Davao Medical School Foundation

The Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) was established in July 1976 in response to the recognition of the lack of doctors serving rural communities and lack of specialist in urban centers of Mindanao. Its College of Medicine was thus the first such college to be set up in Mindanao and is dedicated to providing medical education and training of the highest order, leading to the provision of effective medical care in both rural and urban communities.

A consortium, the members of which are the Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, the Development of Peoples’ Foundation, San Pedro Hospital and San Pedro College, operates the Foundation. It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization and is approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In addition to the College of Medicine, DMSF operates a College of Dentistry, an Institute of Primary Health Care (IPHC) and a Center for Education, Research and Development in Health (CERDH).

The school is located on a 2.5 hectare site close to the center of Davao City, which boasts of a stable climate, both in terms of its weather and its politics. There are five universities within the boundaries of the City as well as several schools and colleges. Students are affiliated to the Davao Medical Center, the Davao Doctors Hospitals , San Pedro Hospital and Brokenshire Memorial Hospital for their clinical rotations in the third and fourth years of their courses.

Why study in Medicine in Davao
  • Located in Davao, boasting stable climate and conducive environment
  • Currently, there are 173 Indian students (from India), 20 Malaysian students at DMSF
  • Malaysian students opting to practice in Malaysia must sit for an entry qualification exam under Para 12(1)(a) of the Medical Act 1971
  • Your gateway to practice in USA / Canada because Davao Medical School is recognized by the American Medical Council (AMC)
  • Hostel: Hospital, school and hostel all located within walking distances
  • Place of Worship: Mosque, churches, temple available for students
  • Food: All kinds of food readily available, (including halal food) and food stalls within 5min walking distance from the Hostel
  • Cost of living: Approximately RM400 per month
  • Currency exchange: RM7.30 @ 100 Philippines Peso
  • Davao city has shopping complexes, cinemas, beaches, island resorts. Davao is a Smoke-Free city
  • Victoria Mall in 5 minutes walking distance from campus

Why study in Medicine in Davao

  • WHO recognized (World Health Organization), which is the first important thing to be considered when thinking about foreign medical education
  • ECFMG recognized (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates), which will make the candidate eligible to sit for USMLE ( United State Medical Licensing Examination) . Passing the test will make the candidate eligible to practice in US
  • FAIMER recognized (Foundation for Advancement of International Education) ,which will make the candidate eligible to join PhD courses directly after MD
  • The University has tie ups with several reputed Universities across the globe
  • English medium of instruction
  • The degree is well recognized all over the world, so that the candidate is eligible to work across the globe, including US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc...
  • The University is recognized by the Philippine Government
  • The University is permitted by the Philippine Government to enroll foreign students as per EC provisions Indian students on successful completion of the medical course and award of MD degree from Davao Medical School Foundation are required to appear for Screening Test / Foreign Medical Graduate Examination by National Board of Examinations for registration with Medical Council of India



  • Any person who has Bachelor’s Degree weather in Science or in the Humanities may apply for admission to the DMSF 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
  • 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 DMSF

Admission Requirements

  1. Transcript of records - a photocopy of all subjects taken up in college
  2. Special Order - original copy
  3. A Certificate of Honorable Dismissal - original copy
  4. Certificate of Graduation from Bachelor's Degree from school registrar
  5. Certificate of good moral character from two different science teachers during preparatory course
  6. Birth Certificate - photocopy
  7. Marriage Contract - photocopy (if married)
  8. 2 x 2 ID picture (colored picture) - 2 pcs
  9. 1 x 1 ID picture (colored picture) - 2 pcs
  10. College Diploma - photocopy
  11. National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) Result - photocopy
  12. 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 DMSF Registrar's office)


  1. Completed Application Form and Personal History Statement
  2. Photocopy of Transcript of Record
  3. Photocopy of National Medical Admission Test (NMAT)* result
  4. Letter of Reference from two (2) former professors
  5. Application Fee