Strict standards in licensure exams for docs assured: PRC

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    DESPITE the high demand for medical doctors amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine (PRB-MED) yesterday assured that high standards will be maintained in the Physician Licensure Examinations.

    “While the health crisis has forced PRC to make crucial decisions as regards licensure examinations, it will remain faithful to its mission to deliberately, scientifically, and consistently determine the competence of professionals, such as those who will be called medical doctors,” the PRC said in a statement.

    The PRC had postponed nearly all of its scheduled licensure examinations for 2020 due to the pandemic.

    But it pushed through with Part II of the March 2020 PLE in response to the call of the Department of Health for additional medical doctors to augment the need during the pandemic.

    “As the results will soon be released after completing the necessary processes, passers will surely augment the shortage of healthcare professionals attending COVID-19 cases in the country,” the PRC said.

    A total of 1,421 aspiring doctors took the licensure exam last September 20-21 in different testing venues nationwide.

    The participating regions were National Capital Region with 822 examinees; CAR (Baguio) with 63 examinees; Region II (Tuguegarao) with 48 examinees; Region IV-A (Lucena) with 33 examinees; Region V (Legaspi) with 52 examinees; Region VI (Iloilo) with 50 examinees; Region VII (Cebu) with 124 examinees; Region VIII (Tacloban) with 27 examinees; Region IX (Zamboanga) with 58 examinees; Region X (Cagayan De Oro) with 53 examinees; and Regions XI (Davao) with 91 examinees.