ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: November 2020 Physician PLE, Medicine Board Exam

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Medicine releases the room assignments for November 2020 Physician Licensure Exam (PLE) few days before the licensure exam. 

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The November 2020 PLE is scheduled to take place on November 10, 11, 15 and 16, 2020 at PRC testing centers in Manila/NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

See Also: November 2020 Physician Licensure Exam (PLE) Results, List of Passers

PLE is one of the programs with average number of examinees being administered by PRC. In the last exam conducted on March 2020 and September 2020, 800 out of 1,424 (56.18%) examinees passed.

PLE EXAMINATION REMINDERS

As posted by PRC, examinees shall bring the following requirements on examination proper.

  • Notice of Admission
  • Official Receipt
  • Two or more pencils (No. 2)
  • Ball pens with BLACK ink only
  • One (1) piece long brown envelope
  • One (1) piece long transparent/plastic envelope (for keeping your valuables and other allowed items)
  • Health Forms (Pursuant to Resolution No. 21 (s 2020)
  • Negative RT-PCR Test Results, if applicable, or Certificate of Quarantine (Pursuant to Resolution No. 21 (s 2020)

PRC reminds examinees to report before 6:30 in the morning on the said date because late comers will not be admitted. Examination fees for late examinees will also be forfeited. Examinees are advised to verify the room assignments at the PRC official website, to the links below or through the notices and announcements to be posted at the PRC premises 2-3 days before the exams.


PLE ROOM ASSIGNMENTS

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Below is the list of room assignments for the testing locations mentioned in the November 2020 Physician licensure exams, courtesy of PRC:

COVERAGE OF EXAMS 

The November 2020 Medicine/ Physician licensure exams covered the following areas:
  • Biochemistry;
  • Anatomy and Histology;
  • Microbiology and Parasitology;
  • Physiology;
  • Legal Medicine, Ethics and Medical Jurisprudence;
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics;
  • Surgery and Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Rhinology;
  • Medicine;
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology;
  • Pediatrics and Nutrition;
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health

RT-PCR TESTING

Per Memorandum No. 68 series of 2020, entitled "Updated Guidelines on the Strict Health Protocols to be Observed in the Conduct of Licensure Exams during the COVID-19 Pandemic", examinees and examination personnel who fall under the following groups shall undergo the mandatory Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing from any of the Department of Health (DOH) accredited facilities three to five (3-5) days before the examination date/s:

1.1. Suspect cases; or
1.2. Individuals with relevant history of travel and exposure (or contact), whether symptomatic or asymptomatic; and
1.3. Health care workers with possible exposure, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. 
The following exposures should have happened two (2) days before or within fourteen (14) days from onset of symptoms of a confirmed or probable case:
1.3.1. Face-to-face contact with a confirmed case within one (1) meter and for more than fifteen (15) minutes;
1.3.2. Direct physical contact with a confirmed case;
1.3.3. Direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal protective equipment.

In this case, examinees and examination personnel shall be required to submit the result of their RT-PCR tests. 

Only those examinees with negative results shall be allowed to take the examination.

However, if an examinee or examination personnel does not fall in the above-mentioned conditions, he/she may undergo a 14-day quarantine period wherein he/she is asymptomatic for at least 14 days prior to the scheduled examination date/s, provided that he/she has no close contact or exposure to the aforementioned cases, he/she shall be allowed to take/assist the examination in the absence of RT-PCR test. A Certificate of Quarantine or its equivalent signed by any of the following shall be submitted instead:

2.1. Any licensed Physician (government or private physician);
2.2. Municipal Health Officer, Provincial Health Officer or City Health Officer;
2.3. Barangay Officer visiting the examinee’s residence attesting that he/she has been in quarantine for 14 days.

3. Examinees coming from other countries should be able to quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative RT-PCR test result whichever is shorter.

4. All examination personnel including the PNP/PRC Security Officers assigned in the Confidential Printing Room (CPR) and those assigned to transport and secure the test materials in various testing venues shall undergo the RT-PCR test to assure their safety as well as to those involved in the administration of examination. Only those mentioned personnel with negative RT-PCR result and Certificate of Quarantine shall be allowed to assist/administer the same.

HEALTH STANDARDS FOR EXAMINEES AND EXAMINATION PERSONNEL

1. All examinees and examination personnel shall enforce the following precautionary measures among themselves:
  • Observe physical distancing of two (2) meters between examinees. Examinees shall be restricted to their assigned seat;
  • Wear face mask (at least 3-ply surgical mask, preferably N95 mask) and face shield at all times;
  • Bring 70% ethyl alcohol for hand disinfection;
  • Wear latex gloves for exam personnel handling the test questionnaires.
2. Examinee shall submit the duly accomplished Informed Consent (Annex A) and Health Declaration (Annex B) forms with the Notice of Admission (NOA) and the negative RT-PCR test result/Quarantine Certificate to the proctor on the examination day.

Informed Consent and Health Declaration Forms can be downloaded on the PRC official website (www.prc.gov.ph);

3. Examinees and examination personnel shall bring their own meals (pre-packed meal/snack and drink) to be eaten during breaks, while being in their assigned seats.

Face masks will only be removed when taking meals or drinks. Windows will be opened to improve ventilation during breaks;

4. Examinees shall bring their own pens, pencils and erasers. Borrowing from seatmate is not allowed to prevent cross-contamination;

5. Talking and loitering are prohibited in the hallways or in the examination room.

DRESS CODE

Examinees shall adhere to the attire set by the Professional Regulation Commission. Examinees are required to wear their school uniform.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Take note of the following prohibitions during the exams.
  • Books, notes, review materials and other printed materials containing coded information, data and formula;
  • Calculators which are programmable or with embedded functions especially CASIO FX991ES and CASIO FX991ES Plus;
  • Apple, Samsung and other smart watches, cellular phones, ear plugs, transmitters, portable computers, bluetooth and other electronic gadgets/devices which may be used for communication purposes;
  • Bags of any kind are not allowed;
Likewise, PRC will not be responsible for any prohibited items which will be lost during the exams.

UPDATES

You may also want to view the PRC-COVID 19 precautions here

For concerns, you may also reach them at below email addresses:
  • licensure.division@prc.gov.ph 
  • licensure.office@prc.gov.ph.
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