PNP Medical Examination: General Physical Exam(GPE)
The PNP Health Service conducts series of medical examinations as part of the recruitment process. The first step is the General Physical Examination (GPE). As a member of the aspiring recruits, I was lucky enough to survive and tell the story about the process. And the story goes this way…
The GPE starts with around 20 people in a room fully naked. Basically, they will divide the aspiring recruits/applicants into two depending on their total number. In our case, we were 24 during the first batch. The 2nd batch were a bit unlucky because other applicants from other unit were mixed in their group. They were a total of around 40 in the medium-sized room.
The GPE starts with “jumping jacks”. And you’re going to do it totally naked until all of you sweat. That would be around 20 minutes. Fortunately for the girls, they won’t do jumping jacks, but they also being checked fully naked, obviously they are grouped separately from the boys. I am not sure about the reason why jumping jacks has to be done. Although, we assume that it is done for the purpose of checking whether we have inguinal hernia (luslos) or none.
After the twenty-minute jumping-jacks, we were called one-by-one by our names. When one is called, he’ll go in front of the doctor; which was seated in front, raise his arms and rotate. The doctor will then say “tuwad”, so the applicant will show his anus to the him; that is to check for anal hemorrhoids. After that, the applicant can put his clothes back and watch the other applicants do what he just did.
Depending on the case, the doctor might ask some questions if he finds something unusual. If the defect is reversible, compliance to the doctors suggestions could be done. If not reversible, the applicant is automatically out of the recruitment process.