To become the leading institution in the region in providing quality medical education committed to produce competent physicians who are guided by Christian principles in the provision of excellent health care.
To produce medical graduates [a] who can excel in any of the responsible roles as health providers, teachers, researchers, administrators, and social mobilizers in the Philippine health care system; [b] who possess the necessary skills for a lifelong and self-directed learning; and [c] whose caring, compassion and social consciousness emphasize the quality of such education.
This medical education is committed to the development of physicians who maintain and promote the health of the community in line with changing medical needs and demands of the time in the pursuit of medical excellence.
Silliman University’s medical education is also committed to the development of educators who foster a student-centered learning process, who can upgrade such medical education, and who can serve as student models. The development of quality Christian education – as spelled out in the objectives of the School – is a commitment to excellence in the next millennium.
- To develop knowledgeable professionals who can define and manage the health problems of the patient, the family and the community.
- To nurture the creative thinking skills and problem-solving abilities of medical students.
- To master the strategies for case analysis in a multi-disciplinary setting.
- To encourage student resourcefulness in data gathering and interpretation.
- To foster leadership capabilities among the students as well as enhance their active participation in a team of health care providers.
- To encourage students into a lifelong and self-directed learning.
- To inculcate in students the feelings of sensitivity, empathy and compassion in dealing with patients, relatives and colleagues in the health profession.
- To promote ethical and moral values in the studentry.
- To develop the students’ capability to use the holistic approach to patient care.
The plan to establish what would later be the Silliman University Medical School started on October 20, 1997 when the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee was called. This was attended by Dr. Jonathan C. Amante, Prof. Reynaldo Y. Rivera, Dr. Brenda Diputado, Dr. Lynn Olegario and Dr. Erlinda Lim-Juan at the Cunningham Hall. This was a brain-storming meeting, covering issues on curriculum, physical plant, and other related concerns.
The next day, Dr. Amante consulted with Dr. Fernando Sanchez in Manila, the latter being the Chairman of the Task Force on Reformation of Medical Education and Executive Director of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC). The outcome of the meeting was reported to Silliman University President Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, Vice President Academic Affairs Teresita Sy-Sinda and the members of the Ad Hoc Committee. A series of follow-up meetings transpired in Manila until November 6, 1997 when the plan to hold a Symposium on Innovative Medical Curriculum was finalized. The symposium was held at the Cunningham Hall on November 29, 1997, facilitated by the members of the Task Force and attended by members of the Silliman University Administration, Ad Hoc Committee, and prospective SUMS faculty members. After two more meetings in February and April 1998 in Manila of Dr. Amante and Dr. Sanchez with the Task Force members, Dr. Reyes and Dr. Tantengco, a Workshop on Medical Curriculum planning was scheduled and was later implemented on April 24-25 1998. This was followed by a re—evaluation meeting in Manila on May 6, 1998.
Meanwhile, the prospective Faculty Teachers’ Training was started on January 31, 1998 and almost every Saturday thereafter at the Cunningham Hall. This was conducted by Prof. Reynaldo Rivera, University Registrar, Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, Dean of the College of Education, and Prof. Loreta Lachica, Director of the Office of Instruction. The training ended on June 6, 1998.
Subsequently, the University Academic Council endorsed on August 18, 1998 the Silliman University Medical School Program proposal for opening the following school year 1999-2000. It was only during the Board Of Trustees meeting on January 11, 2003 that a decision was reached: to open the new Medical School on the basis of an updated feasibility study and provided that quality education is maintained.
An updated Feasibility Study was conducted by the 1998 Ad Hoc Committee, together with VPAA Dr. Everett Mendoza, Internal Auditor Mr. Jenny Chiu and Prof. Reynaldo Y. Rivera. The results were later presented for re-evaluation to the Board of Trustees on January 31, 2004. Finally, the Board of Trustees approved the Medical School Program on March 20, 2004. Dr. Agustin A. Pulido publicly announced the approval during the Silliman University Commencement Exercises the following day. The Commission on Higher Education approved the program for School Year 2005-2006, during its 243rd Commission en banc meeting on April 25, 2005.