University of the Philippines College of Medicine

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University of the Philippines
College of Medicine
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas
Kolehiyo ng Medisina
Motto Agham, Kalinangan, Damdamin (Science, Culture, Empathy)
Established 1905 (as the Philippine Medical School)
1908 (integrated into the U.P. System as the College of Medicine and Surgery)
Type medical school of the national university
Chancellor Manuel B. Agulto, M.D.
President Alfredo E. Pascual, MBA
Dean Agnes D. Mejia, M.D.
Location Fernando Calderon Hall, Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg

The University of the Philippines College of Medicine (U.P. College of Medicine, UPCM) is the medical school of the University of the Philippines Manila, the oldest constituent university of the University of the Philippines System. Its establishment in 1905 antedates the foundation of the system and makes it one of the oldest medical schools in the country. The Philippine General Hospital, the national university hospital, serves as its teaching hospital.

During World War II it is said that the College of Medicine was the only unit of the University of the Philippines System that continued its operations. Thus the Dean of the college then concurrently served as the President of the system.


The Philippine Medical School was built in 1905 at the former Malecon Drive (now Bonifacio Drive). In 1910, it was then integrated as one of the colleges in the University of the Philippines and was renamed to U.P. College of Medicine and Surgery. The name was later shortened to the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Its first Dean was Dr. Paul Freer, while Dr. Fernando Calderon, an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, became the first Filipino Dean of the College.

The Calderon Hall is currently the main building of UP College of Medicine students.

The Fernando Calderon Hall is the main building of UP College of Medicine students. Named after the first Filipino dean of the college, the building was transferred from Bonifacio Drive to its current location in Pedro Gil Street, Manila in 1910.[1]

The Calderon Hall and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine was the only UP unit that was open and functioning during the height of the Second World War, to provide medical services needed during that time. After the War, the building was rehabilitated in 1951 under the leadership of Dr. Agerico Sison.

The University of the Philippines Health Sciences Center was established in 1967.[2] The Center was established by law to provide training and research in the various health sciences. It became an autonomous member of the University of the Philippines System in 1979.[3] The Center was further renamed University of the Philippines Manila in 1982.[4] In 1983, U.P. Manila was reorganized to conform to the other autonomous universities of the U.P. System.

The U.P. College of Medicine is one of nine (9) resident degree-granting units of the University of the Philippines Manila.


The College is proclaimed as a Center of Excellence[5] in the field of Medical Education by the Commission on Higher Education. It has produced several topnotchers[6] in the National Licensure Examination (Medical Board Examination) for Filipino physicians.

Academic Programs[edit]

The college offers the following academic degree programs:[7]

  • Undergraduate program
  • Professional program
  • Graduate programs
    • Master in Orthopedics
    • Master in Clinical Audiology
    • Master of Science in Basic Medical Sciences
    • Master of Science in Biochemistry
    • Master of Science in Epidemiology (Clinical Epidemiology)
    • Master of Science in Clinical Medicine
      • Major in Child Health
      • Major in Family and Community Health
      • Major in Medical Oncology
      • Major in Obstetrics and Gynecology
      • Major in Surgery
    • Master of Science in Pharmacology
    • Master in Physiology
    • Master of Science in Health Informatics (Medical Informatics track)(in partnership with College of Arts and Sciences)
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

The college holds postgraduate courses, medical conferences, and training workshops for medical professionals and health workers.[7]

Admission and Curriculum[edit]

The U.P. College of Medicine has a seven-year medical curriculum, the Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) Program, ultimately leading to the degree of doctor of medicine (M.D.). Its medicine proper (Learning Units III to VII) is designed with an Organ Systems Integration (OSI) curriculum beginning in 2009.

There are 2 entry points to the College of Medicine: Learning Unit I after earning a high school diploma, and Learning Unit III (First Year Medicine Proper) after obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Effective school year 2009-2010, all applicants are required to sign a Return Service Agreement.

Learning Unit I[edit]

High school graduates who have met the requirements for admission to the University of the Philippines System are eligible for admission to LU I. Applications are coursed through the University of the Philippines System General Admission Process. The LU I Intarmed students are selected from the top 50 male and top 50 female college freshmen qualifiers (ranked according to their University Predicted Grade (UPG) who indicated in the U.P. College Admission Test (UPCAT) application form their interest in Intarmed. Only 40 applicants/Direct Entrants (20 males and 20 females) will finally be admitted into the program following a selection process which includes an interview.

Learning Unit III (First Year Medicine Proper)[edit]

Only applicants who will have obtained their baccalaureate degree (Bachelor in Science or Arts) by the end of a Philippine school year (for example, an applicant for school year 2009-2010 must have obtained their degree by the end of school year 2008-2009 or earlier) are eligible. The applicant must have a valid National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) score not lower than 90 percentile. The applicants would then be trimmed down by a rigorous selection process to the final 120 Lateral Entrants for LU III.

Due to the program's two entry points, Direct Entrants are joined by the Lateral Entrants as both groups enter LU III. This results in one class of about 160 students in medicine proper.


The college draws support from the Philippine General Hospital, the largest public hospital in the Philippines.[8]

The college enjoys allied faculty and resource support from the other resident colleges in the University of the Philippines Manila, such as:[9]

  • The U.P. College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP)
  • The U.P. College of Dentistry (CD)
  • The U.P. College of Nursing (CN, a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education)
  • The U.P. College of Pharmacy (CO)
  • The U.P. College of Public Health (CPH)
  • The National Training Center for the Health Professions (NTTC-HP)

The college is also affiliated with the National Institutes of Health comprising eight (8) independent units:[10]

  1. Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  2. Institute of Ophthalmology
  3. Institute of Human Genetics
  4. Institute of Clinical Epidemiology
  5. Health Policy and Development Studies
  6. Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  7. Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  8. Ear Institute

Prominent Alumni[edit]

The college has produced the following alumni:[11]

  • Vinson B. Pineda, M.D., FAAD - The Father of Philippine Dermatology
    • Founder and CEO of Dermclinic,Inc., Derm Pharma, Inc. and JLC Miller and Co., Inc.
    • He is well known for publishing his critically acclaimed researches on the effects of minoxidil on hair regrowth, and the anti-aging and acne treatment properties of tretinoin
  • Juan Flavier - Former Philippine Senator and Secretary of Department of Health; a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
  • Manuel Dayrit - Former Philippine Secretary of Department of Health; a former officer of the World Health Organization
  • Jaime Galvez Tan - Former Philippine Secretary of Department of Health; former campaign manager of Presidential Candidate Raul Roco
  • Esperanza Cabral - Former Philippine Secretary of Department of Health; former Philippine Secretary of Social Welfare Administration and Development - [S.W.A.]. Renowned cardiologist and former Director of the Philippine Heart Center
  • Enrique Ona - Current Philippine Secretary of Health; former Executive Director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute
  • Alfredo R.A. Bengzon - Current Dean of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health; current Chief Executive Officer of The Medical City
  • Fe del Mundo - The 1st female student admitted at Harvard University Medical School; founded and owned the 1st private pediatric hospital in the Philippines - the Philippine Children's Hospital in Quezon City; a former Medical Director of the Philippine Children's Medical Center (formerly named Lungsod ng Kabataan Hospital, a government hospital for children) in Quezon City; received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service; and a National Scientist
  • Paulo Campos - National Scientist; pioneer of Nuclear Medicine in the Philippines
  • Pedro P. Solis - Author of Legal Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence
  • Hilario Lara - The Father of Philippine Public Health
    • National Scientist and the pioneer of Philippine Public Health research on cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, measles and diphtheria
    • Earned his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees from Johns Hopkins University as a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation
    • Helped establish the National Research Council of the Philippines
    • Founded the Institute of Hygiene (now, the College of Public Health) at U.P. Manila
  • Alfredo Ticzon Ramirez M.D. [1939 - 2003] - The Father of Philippine Burn Medicine - Burn Surgery
    • 5th Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila
    • Past Dean of the U.P. College of Medicine
    • 1973 T.O.Y.M. - 'Ten Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines'
    • One of the four 'Finest Bred Physician' in 'The History of Philippine Medicine'
      • He founded many 'Medical Programs in Remote Areas'
    • Burn Center of the Philippine General Hospital was named after him - Alfredo Ticzon Ramirez Burn Center of U.P. - P.G.H.
      • Has worked for the 'Fire Prevention Month' in the country, and was approved by the Presidential Decree of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
    • Former Executive Officer of the Department of Surgery at UP-Philippine General Hospital
    • Former Deputy Director of 'Polymedic Hospital'
    • Former Deputy Director of 'Medical City Hospital'
    • Past President of 'Philippine Medical Association'
    • Former adviser to the Director of Public Health: Alfredo R.A. Bengson
    • Took his Master of Science in Tufts University
    • He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and also a past President of Philippine College of Surgeons.
    • He was also a Fellow of Philippine College of Surgeons
      • It is during his term as President of Philippine College of Surgeons that the institute was fully renovated.
    • Alfredo's parents are alumni of the U.P. College of Medicine: Pedro Bernardo Ramirez M.D. of Bocaue, Bulacan whose mother Valentina Bernardo is from Pandi, Bulacan. Pedro was a Medical Board Examination topnotcher. Alfredo's mother is Josefina Reyes Ticzon-Ramirez M.D. of San Pablo City, Laguna. Pedro and Josefina are co-founders of the Makati Medical Center in Makati, Philippines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The UP College of Medicine website [1]
  2. ^ Republic Act No. 5163, June 17, 1967.
  3. ^ .Presidential Executive Order No. 519, January 24, 1979.
  4. ^ Executive Order No. 4 issued by UP President Edgardo Angara, October 22, 1982.
  5. ^ List of Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Republic of the Philippines, 2007.
  6. ^ Statistical Data of Board Examination Passing Rates, Physician Licensure Examinations, Professional Regulation Commission, 1997-2006.
  7. ^ a b Official prospectus, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, 2006.
  8. ^ Facilities, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, 2006.
  9. ^ Resident colleges, University of the Philippines Manila, 2006.
  10. ^ Institutes, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila, 2006.
  11. ^ Alumni list, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, 2007.

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