24 Ranked Best Medical Schools in the Philippines for 2018


The ranking of the best medical schools in the Philippines for 2018 has been released, which currently featured only 24 out of 53 colleges and universities offering medicine programs. (READ: 25 Best Medical Schools in the Philippines for 2017)

University of Santo Tomas is still ranked first in the country for basic medical studies with 96.71% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center followed with 94.99 percent while University of the Philippines-Manila ranked third with 86.73 pecent. These universities are currently Centers of Excellence in medicine as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (83.47%) made the 4th rank on the list for 2018, ahead of De La Salle University-Health Science Institute (83.25%) at 5th rank, Cebu Institute of Medicine (81.74%) at 6th rank, and St. Luke’s College of Medicine – William H. Quasha Memorial (80.17%) at 7th.

Rounding out the remaining three places for the first top 10 performing schools are the Saint Louis University (76.29%) at 8th rank, Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela (73.29%) at 9th, and Xavier University (72.50%) at 10th.

The list is based on the results of this year’s biannual physician licensure examinations (March 2018, September-October 2018) plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in basic medical studies have the most valuable degree programs 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 weightings for number of examinees were adjusted to reflect schools with few examinees but with high passing rates. Details on the methodology are discussed here or can be accessed using this page. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study medicine 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.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of the biannual physician licensure examinations in March and September-October 2018, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the medicine programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for 2018 physician licensure examination (same with last year’s ranking) were 70% (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 40 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

Best Philippine Schools to Study Medicine for 2018

24 Best Philippine Schools with Doctor of Medicine Programs for 2018
PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS96.714951050598.02%10090COE1001:141485
3UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA86.73152315598.06%5090COE1001:151585
5DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE83.252938237578.14%90100Level III701:077100
6CEBU INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE81.74155115699.36%50100Level II601:044100
7ST. LUKE'S MED. CENTER COLL. OF MED.-WILLIAM H. QUASHA MEMOR80.179529797.94%4070JCI Accredited801:033100
8SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY76.291702019089.47%6090Level II601:282875
9OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-VALENZUELA73.2946716062774.48%10090Not Accredited301:111185
10XAVIER UNIVERSITY72.553053100.00%3040Level III701:151585
11DAVAO MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION71.481641117593.71%5040Level I501:099100
12ATENEO DE MLA UNIV. SCHOOL OF MED. & PUBLIC HEALTH-PASIG68.14144715195.36%5040Not Accredited301:088100
13CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF MEDICINE67.671211113291.66%4070Not Accredited301:033100
14PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA67.59129313297.72%4040Candidate401:111185
15ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA UNIVERSITY66.724324595.56%3040Level I501:111185
16WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ66.36102310597.14%4060Not Accredited301:202075
17SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY65.965946393.65%3040Level I501:101085
18ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION64.468098989.89%3040Level I501:111185
19SAN BEDA COLLEGE64.02951210788.79%4040Candidate401:111185
20MANILA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY-CALOOCAN CITY61.26932611978.15%4060Not Accredited301:088100
21CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY59.2381189981.82%4040Not Accredited301:131385
22ILOILO DOCTORS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE59.0967148182.72%3040Not Accredited301:033100
23MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY- MARAWI CITY58.0162127483.79%3040Not Accredited301:191985
24UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE53.4950196972.47%3040Not Accredited301:141485

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