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.

Things I Should Have Done In My Clinical Clerkship Year

Clerkship is about to start for a lot of fresh meat este 4th year med students! I have a few tips for you based on the things I should’ve done (but mostly didn’t) when I was a clerk myself.

Make the most out of your final year in med school! It can be fun, memorable, and still high-yield if you apply the tips that I enumerate here.

In summary,
1) I should’ve taken down decent notes.
2) I should’ve mastered the common cases.
3) I should’ve left a good impression.
4) I should’ve take care of myself more.
5) I should’ve been more game.
6) I should’ve been more open-minded.
7) I should’ve been careful online.

Note that I trained in a public tertiary hospital where clerks do a lot of the leg work. Our experiences will surely vary, but everything I mentioned are generally applicable to any med student, no matter where you are in the world. Enjoy!

Wait! Maybe You Should Not Pursue Medicine!

In this post, I will talk about the five reasons why MAYBE you shouldn’t pursue medicine. You may or may not agree with me, but know that these are all just based from my personal experience.

In summary:
1) Obviously, don’t go to med school if you hate school in general. Maybe you’re the type who learns better from real life experiences outside the classroom? Med school is going to prolong your agony.

2) Don’t pursue medicine if you hate people. (Couldn’t think of a nicer way to put it when I was filming the vid LOL). Medicine is a service oriented industry, and you have to lead an entire health care team. In medicine, you’re going to work FOR and WITH people.

3) Don’t like hard work? There’s no escaping that in medicine. There’s only one way to advance – you have to put in the hours! Although, I personally don’t believe that anyone can be successful in anything unless they are willing to work hard for it.

4) This should go without saying. If you’re only in it for the money, you’ll be VERY disappointed. When you study and train for so long, you lose the TIME that could otherwise be spent earning elsewhere.

5) Finally – be honest with yourself. Don’t pursue medicine if you know in your heart there is something else you’d rather do. Give yourself a chance to pursue what you really want.

That’s it! If video #2 discouraged some of you, I’m thinking video #3 will make you back out altogether.

I’m thinking that’s okay. Ganun talaga sa medisina – matira matibay.


Steps To Become A Physician In The Philippines

How long does it take to be a doctor in the Philippines? I actually wrote about this topic a few years ago, and you can read that post HERE.

I also talk about that topic in this video.

For those of you who like to read, here’s a quick summary:

Most aspiring doctors start their journey as early as high school, especially in the new K-12 program wherein kids can choose the STEM track.

In college, one must finish any BS or BA degree and complete all the required science units for med school. Students also busy themselves with med school application and getting competitive scores in the NMAT during this time. 

After college graduation, you can take a gap year or go straight to med school. Med school in the Philippines is usually 4 years, the final year being “clerkship” or the year of clinical rotations. 

After med school graduation (usually in April), you get a diploma that says you’re officially an “MD” or a medical doctor, but you’re not allowed to practice yet. You still have to do one year of post-graduate internship in a hospital, unless your school requires you to stay in its own teaching hospital. 

Internship takes place from July 1 to June 30 the next year. Then there’s 2-3 months allotted for review, which is needed before taking the the September or March physician licensure exam

If and when you pass the boards, you can now work as a general practitioner, earn from “moonlight” gigs, take another gap year, or go straight to residency.

Pre-residency programs usually start in October, and if you get accepted, you officially start residency in January. That’s another 3-5 years of training to become specialized in a specific field like Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Dermatology, OB-Gyne, Ophthalmology, etcetera.   

After residency, you may subspecialize further by pursuing 2-3 years of fellowship. 

If you add all that up, that’s around 15 years! But like what they always say – the time will pass anyway. 🙂