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The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is the oldest medical school in the Philippines. The “Facultad de Medicina y Farmacia” – the beginnings of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery – was formally opened on May 28, 1871 by decree of the “Superior Gobierno de Filipinas”. At that time, there were only 12 practicing doctors in the Philippines, all trained in Europe. The first group of enrollees were 9 (3 Spaniards, 6 Filipinos) and all graduated on March 10, 1877 At that time, the medical curriculum was patterned after leading European medical school (6 years, 1 year preparatory instruction, 5 years proper), and the language of instruction was Spanish.

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    The enrollment gradually increased with classes continuing during the Revolutionary period. It was ordered closed by the American Military Government in 1898 but was authorized to be re-opened by Gen. Arthur MacArthur in January 1901 during which time, it was separated from Pharmacy, and henceforth came to be known as the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. The system of medical education became Americanized and English became the medium of instruction. In 1932, the first women were admitted to the Faculty, by order of the Congregation of Studies of the Holy See.


    Surviving the ravages of World War II, the medical school re-opened at the new España Building in 1946 and later transferred to its present building in 1952.


    For the clinical training of its students, the Faculty used the facilities of the Hospital of San Juan de Dios from 1875 to 1941, and from 1944 to 1945 and of St. Paul’s Hospital from 1941 to 1944. The UST Hospital was eventually established in 1946 and to this day, serves as the training hospital of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.


    Throughout its long and resplendent history, through the Spanish, American and Japanese regimes and after the Second World War, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has undergone enormous changes to adjust itself to new and changing conditions. The changes in the past few decades have been the most dramatic, in response to the rapid advances in medicine and in medical education.


    Curricular improvements were started in the 1970’s but noteworthy developmental changes marked the 80’s with the following:


    1. Establishment of Dr. Hubert Wong Learning Resources Unit on September 24, 1982;
    2. Establishment of Health Science Research Management Group in August 1984;
    3. Improved faculty development program through international linkages and recruitment of professorial and research chairs;
    4. Renovation of medical school rooms and facilities through legacies of jubilarian classes;
    5. Improved organizational structure with the creation of new departments notably the Department of Medical Educations (1984) and Department of Bioethics (1992);
    6. Curricular innovations in the form of horizontal and vertical integration and the use of problem-oriented medical rounds.
    7. Publication of the Handbook of Medical and Surgical Emergencies and revival of the Santo Tomas Journal of Medicine.
    8. Publication of the Handbook of Medical and Surgical Emergencies and revival of the Santo Tomas Journal of Medicine.


    Two years later, the curriculum was reverted to the integrated approach but with adoption of some learning and evaluation strategies used in the PBL. Presently, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery implements a “blended” integrated approach, adopting PBL as a teaching model in appropriate teaching-learning scenarios, utilizing its strong emphasis on self-directed and discovery learning to construct and build medical knowledge. It likewise employs direct teaching strategies whenever useful to emphasize the need for long term retention and lasting comprehension essential to medical education.


    In 2010, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery began exploring the possibility of incorporating ultrasound medicine in its curriculum. Correspondences were established with key institutions providing ultrasound education in medicine and subsequent workshops and lectures were conducted by pioneering ultrasound educators in the US. A “core group” of medical educators in the areas of musculoskeletal medicine and orthopedics, rheumatology, pathology, radiology and internal medicine began the seminal trainings for the eventual integration.


    In 2011, a series of ultrasound hands-on workshops were conducted both to faculty members and interested medical learners who expressed interest and inclination towards this innovative idea.


    In 2012, the Department of Medical Education has completed the integration of ultrasound in both the basic and clinical subjects paving the way for the first of its kind in Philippine medical education. Beginning AY 2014-15, a fully integrated ultrasound syllabus will be taught to Thomasian medical learners from first to fourth year.


    In 2013, heeding the call to move towards “outcome-based education”, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is improving its facilities by establishing a “Skills and Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (SSCHS)”. The four (4) storey laboratory shall house the following facilities: Surgical Skills Facility (SSF), Life Support Science Laboratory, Ultrasound Laboratory and the Clinical Skills Facility (CSF).


    In 2014, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is fast tracking its template towards full conversion to OBE in compliance with both national and international trends and requirements.


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Welcome to the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, the oldest existing Catholic medical school in the Philippines.

The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has been in existence for almost 150 years serving as the birthplace of heroes, martyrs, saints and men and women of science.

It is the home of the biggest medical studentry with more than 500 medical learners per year graduated and home of the brightest medical practitioners in the country and worldwide.

It is an undisputed Center of Excellence in the field of medical education and has been recognized as a regional hub of international medical training and conferences.

It is locally regionally and globally recognized and accredited for its high standards of curriculum implementation, instructional strategies and certification performance.

It is anchored on outcomes-based medical education principles intended to produce competent, committed and compassionate Thomasian medical graduates ready to face the local and global challenges of the time.

It is ranked as one of the top 5 performing medical schools in the Philippines contributing more than 400 new physicians yearly and topping the medical boards consistently.

It is fueled by a faculty roster of well-respected educators, mentors and trainers regarded here and abroad as exemplary academicians, researchers and medical practitioners.

It is a learner-centered medical school, allowing the growth of holistic and well-rounded medical learners through responsible student-driven organizations and socially responsive organizational activities through its multi-faceted medical student organizations.

These are only some of the reasons why the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is the top of mind choice for the best quality medical education in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas commits herself to the pursuit of excellence in medical education, health science research and community services, guided by Christian ethics and values.


The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery affirms her task in the development and formation of competent, compassionate, and committed Thomasian physicians in the delivery of health care services of global standards and in accord with the needs of the nation.

By the year 2018, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is the premiere medical school in the country and a benchmark of holistic Catholic medical education in Asia and in the world.


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Fr. Angel Aparicio, OP

On UST Medicine's 150th year celebration

The idea came as in a flash of lightning. For 18 months we had been exploring

the possibility of establishing an office of Development (DO) to consolidate the projects and plans needed for the Faculty of Medicine. An offer from grateful alumni came to extend financial assistance by the establishment of an independent foundation.

A tall order to reconcile the suggestion of our benefactors with the expectations of the University. Finally,  the Father Rector acceded  to the creation of an independent foundation and an equally independent office that would identify needs, and set strategies.

In the meantime, and in view of the lack of interest in the community for the celebration of the Medicine Week, it dawned on us to coincide, the establishment of the foundation and the creation of the DO with the festivity of the Patron Saints of the FMS, Saints  Cosmas and Damian. If the quadricentennial of the University had aroused quite an expectation and helped to stir Thomasian spirit, could not a sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) do something similar to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery? Nothing wrong in trying. The spark ignited a little fire and the idea seemed not too farfetched. This is all it needed, a few souls to harbor a dream. The ball started rolling.

We thank all those who in one way or another are making this project viable. We pray and hope that all FMS stakeholders will engage in this activity of our community so that by  2021 the FMS Sesquicentennial will constitute another milestone in the history of Medicine in the Philippines.



Faculty of Medicine and Surgery


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Phone: (63-2) 786-1611 / (63-2) 406-1611 local 8239 / 8671

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