Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

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The FEU Hospital in the mid 50s

Fifty years ago, the Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine was born from a vision of Dr. Nicanor Reyes, founder and first President of FEU, to pioneer a non-sectarian education dedicated to nation-building. A sterling roster of competent medical educators from leading medical institutions were chosen and appointed to lead the Basic Sciences and Clinical Departments.

Institute seal

Since the first batch from the Institute of Medicine graduated in 1957, the Institute has consistently produced board topnotchers. Through the years, it has contributed some of the finest names in the healthcare field: four Secretaries of Health, seven PMA Presidents, one President of the World Medical Association, and six Presidents of the Philippine College of Surgeons. In 1986, the Board of Medical Education, DECS, and the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges gave the Institute the highest level of accreditation, and awarded it as a Center of Excellence in Medical Education.

On October 2001, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) conferred the singular privilege of Deregulated Status to FEU-NRMF in recognition of its meritorious achievement in its provision of instruction and in the conduct of research and community extension services, for high performance of graduates in licensure examinations, and for maintaining a tradition of integrity and an untarnished reputation in the educational service.

The FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine dedicates itself to projects that aim to bring medical service to the poor and remote areas of the country. Aside from this, the Institute also pursues excellence by way of medical research, most notably Cancer Research, through various government grants.

The FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine has indeed grown since its inception 50 years ago - it has more than 7,000 graduates, more than 100 topnotchers, and countless successful practitioners, innovative researchers, and dedicated teachers to show as proof of its success. But one thing has remained unchanged: the Institute's commitment to always be at the forefront in the formulation, development, and implementation of global quality standards of medical care.

Through the years, it has contributed some of the finest names in the healthcare field: four Secretaries of Health, seven Philippine Medical Association Presidents, six Presidents of the Philippine College of Surgeons and one President of the World Medical Association. In 1986, the Board of Medical Education, DECS, and the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges gave the Institute the highest level of accreditation, and awarded it as a Center of Excellence in Medical Education.

At present, the hospital operates with 141 pay beds, 99 charity beds, and boasts of state-of-the-art facilities at par with leading tertiary hospitals.

The last meeting of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges, CHED presented the 5-year summary of board passing rank of medical schools. FEU-IM ranked 3rd overall with the highest passing averages after UP and UST.

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Degree Programs in the Institute of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Medical Center – Clinical Services and Departments

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Clinic
  • Child Health / PICU / NICU
  • Clinical Laboratory and Pathology
  • CyberMed
  • Diagnostic Imaging Center and Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine, Out-Patient, and Pay-Treatment Room
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Surgery and Ambulatory Service

Foundation History

In 1952, the Institute of Medicine was born, a medical school staffed by some of the most prominent names in Philippine medicine. The high expectations generated then have since been fulfilled dramatically by its top rated graduates. The Institute of Medicine, in fact, was an idea conceived as early as the incorporation of Far Eastern University in 1934. Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr., founder and first president of FEU, dreamt of an institute of medicine in line with his vision of building up FEU, already a pioneer in progressive non-sectarian education, into a school dedicated to help in the nation-building in as many areas of service as possible. The members of the Medical Committee became the Institutes first administrators with Dr. Lauro H. Panganiban, Dean; Dr. Aureo F. Gutierrez, Director of the FEU Medical Clinic and Dr. Ricardo L. Alfonso, Director of the Far Eastern University Hospital to formulate policies and to supervise the operation of the hospital the above mentioned administrators were joined by Teodoro Evangelista, President of the Far Eastern University; Nicanor Reyes Jr., Executive Vice President; Don Angel Palanca, and Hector del Rosario. The Institute of Medicine occupied the 3rd to the 7th floor of the science building of the university. In 1955 the hospital construction was completed.

The first class graduated in March 1957. Since that time, its graduates have topped or placed in the top ten positions of the government medical board examinations. Remarkable too has been the consistency of the high passing average they have logged in these tests. Capping these successes, graduates of the Foundation have worked their way to important staff, research and teaching positions, not only in the Institute itself, but in other medical establishments in the country and abroad. IN 1960, THE Institute started another branch of training in health science when it admitted the first batch of students in the School of Medical Technology. In March 1963, the Institute turned out the first medical technology graduates after an intensive 12 months in-service training as inters in the laboratories of the FEU Hospital and other recognized training hospitals in Manila. The seventh day of August 1970 marks milestone in the history of the Institute of Medicine of the Far Eastern University. Aware of modern trends in medical education, the Board of Trustee, upon ratification by its stockholders, announced the conversion of the Institute of Medicine, School of Medical Technology, and the hospital into a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation, now known as the Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. In 1980, the FEU-NRMF purchased and transferred into two university buildings adjacent to the hospital and renovated them to satisfy the needs of a modern institution of learning. This move however, could not contain the rapid growth of the student population nor tolerate the steady decline of the surrounding environment. Thus in 1995 the Board of Trustees approved the relocation of FEU-NRMF to a 1 ½ hectare lot in Quezon City. Answering the demands for qualified health professionals, the Institute accepted about 120 Physical Therapy students in the third year in 1996. In the same year, architectural plans completed, ceremonial ground breaking was held in West Fairview on December 22.

Since 1999, FEU-NRMF Medical Center, a world class medical complex, is located in a healthy, safe and peaceful environment for education and medical care in West Fairview. With ample room for parking, physician offices and ancillary services, it provides premiere health care services to an ever-increasing number of patients. The latest addition to the FEU-NRMF Medical Center has been and will continue to be a pioneer in progressive medical education and a leader in health care services.

FEU-NRMF Vision and Mission


The Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, in the forefront of the pursuit of excellence in medical and paramedical education, quality health care services, and relevant research.


As an educational institution, we commit ourselves and our resources to the:

1. development of competent, caring and compassionate health care professionals imbued with the highest ethical, moral and local standards.

2. delivery of excellent quality health care services that will meet the needs of the community we serve; and

3. pursuit and completion of relevant research activities that will uphold health and health-related needs of our countrymen.

To realize the above stated vision-mission, the FEU-NRMF shall:

1. provide the highest level of academic standards and training for students in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary in the practice of their profession.

2. incorporate in the curriculum programs that will enhance ethical, moral and spiritual values anchored on the principles of honesty, integrity, responsibility, obedience, love, compassion and respect for the dignity of human life and instill leadership qualities and collegiality among the studentry.

3. formulate relevant and quality researches, community-oriented projects that will engender sensitivity to community concerns and social consciousness.

Far Eastern University Prayer

Direct O God, we beseech you All our actions by Your holy inspiration And help us on by Your gracious assistance So that every prayer and work of ours may begin with You And by You be happily ended Amen.

Far Eastern University Hymn

Far Eastern Onward, beloved alma mater Onward Oh lead us, the green and gold in view In thy happy halls, our young hearts saw the light Command thy sons and daughters to battle for the right Though far from home, our feet from roam Our love will still be true Our voices shall unite to praise thy name anew we'll treasure within our hearts the FEU we'll treasure within our hearts the FEU

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Notable FEU Alumni in Medicine

Honorio Benzon, MD Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship Program; Senior Academic Administrator; Professor of Anesthesiology; Chief, Section of Pain Management - Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
Jorge Garcia, MD founding Chairman of the Asian Hospital, Senior Cardiovascular Surgeon of the Washington Hospital, clinical professor of surgery at the Georgetown University
Edwin Cacayorin MD Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology, University of Texas Medical School in Houston
Pedro Obregon, MD Surgeon Emeritus and Co-founder of Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus Ohio; Clinical Instructor at the Department of Surgery of Ohio State University
Amelia Cruz, MD Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Pediatrics Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Medical Director, Labor and Delivery at Shands Hospital-UF; Medical Director, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center at Shands Hospital-UF; Medical Director of the Maternal-Infant Care Project -- University of Florida
Victoria Lim, MD Professor of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
Alice Yao, MD Professor in Cardiology, Suny Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York
Beverly Epstein, MD Professor, School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics, West Virginia University
Cesar Santos, MD Professor of Pediatric Neurology, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University
Medardo Supnet, MD Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Josie Candelaria, MD Professor, Obstetrical and Gynecological Education, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Jocelyn Ang, MD Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University
Cherry Uy, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology/Prenatal Medicine), University of California Irvine
Helen How, MD Associate Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati
Lydia Obleada, MD Assistant Psychiatric Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine, West Virginia University
Robert Herreria, MD Assistant Clinical Professor School of Medicine, University of Connecticut
Erlinda Collante, MD Assistant Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida
Walter Panganiban, MD Assistant Professor, Medical School, Indiana University
Esteban Janolo Jr., MD Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, St. Matthew's University, Grand Cayman Islands
Alfredo Alonso, MD Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Jonathan Vasquez, MD Research Associate, Department of Allergy and Immunology All Children’s Hospital, University of South Florida
Edna Taniegra, MD Primary Care Physician, General Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Jose Garcia, MD Clinical Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Arizona
Ferdinand Armas, MD Medical Director for Senior Care Unit, Cumberland River Hospital, Gainesboro, Tennessee
Mamivir Hernandez, MD Director of Utilization Management, St. Francis Medical Center West, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Raymund Razonable, MD Medical Specialist for Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Florencio Lucero, MD Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery Philippine General Hospital
Philip Chua, MD Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cebu Cardiovascular Center
Lilia Luna, MD President of the Philippine Society of Climacteric Medicine, fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons
Delfin Tan, MD President of the United Doctors Medical Center
Esperanza Balcos, MD Member Board of Medicine, Professional Regulation Commission

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