Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine

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The Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine, abbreviated as INTARMED or Intarmed and colloquially called iMed) Program is the seven-year curriculum of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine that shortens the usual period of medical education by two years. It consists of two years of pre-medical courses (Learning Units I and II) and five years in Medicine Proper (Learning Units III-VII). Medicine Proper comprises four years of regular medical studies (Learning Units III - VI) and one year of clinical internship (Learning Unit VII).


There are two entry points to the College of Medicine: direct entry to Learning Unit I and lateral entry to Learning Unit III (First Year Medicine Proper). Effective school year 2009-2010, all applicants are required to sign a return service agreement (RSA).

Learning Unit I[edit]

High school graduates who have met the requirements for admission to the University of the Philippines System are eligible for admission to LU I. Applications are coursed through the University of the Philippines System General Admission Process. The LU I Intarmed students are selected from the top 50 male and top 50 female college freshmen qualifiers (ranked according to their University Predicted Grade/UPG) who indicated in the U.P. College Admission Test (UPCAT) application form their interest in Intarmed. Only 40 direct entrants (20 males and 20 females) are finally admitted into the program following a selection process which includes an interview.

Learning Unit III (First Year Medicine Proper)[edit]

Only applicants who will have obtained their baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) by the end of the preceding Philippine school year are eligible. For example, an applicant for school year 2009-2010 must have obtained their degree by the end of school year 2008-2009 or earlier. The applicant must have a valid National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) score not lower than the 90th percentile.[1] The applicants are then trimmed down by a rigorous selection process to the final 120 Lateral Entrants for LU III.

Due to the program's two entry points, Direct Entrants are joined by the Lateral Entrants as both groups enter LU III. This mixing results in the final 160 students that comprise a complete batch in Medicine Proper.

B.S. Basic Medical Sciences[edit]

A baccalaureate degree in Basic Medicine is awarded to direct entrants who have satisfactorily completed Learning Units I to IV of the seven-year program.


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