College of Medicine Electives Program


An elective is a structured learning experience in the field of medicine or related fields approved by the office of the Dean, Manila Central University College of Medicine. This clinical rotation is not specifically required as part of the basic medical school curriculum but it enhances the acquisition of the essential knowledge, clinical skills and attitude to become a competent and well-rounded physician.
Electives may be either clinical patient care electives (Community Immersion, Emergency Medicine or Physical Rehabilitation) or non-clinical non-patient care electives (Pathology and Radiology).
Students may take a maximum of two courses that are of two (2) weeks duration in each elective field of their choice. All rotations will be in the hospital and nearby affiliate communities.

MCU Hospital

MCU Hospital is a modern 209–bed, Tertiary Health Care facility strategically located in Caloocan City, north of Metro Manila offering complete and efficient medical and surgical services.


The nearby communities of St. Peter and John Parish Clinic (SPSJ) at Potrero, Malabon and Joseph Clinic at Maysilo, Malabon are the focus of our community immersion.


    • Anesthesia
      The Anesthesia Electives Program offers a span of the following procedures the perioperative care of adult, obstetric and pediatric patients as well as acute and chronic pain, regional anesthesia and critical care. There are also opportunities to be involved in anesthesia related research endeavours.
      Anesthesiology combines physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology and resuscitative skills and measures including advanced airway management and vascular access. The provision of anesthetic services involves: Perioperative Anesthesia which is is divided into three parts namely preoperative assessment and preparation, intraoperative management and postoperative management.


    • Department of Pathology
           This is a two-week (no 24 hours duty) rotation in both the clinical laboratory and histopathology. The Medical Clerk rotating in the department will acquire competency in the technical generation and interpretation of laboratory data and in the formulation of clinicopathologic correlations. The clinical clerk will interact with patients, families or donors (blood donors), performing tasks such as interviewing, examination and counseling.


    • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
      This is a two-week (no 24 hour duty) rotation at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department focusing on clinical training and exposure to build on the foundation of the basic sciences in dealing with neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary conditions in both adult and pediatric patients.     Teaching strategies include interactive discussion with patient and staff, honing skills in history taking, physical examination, interpretation of diagnostics tests (i.e., EMG-NCV, bone mineral densitometry, etc.), performance of special tests and maneuvers, orthotics-prosthetics shop rotation, exposure to actual therapeutic exercises and equipment or machines used in the department and rehabilitation management. There will be conferences, direct observations during a procedural skill performance, etc. All activities are supervised by the consultants and staff of the department.Clinical Clerks undergo both formative and summative evaluations.


    • Department of Emergency Medicine      This is a two-week rotation at the Emergency Section which focuses on knowledge and skills on Emergency Procedures and Management. Clinical Clerks are expected to the knowledge on BLS, ACLS (Adult & Pediatrics), ATLS 7 basic airway management as well as to identify the need for the use of equipment and instruments (Defibrillators, Cardiac monitors, Surgical instruments for CTT and Cricothyroidotomy, Laryngoscope, bag valve mask apparatus) to patients seen at the Emergency Room. They will also be involved in the triaging of patients coming in at the Emergency Room. They will also participate in the Hospital Activities such as hospital drills on Disaster, Fire, Earthquake and Lock down.

      During the two (2) weeks rotation the clinical clerks will stay at the Emergencyroom and will go on duty every three (3) days. They will be under the direct supervision of the Emergency Medicine Consultant-on-duty.
      There are various teaching-learning activities during their rotation like Case Discussion, Teaching rounds, Endorsement Rounds, Direct observation, Review of charts, Weekly Audit, Journal Club, Performance Sheet and Shifting Exam.


    • Department of Radiology      This is a two-week course, practice-based that deals with the importance of the different imaging modalities, applications, therapeutics, and interventional advantages to the various disease processes.It serves to reinforce the knowledge learned with regards to the use of these different imaging modalities (Radiology, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, and Interventional Radiology), and its relevant applications to the patient’s condition. It focuses on the real time visualization and interpretation of radiologic studies as seen in clinical practice.During the 2 weeks rotation, the clinical clerks will stay at the Radiologic Science and Diagnostic Imaging Department and will go on 12 hours duty everyday. They will be under the direct supervision of the Radiologic Consultants.
      There are various teaching-learning activities during their rotation like Interactive Discussion, Case Discussion, Teaching rounds, Weekly Audit, Journal Club, Performance sheets Evaluation, Log Book completion and Shifting Exam.


  • Community Immersion     This is a two-week rotation in the Department of Family and Community Medicine that deals with the principles of Primary Health Care (PHC). Health promotion and disease prevention are emphasized in the program rather than care of the sick. The students participate in community diagnosis, community health planning, and community organization and mobilization. The clinical clerks encourage community participation that includes participatory action research and training of local health workers and promote sharing of responsibility of maintaining of health of the people between the community and the institution.The students will be making full use of lectures. (Interactive Discussions/ Video Presentations). They will be practicing their teaching and clinical skills thru Public Health Lectures, Mother’s Class/Community Diagnosis/Industrial Visit/Family Profile/Consultations/ Duty at the Emergency Room/Triaging at the OPD.Conferences (Clinical Case Discussions with EBM/Family Profile/Community Diagnosis/Industrial Visit Report), Community Exposure (Consultations at the Community; Joseph Clinic and St. Peter and St. John Clinic) and Hospital exposures (duty at the ER after the Community work and Conferences, triage officer at the OPD) enhance their experiential learning.


Application Deadline: Your application should be submitted 8 months before the start of your chosen elective.

  1. Letter of support from the Dean of the medical school. The letter of support will need to include verification that student is in the final year of medical school and current class rank. The dean’s letter must be written on the medical school’s stationary, with the original school seal, the dean’s original signature and e-mail address. The dean’s letter must include the applicant’s current class ranking. Should the class ranking may not be available, your home institution will need to provide a letter indicating that the rank is not given. The letter must be in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  2. Copy of student’s current Transcript of Records. It must be uploaded by your home institution. Must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV). It must include the student’s education, completed clinical electives or sub-internships, publications, and other professional accomplishments.
  4. Letter of Recommendation. It must be from a member of the faculty at student’s medical school who has observed student’s clinical skills. This letter, in English or with English translation, must be submitted with the faculty member’s original signature on medical school’s official stationary.
  5. MCU Immunizations and Health Record. Immunization record and documentation must be translated in English. (download form: Immunization Record)
  6. Proof of Health Insurance. It must detail health insurance coverage for the duration of the clinical elective. This certificate should be obtained from student’s health insurance company.
  7. Personal statement. It should consist the student’s career goals, how this experience will help student achieve them, and what student has accomplished thus far in pursuit of those goals. It should also include the cultural opportunities student will pursue during his/her stay.
  8. Application Form. Must be electronically accomplished before printing. Please see application form for other requirements.


Zurbaran Hall

Manila Central University opened an in-campus dormitory last June 2014 to cater to students’ lodging needs. Named Zurbaran Hall after MCU’s first building built in 1915 in Manila, the dormitory is a 3-storey facility with a homey ambiance conducive for studying. There are over 50 rooms that can house more than 150 student-tenants.

Among the amenities are fully-air-conditioned rooms, toilet and bath in every room, a 24-hour Wi-Fi capability in the whole dormitory, 24-hour security and CCTV system, standby power generator, continuous water supply system, cable TV at the main lobby, and study area per floor.

For inquiries visit us or call 364-10-71 up to 78 or write

is an enormous potential at the Manila Central University for Elective medical students who are enthusiastic and willing to learn from their placements.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

2nd floor, Administrative Bldg.,
Manila Central University
Telephone Number: (+632) 367-2031 loc. 1211 or 1231
Direct Number: (+632) 367-2249