About the School of Medicine
What began as a concern for the growing health needs in the remote areas of the Cordilleras brought into existence the SLU School of Medicine. As early as 1971, SLU has been sending its Medical Technology students to the far-flung municipalities of the region to conduct clinical tests and research. A public charity clinic manned by volunteer physicians, nurses and medical technologists was also launched by the University in the same year. The students’ excursions, medical missions and clinical cases revealed many diseases prevalent in these areas, and soon SLU saw the need to meet these needs on long-term basis, by establishing a college of medicine in the region.
A firm believer of the “see, discern, act” philosophy, SLU thought it best to produce medical doctors to help address these concerns. And so in 1976, the School of Medicine received its 64 pioneer students with seven faculty members. The SLU Hospital Sacred Heart was soon opened a year later to serve as a training hospital for SLU medicine students and to look after the medical needs of the city and nearby provinces.
Over the years, the school earned accolades for its meritorious performance in the licensure exams, with a “high” performance level (often garnering 1st or 2nd place) as cited by the Philippine Association of Board Examiners. It maintains a roster of highly qualified faculty members who are recognized in their respective medical specializations.
The School is a fertile ground for research activities, where the plan adheres to the mandates and programs of national health agencies or councils. Ever sensitive to local health conditions and quality of medical health care, the School has produced government recognized studies and programs on indigenous small scale miners, thyroid-related diseases, tuberculosis, among others.
As it makes every effort to be a social mobilizer, the School integrates societal issues, e.g., child abuse, bioethics, gender sensitivity, human rights, traditional and alternative medicine, into its curriculum. Early into their studies, students are trained in community inspection and diagnosis, health education research and primary care services through problem-based learning and programs such as immersion visits to mining villages, sewage treatment plants, and other underserved areas. A unified outreach program participated in by the school’s faculty, students, hospital staff, and volunteer medical professionals, is likewise organized regularly for the benefit of identified communities.
The school recognizes the importance of learning from other experts in the medical discipline. Thus, it works with other medical schools, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and other entities in strengthening the school’s instruction, research capability, facilities, and human resource development. It has entered into agreements with institutions from the UAE and Europe in training students from these countries in the School and in the Hospital of the Sacred Heart.
But more than these achievements, the school takes pride in honing well-rounded Christian doctors who espouse holistic healing, who are passionate about their work as health care providers, who have a deep compassion for the needy, and who are highly competent in assuming these roles.