Established in 1975, the West Visayas State University College of Medicine is the pioneer medical school in Western Visayas and the 2nd state owned medical school in the country. It has produced 2,468 graduates (as of March 2009), majority of whom are serving the different areas in the entire archipelago. Today, the graduates are into community work as primary health care physicians, teachers, researchers and clinicians in various fields of specialization here and abroad.
The West Visayas State University College of Medicine occupies a two storey Roxas Hall located inside the 17-hectares University main campus. The College utilizes the dissection room at Rizal Hall and the University Computer Center for its computer-aided instruction.
The idea of establishing a medical school in Western Visayas was conceived in 1971. It was envisioned to provide good medical education and training particularly for the less privileged but deserving youth of the region and help meet the increasing need for medical manpower to minister to the health needs of the people.
After thorough evaluation and approval by the Board of Medical Education in 1974, the first entrance examination and screening of would-be medical students were conducted among 250 applicants. In June of 1975, the WVSU medical school, with Dr. Angel de Leon as its dean, opened its portals to 25 first-year medical students. Classes were conducted at the Rizal Hall.
Though its growth and development have been slow, the School of Medicine has managed to go on, hurdling insurmountable obstacles while aiming for excellence. With only four full-time faculty members in the Basic Sciences and an integrated curriculum, great efforts were exerted to teach the freshmen the basic knowledge and skills of medicine. The ideals and goals of the institution were impressed upon their young minds – to be healers of men, particularly the Filipino people, as primary health care physicians.
On October 14, 1975, the WVSC entered into a contract of affiliation with the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital to provide the students clinical material and exposure and to avail of the expertise of the medical specialists. A 100-bed annex called the WVSC-IDH Medical Center was built to serve as base hospital and it was formally inaugurated on July 27,1976. The succeeding years saw an increase in the population of the school and, in 1977, the construction of Roxas Hall was deemed necessary. Library and laboratory facilities were improved. The Community Outreach Program was organized to provide the students first-hand experience of life and health situations in the rural areas.
On March 26, 1979, the school graduated its first batch of 21 medical students who, in December of the same year, hurdled the Physicians’ Licensure Examination with a 100% passing percentage and Dr. Jerry Alabado as fifth placer.
In early 1982, the need for its own base hospital was felt and plans were laid for the purchase of the Gov. Benito Lopez Memorial Hospital, which is conveniently located near the school. A lease contract was made and, on January 1, 1986, it became the base hospital of the school with Dean Angel de Leon as its Director.
When President Ferdinand E. Marcos converted the West Visayas State College into a University by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 2019, the medical school became known as the College of Medicine. The victory of President Corazon C. Aquino led to another milestone — the purchase of the hospital on April 5, 1987. The hospital was renamed the West Visayas State University Hospital in May 1987. These historical events took place during the term of University President Lilia V. Juele.
The serene atmosphere in the College was disrupted by the change in the administration of the University. The main issue was the directorship of the University Hospital brought about by the retirement of Dr. Angel de Leon. On January 4, 1988, the seemingly passive faculty and students aired their grievances against University President Dr. Venancio Garagan. Through the intervention of Secretary Lourdes Quisumbing, arrangements were made so that the College could operate as an autonomous unit of the University. The designation of Dr. Jaime M. Manila as Dean, Dr. Myrna L. Abello as Associate Dean for Academics and Dr. Ma. Victoria C. Villareal as Associate Dean for Clinics was made. In March 1992, Dr. Ramon S. Guerra, Jr. was appointed University Hospital Director while Dr. Manila continued to serve as Dean of the College. In September 1994, after his term was over, Dr. Manila was succeeded by Dr Abello with Dr. Villareal as Associate Dean. In January 2002, Dr. Villareal was designated Dean with Dr. Emiliana G. Carmona as Associate Dean for Academics and Dr. Leopoldo Gonzalez as Associate Dean for Administration.
Since its establishment in 1973, the WVSU College of Medicine has made a name in the field of Medical Education, being among the medical institutions in the country with consistently commendable performance in the Licensure Examinations. It has produced more than 1300 licensed physicians, majority of whom are now serving the country from as far north as Kalinga, Apayao, to as far south as Tawi-tawi. A good number of its graduates have served the rural areas through the Doctors to the Barrios Program and many are specialists and sub-specialists in varied fields of medical practice. Many of its graduates are now members of its faculty of instruction. Despite its successes and achievements, the WVSU College of Medicine does not placidly sit on its laurels but ceaselessly pursues the realization of bigger and more meaningful dream.
A community of physicians
· Socially accountable, enlightened and professionally competent
· Committed to deliver primary health care with compassion
· Dedicated towards continuing medical education,research and extension and
· Devoted to serve the health needs of the Filipino people
To provide deserving students an affordable medical education that is in consonance with the concept of a socially accountable primary health care physician equally prepared for post graduate studies, research, teaching and specialized training.
Upon the completion of their medical education the students should be able to:
1. Apply requisite knowledge of the basic medical sciences in the performance of fundamental skills for the practice of medicine.
2. Develop essential habits and proper attitudes in the acquisition of knowledge and humane treatment of the patients.
3. Apply principles of professional ethics in the practice of medicine.
4. Inculcate social awareness and empathy in the course of serving the medical and psychological needs of the community.
5. Utilize appropriate knowledge, skills, and experiences in their academic endeavors, scientific research or service, either directly or indirectly to the community in varying degrees and depths.
Responding to the challenges of medical education, the College of Medicine embarked on a new strategy, the Problem Based Learning approach. This is an innovative approach in which students tackle problems in small groups under the supervision of a tutor. Once presented with a problem, the student is expected to undergo the following processes: hypothesis generation, inquiry, data analysis and decision-making. By observing a scientific process of reasoning, the student will learn in context and integrate the subject matter around professionally relevant problems. Being student-centered, this self-directed learning strategy aims to:
a. enhance the individual’s intrinsic motivation to learn
b. enable the student to acquire the following:
problem solving skills
There will be learning blocks, with the following schedule:
BLOCK I: MEDICINE: SCIENCE, ART, CAREER - 2 weeks
BLOCK II: UNDERSTANDING HEALTH AND DISEASES - 2 weeks
BLOCK III: BASIC PRINCIPLES - 7 weeks
BLOCK IV: MUSCULOSKELETAL / INTEGUMENT - 4 weeks
BLOCK V: NEUROSCIENCE - 4 weeks
BLOCK VI: CVS / RESPIRATORY INTEGRATION - 7 weeks
BLOCK VII: DIGESTIVE / NUTRITION/METABOLISM - 5 weeks
BLOCK VIII: GENITO-URINARY AND ADRENALS - 3 weeks
COMMUNITY WORK COMMUNITY BASED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM I
This is a course on research methodology. Topics include ethical and legal considerations of research, research problem formulation and variable identification, study designs, review of literature, sampling and sample size estimation, data collection and presentation, and research work plan preparation. Hands-onexperience on commonly used software programs (EPI-Infor and SPSS) are provided. At the end of the academic year, the students in groups, present for approval one pharmacology-based and one community-based research protocol.
BLOCK IX: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT - 7 weeks
BLOCK X: INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM - 3 weeks
BLOCK XI: DIGESTIVE SYSTEM - 7 weeks
BLOCK XII: CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM - 5 weeks
BLOCK XIII: RESPIRATORY SYSTEM - 5 weeks
BLOCK XIV: REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM - 7 weeks
COMMUNITY BASED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM II
This is a course on tools for data analysis, evaluation of diagnostic procedures, and reading and critical evaluation of medical literature. The students conduct the approved group research protocols and present the research paper in a year-end research forum.
BLOCK XV: THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM - 4 weeks
BLOCK XVI: ENDOCRINE SYSTEM, GENETICS - 5 weeks
BLOCK XVII: NEURO-PSYCHIATRY - 8 weeks
BLOCK XVIII: HEMATOPOIETIC SYSTEM - 5 weeks
BLOCK XIX: URINARY SYSTEM - 6 weeks
BLOCK XX: SPECIAL SENSES - 5 weeks
COMMUNITY WORK COMMUNITY BASED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM III
COMMUNITY WORK LEGAL MEDICINE
This is a course on clinical based research. Students in groups present protocols for approval, conduct community based or hospital based clinical researches, and present the completed research studies in a year-end forum.
Rotating Clinical Clerkship 365 days
The Committee on Admissions
The Committee on Admissions has the authority to determine the criteria of selection and to recommend who from among the applicants are qualified students. The College selects applicants based on intellectual and personal preparedness irrespective of sex, religious belief and political affiliation. It reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose admission is deemed inimical to the best of the College and the University.
General Policies on Admission
- An applicant must be of good moral character.
- An applicant must have no record of final conviction for a crime.
- An applicant must have good academic records, in compliance with the standards set forth by the Admissions Committee.
- An applicant must undergo and pass the interview process on the data scheduled y the Admissions Committee.
- A student may apply only one per school year. He shall ranked based on documents submitted prior to his interview.
- The College has the prerogative to determine the number of students who shall be admitted.
- Filipino students shall be given priority on admission.
- A student who qualified for enrollment but failed to enroll in that particular school year shall have to reapply and undergo the screening process anew.
- As per Board of Regents resolution no. 68, s. 2001, 75% of available slots shall be given to enrollees permanently residing in Region VI, and the remaining slots shall be filled by applicants from other regions in the country.
- Other relevant University rules on admission which are contradictory to the preceding rules shall apply.
- New students and/or qualified transferees are admitted only to the first year class in the first semester.
- He/She must be holder of a Bachelors degree in science or arts (AB/BS) conferred upon by a duly recognized educational institution.
- He/she must have taken the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT). The West Visayas State University College of Medicine requires an NMAT percentile rank of at least 60%.
- He/She must present a Certificate of Good Moral Character from two College professors.
- He/She must present a Birth Certificate.
- He/She must submit a Transcript of Records showing completion of a degree course.
- For graduates of private schools, the Transcript of Records is validated by a Special order from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). For graduates of public schools, the diploma and Certificate of Graduation must be presented.
- The applicant must have a weighted average equivalent to 2.5 (80) or better in all his/her College subjects for the degree obtained, or in the first seven semester for the College degree being pursued if the students is graduation in the second semester of the current year.
- Application for admission may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, College of Medicine starting January 2 of the current year. He deadline is March 31 of the same year (for the first batch of applicants). Deadline of submission of application for the second batch of applicants shall set by the Admissions Committee.
- The official application from must be accompanied by:
- Certified Machine Copy of NMAT results
- Certified Machine Copy of Transcript of Records
- 2 pieces 2x2 ID picture
- Self-addressed stamped envelope
- Certified machine copy of latest income Tax Return of parents
- Certified machine copy of live birth certificate
- Qualified applicants must submit to a personal interview scheduled by the Committee on Admissions.
- Qualified applicants must pass the Physical Examination to be conducted by the West Visayas State University Medical Center physicians and the University dentist.
- Upon enrolment, the following must be submitted:
- Original copy of Honorable dismissal
- Original copy of NMAT result
- Certificate of Live Birth
- Physical and Dental Examination results
- Original copy of Transcript of Records
- Certificate of Good Moral Character
- Certificate of Graduation
- Special order for graduates of Private Schools
- Foreign students must comply with requirements of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Students qualified for admission are considered officially registered upon payment of fees. Old students should present their clearance for the preceding term to the registrar’s office and their ID cards for validation. Late registration may be allowed for valid reasons, but only within one week from the official opening of classes.