IATF OKs holding of Physician Licensure Examination in September

Published July 24, 2020, 10:53 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The second part of the March 2020 Physician Licensure Examination is set to push through in September this year after the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved it on Thursday.


According to presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the IATF approved the holding of the Physician Licensure Examination during its 58th meeting on July 23.

“The examination, which is Part II of the testing activities for the March, 2020, Physician Licensure Examination, is tentatively scheduled on September 20 and 21, 2020,” Roque said.

“The conduct of the examination will be held under observance of the strict protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH),” he added.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Medicine announced this week that it was planning to move the second part of the postponed March, 2020, Physician board exam in November this year instead of the regular September schedule.

“We will be continuing the second part of the March, 2020, examination but it may not be this September,” Dr. Clarita Maaño of the PRC Board of Medicine said during the virtual meeting with the House panel on July 14.

“We are moving it to November, we have [a] specific date ready if we are moving that to November,” she added.

She said the decision was made after consultation with the Philippine Medical Association and the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges.

The House Committee on Civil Service asked the IATF last week to immediately tackle PRC’s report on its plans on various licensure board examinations, particularly those health-related, in anticipation that there will be more demand for health professionals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DOH said last week that 13,949 doctors and nurses were needed to meet the requirements for the government’s COVID-19 response.