10 Reasons Why Medical Graduates Should Aim To Do Internship at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

Photo by Dr. Mario Bes (DFCM Chief Resident)

Photo by Dr. Mario Besa (UP-PGH DFCM Chief Resident)

 

Ever since the first week of my post-graduate internship at the UP-PGH, I have had a number of friends from the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) who were constantly asking these questions:

Of all hospitals in the country, why PGH?

Hey Fred, how are you? No regrets yet?

Yet even before internship started, I already had these answers in mind:

I have always wanted to train in UP-PGH because I would want to see as much patients and as much variety of clinical presentations of disease entities as I can. What better venue of achieving this goal than in UP-PGH? As they always say, “Kung hindi na kaya ng lahat, ipapadala din yan sa PGH.” (If other doctors / hospitals can’t handle it anymore, they will eventually send the patient to PGH).

Being accepted in UP-PGH, I have never been happier and fulfilled as a medical doctor. Regrets? How can I regret something I have always wanted?

 

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Now that graduation from internship is just a few days away, I think I can say with evidence and confidence that PGH is “the place to be” for fresh medical graduates looking for a hospital to have their internship. Here are the top 10 reasons why:

 

1. You will train with, and be guided by the best of the best. We can’t deny the fact that the University of the Philippines is a place where most, if not all, of the brightest people in the country get accepted and enroll. So yes, if you do your internship here, you will be amazed how sophisticatedly intelligent they are –but DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED. They are generally nice people, and they will be your co-interns –which means, you’re just on the same level ground, no one is superior to the other. And we should always remember that becoming a good doctor is not just about intelligence, but is more of diligence –something all of us, whether you’re from UPCM or not, have equal chances of doing.

Just like you, your residents have been thoroughly screened before being accepted, and are stellar in their own way. So expect to be guided and taught really well. The intern – resident relationship in UP-PGH doesn’t have that kind of hierarchy like in most other hospitals where an intern can only speak to a first year resident, a first year resident to a second year and so on. In PGH, even medical students ask questions to consultants during conferences! And take note, the consultants in UP-PGH aren’t just any consultant, but they’re mostly the people behind Clinical Practice Guidelines being promoted by the different medical specialty and subspecialty societies used by all doctors in the country!

 

With Dr. Elizabeth Jacinto, Trophoblastic Disease Specialist and Author of POGS guidelines for Gestational Trophoblastic Diseases

[OB-GYNE Tropho Rounds] With Dr. Elizabeth Jacinto, Trophoblastic Disease Specialist and Author of POGS Guidelines for Gestational Trophoblastic Diseases

[PEDIA SGD] Discussing TB Meningitis with Dr. Ma. Liza Antoinette M. Gonzales, Author of Philippine CPG for Treatment of TB Meningitis Treat

[PEDIA SGD] Discussing TB Meningitis with Dr. Ma. Liza Antoinette M. Gonzales, Author of Philippine CPG for Treatment of TB Meningitis

On Duty with Board Topnotcher Residents

[IM] On Duty with Stellar and Board Topnotcher Residents (Dr. Faltado, Dr. Gauiran, and Dr. Samala)

2. SERVICE and LEARNING has, is, and will always be emphasized. UP-PGH is a government hospital under the management (and budget) of the University of the Philippines – Manila. If you are a person hungry for patients, this is the place for you. There is an overabundance of patients, and it can sometimes be tiring. BUT, just imagine the lessons each and every patient can teach you. For instance, if you see at least 10 different new patients everyday, and learn from each patient 5 new things, then that means you learn 50 new concepts every day!

You might think that you won’t find time to study due to the patient load, but I will argue with you with this thought: Finding time to study is a matter of choice. It’s like eating –if you choose not to eat, then you will end up hungry. If you prioritize food, then you will not starve. If it sometimes gets too tiring to hit the books after duty, worry not my friend –the DAILY endorsement rounds with residents and consultants in UP-PGH will teach you very important clinical pearls and must-knows as a clinician.

 

[SURG] Usual day at the ER

[DEM] Usual day at the ER

[PEDIA - NICU] Daily Teaching Rounds

[PEDIA – NICU] Daily Teaching Rounds

3. You will have boundless opportunities to help people. Majority of the patients in UP-PGH are underprivileged in a lot of aspects –not only are they financially-limited, but most of them were not able to finish basic education. Some people may think that these are limiting factors to our work as medical practitioners since patients won’t be able to do expensive diagnostic exams, and most of them do not even have any idea what their disease is all about. I challenge you to change your mindset and think about it this manner: you will be forced to use your clinical decision making skills in managing patients in the least expensive means using cost-efficient and cost-effective ways –simply put, you will master (and yes I say MASTER) the science and art of history taking and physical examination. In the current trend of medical practice where doctors are so quick to order diagnostic “baseline” tests, in PGH, you will be trained to only do the ESSENTIAL laboratory exams. As Dr. Bryan Lim (UP-PGH IM Resident) said, “It is through your patients’ lack of resources that you will be trained how to be resourceful.”

With regards to your patients’ lack of education, imagine the opportunities for you to teach them about health. You will be amazed that people from all walks of life have different health beliefs and misconceptions. UP-PGH’s Department of Family and Community Medicine will instill in us that we always respect the beliefs, but through patient education and counseling, we will always have the chance to correct the misconstructions. You might think that this is something petty, but believe me, what we teach our patients go a long way in their lives and in the lives of their families.

 

[PEDIA] Ward 11 Team

[PEDIA] Ward 11 Team – Tired but Happy and Fulfilled

4. Your good deeds will be highly appreciated. People in UP-PGH are generally good-natured. You will be surprised how residents and patients alike would commend you for a job well done. Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know it is only in UP-PGH that residents write notes of appreciation to clerks and interns on the patients’ chart as part of their entry!

 

[PEDIA - NUERO] A text message from the mother of one of my patients in the wards. After being in the hospital for nearly a month, they finally got discharged!

[PEDIA – NUERO] A text message from the mother of one of my patients in the wards. After being in the hospital for nearly a month, they finally got discharged!

[IM] This left me speechless. =)

[IM] This left me speechless. =)

5. You get the chance to ACTIVELY manage patients as if it were your own. In UP-PGH, interns (and clerks) are always told that they are in the hospital not just to carry out orders, but as part of the health care team –this means that you can always “suggest” your plan of management for your patient. If the resident agrees to your suggestion, then he/she will note on the chart that your orders be carried out.

 

[PEDIA] Little things that make my day. =)

[PEDIA] Little things that make my day. =)

6. You will be able create wonderful friendships with people from all over the country. UP-PGH is a place where doctors from all parts of the country come and train. If you are friendly enough to bond with them, when you guys graduate and practice in your own provinces you will have friends from different parts of the country that can make your networking strong and can help you establish your linkages whether it’s for work or leisure.

 

[IM] NICU Rounds

[IM] NICU Rounds with Stellar Clerkies and Dr. Magallanes!

7. UP-PGH isn’t all about work. You will have SUFFICIENT TIME to study and even go on long distance trips every once in awhile. Work in UP-PGH is generally tiring (especially on your Big-4 rotations, special mention to IM and Pedia wards) but ALWAYS fulfilling. And hey, in between these big rotations are the benign ones where you will have the chance to have free weekends! This is possible because first, the interns are the ones making the schedule. And second, it doesn’t really matter “who” is on duty, but more importantly, the job at hand “gets done.” So talk among yourselves, cover each other up, and everyone is happy with their weekends off.

 

[Block W] Party party!

[Block W] Party party!

[Jonas' Block] Chillin at the beach like a gangsta.

[Jonas’ Block] Chillin at the beach like a gangsta.

We do sleepovers...

We do sleepovers…

 

[BLOCK W] And, we do road trips as well. <3

[BLOCK W] And, we do road trips as well. ❤

8. The hospital environment will keep you grounded not only as a doctor, but as a person. Interns in most hospitals in the country are being call “Doc” –a word that somehow makes us feel being placed on a pedestal and a bit superior from others. In UP-PGH, people will call you “Sir” or “Maam.” Do not be offended. It is not there to put you down or to disrespect you because this is how we also address our residents and consultants. I think the concept behind this is to inculcate in our minds as early as clerkship and even as you become a consultant, that as a medical doctor, we may be the leader in our patients’ management, but we are also PART of the team, just like the nurses, the nursing attendants, the midwives, the manongs, the residents, the interns, and the clerks, and that each one of us, regardless of position, have an EQUAL responsibility to provide the highest possible quality of care to our patients.

 

[OB] Post-Conference Bonding with Residents, Fellows, and Consultants

[OB] Post-Conference Bonding with Residents, Fellows, and Consultants

9. The system will make you realize that a lot of work still needs to be done in our country. UP-PGH will open your eyes to both the good and the bad in the healthcare of our country. It may make you frustrated when, as a triage intern, you’d have to turf (verb: meaning “to send away” or “to force someone to leave somewhere”) patients who came all the way from Ilocos to the PGH ER for cough and your assessment is Community Acquired Pneumonia – Low Risk. You would think “How in the world is it even possible for a person with simple cough to travel for 12-14 hours just to be seen by a doctor?”

There will be days when you’d receive patients with Uncomplicated UTI at the OPD and it will make you wonder how the health system of this country really works. And how a patient with a disease that can be managed by a rural health unit end up at the OPD of a tertiary hospital. Yes, indeed, you will realize that a lot of work still needs to done in this country. And you would only know its gravity and urgency, if you’ve experience its severity.

 

Interns and Residents at the PDAF Rally

Interns, Residents, and Consultants at the PDAF Rally

 

10. PGH will not just hone your skills and intelligence, but more importantly, it will help you build your character. On top of the usual daily rounds and conferences, below is a list of the nitty-gritty things that interns generally do at UP-PGH:

  • At the start of every rotation, all patients of a department you are currently rotating in will be divided among interns (and clerks if they’re around) –eg. 80 patients in IM, 10 interns = 8 patients per intern.
  • You will be called “SICs” or Student-In-Charge of those patients.
  • Everyday when you report to work, you do rounds and make SIC notes on each of your patients IDEALLY BEFORE your residents do their RIC notes. If your resident agrees with your chart entry, he/she may countersign your entry (and for many, this is a defining moment of an SIC). If your RIC makes his/her own notes, its either your RIC is just super diligent, or he/she does not agree with your entry. Try to read between the lines.
  • SICs carry out all the orders for each patient –this starts with making laboratory requests and making sure they are paid by your patients; facilitating CT scan, ultrasound, and xrays. If they can’t pay, you make sure they are referred to Medical Social Services (MSS). By “making sure” it means that they know WHEN and WHERE to go. Interns are also responsible for extracting blood samples from their patients, and see to it that all specimens are sent immediately to the lab. Yes, you will master the art of doing ABGs, even to newborns.
  • SICs do the necessary referrals –which includes two referral slips, and one abstract. Some departments have specific forms –good luck if you’re tasked to do an Infectious Disease referral!
  • Interns (together with clerks) do the Q15min, Q30min, Q1H, Q2H, and strict Q4H monitoring of patients in all departments, including special posts like the Cancer Institute and the Recovery Room. When I say monitor, I mean taking their BP, CR, RR, Temp, SaO2, and Neuro VS for neuro patients.

 

[IDS Referral] Make sure it is filled up completely. Otherwise, it will be rejected! Good luck.

[IDS Referral] Make sure it is filled up completely. Otherwise, it will be rejected! Good luck.

In other hospitals, interns don’t really do the routine vital signs taking of patients, referrals aren’t that hard to do, and medtechs do all the blood extractions from patients.

So what does an intern get from doing all these? And why am I still urging you to enter UP-PGH? Let me remind you that you are doing INTERNSHIP, and not “observer-ship.”

You may feel discouraged to enter UP-PGH because of the bulk of work an intern does within its walls, but hey, isn’t this why we wanted to become doctors in the first place? So that we can help the needy and the least fortunate?

 

[SURG] A reminder at the OPD.

[SURG] A reminder at the OPD.

Here, we do not stand and watch, but we actively participate. We do not blindly take the vitals of our patients, but we talk to them, we become friends with them, and in the process we become their allies in health. We do not simply extract specimens for the sake of extraction, but we learn the art of comforting them and a feeling of genuine concern that heightens rapport is established.

In UP-PGH, acquiring skills and theoretical intelligence is already a given, but I think what’s more valuable is the opportunity for you to build your character –a character not only of honor and excellence, but also of humility and discipline.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my one year of internship here at UP-PGH, it is the fact that in life we will always have a choice, and we can always choose to place ourselves in situations that bring the best out of us, or we can choose mediocrity and forgo the chance of maximizing our potentials.

The choice is yours. And whatever you choose, I pray that you find true happiness.

 

With my block -the best block ever.

With my block -the best block ever.

 

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Intern Fred Ting, signing out. =)

Intern Fred Ting, signing out. =)

Intern Fred Ting, together with all the other post-graduate interns and UPCM Batch Labing Apat Walang Katapat signing out in 7 days. Highly appreciate our clerks, residents, fellows, and consultants!

 

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81 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Medical Graduates Should Aim To Do Internship at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

  1. Congratulations!
    Not only for finishing and surviving a whole year of internship at UP-PGH, but for learning the meaning of it all, of our CALLING. Ang sarap basahin ng post mo. Took us all back to those wonderful years at UP-PGH. Pero kulang ito. I’m sure you’ll agree there are more than 10 reasons why every medical graduate should aim to do internship (and residency) at UP-PGH.
    God Bless you on your boards, and on whatever path you’ll take as you pursue your medical practice.

  2. Highly appreciate Dr Ting’s insights! It was a delight to read your piece Dr. Ting. I hope more medicals students and doctors (not just those in PGH) will share your perspective and appreciation of how physicians are trained. Good luck on your board exams. I am quite sure you will become a fine physician for the Filipino people soon. Cheers!

  3. Are you now given a choice where to do your internship? You have me convinced, I’ll go back if I can be an intern again. Good luck! Fe Quevedo UPCM ’93

  4. You must be my 1st medical student to enter the hallowed Halls of UP PGH! I’m so proud!! You will never be the same again! Continue the journey….

    1. Thank you sir! Indeed, PGH taught me and continues to teach me a lot every single day. I remembered you when i was having my burn rotation! You taught me well, sir. Again, thank you. God bless you and your family. See you soon 🙂

  5. Well-said, Dr. Ting 🙂
    How refreshing to read the insights of someone who recognizes and genuinely appreciates the value of a UP-PGH education. I wish you and your colleagues the best of luck in the forthcoming board exams. I have no doubt in my mind that, with your attitude of gratitude and appreciation, you’ll be successful in whatever career path. 🙂
    “The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.”
    Congratulations on completing your internship. 🙂
    Wen Del Rosario-Raymundo UPCM ‘89

      1. You’re welcome, Fred. And it’s Ma’am 🙂 And yes, I’m pretty sure we’ll meet someday – maliit ang mundo. May God bless you and your family too 🙂

    1. Thank you for the great write-up Dr. Ting. I too was an outsider but chose to have my PGI , residency and fellowship there. Our work was hard but we learned a lot and made new friends, whether they be co-interns, residents and consultants. God bless you and wishing you all the best. 🙂

  6. Thank you for seeing PGH in a different light. Gives us in administration a reason to continue working hard for our indigent patients and the PGH staff. This single refreshing feedback is more than enough to douse the senseless attacks on the most hardworking PGH employee, Director JoGon. With your very optimistic outlook and nationalistic fervor, I see a bright future for our country. God bless you!

  7. Ten very god reasons Fred! I studied at UPCM, did internship and surgical residency . Was first chief of the TRAUMA DIVISION. The internship and residency were the fulfillment of my dream! Am sure you will be equally fulfilled!

  8. Ex-PGH IDS Fellow here. Grabe, na-single out mo talaga ang section namin sa referral paperwork ha! It was one of our amused consultants at the section who read your article and told us about it. For once, sikat ang IDS. LOL. I honestly thought all the other sections asked for the same paperwork. For us (including our consultants), the most important parts of the referral were the TPR plot, for reasons that should already be clear to you, and the culture results, of course. I hope you learned from all those papers you prepared and left at the IDS referral dropbox. Congratulations on finishing internship!

    1. Hi Sir Khenson! IDS referrals are one of the things in pgh that taught us discipline. Bawal ang kulang, or else mrreject. 🙂 Only goes to show the holistic approach of your department and pgh as a whole 🙂

  9. I don’t usually have the time facebook posts but this definitely caught my eye… What a wonderful way to described one of the most unforgettable experience we ever had.. Even after 2 years hindi ko pa rin malilimutan ang pagiging intern. Congratulations! Good Luck and God Bless!

  10. Hi Fred. Thanks for allowing me not just to reminisce my internship days in PGH but to regain the optimism that we still have a significant number of doctors who have the true vocation in our profession. Keep up the great feat and God bless! – Armi (UPCM 2001 and USLS CM lecturer in Pediatrics (not sure if I got to teach your batch though…)

  11. Dr. Ting, you just made me cry!

    I have been a PGI at PGH a decade before you. From my alma mater, Mindanao State University, the hearsay is, there had been only one PGI who have hurdled PGH before us. I never knew who he/she was. The thought of PGH then, was just daunting. Until in 2003, there were 7 of us who braved internship in PGH, For several months, I have sold myself short, thinking that I was a lowly probinsyana amongst the best interns of this country. But the culture of PGH is very warm, and even the best interns are quite down-to-earth and friendly. And I have come to realize how lucky I was to be there.

    You, Dr. Ting, beautifully wove into words my experience in PGH. And you made me feel “senti” right now.

    Anyhow, my batch have encouraged those after us to intern in PGH for the reasons you have enumerated. And each year since then, MSUans have braved PGH. They may not know it, but personally, I regard this as my legacy to my alma mater. And so, I shall share this article at our school’s FB page, and encourage more to come.

    Thank you, and I shall pray for you to pass the medical licensure exam.

  12. Congrats! Definitely brings back memories. It’s
    been a while since I’ve been back to UP-PGH but
    till this day, I think it has made me the kind of
    doctor that I’ve always wanted to be.

    Abbie Concepcion Kamishlian UPCM 1992

  13. It is very much inviting. But first I need to fulfill my dreams. I need to be in medschool first before everything else. I would like to experience that kind of positive stress. Reading this entry made me more excited of a Doctor’s what-to-dos. Service, humility and discipline. I will be in medschool soon, I firmly believe that.

      1. Thank you for those encouraging words. The road to be a med student for me is a tough one and I am sure I am not the only one experiencing this. We are not exactly rich and all that. I am also not intelligent but I have the passion. My friends alwayse remind me to “Believe in the dream.” I have been believing it for the longest time andI cant help but lose hope at some point. But I know I will make it. I hope for it every single day.

  14. congratulations on graduating from internship fred. glad that despite your e hectic schedule you have,you still have time to write. keep it up. you are and will be a really great doctor. you make us all proud. praying for you while you prepare for your exams.

  15. I was also a pgi in pgh. It was definitely a learning experience. While we see all the extreme and complicated cases in pgh, i feel that the training is lacking in the sense that we didn’t rotate in other hospitals with better facilities. We didn’t get a lot of the bread and butter cases. I did my medical school in cim where we rotated in the private and government hospitals. I think that it’s just as important to learn how to deal with diseases, people and consultants from different walks of life. And Im not saying that cim is better because lord knows i have issues with their flagship hospital as well.

  16. Fred, your blog has been challenged by others (in their own blogs). Allow me to reply to them in your page…

    I agree that UPCM and PGH does not hold the monopoly of excellence! However, UP is UP! Case in point, when I got admitted to the UP College of Medicine, I joined a class composed of 4 summa’s, 28 magna’s, 48 cum laude’s, 40 Intarmeds, and the rest were Palanca winners , math Olympiads , artists, athletes who filled up 160 seats of the BSLR. Stats show that UPCM has the highest average score for the Phil boards, highest passing rate, highest top 10 since day one! The USMLE scores are the highest too. But more importantly, they are leaders in their respective fields!

    I did not only take internship in PGH but finished Surgery there. The so called superiority-culture is oftentimes misconstrued by outsiders as sheer arrogance. For every UP student it is simply a personal challenge to prove oneself worthy. And it is the same standard for all. The uncompromising quest for excellence amidst the overwhelming limitations of time and resources brings out the bad and the good on each student of medicine. ” bawal Ang wala, bawal Ang Hindi mo alam; dapat hanapan mo ng paraan, aalamin mo !” I strived to be better than myself with classmates, group mates, and fellow residents who were way more intelligent, hard working, caring, and selfless! They are the unsung heroes of PGH! Now, my memory might be very selective- looking only at the brighter and joyful side. The angst, the hurts, the torture of insurmountable challenges at that time take a back seat now! It was an imperfect (sometimes cruel) journey that has taught me well and gave me the strength to be the med student, Intern, and Surgeon I always hoped for!

    1. Thank you for this, Sir / Maam! Very well said. As I’ve pointed out, everything is really just a matter of perspective. If you dwell on bad experiences, then you become bitter. But if you focus your attention on positivity, then you become better.

      ” bawal Ang wala, bawal Ang Hindi mo alam; dapat hanapan mo ng paraan, aalamin mo !” is indeed TatakPGH! So proud of you! God bless! 🙂

    2. Im curious. I doubt that even american medical schools know who has the highest scores in usmle. Where did you get this information?

  17. Great writing and inspiring read! But I have a question for you. If you were not accepted at PGH, where would you choose to do your internship? I guess this would challenge you to write another entry and inspire the majority who didn’t train in PGH. =)

    1. Good point! But to answer your question, i would’ve had it at Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital (Riverside Hospital) in Bacolod City. =) might do that article after the boards! =) thank you!

      1. I also considered Riverside-slash-Don Benito (in Iloilo) before. God bless with the board! Claim it!

  18. Thanks, Fred Ting, for this excellent writing! It surely made my day and made our efforts as teachers/mentors at UP-PGH appreciated, especially for the few hundreds among us who remain WOCs (without compensation) for many years. It reminds us again why we continue to teach at UPCM, with or without pay. Again, thank you very much!

  19. It’s so refreshing, Fred, to read your blog, for it brought me back to my days in UP-PGH, and remembered how I endured (and why I had to endure) 12 years to back-breaking work, from pre-med to fellowship. There were several times when the daily grind became too tedious, but reading the personal take from someone “from the other side of the fence who jumped over” and found the experience enriching and fulfilling, made me realize how fortunate I was and that I just didn’t realize it back then. Good luck on your board exams. And please go back to UP-PGH for residency training. 🙂

  20. Fred, this is Doc Martin! Awesome blog post! Good luck guid! I’m so proud of you! See you back in Bacolod!!

  21. Hi Fred! Good read. I was also an “outsider” in PGH and also had the same sentiments, same thought-provoking questions from people who questioned my decision to jump from a private hospital to one of the most challenging government hospitals in the country for residency training. I remember how one doctor – a regular moonlighter for years – even told me bluntly that it was a stupid decision. Almost three years into jumping out of the water, I can say I don’t regret doing my residency in PGH. I believe I had the best three years of my life as a doctor because of my experience in PGH. 🙂 I’m happy to know you also had the best year of your medical career so far. Continue inspiring others to venture out of their comfort zone. Hope to see you around after the boards this August! Good luck and God bless!

  22. Profound observations Fred Ting!!!…Everything is nothing but True about clinical experience in PGH. In the Philippines, long before I wanted to belong a UP, it was quite a really long story why I ended up at PGH and funny too.
    For me, Im always glad and much honored to have served the Filipino people. Residency here is truely a humbling experience and along with it generated a staggering amount of wisdom, audacity, leadership skills and most of all, camaraderie.
    Indeed, here in PGH, and probably here only do we treat 3rd yr med students, clerks, interns and juniors as siblings. We (the Kuyas and Ates) do make sure that you guys carry on the legacy of doing it well and even better. 🙂
    Well, I wish you all the accolades Fred. Hope you really learned a lot, most of which are not written in the books and yet to be written as guidelines for all.
    All the best…may I hear of you someday. Study well for the boards Fred!!
    BTW thanks for using my pic on PGH 😛
    Dr. Mark Vincent B. Besa

  23. Hey all, that sounds great. I ´m studying medicine in Germany and I would love to spend my four week internship in Manila in Feburary 2015. Where can I apply for the internship?
    I would really appreciate a feedback!

    Many thanks in advance for your efforts and help!

    Best regards,
    Daniela ( d.rudzinski@gmx.de )

  24. nasa pre-med palang po ako pero still, sobrang nakaka’inspire po ang blog niyo. I pray that I can make it hanggang sa med school, just like you po, sobrang galing niyo. 😀 🙂
    question lang po.. pwede po bang mag’intern sa UP-PGH kahit from other med school po and hindi po graduate ng UP-CM?

    1. Hi Julia! I will pray for you as well. To answer your question, YES. You can choose to do internship at UP-PGH even if you are not from UPCM. On your senior year in med school, you will apply for internship matching where you get to choose 3 hospitals according to your priority. I myself am not from UPCM -I graduated from University of St. La Salle. I am starting to do e-mentoring for medical students and undergraduate students who have interests in medicine. Feel free to leave me a message at fredtingmd@gmail.com. God bless you!

  25. Very well said, Dr FredTing! I am sure your mentors are so proud of you. I had this mentality back during our time that when you were PGH-trained, you lack the compassion that defines a physician-patient relationship, being sacrificed for the sake of pure training and learning. I am so glad to have come across your article. It reveals the deep essence of becoming a genuine physician, which should be more than just medical knowledge and skills. More power to you and forever keep this essence in your mind and heart as you impart these and apply in your practice. Truly encouraging for future health care professionals.

  26. Well said, Dr. Ting! Some friends reposted this and I was taken back to not just internship but to all my years at UP-PGH. The memories! It is so heartwarming to hear how much your year at PGH meant to you. I just know that your experiences in the wards have made you into a better physician. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! It was tough, tiring, hot, and uncomfortable at times. But you cannot dispute just how much you can learn from all these patients who are so grateful that you care. They are indeed the best teachers. And the work ethic instilled in you as you try to juggle seeing your patients/making notes/endorsements/studying/finding funds for you patients, etc., etc., etc.! This is something that will live on as you go on to your own practice. Congratulations on making it through. Good luck with the rest of your career! – Mitos Cating-Cabral, UPCM Class 2001

  27. Hello dear doctors , I am afghan student , studying in China , after some months I will go to internship , is there any chance for me to do internship in this hopital ? Waite for details thanks

  28. How about those who are doing MBBS and want to do electives or Internship?how to get the placement?how to get the accommodation?do they have hostels/dorms?how about the tuition fee?can work as an intern or do have to work as a 5th year student?

  29. I Was not matched to Pgh in first round of matching by the APMC this year 😢 Is there anyway I can increase my chances of getting accepted? I heard walk in application has better chance of getting in. I’m from the visayas, I don’t mind going there and try my luck applying, I really wanted to be there.

  30. Dr. TIng, thank you for sharing these wonderful things. I’m presently a 3rd year med student in Ilocos. With your post sir, I have decided to pursue my plan for internship at UP-PGH (in God’s will and guidance). You have given us wonderful insights to appreciate more UP-PGH. Thank you sir, God Bless you. 😊

  31. Thank you for this article, Dr. Ting! I remember my days as a PGI in PGH (I took PGI in 2004). Consultants were very nice. The mess hall memories are my favorite! My brother is an incoming intern and didn’t make it in the 2nd APMC matching. Unfortunately, PGH won’t be accepting walk-in applicants this year. I guess the 100 slots allotted for this incoming academic year had been filled up already. 😦 Maybe he’ll be accepted in residency, who knows? ^__^ Great article, anyway! God bless you in your medical career, Doc! :))

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