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Medical education in the Philippines

Medical education in the Philippines is principally offered and developed by accredited and government recognized medical schools in the country.

The Philippine medical schools are graduate schools offering the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The M.D. is a four-year professional degree program which qualifies the degree holder to take the licensure exam for medical doctors in the Philippines.


  • Admission to medical schools 1
  • Professional medical degree 2
  • Philippine medical schools 3
    • Top Philippine Medical Schools 3.1
    • List of APMC Accredited Philippine Medical Schools 3.2
  • Philippine Physician Licensure Examination 4
  • Advanced medical studies 5
    • Graduate medical programs 5.1
    • Medical specialization 5.2
  • Medical practice 6
  • Notable Filipino doctors 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Admission to medical schools

Before applying to any medical school, a candidate must earn a bachelor's degree with credits in certain required subjects. The most common pre-medical degrees include biology, psychology, medical technology, pharmacy, nursing, and physical therapy.[1]

In addition, a candidate must take the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT), the national entrance exam for all medical schools in the Philippines.[1][2]

Professional medical degree

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) is a four-year professional degree program dealing with medical theories, practices, technologies, and problem solving.

The completion of the degree program with one-year postgraduate internship qualifies a candidate to take the licensure exam for medical doctors in the Philippines.[1]

Philippine medical schools

Medical schools in the country are regulated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines, and accredited by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges.[1]

Top Philippine Medical Schools

The Board of Medicine of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines.[1] has released a list of the outstanding colleges of medicine in the Philippines with percentage passing above the national average (62.71%) based on the Physician Licensure Examinations from 2007-2012. They were recognized in the oath-taking of the new physicians held at the PICC Plenary Hall in Pasay City on September 15, 2012.[3][4][5]
Rank Name Number of Examinees Passed Passing Percentage
1 Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) 390 388 99.48%
2 University of the Philippines College of Medicine (UP) 962 948 98.54%
3 University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (UST-FMS) 2355 2269 96.34%
4 Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine (PLM-CM) 701 658 93.86%
5 Mindanao State University College of Medicine (MSU-COM) 276 254 92.02%
5 Our Lady of Fatima University College of Medicine 266 244 92.02%
6 West Visayas State University College of Medicine (WVSU-COM) 621 555 89.37%
7 Saint Luke's College of Medicine (SLCM) 482 430 89.21%
8 Saint Louis University International School of Medicine (SLU-SoM) 501 435 86.82%
9 Xavier University School of Medicine 337 289 85.75%
10 Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine (CDU-CM) 443 368 83.06%
11 UERMMMC College of Medicine 1294 1068 82.53%
12 Cagayan State University College of Medicine and Surgery 134 109 81.34%
13 Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF) 1558 1249 80.16%
14 Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (AdZU-SOM) 154 121 78.57%
15 Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. College of Medicine 508 393 77.36%
16 University of St. La Salle College of Medicine (USLS-CM) 141 107 75.88%
17 De La Salle Health Sciences Institute 1197 823 68.75%

List of APMC Accredited Philippine Medical Schools

There are 38 APMC member schools and colleges as of 2009.[6]

Name Dean Location
AMA College of Medicine Esperanza C. Lansang, M.D. Makati
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Manuel M. Dayrit, M.D. Pasig
Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine Fortunato L. Cristobal, M.D. Zamboanga City
Emilio Aguinaldo College Asuncion Abaya-Morido, M.D. Ermita, Manila
Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Remedios T. Habacon, M.D. Fairview, Quezon City
University of Perpetual Help Rizal Jonelta Foundation School of Medicine Aretas P. Singson-Alday, M.D. Las Piñas
Manila Central University-Filemon D. Tanchoco Sr. Medical Foundation Elvira M. Abreu, M.D. Caloocan
Our Lady of Fatima University Reynaldo A. Olazo, M.D. Valenzuela
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Rose Anna R. Banal, M.D. Intramuros, Manila
San Beda College of Medicine Fernandino Jose A. Fontanilla, M.D. Mendiola, Manila
St. Luke's College of Medicine William H. Quasha Memorial Brigido L. Carandang, Jr., M.D. Sta. Ignacia St., Quezon City
UERMMMC College of Medicine Alfaretta Luisa T. Reyes, M.D. Aurora Blvd., Quezon City
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Jesus V. Valencia, M.D. España, Manila
University of the Philippines College of Medicine Agnes Mejia, M.D. Pedro Gil, Manila
Baguio Central University Ma. Ana P. Custodio, M.D. Baguio, Benguet
Saint Louis University International School of Medicine John Anthony A. Domantay, M.D. Baguio, Benguet
Lyceum-Northwestern University Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation Felipe H. Rodriguez, M.D. Dagupan, Pangasinan
University of Northern Philippines Larguita P. Reotutar, M.D. Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation Estrella S. Valerio, M.D. San Carlos, Pangasinan
Cagayan State University Pablo M. Afidchao, M.D. Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Angeles University Foundation School of Medicine Evelyn B. Yumiaco, M.D. Angeles, Pampanga
De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Dina C. Gonzales, M.D. Dasmariñas, Cavite
University of Perpetual Help - Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University Winnie P. Siao, M.D. Biñan, Laguna
Bicol Christian College of Medicine Sonia G. Rosario, M.D. Legazpi, Albay
Central Philippine University College of Medicine Glenn A. M. Catedral, M.D. Iloilo City
Iloilo Doctors College of Medicine Ludovico Jurao, M.D. Iloilo City
University of Saint. La Salle Carmelo C. Canto, M.D. Bacolod, Negros Occidental
West Visayas State University Joselito F. Villaruz, M.D. Iloilo City
Cebu Doctors' University Enrico B. Gruet, M.D. Cebu City
Cebu Institute of Medicine Thelma L. Fernandez, M.D. Cebu City
Silliman University Medical School Jonathan C. Amante, M.D. Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
Southwestern University College of Medicine Peter S. Aznar M.D. Cebu City
Gullas College of Medicine University of the Visayas Leonardo Raymund C. Cimafranca, M.D. Mandaue, Cebu
Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical School Foundation Jesus G. Reyes, M.D. Tacloban, Leyte
University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences in Leyte Salvador Isidro B. Destura, M.D. Palo, Leyte
Mindanao State University College of Medicine Cristina D. Achacoso, M.D. Iligan, Lanao del Norte
Xavier University-Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine Ateneo de Cagayan Ruth S. Beltran, M.D. Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental

Philippine Physician Licensure Examination

The licensure exams for physicians (board exam for doctors) are administered by the Philippine Board of Medicine, a professional regulatory body under the general control and supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines.[1]

Advanced medical studies

After graduation from medical school and passing the board exam for doctors, a Filipino doctor is labelled as a general medical practitioner. He may seek further training by way of graduate programs in medicine (i.e., Master of Public Health, Master of Health Services Administration, etc.), or by way of medical specialization.[1]

Graduate medical programs

Graduate programs are offered in some medical schools in the country and abroad. Candidates usually attend lectures and practical exercises in an academic environment and in laboratory settings. The program may require the presentation and defense of a graduate-level thesis, an independent research project, or supervised professional practice as a final graduation requirement. The entire academic program may last from one year to five years, depending on the requirements of the curriculum; the demands of the institution; and the academic load, availability, and dedication of the individual student.[1]

Medical specialization

Medical specialization usually takes three to six years of residency training in accredited hospitals and clinics, and the taking of diplomate board examinations conducted by a board of medical specialists in a particular field (i.e., Philippine Board of Psychiatry, Philippine Board of Pediatrics, Philippine Board of Cardiology, Philippine Board of Pulmonology, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians Board of Examiners etc.).[1]

Medical practice

Medical practice in the Philippines is developed, monitored, and regulated by the

  • Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines
  • Department of Health Philippines website
  • Medical schools in the Philippines

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Medical education, Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, 2007.
  2. ^ CHED Memorandum Order no. 10, series of 2006.
  3. ^ Statistical Data of Medical Board Exam Passing Rates, Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, 1998-2011
  4. ^ Souvenir Program of Oath-taking of New Physicians, 15 September 2012
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Allied organizations, Philippine Medical Association, 2007.
  8. ^ Public Information Office, Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines, 2007.
  9. ^ Rüedi, etc. all. AO principles of fracture management, Volume 1. p. Page 96. 
  10. ^ Beta Mu Sigma.
  11. ^


See also

  • José Rizal - the National Hero of the Philippines
  • Mariano Ponce - Filipino propagandist, was managing editor of La Solidaridad
  • Juan Flavier - former Health Secretary and Senator of the Philippines
  • Manuel Dayrit - former Health Secretary and Officer of the World Health Organization, current Dean of Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Ramon Gustilo - Orthopedic surgeon; responsible for the commonly used Gustilo open fracture classification.[9]
  • Senen Reyes - the first and only Filipino Cosmonaut-Doctor[10]
  • Fe del Mundo - First Filipino woman and female medical student to enter the Harvard Medical School. A pioneer of Pediatrics in the Philippines.[11]

Notable Filipino doctors

The Department of Health, a cabinet-level department under the Office of the President of the Philippines, exercises general monitoring supervisory powers over medical practitioners and allied health personnel in the Philippines.[8]


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