health care practitioners in the comprehensive compassionate and excellent practice of
Geriatric Medicine in the Philippines.
The diplomate status is given to those who have: completed fellowship training in an
accredited institution (or its equivalent), obtained at least diplomate status in the Philippine
College of Physicians or the Philippine Academy of Family Practice, and passed the
geriatric board examinations.
The geriatric board examinations are given in two parts: a written examination in the
morning, followed by an oral examination in the afternoon for those who pass the first exam.
The mimimum pass level in both exams is criterion-based and is set at the score that a
marginal certifiably competent examinee is expected to obtain.
The written examination aims to test the knowledge of geriatric medicine in terms of recall,
comprehension and application tasks. The content coverage is indicated in the table. The
oral examination also tests the examinee’s knowledge, but greater emphasis is placed on
her/his skills and attitude. The examinee is expected to perform a comprehensive geriatric
examination on an actual patient, and present and defend his findings to a panel of board
based on the PCGM Constitution and By-Laws
Section 1. A geriatrician is a physician who has completed a PCGM-accredited training
program and has successfully passed the certifying examination given by the Philippine
Board of Geriatric Medicine.
Section 2. Qualifications for Membership –A member of the PCGM must be (a) an active
member of the Philippine Medical Association, and (b) a Diplomate or Fellow of the
Philippine College of Physicians OR a Diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Family
Section 3. Classification of Members
a. Associate Member. A Diplomate of the PCP in active fellowship training in geriatric
medicine in an accredited training institution, OR a Diplomate of the PAFP who is
undergoing or has completed fellowship training in geriatric medicine in an accredited
b. Diplomate. A Diplomate of the PCP who passed the certifying examination given
by the Philippine Board of Geriatric Medicine.
2. Fellows of the Philippine College of Gerontology and Geriatrics inducted at
the time of the merger
3. A Diplomate of the PCGM with at least 2 years of unsupervised practice of
4. Upon nomination from at least 3 fellows in good standing and upon final approval
of the board.