. My first rotation was in Internal Medicine, which is possibly the most toxic in terms of patient volume and workload, but also the most high-yield in terms of learning and experience.

Our first complete picture during the orientation

Our first complete picture during the orientation. Also, our first decent picture wearing our white coats!

As you know, I’m doing my internship in the same hospital where I did my clerkship. We’re required to stay as a form of “return service” because we were partial scholars throughout med school. For PLM med students belonging to Category 1 and 2, take note of this special arrangement.

A part of me can’t help but feel that we’re missing out just because we’re still in the same hospital. It would have been interesting to see new cases, techniques, procedures, and insights on patient management. Some of our other classmates are lucky enough to be matched in national hospitals and specialty centers. The rest are enjoying the “culture shock” of being in a private medical institution.

For example, my boyfriend Noe is currently an intern at the Philippine General Hospital. It’s true that interns there act like clerks in terms of carry outs and workload, but it’s nothing a PLM-OMMC graduate would ever complain about. Perhaps I should have him write a guest post here. He has a lot more stories to tell. 🙂 (#KeepUp LOL)

Surprise visit on one of my duty nights at the emergency room. Haha :)

Surprise visit on one of my duty nights at the emergency room. Haha 🙂

Nonetheless, staying here has its own perks. It’s not just our newly renovated floors and the availability of more diagnostic facilities. (Um, we didn’t have a functional x-ray for most of my clerkship year.)

For one, we are allowed to really step up as interns, mainly because we are no longer clerks. Clerkship for me last year was the time to focus on history taking, proper physical examination, and mastering procedures such as inserting all sorts of tubes and extracting all sorts of fluids. Now, as interns, our focus should be on diagnosis, management, and supervising our clerks. We also get to do next-level procedures such as intubation, thoracentesis, lumbar taps, and more.

Undiagnosed case of tuberculosis with fluid accumulation in the left lung. Thoracentesis it is!

Undiagnosed case of tuberculosis with fluid accumulation in the left lung. Thoracentesis it is!

Sometimes, I can’t help but pause and feel weird that I’m at this stage of my training already. “Meee?? You trust that I can insert an IV line to our DOA patient the fastest? You’re handing me the laryngoscope as if I got this intubation down? You’re leaving me here to run this code? Meeee?”

I swear I felt the same way just as I was starting clerkship. (Read my first post HERE!)

Maybe it’s always going to be this way as I further my medical career. It will always be exciting as I see or do things for the first time. It will always be nerve wracking as I take on new responsibilities and fulfill higher expectations. But no matter what, I will always look back and be proud of how I survived every seemingly impossible task. All my entries in this blog serve as proof. Indeed, medicine is long, hard, and demanding – but every challenge just prepares you for the next.

Little by little, we become doctors.


P.S. Congratulations in advance to my former senior interns who just finished taking the Physician Licensure Exams. I have a really good feeling about this year. It’s time to bring back 100%! God willing, I’ll be in your place one year from now. 🙂

List of Hospitals Available APMC Internship Matching 2016

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These are all the hospitals for APMC post-graduate medical internship, with the corresponding number of slots left for the third round of matching.

This was originally posted by Noel Bernardo, the national president of APMC Student Network.

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1. Ano ba talaga yung matching na yan? Paano nalalaman ilang slots?

At the start of each year, hospitals apply for a certain number of slots for internship. Depende sa laki ng hospital, manpower na kailangan, facilities na meron sila, at number of consultants na pwede magturo ng PGIs, doon nasesettle kung ilang slots yung meron. Kung ilan yung slots na maapprove, yun yung dami ng interns na matatanggap nila. The goal is as much as possible, all hospitals who applied for intern slots will be given the number of interns they applied for.


Usually, nagdadagdag eventually ng slots if the institution will send a request to APMC to accommodate additional interns. Pero hindi assured na bibigyan sila kaagad. Kasi kawawa naman yung hospitals na wala. For some hospitals naman kasi, sobrang crowded na ng interns, so di na talaga pwede dagdagan.


Everytime may matching, automatic na lahat ng isinulat mo sa 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice mo na hospital, isesend yung names mo sa kanila for deliberation. The hospitals will reply with a final list of interns na tatanggapin nila. If natanggap ka sa dalawa, doon ka papasok sa mas mataas mo na priority. With this, super walang sense yung ginagawa ng ibang incoming interns na pare-parehas yung 1st-3rd choice. Sayang yung chances mo na nakaapply ka sana simultaneously sa ibang hospitals. So please, wag na gawin ‘to for this round. Kaya marami pa ring unmatched ngayon eh, maling akala. 🙁


May forms sa APMC office. By tomorrow, nasend na din ng staff natin by courier lahat ng forms sa respective schools niyo, so pwede din naman na hintayin niyo nalang dyan if hindi kayo makakaluwas agad (for provincial schools). Kalma lang kayo dyan. 🙂

2. Kailan yung 3rd Matching?

Third round of matching started yesterday, May 23. So if wala ka pang hospital for internship, or if hindi mo pa nakita yung name mo sa first two rounds, wala kang choice kundi magapply for this round. Walang deadline yung 3rd matching, however, everytime umaabot sa certain number yung nagaapply for a certain hospital, sinesend na nila agad for processing and deliberation nung hospital na yun. So mas maaga ka mag-apply, mas malaki chance mo mapasok. For this round, our goal is to fill all slots per hospital as soon as possible


We received reports na may nagkakalat na: “natapos na yung 3rd matching and results are being encoded na”. Nope. Not true. Please stop spreading rumors like this. Sobrang inconvenient for everyone.

3. Paano magmatching for this round?

TWO options!


First option – Punta kayo ng APMC, tapos fill out ng forms ulit. Submit the following: Transcript of Records, passport size picture, and Certificate of Eligibility from your Dean na may rank niyo sa graduating batch. 🙂 So pagpunta niyo ng APMC, papipiliin kayo ng 1st-3rd choice na school. Regularly, sinesend na ng staff natin yung mga nagaapply pero hospital, so mas maaga kayo magapply, mas okay. If wala nang slots sa gusto niyo applyan, hindi tatanggapin ng staff natin yung application form niyo. Results will be published as soon as magreply yung bawat hospital. Hindi na isang bagsakan yung release ng results.


Second option – Punta kayo sa hospital na gusto niyo and apply as walk-in. Hindi lahat ng hospital tumatanggap ng walk-in, so confirm niyo nalang bago kayo pumunta. Each hospital, may kanya-kanyang set of requirements for walk-in. If sabihin nila na tanggap na kayo sa hospital nila, eh di happy! Hingi kayo ng certificate or letter of acceptance, tapos punta sa APMC para maprocess yung application niyo. Sure na pasok na kayo nun. Magcocoordinate nalang yung APMC sa hospital kung totoo ba na natanggap kayo.

4. Paano pag ayoko na sa kung saan ako namatch?

Pwede naman magparematch! 🙂 Punta lang sa APMC office personally! Okay?


Ang mangyayari, parang sasali ka sa third round of matching. If namatch ka sa gusto mo lipatan, automatic na iuunmatch ka nila sa dati mong napiling hospital.


Nakausap ko na din yung staff tapos nag-agree na sila sa arrangement ngayon… hindi mo kailangan magpaunmatch muna bago ka mag-apply sa lilipatan mo. That way, sure na back-up mo na yung hospital kung saan natanggap ka na dati. Wag na matakot na mag-endup na wala kang slot sa kahit anong hospital!

Good luck batchmates! Sana magkainternship hospital na kayo! 🙂


PS. Naglagay ako nung list ng hospitals na may additional slots pa. Minsan nadadagdagan yung tinatanggap, pero as of now, yan lang talaga. Wag muna umasa sa wala. :)) More than 500 pa ata yung wala pang internship hospital so good luck. If may questions pa, comment lang. 😀 Hindi pala nagrereflect sa numbers yung mga nawawalang slots tuwing tumatanggap yung schools ng walk-in. Minsan kasi hindi nila iniinform agad yung APMC office. Kunwari minsan nakalagay may 10 slots pa sa photo, pero tumanggap na pala sila ng 10 na walk-in… so pag tumawag kayo, sasabihin nila wala na. Confirm niyo nalang din through the phone yung data kung kaya. 🙂


PS ulit. May conference yung APMC bukas tapos matagal na na-set na sarado sila dapat (ONE day lang yung conference so bukas lang sila sarado, wag magpanic!). Pero dahil sa dami ng nag-aayos ng papers, nakausap na natin yung staff at pumayag silang magbukas nalang sila tomorrow… pero skeletal unit lang nagpapatakbo ng office. Magbaon ng pasensya if bukas kayo pupunta, for sure mahaba yung pila dahil konti lang yung nagaasikaso sa matching.


PS last na. Sorry sa cellphone ko lang tinype lahat ito. 🙁 Paumanhin sa typo at informal na tone. Huhu. Thanks! Ineedit edit ko siya paminsan pag may nakakairita akong word na ginamit hahahah sobrang conversational.


– Noel Bernardo, APMC Student Network National President

APMC 2nd Round Internship Matching 2016

The APMC, through their website, just released a second list of successfully matched interns for this year. Congratulations everyone, especially to my friends who now have one less thing to be anxious about! 🙂

APMC internship matching 2016 2nd round

Click below to see the PDF file.
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There’s also an announcement from the APMC.

All interns must submit a certificate for medical internship and confirmation of completion of internship (pink form) to the hospital where they are matched prior to internship training/rotation. You may get them from the office of APMC, upon compliance of a certificate of graduation.

A Certificate for Medical Internship will be issued to each intern which he/she must present to the hospital with which he/she is matched upon reporting for internship, together with the Certificate of Graduation issued only by the Dean of the medical school. The Certificate for Medical Internship when presented alone is not valid for internship nor the Certificate of Graduation alone.

July 1 is just araound the corner. 🙂

APMC Internship Matching 2016 Result

Future post-graduate interns, this is it!

Scroll down for download link of official PDF

Scroll down for download link of official PDF

Attached is the announcement of the first round of internship matching for those starting internship on July 1, 2016. This was taken from the website of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation Inc., along with this announcement:

July 1, 2016 1st Round Intern-Matching Result

The office of the National Internship Program has released the result of the July 1, 2016 1st round.

For those who have not been matched, enough application forms and the list of accredited hospitals with available slots for the SECOND ROUND of matching have been sent out to the schools. It is respectfully requested that all accomplished application forms and documents of each student or applicant pertaining to the National Internship Program be in our office not later than March 18, 2016.

To see the full list:
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If you didn’t know, most of us from PLM are required to do internship at the same hospital where we did our clerkship year, which is Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center. Right now, OM (as we like to call our home base), is undergoing a hospital-wide renovation, which means there will be no admissions or operations until the brand new hospital is ready.

I’m trying to be positive about this current arrangement, because 1) no admissions as we end our clerkship year is a very welcome surprise, and 2) an improved hospital facility is beneficial for patients and hospital staff alike. So yes – this should be good – for now.

Fast forward to July 1, 2016 and we start our internship in an empty hospital? That’s going to be a problem.

Hoping for the best!

P.S. I have a new blog post category – Intern in Charge. Hihihihi! 🙂