DOH to authorize medical graduates to work as deputized physicians during COVID-19 crisis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — The Department of Health said it would issue a special authorization for medical school graduates to "perform limited practice of medicine as additional workforce for COVID-19 response."

The statement released Saturday said interested applicants should be Filipino graduates of a medical education program who have completed at least one year of a post graduate program within two years before March 17, 2020 — the day the ECQ was announced.

They must also not be smokers nor belong to the high-risk populations for the virus.

According to the DOH, the special authorization to be given to applicants who qualify is not equivalent to a license to practice.

"This authorization shall automatically be revoked upon termination of the national health emergency. Thus, a Certificate of Registration, subject to the rules and regulations of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) — Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine, shall remain a requirement to legally practice medicine in the country," the statement said.

Successful applicants will be hired for three months under contract of service and this would be renewable as needed.

The DOH said qualified applicants will be paid a monthly salary of P38,463.60, includive of a 20 percent premium as well a hazard allowance of P500 per day.

"Modest board and lodging" will also be provided.

As for the areas of deployment, the DOH said graduates would be assigned to facilities as determined by the DOH Centers for Heath Development (Regional Office) or Bureau of Quarantine office where they submitted their application.

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