Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine Inc.
Specialty Board of Geriatric Medicine

    The Specialty Board of Geriatric Medicine aims to certify the competence of qualified
    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
    examiners.

    Fellow and Diplomate: definition and qualifications
    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
    Physicians.

    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
    training institution.

    b.        Diplomate.  A  Diplomate of the PCP who passed the certifying examination given
    by the Philippine Board of Geriatric Medicine.

    c.        Fellow
    1.        Fellows of the Philippine Society of Geriatric Medicine inducted at the time of
    the merger
    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
    geriatric medicine.
    4.   Upon nomination from at least 3 fellows in good standing and upon final approval
    of the board.