St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine – William H. Quasha Memorial (SLMCCM-WHQM) is one of the 58 medical schools in the Philippines. Established in 1994 as the medical school of the St. Luke’s Medical Center (est. 1903), it offers a 5-year Curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), assuring a one-year internship program at the Medical Center. SLCM-WHQM is duly accredited by the Commission on Higher Education.
SLCM-WHQM consists of Basic and Clinical Departments with a full complement of faculty and staff. As of SY 2022-2023, there are 753 students enrolled – 736 students for the Doctor of Medicine Program, 17 students for the MS Molecular Medicine Program.
The 14-storey College of Medicine building, completed in June 1997, has air-conditioned classrooms and conference/lecture halls with audio-visual devices. The College has 5 basic science laboratories, a Skills-Training Laboratory, Behavioral Science Laboratory and a mock Operating Room. The Library has been designed to nurture a person’s inclination to learn as comfortable as possible. It has a computer section complete with internet facilities aside from the WiFi access available in the Library. At the Penthouse is an Auditorium which serves as a venue for large student and faculty conferences and activities of the College as well as events of the Medical Center. Three elevators ease access to all floor levels.
SLCM follows the integrated basic and clinical sciences curriculum spread over a 5-year course. Medical Clerkship and Internship programs are provided at the St. Luke’s Medical Center with affiliations in local specialty hospitals to expose students to a wide variety of patients, and clinical facilities. In the Community Medicine program, students have the opportunity to rotate in various identified Community Medicine centers in our vicinity.
St Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) is the base hospital for the College. SLMC is the first hospital in the Philippines and second in Asia that is accredited by the Joint Commission for International Accreditation (JCIA), the foreign arm for the USA’s Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO). The St. Luke’s Medical Center is an international affiliate of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in the USA.
St. Luke’s College of Medicine and the St. Luke’s Medical Center have been host to several medical students from the University of Hawaii and the University of Alberta in Canada who opted to have their electives rotation with the College and the Medical Center.
SLCM has an active Faculty Development Program which includes sponsorship of faculty members to scholarships in relevant graduate studies of their choice. Student and faculty research, in close collaboration with the Research and Biotechnology Division of SLMC, is encouraged and fostered through generous funding assistance. Grants for Professorial Chairs are also available to the Faculty.
St. Luke’s College of Medicine – WHQM is located at Cathedral Heights along Sta. Ignaciana St, which crosses E. Rodriquez Ave. in Quezon City just behind St. Luke’s Medical Center. The College can be accessed through three main routes, namely, through St. Luke’s Medical Center, through Trinity University, or by way of Sct. Reyes St. in the Roxas/Roces district coming from the Quezon Ave. area.
Early this year (2023), the College became the first Philippine higher education institution to become a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). The CUGH is a rapidly growing international network of over 170 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges. Founded in 2008, it supports academic institutions and partners to improve the well-being of people and the planet through education, research, service, and advocacy.