By Liza Soriano
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MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to provide for a more responsive and comprehensive regulation for the practice of the medical profession.
“Medicine, as a branch of health science, is always in a flux of development in education, practice, technology, and systems. Thus, the Practice of Medicine’s governing law must be appropriate and responsive to the ever-changing educational, economic, societal, technological, and scientific Innovations, and global advancements,” Gatchalian said in the bill’s explanatory note.
The Medical Education Council (MEC) would be established in accordance with Senate Bill No. 953, also known as the Physicians Act, and would be governed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The MEC’s duties will include deciding on the minimum required coursework for a doctor of medicine degree, including an internship.
Other duties of the MEC include recognizing and approving the creation of new medical schools following the fulfillment of minimum criteria. Along with other things, it will decide on things like the minimum numbers and credentials for administrative and instructional staff as well as the minimum standards for entry into a recognized medical college.
The proposed measure also creates the Post-Graduate Medical Education Council (PGMEC) under the PRBM, which shall ensure the quality of post-graduate medical education and training for all disciplines, specialties, and sub-specialties of medical residents.
Under the proposal, the entire medical profession will be under the Integrated National Professional Organization of Physicians (INPOP), which will have the power to investigate violations of this Act, Code of Ethics, as well as pertinent rules and regulations, administrative policies, orders, and issuances. (ai/mtvn)