The St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial (SLMC-CM WHQM) was established in 1994. This was the embodiment of the dream of Atty. William H. Quasha and the St. Luke’s Medical Center Board of Trustees. They wanted to build a school with the vision to become a centre of excellence in medical education and research. Over the years, their curriculum has evolved to focus not only on academics and research but also on the core values of stewardship, professionalism, integrity, commitment and excellence. The current curriculum is designed uniquely with the trust of St. Luke’s Medical Center to promote patient safety and a more patient-centred approach to clinical care. It features the ability to develop clinical competence together with the highest standards for ethics, integrity, compassion, and professional behaviour.
Curriculum of Institute
This institute has an innovative, integrated 5-year curriculum. It aims to develop all the essential attributes. The aim is to provide individual attention to each of the 685 enrolled students. For excellent delivery of knowledge and skills, English remains the mainstay language for all lectures and demonstrations. The institute focuses on medical graduates through systematic and purposeful integration of didactics. The clinical study and balanced pursuit of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and ethical values especially carve the professional output of our students.
During pre-clinical years throughout Levels 1-3, focus is on discipline-based subjects and integrative subjects. They span multiple disciplines. The research curriculum is integrated with the continuum of courses throughout the five-year levels. Recognizing the important role of the medical humanities in developing the core competencies of a medical graduate, we have intensive core and elective courses dedicated to the subjects. They include medical professionalism, medical ethics, legal medicine, and jurisprudence.
After the preclinical years, our students undergo intensive, authentic learning through core clinical rotations. They experience clinical, ethics, service learning, and research electives. The majority of rotations in Junior (Clinical Clerkship) and Senior Internship are at the St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City as the base hospital. The school allows students to do international clinical rotations as an elective.
Excellent Learning Community
St. Luke’s College of Medicine appeals to pre-medical students for its innovative and holistic approach to the medical program with great research opportunities. Being one of the top medical schools in the country, we are able to garner an average of 99.13% passing rate in the Philippine physician licensure exams since August 2015. Its teaching hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of the most prestigious and well-known hospitals in the country. The curriculum integrates three years of discipline-based subjects and two years of clinical internship in the said hospital. Although the student population is currently exclusive to 685 students in the Doctor of Medicine Program. Above all, the community is warm, lively, and tight-knit.
In our first year, the Department of Preventive and Community Medicine Department guides medical students in conducting research papers. It is a requirement to complete the course. This continues into the second year. In the third year, the faculty guides students on how to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis. Aside from the required courses, some professors invite students to apply to conduct a research study to co-author with them. This is a huge opportunity for medical students to excel in their careers quite early!
How to Apply?
Interested potential candidates around the world can become a part of St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine by following the criteria here.