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10 Best Performing Medical Schools in the Philippines

Updated on October 23, 2015
A stethoscope on top of a medicine book.
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Does it really matter where you study medicine? In other words, does your choice of school matter so much in achieving your dream as a doctor?

Well, some people believe that where or what school does not matter. However, research shows that one’s academic institution takes a very important role in terms of medical education, training and recognition.

Based on their board exam passing rate from 2007 to 2012, the country’s top 10 performing, premier medical schools as released by the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine are:

#1 Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM)

It has produced 123 topnotchers since 1963 and has been recognized by CHED as a Center of Excellence in the field of medicine. Since 2007 to 2011, it went beyond the national average of 62.71%, with an awesome 99.48% passing rate (388 examinees passed out of 390).

#2 University of the Philippines - Manila (UP)

Also a Center of Excellence in Medical Education awardee, it ranked number 2 with 98.54% passing rate out of 962 graduates. UP- Manila has produced countless of notable graduates including former DOH secretary and senator - Juan Flavier, and Fe del Mundo, who was the first-ever woman accepted by Harvard Medical School.

#3 University of Santo Tomas (UST)

Among the Philippine’s top 10 schools for doctors, UST has the most number of examinees – a total of 2,355 was recorded with 96.34% passing percentage. Dubbed as the Catholic University of the Philippines, it is also a holder of CHED’s Center of Excellence.

#4 Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)

Established in 1983 as Manila’s academic institution providing medical education, PLM has been consistent in producing scholar topnotchers in the Physician Licensure Examinations with 93.88% passing rate.

#5 Mindanao State University (MSU)

With a total of 276 examinees, 254 successful passed with a rate of 92.02%. Located at the heart of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, MSU - College of Medicine is Mindanao’s premier university for doctors founded on 1981.

#6 West Visayas State University (WVSU)

Located in Lapaz, Iloilo City, it is the country’s 2nd state medical university in 1975 and has always been producing top-notch graduates. From 2007 to 2011, 555 of their medical graduates passed the board exam out of 621, making it 6th on the list with a passing percentage of 89.37.

#7 Saint Luke’s College of Medicine (SLCM)

Over the course of 5 years, SLCM has garnered 89.21% passing rate next to WVSU – a total of 430 passed out of 482 examinees. The school is known for their innovative approach to medicine and medical education.

#8 St. Louis University (SLU)

Founded in 1976, SLU is the first-ever medical university in Cordillera and is the only one in existence until today. It is a recipient of PRC and Board of Medicine’s Award of Excellence in Medical Education, garnering a rate of 86.82% out of their 501 examinees.

#9 Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan (XU - ADC)

A consistent top producer of medical graduates, it has maintained a high passing percentage for a couple of years since it was established in 1983. It is 9th on the rank with a total of 337 examinees with a passing rate of 85.75%.

#10 Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU)

CDU began offering medical courses in 1977 and has always been on the top list of medical schools in the country. Known for their passionate and dedicated students and faculty, it has 83.06 passing rate with 443 examinees.

As you see, the Philippines is a home to world-class, innovative, and excellent medical colleges and universities. No wonder it has a booming medical tourism sector. This gives each and everyone, not just the locals but also the foreigners a variety of schools and medical facilities to choose from, depending on their individual needs and preferences.

Which of the 10 schools is the best for you?


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    • Evane profile imageAUTHOR

      The Filipina Digital Entrepreneur 

      2 years ago

      Hi there! Yes. I concur with you on that. School matters so much esp in medicine and law. Thank you :)

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      2 years ago

      Thank you for the information. I do think it is important to know where you doctor when to school. My cousin is a pediatric neurologist, graduated from UP and my personal doctor is a graduate of UST. I will past your hub along to my friends daughter who want to go to medical school.


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