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Goals of the College of Medicine


Excellence in Instruction

Excellent medical education through provision of a relevant curriculum, highly qualified and dedicated faculty and state of the art instructional facilities.

Excellence in Research

Clinical and social researches that contribute to the discovery optimal solutions to health care needs.

Excellence in Community Service

Community work manned by both faculty and students as part of medical instruction and value formation

Excellence in Instruction

A team of competent, committed and compassionate faculty members addresses the educational mission.
The delivery of the instruction along with the engagement of continuous scholarly activities, research and community services are the basic tasks that are prepared and completed by each faculty member.

These refine their capabilities as they form part in the students’ learning process and stand as examples of the noble practice.

Given the diverse group of learners comes a diverse set of teaching strategies that will lead to a satisfying instructional satisfaction.

The Section of Anatomy seeks to educate this generation of learners with a variety of learning tools including an integration of Body Map, Cadaveric Dissection, Anatomage and Plastinated Cadavers.

This enhances the students’ understanding on basic and clinical anatomy with an efficient use of laboratory time.

The classrooms modified as team-based learning centers are highly considered as learning spaces for face-to-face interaction between students and teachers..

As learning come in different ways, several teaching methods are adapted which includes lecture-based formats, team- based learning, problem based learning and small group discussions.

Such methods run through the spectrum of student involvement which increases both student understanding and learning experiences.

A combination of techniques are employed by all educators to facilitate learning process more effectively and efficiently.

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination and Standardized Patient Program are evaluative tools of students’ performance in a given clinical setting.

Integrated in the senior year curriculum, students perform a variety of tasks within a specified time period against a certain set of criteria.

This strategy allows for an objective and precise student assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes for a wide range of clinical scenarios.

The Simulation Center provides a safe environment for the training of students’ clinical, technical and interpersonal skills.

This learning strategy bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience, Students are given hands-on encounters in the absence of putting actual patients at risk.

It further provides an assessment of the students’ levels of competence as well as feedback from faculty preceptors. Students are able to master their skills by learning from their mistakes from a protected environment.

This state-of-the-art facility provides several types of simulation including standardized patients, task trainers, virtual reality and human patient simulation.

The use of mobile clinics in the medical curriculum provides a meaningful experience for students to assimilate classroom learning and clinical operations.

This is regarded as a valuable teaching-learning tool for clinical and community skills. As a community-based platform, this creates ongoing partnerships between the academe and the community towards healthy Filipino communities enjoying quality lives.

Clinical training during the preclinical years establishes appropriate standards in patient history and physical examination.

The Arts and Sciences of Medicine and Skills Laboratory Sessions provide an avenue where skills are introduced in preparation for their clinical years.
It is in these areas that proper methods are taught along with basic patient-physician communication skills.

Evaluation of student learning is a joint effort between students and faculty to gauge learning in progress.

Different strategies have been employed to evaluate students at different areas of learning.

At the cognitive level, paperless examinations shortens the examination cycle. Safety and security of questions are improved with efficient use of time and other related resources.

Virtual patient as a learning tool complements clinical training as it evaluates clinical reasoning and decision making.

The library is a central hub for the whole educational community.

With more or less 600 seating capacity including E-libraries, the library provides space, resources and support that students need for educational growth.

As much as 16,094 copies of prints and 1,057 of online book holdings with 13,063 issues and more than 600 titles of journals on print and online are available for student use.

With students as the center of the library program, the library keeps itself at pace with the ever-dynamic course of medical education.

Communication between students and faculty offers an avenue where knowledge, skills and attitudes are brought together into a personal level.

Student mentoring programs are in place to cater the individual needs of the students as they progress in the succeeding academic years.

These allow students to seek assistance to faculty mentors towards a meaningful integration of student learning, behavior, perception and attitudes.

“The pearls of DMSF are its teachers that brought educational core elements to the students heart and augmented a unique teach-student relationship.”

– Student

“Mentoring is an opportunity to empathize with the students as well as to assist them towards good insights leading towards a specific action plan.”

– Mentor

“DMSF defines an integrated medical curriculum as ‘core values of FIRE ‘which stands for Faith in God, Integrity Respect and Excellence.”

– Student

“DMSF ensures that their students are equipped with all the knowledge, skills and attitude that is expected of a Five-star Physician”

DMSF has accommodated the visual, auditory and textual learners.”

“The feedback helps me to critically assess my resources and be meticulous with the quality of information that I have, hence improving my technique in basic sciences and in the clinics.”

“The College of Medicine offers a solid curriculum which focuses on theoretical knowledge building and clinical skills enhancement prior to clinical exposure.”

“Professors are actively practicing clinicians that have the qualifications and experience to ensure that students learn only from the best.”

“It has become an inspiration and a depth of learning and knowledge source for locals as well as for international students.”

” being a product of this institution, I can definitely say that the curriculum will equip you with all the basic knowledge, skills and the exposure that you need before pursuing your internship and residency training.”

Student activities foster friendships and solidarity.

The school year, though loaded with academic agenda, becomes even more exciting as campus activities and programs are set to support both curricular and extra-curricular events.

• Intramurals
• Foundation Day
• Club Day
• Med Night

It also provides opportunities for students to develop leadership and social responsibility.

Overseen by the Office of Student Affairs, such experiences enable students to connect to the whole community of DMSFI.

• International Class Day
• Synapse
• Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Student Network

Excellence in Research

Research is built in the fabric of the curriculum.
With the aim of providing optimal solutions to important medical questions and problems, research work leads to the provision of patient care at its best.

Following the steps of the scientific methods, students as well as faculty members continue to provide relevant outputs as part of their training and continuing medical education.

A variety of research areas are being done including but not limited to physiology, pharmacology and community medicine. Networking and collaborative studies involve drug development, infectious diseases, forensic sciences and genomics.

Excellence in Community Service

Guided by the principles of community oriented primary care, community medicine holds an integral part of the medical curriculum.

Strengthened with community diagnosis and research outputs, the college had its share of leading the people towards a community-based.

This is regarded as the highest and the most liberating model of primary health care the ultimate goal of community medicine.

| Barangays served per year

| Community Diagnosis per year

| Health Action Plans per year

| Community Research per year


The ephemeral inhabitant of this paradoxical terrain
Wrestling with reason or foolishness
Seeking to grasp a point of certainty

The character I must fulfill.
A first shaft of light from a day gone by
Unearthen by the helm of myriad shares
Now and again chasing sunbeams of the stands
Sifting my glow amidst of them.

Each splinter of the whole throws something into the silo
Paralleling endowments collect, create into one
Variance is discreet but comes out unfastened
And the world finds its solace there.

A hidden solitary essence among the scores of beings
Toiling on with the pure mark through the nucleus of the mind
Meeting the real, ardent to nature until the luminary’s
descent Stands the difference I embrace in time.

– Alumni ’07


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Admission Procedure

Applicants are required to secure the following prior to enrollment:

Filled-up application form (can be downloaded from our school website)


College diploma or Certificate of graduation


College transcript of records


NMAT result (minimum score of 40 percentile)


2 IDS - previous school ID and any government ID (preferably passport)


2 copies of applicant's recent photo, passport size, duly signed by the applicant at the lower border of the picture


Short essay (not more than 100 words) on why I want to be a doctor.

Kindly email the documents to or better still, you can call the Admission’s Office: +639985564399 or +639177022909


Once accepted, a LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE will be issued thru email. Other requirements such an entrance exam, medical examination, etc., will be announced later.


Photocopy of Transcript of Records


For APPLICANTS whose scheduled NMAT was postponed, an advisory will be issued once CHED releases its memo.

New Local Students

Step 1: Initial Evaluation Documents

The applicant is subjected to a series of interviews by the members of the Admission Committee. The school shall charge a commitment fee credited to the applicant’s tuition fees. Said fee is non- refundable for students who decide not to enroll at the DMSFI. Applicants are required to secure the following prior to enrollment:


Transcript of records - a photocopy of all subjects taken up in college;


Special Order (original copy);


Certificate of Honorable Dismissal (original copy);


Certificate of Graduation from Bachelor's Degree from school registrar;


Certificate of good moral character from two different science teachers during preparatory course;


Birth Certificate - photocopy;


Marriage Contract, if married (duly authenticated by NSO);


2" x 2" ID picture (colored with white background) - 2 pieces;


1" x 1" ID picture (colored with white background) - 2 pieces;


College Diploma - photocopy;


National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) Result - photocopy;


Notarized application for CEA with all the requirements therein including fee of P30.00 in postal money order - Pay to: DECS - Region XI (Applicants forms available at DMSFI Registrar's office)

Step 2: 

Applicants are required to send their documents to:

Office of the Dean

Davao Medical School Foundation
Medical School Drive, Bajada, Davao City 8000

New International Students

Step 1: Initial Evaluation Documents

Foreign students seeking admission to the College of Medicine shall submit the following documents in the order outlined below:

Completed Application Form and Personal History Statement (can be downloaded in our website:


Photocopy of Transcript of Records


Photocopy of National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) result


Letter of Reference from two (2) former professors


Application Fee (non-refundable)

Step 2: Submission of Documents for Initial Evaluation

Foreign applicants are required to send all Step 1 documents to:

Office of the Dean

Davao Medical School Foundation
Medical School Drive, Bajada, Davao City 8000

Step 3: Initial Evaluation Results

Submitted documents in item A will be evaluated by the Office of the Dean, after which, the applicant is informed as to the status of his/her application. If applicant is qualified, the school will send to the applicant the following:

Notice of Acceptance (NOA)*


Personal History Statement forms for the applicant to fill-up (6 copies)


Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) form for the applicant to fill-up (not required for lateral entrants)

*The Notice of Acceptance should not be construed as the actual enrollment.

Step 4: Submission of Documents to the Office of the Dean

Step 1 and Step 3 are to be completed and returned back to the Office of the Dean including the following documents duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post in the country of origin (required by the Department of Foreign Affairs –DFA):

Official transcript of records and diploma;


A notarized Affidavit of Financial Support


Photocopy of Passport pages where Name, Photo, Birth Date & Birthplace appears


Student's Personal History Statement


Police Clearance Certificate issued by the National Police Authorities in the student’s country of origin or residence


Birth certificate;


Letter of Recommendation from two former college professors;


Note: All these documents should be mailed in time for the following scheduled semesters:

• First semester class (June) – Documents should be in on or before April 15
• Second semester class- Documents should be in on or before September 30
• Summer class- on or before January 31

The above-mentioned documents should be completed and mailed back to the Office of the Dean at least 30 days prior to the start of the incoming academic year.

Office of the Dean

Davao Medical School Foundation
Medical School Drive, Bajada, Davao City 8000
DMSFI endorses the above documents to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Manila, together with the NOA and CHED-approved CEA for processing. Once approved, the
DFA notifies the Foreign Service Post concerned on the issuance of a student visa. The applicants will now be required to appear in person before the Philippine Foreign
Service Post with consular jurisdiction over the place for interview.

Step 5: Student Visa

After receiving confirmation for all the previous steps, the following documents are required for the issuance of a Student Visa

Original copy of school's NOA


Original copy of CEA issued by CHED


Visa Application form (FA form no. 2);


Medical Certificate (FA form no. 11);


Chest x-ray, laboratory report and clearance certificate for the AIDS antibody (HIV test);


Police Clearance from local police authorities where applicant has been permanently residing for the last five (5) years · Personal History Statement (PHS) form.


Personal History Statement (PHS) form.


Guarantee coverage of return fare and other incidental expenses


Evidence of financial report i.e., bank statements


Life-size chest x-ray film;


Eight copies of 2 x 2 colored photos;


Unexpired passport

Step 6: Enrollment at DMSFI

Student may now enroll at DMSFI. The following documents will also besubmitted to the Registrar’s Office:


Student Visa


Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) from the Bureau of Immigration issued in Davao City
(issued upon presentation of the student visa);


Photocopy of the passport

Transfer Students

The Davao Medical School Foundation shall decide on applications for transfer from other medical schools on a case basis. The DMSFI may not accept applications for transfers if the reasons include academic debarment or dishonorable dismissals. Transferring students must submit the following documents:


Certified True Copy of academic records from the last medical school attended;


Certificate of Eligibility to transfer or Honorable Dismissal;


Photocopy of National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) result


Permit from DECS to transfer.

Returning Students

Readmission of returning students:

A returning students refers to a bonifide student of DMSFI who discontinued his/her studies and has not obtained an Honorable Dismissal from the school, or whose transcript of records has not been forwarded to another school.

Renewal of registration of a returning student depends upon his/her previous performance, fitness and disposition for college work. Compliance with school rules and regulations shall also be given due consideration.

Disqualification for admission or re-admission:

When he fails 30% or more of the total subject load and/or debarred.


When he fails to fulfill the pledge of good behavior.

For more inquiries, please contact:

College of Medicine - Admission's Office

Admission Policies

Any person who has a Bachelor’s Degree whether in Science or in the Humanities may
apply for admission to the DMSFI College of Medicine.

As provided for in DECS Order No. 52, s. 1985, only college graduates who have qualified in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) and are duly issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) by the Department of Education, Culture and Sport, shall be considered for admission into the College of Medicine.

College of Medicine - Admission's Office

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National Medical Admission Test (NMAT)

For NMAT examinees, write or call:

Center for Educational Measurements

6th Floor, Concorde Condominium
Corner Salcedo and Benavides Sts.
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. 818 6129 and 818 6538

Mr. Jose Ramos
Tel. No. 212-254-09-04

Ms. Marilyn Reyes
Chancellor Hotel
3191nWest 7th St.
Tel. No. (213)- 383-1183.
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