The table below represents the ranking of the best medical schools nationwide for 2014-2018, based on scores from board exam performance, number of examinees, top performing examinees, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, one of the three institutions in the country accredited as Center of Excellence in medicine granted by the Commission on Higher Education, was ranked first out of 67 colleges and universities with medicine programs with an overall rating of 97.72 percent while University of Santo Tomas in Manila, one of the world’s largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found on one campus, ranked second during the measured time period with 97.26% overall score.

23 ranked Best Medical Schools in the Philippines for 2014-2018
RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCOREOVERALL BOARD EXAM PERFORMANCE FOR 2014-2018 (70%)OTHER CRITERIA (30%)
2014 201520162017 2,018 5-year aggregateTotal No. of Takers (20%)With Top Examinees 2014-2018 (10%)Accreditation Level (2018)Accr. Level Score (20%)5-Year Ave. Faculty-Student Ratio5-Year Ave. No. of Students per Faculty (FSR)FSR Score (10%)
PassersTakersWeighted Average (40%)
1University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center97.7296.72% (244)96.70% (242)90.57% (329)96.23% (372)92.48% (359) 1,458 1,546 94.31%100100COE1001:77100
2University of Santo Tomas97.2698.34% (483)98.16% (435)93.63% (487)96.53% (518)98.02% (505) 2,353 2,428 96.91%100100COE1001:191985
3University of the Philippines-Manila93.8998.72% (156)100.00% (161)98.07% (155)97.56% (164)98.06% (155)77979198.48%85100COE1001:202075
4Cebu Institute of Medicine86.75100.00% (103)100.00% (132)97.67% (129)100.00% (133)99.36% (156)64965399.39%75100Level II601:44100
5De La Salle Medical & Health Sciences Institute (For. DLSU-Dasma HSC)84.4283.77% (154)86.37% (220)62.96% (270)74.00% (350)78.14% (375) 1,041 1,369 76.04%100100Level III701:99100
6Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation84.1884.71% (242)91.22% (262)84.57% (389)90.81% (446)92.43% (502) 1,642 1,841 89.19%10080Level II601:111185
7St. Luke's Med. Center Coll. Of Med.-William H. Quasha Memorial83.1093.03% (43)96.49% (57)100.00% (75)98.82% (85)97.94% (97)34935797.76%4590JCI Accredited801:22100
8Saint Louis University79.9388.79% (107)95.03% (141)82.69% (156)87.42% (167)89.47% (190)67476188.57%8590Level II601:353565
9Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila79.7797.90% (143)98.71% (155)99.15% (118)97.35% (113)97.72% (132)64966198.18%7590Candidate401:191985
10Davao Medical School Foundation79.7788.99% (109)90.40% (125)82.91% (158)84.45% (135)93.71% (175)61970288.18%80100Level I501:111185
11Cebu Doctors University-College of Medicine73.8592.75% (69)94.74% (76)89.66% (116)92.97% (128)91.66% (132)48052192.13%6090Not Accredited301:55100
12Ateneo De Mla Univ. School of Med. & Public Health-Pasig73.7798.18% (110)99.15% (118)95.24% (126)97.24% (145)95.36% (151)63065096.92%7540Not Accredited301:77100
13West Visayas State University-La Paz72.6592.55% (94)98.93% (93)91.74% (109)96.58% (117)97.14% (105)49451895.37%6090Not Accredited301:212175
14Xavier University72.3594.00% (50)95.45% (66)89.87% (79)95.59% (68)100.00% (53)29931694.62%4040Level III701:181885
15San Beda University68.8161.18% (85)82.83% (99)76.62% (77)88.43% (121)88.79% (107)39548980.78%5590Candidate401:121285
16Ateneo De Zamboanga University66.4175.00% (48)95.00% (40)82.98% (47)78.00% (50)95.56% (45)19523084.78%3080Level I501:121285
17Angeles University Foundation65.9885.72% (14)92.30% (39)94.34% (53)91.02% (78)89.89% (89)24927391.21%3540Level I501:151585
18Silliman University65.81100.00% (21)92.31% (26)85.42% (48)98.00% (50)93.65% (63)19420893.27%3040Level I501:131385
19Central Philippine University64.1484.62% (39)88.68% (53)68.52% (54)83.95% (81)81.82% (99)26632681.60%4090Not Accredited301:161685
20Mindanao State University-Marawi City57.0085.25% (61)77.08% (48)69.86% (73)78.31% (83)83.79% (74)26733978.76%4040Not Accredited301:202075
21Iloilo Doctors College of Medicine55.4669.23% (39)75.68% (37)62.50% (56)78.57% (70)82.72% (81)21228374.91%3540Not Accredited301:151585
22Cagayan State University-Tuguegarao55.3486.67% (30)90.69% (43)66.67% (66)86.49% (74)69.09% (110)24932377.09%4040Not Accredited301:303065
23University of Saint La Salle54.5080.77% (26)87.18% (39)65.21% (46)75.00% (72)72.47% (69)18925275.00%3540Not Accredited301:212175

Univerity of the Philippines-Manila placed third after registering an overall score of about 93.89%. Cebu Institute of Medicine, the independently-administered medical school arm of Velez College in Cebu City, followed with an overall score of 86.75%.

De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas City, Cavite made the 5th rank on the list for 2014-2018, ahead of Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Quezon City at 6th rank, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial in Quezon City at 7th rank, Saint Louis University in Baguio City at 8th rank, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila at 9th rank, and Davao Medical School Foundation at 10th.

The ranking is based on the results of physician licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 plus other factors including accreditation status of the program in 2018 and 5-year average faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in medicine have the most valuable degree programs within the 5-year period to produce batch of examinees with high physician licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the measured time is 5 years or from 2014 to 2018 with an adjustment of scores in number of examinees within the 5-year aggregate of data. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best medical schools in the Philippine are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd, and thus they are integrated in the accreditation of the institutions.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of physician licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 (40%), the total number of examinees in the 5-year period (20%), and top performing examinees within 2014 to 2018 (10%) as the overall board exam performance, and the average faculty-student ratio from 2014-2018 (10%) and accreditation status of the medicine programs (20%) as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2014-2018 physician licensure examinations were adjusted to 70% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 200 examinees.

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