back dues shall pay the corresponding annual membership fees plus the current
In line with PMA’s important role in the regulation of the practice of medicine, I encourage all PCCP
members who are not yet PMA members to join this association. The role of PMA can be explainedin the following:The PRC and the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine (PRBOM) are the only bodies expresslycreated by law to supervise, control and regulate the practice of medicine in the Philippines. PMA isthe accredited professional organization (APO) of PRC. Status/authority of the PMA emanate fromits being the professional organization recognized and accredited by the PRC and PRBOM.Therefore, the following are the official professional regulatory authorities (PRA) for the practice of medicine in the Philippines: (a) Professional Regulation Commission; (b) Board of Medicine; and (c)Philippine Medical Association. The PCCP is a component society of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) which is one of the eight (8) recognized specialty divisions of the PMA. The PCCP,therefore is recognized by the PMA as a specialty society under the PCP.
Only specialty organizations, specialty boards, training programs accredited by the PMA arerecognized by the PRC and the PRB of Medicine
.Therefore, specialty organizations and specialtyboards also possess and wield regulatory functions in their own disciplines.5)
In the meeting PMA with various specialty divisions, specialty and subspecialty societies last June16, 2012, it was decided that three (3) tier classification of physicians be adapted as a transition,namely:(a)
physicians licensed by PRC to practice medicine in the country but have notcompleted training in an accredited training program(b)
Specialist / Subspecialist
graduates of accredited training programs recognized by PMA andhave passed their certifying examinations.(c)
graduates of accredited training programs who have not yet passed theircertifying examinations.However in the meeting last July 12, 2012, the PRC Board of Medicine reiterated only 2classificationsmade up of specialist/subspecialist and the generalist. They proposed that physiciansin areas without credentialed specialist be given 5 years to pass their certifying examinations.Since PMA is more concerned at present in ensuring that as many clients of Philhealth be served aspossible in congruence with the Universal Health Program of the Department of Health, it wasdecided that the 3 tier classification (specialist/subspecialist, board eligible, and generalists) beadapted as a transition.6)
In connection with the above agreement, the PMA has requested all specialty/ subspecialty societies
to submit their members’ categorization (specialist , subspecialist or board
-eligible) which will be
the basis for physicians’ Philhealth categorization.