The ranking of the best medical schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 28 out of 55 colleges and universities offering medicine programs. (READ: 24 Ranked Best Medical Schools in the Philippines for 2018)
The University of Santo Tomas is still ranked first in the country for basic medical studies with a 98.24% 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 a 94.96 percent overall score while the University of the Philippines-Manila ranked third with an 89.0 percent overall score. 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 (88.79%) made the 4th rank on the list for 2019, ahead of De La Salle University-Health Science Institute (85.97%) at 5th rank, Cebu Institute of Medicine (82.00%) and St. Luke’s College of Medicine–William H. Quasha Memorial (82.00%) at 6th, and Ateneo de Manila University School of Medicine and Public Health-Pasig earned the 7th spot with a 76.0% overall score.
Rounding out the remaining three places for the first top 10 performing schools are the Saint Louis University (75.92%) at 8th rank, Davao Medical School Foundation (75.72%) at 9th, and Angeles University Foundation (73.81%) at 10th.
The list of rankings is based on the results of this year’s biannual physician licensure examinations (March 2019, September 2019) 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 the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect schools with a low and a high number of examinees and but with high passing rates. Details on the methodology are discussed here or can be accessed using this page. Other possible factors that 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.
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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of the biannual physician licensure examinations in March and September 2019, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the medical programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for the 2019 physician licensure examination were 80% (similar to the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 50 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 100 minimum examinees in the September 2019 Physician Licensure Examination).
Read on to see which schools made the list.
|28 Best Philippine Schools with Doctor of Medicine Programs for 2019|
|OVERALL BOARD EXAM PERFORMANCE (70%)||OTHER CRITERIA (30%)|
|RANK||OVERALL SCORE (%)||PASSED||FAILED||TOTAL||Weighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)||No. of Examinees (20%)||With Top Examinees (10%)||Accreditation Level||Accreditation Level Score (20%)||Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)||No. of Students per Faculty||FSR Score (10%)|
|1||UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS||98.24||461||3||464||99.36%||100||100||COE||100||1:15||15||85|
|2||UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST RAMON MAGSAYSAY MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER||94.96||293||4||297||98.65%||100||70||COE||100||1:10||10||85|
|3||UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA||89.00||157||2||159||98.74%||60||90||COE||100||1:15||15||85|
|4||FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION||88.79||440||8||448||98.22%||100||90||Level II||60||1:10||10||85|
|5||DE LA SALLE MEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE||85.97||214||24||238||89.92%||90||80||Level III||70||1:7||7||100|
|6||CEBU INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE||82.00||134||0||134||100.00%||50||100||Level II||60||1:4||4||100|
|ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE-WILLIAM H. QUASHA MEMORIAL||82.00||99||0||99||100.00%||40||80||JCI Accredited||80||1:3||3||100|
|7||ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & PUBLIC HEALTH-PASIG||76.00||151||0||151||100.00%||60||80||Not Accredited||30||1:7||7||100|
|8||SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY||75.92||170||7||177||96.04%||70||40||Level II||60||1:27||27||75|
|9||DAVAO MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION||75.72||182||11||193||94.30%||70||40||Level I||50||1:6||6||100|
|10||ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION||73.81||68||3||71||95.77%||30||90||Level II||60||1:12||12||85|
|11||XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)||73.05||80||3||83||96.39%||40||40||Level III||70||1:16||16||85|
|12||WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ||72.50||93||0||93||100.00%||40||100||Not Accredited||30||1:17||17||85|
|13||MATIAS H. AZNAR MEMORIAL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, INC.||69.43||120||28||148||81.08%||60||90||Not Accredited||30||1:7||7||100|
|14||MANILA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY-CALOOCAN CITY||69.16||97||20||117||82.91%||50||60||Level I||50||1:9||9||100|
|15||SAN BEDA UNIVERSITY||69.08||89||7||96||92.71%||40||40||Level I||50||1:9||9||100|
|16||CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF MEDICINE||68.86||129||19||148||87.16%||60||60||Not Accredited||30||1:3||3||100|
|17||PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA||68.12||105||1||106||99.06%||40||40||Candidate||40||1:12||12||85|
|18||SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY||66.86||62||1||63||98.41%||30||40||Level I||50||1:20||20||75|
|19||CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY||64.17||81||5||86||94.18%||40||40||Not Accredited||30||1:15||15||85|
|20||ILOILO DOCTORS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE||62.89||82||12||94||87.24%||40||40||Not Accredited||30||1:3||3||100|
|21||BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI||62.72||50||1||51||98.04%||30||40||Not Accredited||30||1:24||24||75|
|22||CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY-TUGUEGARAO||62.28||100||15||115||86.96%||50||40||Not Accredited||30||1:22||22||75|
|23||UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LA SALLE||62.15||64||4||68||94.12%||30||40||Not Accredited||30||1:14||14||85|
|24||ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA UNIVERSITY||61.83||45||9||54||83.33%||30||40||Level I||50||1:12||12||85|
|25||REMEDIOS T. ROMUALDEZ MEDICAL FOUNDATION||61.27||89||18||107||83.17%||40||40||Not Accredited||30||1:8||8||100|
|26||MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY||61.11||53||12||65||81.54%||30||80||Not Accredited||30||1:17||17||85|
|27||UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES-VIGAN||58.25||54||10||64||84.38%||30||40||Not Accredited||30||1:14||14||85|
- Private Higher Education Institutions Faculty-Student Ratio. (2019, June 8). Retrieved from https://ched.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019-Private-HEIs-Faculty-Student-Ratio.pdf
- State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Faculty Student Ratio. (2019, June 8). Retrieved from https://ched.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019-SUCs-Faculty-Student-Ratio.pdf
- September 2019 Physician Licensure Examination results released in four (4) working days. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from https://www.prc.gov.ph/article/september-2019-physician-licensure-examination-results-released-four-4-working-days/4131
- March 2019 Physician Licensure Examination Results Released in Three (3) Working Days. (2019, March 14). Retrieved from https://www.prc.gov.ph/article/2019-architect-licensure-examination-results-released-three-3-working-days/3854
- Accreditation Status of Institutional Members (All Years, 1992-2017). Retrieved from http://www.aaccupqa.org.ph/index.php/about-aaccup/institutional-members/4-institutional-members
- Institutions/Programs that were Granted Various Accredited Status by Region, (2019, July 4). Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uQi3ioO1duYpDC8CAfpZ821QDtTem4dS/view
- Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from http://paascu.org.ph/?page_id=119