The PCP is the umbrella organization of internists in the Philippines and was organized 61 years ago, in 1953. The 3 main reasons for its existence are:
- Continuing Medical Education of internists and other physicians;
- Certification and Regulation of the Subspecialty of Internal Medicine;
- Accreditation and Certification of the Training Programs for Internal Medicine in the Philippines.
Dr. Gonzalo F. Austria is the Founding President of the PCP.
The PCP is an affiliate society of the Philippine Medical Association and a member-society of the International Society of Internal Medicine. The College has a total of 9,111 members composed of Fellows, Diplomates and Members. The title of Diplomate in Internal Medicine is awarded by the PCP to an internist who has fulfilled all the requirements set by the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine which administers the certifying examinations annually. The title of Fellow is awarded to a Diplomate in Internal Medicine who has fulfilled the requirements for membership as Fellow in the PCP. Thus, an internist who has satisfactorily passed and fulfilled the requirements of the PCP and having been certified as such, may carry the title Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Fellow of the PCP (FPCP).
The College has 18 component and affiliate societies under it. It also has 22 regional chapters nationwide and 8 chapters on NCR.