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Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. – College of Medicine (DMSFI-COM) ranks among the top performing medical colleges in the Philippines and has made significant contributions to the alleviation of the health problems in Mindanao. As a teaching institution, it continues to strive towards becoming a center of excellence in medical education.
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1975

A feasibility study of Mr. Adolfo Miguel on the prospects of Davao Medical School concluded the possibility of its establishment.  This is a requirement of his Masters Degree with Ateneo de Davao University.

There are only 61 rural health physicians in this region, giving a doctor – population ratio  of 1:5,194

Dr. Jesus dela Paz

The idea of a consortium was conceived during the Philippine Hospital Association meeting when Sr. Florida Manzano, OP. proposed the idea of forming the consortium with Atty. Juan V. Faune, Administrator of Brokenshire.

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1976

Faith

We have no money,
we only have faith….

Sr. Florida Manzano, OP

The Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) is a community oriented academic institution established to respond to the lack of health care providers and changing health patterns of communities in the island of Mindanao.

A consortium consisting of the Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Development of People’s Foundation, San Pedro College and San Pedro Hospital established Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) as the first medical school in Mindanao.

Nellie Kellog Schaick scholarship grant received

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1977

In 1977, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation donated Php 750,000 through the Development of People’s Foundation, that partly funded the construction of the first building of DMSF.

A “Walk for a Cause” and donations from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Asia Foundation, Nellie Kellog Van Shaick Foundation helped get a school a head-start. The First batch of medical students were welcomed in the same year.

It was June 1, 1977 that DMSF opened its doors to the first batch of medical students. Classes were held at the old building of the San Pedro Hospital.

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1978

The Board of Trustees has engraved an Institute of Primary Health Care whose thrust is:

 

  1. The education of a new person in medicine, a family-community oriented medical doctor.
  2. Education and training of Primary Health Care workers

Trained 877 community health volunteers (katiwala) in Davao City, Davao del Sur, and North Cotabato to popularize Primary Health Care

Dr. Jesus dela Paz was the first Executive Director of IPHC, the Katiwala Program, and the community based development initiatives.

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1980

DMSF occupied the 2.5 hectare lot area (up to the present time) with the Institute of Primary Health Care (IPHC), College of Dentistry and Center for Education, Research and Development in Health (CERDH) forming the four operating units of DMSF.

The College of Dentistry was established to address the long felt need for a well-rounded dental care service

Dr. Pedro M. Morales was the first Dean of the College of Dentistry.

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1981

The first graduation ceremony was held San Pedro College Auditorium

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1986

The Center of Education, Research and Development in Health (CEDRH) was established with Dr. Warlito C. Vicente as Director.

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1987

RESPECT

IPHC implemented the Community health through Integrated Local Development (CHILD) Project in Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao City, Surigao del Sur, and South Cotabato, with NEDA, DOH, DILG, POPCOM, and funded by USAID.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was officially opened as a response to the shortage of community-oriented nurses.

Ms. Delia I. de Paz, RN, MN was the first Dean of the College of Nursing.

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1988

Masters in Community Health (MCH) Offered

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1989

IPHC Implemented Grassroots Organizing for the Welfare of Children Project in New Bataan, Davao del Norte.

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1990

IPHC with University of Calgary and Mhidol University of Thailand offered five-week international courses to development workers

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1992

Masters in Patricipatory Development (MPD) offered

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1994

Innovative Health Sciences Education Partnership (IHSEP) with DOH, CHED, started IPHC consulted 115 People’s Organizations (POs) in the First People’s Organization Forum

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1997

INTEGRITY

IPHC implemented the Minimum Basic Needs (MBN) Project in Region IX, X, XI, XII, and Caraga

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2000

Strategic Plan 2001-2004 Started

IPHC implemented the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in Davao del Norte and Surigao del Sur

IPHC conducted the In-Country training Program (ICTP) in ARMM until 2007

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2003

The DMSFI Hospital, a 100 bed capacity hospital, was established as a training hospital of the Davao Medical School community. 

Dr. Bong Vega was the first Medical Director of the DMSFI Hospital

DMSFI attained Bureau of Immigration accreditation

Humanitarian medical mission sent to Indonesia

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was officially opened as a response to the shortage of community-oriented nurses.

Ms. Delia I. de Paz, RN, MN was the first Dean of the College of Nursing.

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2005

The College of Medicine catered international students from India, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand . 

CERDH was renamed the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), as the research training arm of DMSFI. IGSR envisions to produce masters graduates who are highly competent in the fundamentals of each discipline for careers in community health, teaching, participatory development, and research. 

The unit also aims to produce quality researchers that are responsive to the health needs of the people in Mindanao.

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2006

The College of Medicine catered international students from India, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand.

Medical Education Unit of the College of medicine created

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2007

EXCELLENCE

Institutional teambuilding efforts deepened

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2008

Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPed) offered

DMSF Hospital Workbreak Program established

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2009

DMSF Hospital Renal Dialysis Unit operational

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2010

The Bachelor Science in Biology program was officially established. It is designed to provide students a broad base understanding of fundamental theories, concepts, and principles of biological schience honing them en route for Medicine.

Alumni and External Relations Office Established

Spiritruality Center and Internal Audit Office created

IPHC made the community extension arm of DMSFI

DMSF Hospital Quality Assurance Program implemented

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2012

In June of 2012, the Midwifery course was re-opened and expanded to a 4 year program leading to the Bachelors Degree in Midwifery Program

Medical and dental teams to Typhoon Pablo-affected areas

DMSF Hospital Employees Wellness Clinic and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opened

DMSF Hospital prioritized primarcy care, patient-centered team approach

DMSF Hospital attained DOH Level II Category and PHIC Center of Quality (2012-2014)

First awarding of distinguished alumni

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2013

MOA on Public-Private Partnership with Davao City Health Office signed

Clinical Monitoring Office created

Medical Mission teams to Typhoon Yolanda affected areas

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2014

All-Lumad Midwifery Course started

DMSF Hospital established a Birthing Center, the Newborn Screening Section, Diabetes Clinic

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2015

A 10-storey College of Medicine building was put up.

The New Library was opened

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2016

21 Lumad midwives graduated

Anatomage operational

DMSF Hospital reorganized

IPHC distributed more than 800 solar lanters in Marilog, Talaingod, and San Isidro, Davao City

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2018

The Center for Healthcare Simulation was conferred as an International Training Center for Advance Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Life Support, Heartsavers and Pediatric Advanced Life Support of the American Heart Association. 

The Founders of Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc.

Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ

PRESIDENT
ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY

Msg. Fernando Capalla, DD

Auxiliary Bishop
ARCHDIOCESE OF DAVAO

Atty. Juan Faune

Administrator
BROKENSHIRE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Dr. Patrocinia E. Hernandez

Dean of Graduate School
ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY

Sr. Florida T. Manzano, OP

Administrator
SAN PEDRO HOSPITAL

Dr. Eliezer D. Mapanao

President
SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Dr. Alex Panuncialman

Medical Director
SAN PEDRO HOSPITAL

Dr. Jesus dela Paz

DEVT. OF PEOPLE’S FOUNDATION

Sr. Bonifacia Tecson

Directress
SAN PEDRO HOSPITAL