The Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine recognize the urgent need for physicians during these times of public health emergency, thus the Part II of the March 2020 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE) and Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals (QAFMP) shall continue as scheduled.
Relative to this, the Commission and the Board primarily consider the safety and welfare of all examinees and examination personnel who will be exposed to health risks while participating in the conduct of the continuation of the said examinations, thereby recommending the following health and safety protocols:
1.Observe physical distancing of two (2) meters between examinees. Examinees shall be restricted to their assigned seat.
2. Require wearing of facemask (at least 3-ply surgical mask, preferably N95 mask) and face shield.
3. Require to bring 70% ethyl alcohol for hand disinfection.
4. Submit duly accomplished informed consent (Annex A1) and health declaration (Annex A2) forms with the Notice of Admission (NOA) to the proctor immediately. Find annexes in these links:
5. Follow Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction RT-PCR Testing and Quarantine Protocol.
a. Mandatory on the examinees who fall under the following groups according to Department of Health Memorandum 2020-258A or the Updated Interim Guidelines on Expanded Testing for COVID-19:
- suspect cases; or
- individuals with relevant history of travel and exposure (or contact), whether symptomatic or asymptomatic; and
- health care workers with possible exposure, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
The following exposures should have happened two (2) days before or within 14 days from onset of symptoms of a confirmed or probable case:
- Face-to-face contact with a confirmed case within 1 meter and for more than 15 minutes;
- Direct physical contact with a confirmed case;
- Direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-l9 disease without using proper personal protective equipment.
In this case, the examinee shall be required to submit the results of his/her RT-PCR. Only those with negative results shall be allowed to take the examination.
b. If an examinee does not fall on the above mentioned conditions, he/she (both for PLE and QA-FMP) should undergo a 14-quarantine day period wherein individuals asymptomatic for at least 14 days prior to the scheduled examination dates provided that they have had no close contact exposures to the aforementioned cases shall be allowed to take the exam in the absence of an RT-PCR test. A Certificate of Quarantine or its equivalent signed by the accredited licensed physician or duly authorized local officials should be submitted instead.
c. Examinees coming from other countries should be able to quarantine for at least 2 weeks or provide a negative RT-PCR test result.
6. Bring your own meals (preferably pre-packed meal/snack and drink) to be eaten during breaks, while being in their assigned seats.
a. Windows will be opened to improve ventilation during breaks.
Note: Facemasks will only be removed when taking meals or drinks.
7. No talking and loitering in the hallways or in the examination room.
8. Bring your own ball pens, pencils, and erasers. BORROWING FROM SEATMATE IS NOT ALLOWED TO PREVENT CROSS-CONTAMINATION.
9. Decreasing the queuing time at the entrance gate:
a. Queuing will be staggered as indicated in the NOA.
b. Examinees will be given time slot to queue in front of the gate (indicated in the NOA).
- Batch 1= 6:00 - 6:35 am
- Batch 2= 6:30 - 7:00 am
- Examinees will be instructed to proceed to the room assignment after screening at the entrance gate.
- As soon as the exam is finished, examinees will be instructed to leave the premises through the designated exit gate.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS TO BE OBSERVED IN THE TESTING VENUES DURING THE CONDUCT OF THE MARCH 2020 PLE AND QAFMP
1. Foot bath with 10% Chlorine solution.
2. Temperature scan
a. Examinee with temperature of less than or equal to 37.5 degrees Celsius (≤37.5◦C) will be allowed entrance into the testing venue.
b. Examinee with temperature of more than 37.5 degrees Celsius (>37.5◦C) will be referred to the Floor Supervisor who shall refer the concerned examinee to an onsite medical doctor for assessment. Examinee will not be allowed to take the rest of the PLE.
3. Seventy percent (70%) isopropyl or ethyl alcohol rub shall be used for hand disinfection.
4. Hand soap or 70% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol shall be provided in all comfort rooms.
5. Proper observance of social distancing (at least two meters).
6. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the venue prior and after the examination.
7. During breaks, examinees will be restricted to their assigned seat and windows will be opened for proper ventilation.
For details of Resolutions, please click these links: https://www.prc.gov.ph/sites/default/files/PRBmed2020-17.pdf