Top Performing Med Schools in the Philippines

Based on their performance on the licensure examinations.
by The Candy Staff   |  Nov 22, 2020
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Even before a health crisis shook the world, the medical field has always been an in-demand industry. It was also considered as one of the top fields still hiring during the pandemic according to JobStreet Philippines.

The road to MD, however, requires several steps, one of which is taking the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT). NMAT is a standard exam and most, if not all, med schools set a recommended minimum percentile rank which students will need to reach for them to be eligible as applicants. Currently, NMAT is being administered online due to the pandemic. 

If you’re planning to pursue medicine in the future and are curious about which schools are constantly doing well in the Physician Licensure Examination, here are some of the top performing medicine schools in the country, based on their performance in the last five years.

Ateneo de Manila University School of Medicine and Public Health

  • Location: Pasig City, Metro Manila
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2019 and 2020, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Cagayan State University

  • Location: Tuguegarao, Cagayan
  • Had an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020.

Cebu Institute of Medicine

  • Location: Cebu City, Cebu
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2016 and 2018.

Davao Medical School Foundation

  • Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2020 and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

  • Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Had an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

  • Location: Intramuros, Manila
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2016 and 2019, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Saint Louis University

  • Location: Baguio, Benguet
  • Had an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

Siliman University

  • Location: Dumaguete, Megros Oriental
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2015, 2017, and 2020, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2018 and 2019.

St. Luke’s College of Medicine

  • Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2018.

University of Santo Tomas

  • Location: Sampaloc, Manila
  • Had an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

  • Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Had an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

University of the Philippines – Manila

  • Location: Ermita, Manila
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2015, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

West Visayas State University

  • Location: Iloilo City, Iloilo
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2019 and 2020, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Xavier University

  • Location: Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
  • Had a 100 percent passing rate in 2018, and an above 90 percent passing rate in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.

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