Of course, you can!
That’s my very short answer for that disheartening question. But read on as how you can still get that MD dream despite of financial limitations.
Sure, having money enough to send you to medical school is a big factor for you and your family to decide if you’ll do it or not. But I want you to know that there are legal, possible, and attainable ways that you can do if money won’t smile back on you or you weren’t born with a silver spoon.
- Get an admirable General Weighted Average (GWA) in College or PreMed
I know grades won’t define one’s personality but hey! we are talking about medschool and having good grades will really become in handy in medschool. Most medical schools give out scholarships for those with LATIN HONORS. So if you are in college and planning to go to medical school? then study, study, study!
- NMAT is a golden ticket!
Connected to #1, pair your latin honors with a competitive NMAT percentile score. That would be 90 above. This pair would most likely give you a high chance of landing into a medical school with the least expenses. I blogged about tips in preparation for NMAT here.
- Study in an SUC
There are government schools or what we call State Universities and Colleges offering Doctor of Medicine Program here in the Philippines with FREE TUITION FEE. Yes, free matriculation for medical school. Excited already? An example is the West Visayas State University-College of Medicine in Ilo-ilo, you can read my blog about it here.
However, you need to know the terms incorporated with this. Some schools ask for a return service (but why not? SERVE THE PEOPLE!) for several years after passing the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE).
SUCs also offer Doctors to the Barrio Program (DTTBP) as a form of scholarship, too. This program is with stipend, clothing allowance, book allowance, transportation allowance, and many more! Good reads about the program are the following:
- Sell stuff
No kidding here! you can sell stuff while in medschool, earn from it, save your earnings, and pay your tuition. Believe me, you can. Sell something of your interest. Sell something that’s time saver when it comes to preparation.
In my case, I sold puto pao and became a supplier in our school canteen. Some people I know, sell medschool stuff like highlighters, muji notebooks and pens, reprinted books, transes, notes, or even snacks of all kinds. You can even sell yellow paper hahahaha
- Try a part time job suitable in your schedule
Before I started medicine last year, I researched if a regular medical student can apply for a part time job and most answers I got was “NO”. I thought I can teach (I’m a teacher by profession hehe) in nearby schools. However, I realized that the salary for a part-time teacher is not really that sufficient for my case. You can also try to be a tutor and peg for at least 350 per hour.
So you might want to try looking for different part-time jobs in sites such as upwork.
Life is unfair. This is true. You might have classmates who doesn’t even need to experience things that you are experiencing just to pursue your dream. It might pain you to see them have all the things they have, have a good time, buy different things, and have a less stressed medschool life. But please see this hardship as a way of character formation because what you are going to achieve is something big and grandiose, you have to know and understand how to walk in a life with all sacrifices, inequality, and different shades of poorness to humble you and to value this life that you are given and the lives that YOU ARE GOING TO SAVE. Don’t give up with achieving your dream 🙂 Don’t give up on yourself and remember that above all, God is gracious and faithful ❤
Just to give you a background 🙂 I don’t have a latin honor nor with an NMAT percentile score of 90 above (but I do have decent grades and NMAT score). I’m a daughter of a former janitress. My father died when I was 5. I don’t have siblings to help me and my relatives have their own daily life burdens to carry.
So if you ask me, “We are not rich, can I still go to medschool?” my answer is
“YES! YOU CAN!”
2nd Year Medical Student (Batch 2022)
Metropolitan Medical Center- CAST