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About UPHD
College of Medicine

The practice of Medicine offers a range of unique experiences that you cannot find in any other discipline. Every day brings a variety of patients with a variety of needs. As a medical practitioner, you can help the sick and the physically challenged; you can prevent diseases and take care of the health of the people. As a medical researcher, you can participate in updates and developments in medicine. As a medical e ducator, you can share in molding the future of medical students. Because of these opportunities, doctors are looked upon as highly esteemed and well-respected members of the society.

The University of Perpetual Help Rizal JONELTA Foundation School of Medicine is a thriving community of educators, scientists, clinicians, students, and even lawyers working together to educate, learn, discern, heal, and serve. The curriculum promotes exhaustive research, collaborative learning, and individual initiative by providing a strong basic science preparation and extensive clinical experiences. Our main purpose is to promote compassionate, caring, and competent medical practitioners ready to help people achieve healthy productive lives, advance knowledge in the medical sciences, and be informed advocates of change for a lifetime of achievement in the field of medicine.

    Some Facts about JONELTA Foundation School of Medicine:

  • Faculty are graduates of prestigious schools here and abroad (Harvard University, University of London, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Davis, and other premier universities.) with masteral and doctoral degrees in education, epidemiology, and the social sciences.
  • A coaching and mentoring program is available for all students.
  • Students are intensively coached for interschool debates, quiz shows, and research competitions.
  • Internship is available at the University of Perpetual Help Dalta Medical Center (UPHDMC).
  • Review classes for the Medical Board Exams are given to graduates.
  • UPHDMC has a placement office for medical graduates seeking opportunities to work abroad.
  • Our graduates have a 100% passing rate in the USMLE.


The study period for studying Medicine at the undergraduate level involves:

Study Pattern Duration
Pre medical School 1.5 years
Medical School 1.5 years
Total course duration excluding internship 5.5 years
About Philippines


The Philippines officially known as the Republic of the Philippines is a sovereignisland country situated in the western Pacific Ocean.With a population of at least 99 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world.

Philippines is slowly becoming known as the university belt of Asia. Home to the first university of Asia – University of Santo Tomas, it has grown to become a hub for education since the last century with most of the popular international universities being atleast half a century old.

It has also become a favorite destination for foreign students and foreign tourist enrollees because of the highly advanced educational system of the country, which is now being positioned as the knowledge center in Asia and the Pacific.

The country is known for its people’s hospitality and joyfulness. Visitors everywhere marvel at the way they are treated in each place they visit. They also enjoy the number of festivals that are held for every locality that reflects the country’s rich and diverse culture and traditions.

Studies also show that it is more affordable to study in the Philippines compared with other countries offering high quality education. It is because a person can live a modest lifestyle by only spending US$350 to US$500 a month.

Geographical location

The Philippines is one of the largest island groups in the world with 7,107 islands and islets lying off the southwest coast of the Asian mainland between Taiwan and Borneo. It is bounded in the west by the South China Sea, in the east by the Pacific Ocean, in the south by the Sulu and Celebes Seas, and in the north by the Bashi Channel. Its strategic position finds the Philippines at the crossroads of international travel lanes.

It has a total land area of 300,000 sq.km and a coastline of 34,000 km, the longest in the world.

The land consists of coastal plains with many central peaks and mountain ranges. Mount Apo in Mindanao is the tallest in the country, rising 9,600 feet.

The Philippines has three major islands – Luzon, the largest island where the capital of the Philippines is situated; Visayas, known for its fine beaches and idyllic coves; and Mindanao, whose exotic forests make it an irresistible haven for nature lovers.


The history of Philippines has been very interesting. From being a Spanish colony to an American colony to ultimately becoming an independent nation.

The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 marked the beginning of Spanish colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer RuyLópez de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565, the first Spanish settlement in the archipelago was established, and the Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in the predominant religion in the country being Roman Catholicism. During this time, Manila became the Asian hub of the Manila–Acapulco galleontrade.

As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the Philippine Revolution, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, and the Philippine–American War. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands. After World War II, the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation.


Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant amount of Spanish and American influences.

Traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. These community celebrations are times for feasting, music, and dancing.

Both the Spanish and the Americans have influenced the culture of Philippines over time which reflects in their architecture, life style, work style and their affinity for westernization and following the western trends.


There are five major sports in the Philippines. These are basketball, boxing, billiards, football, andvolleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating is a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations.


Filippinos are known to be lovers of the performing arts especially music.

Music of the Philippinecomprises of various genre and styles. The music of the Philippines is a mixture of other Asian, European, Latin American, American, and indigenous influences.

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