The Medical Center (UERMMMCI) turned 60 years old last June 2017. Year-long activities culminating with the Recognition Night for 2 Lifetime Achievement Awardees and 10 Exemplar Personnel Awardees on June 15, 2017 celebrated this milestone.
The College of Medicine was the first academic unit established in the Medical Center in 1956. It is situated on a 10,000 square meter lot which was originally the property of Instituto de Mujeres. The College was established as a separate corporation: non-stock, non-profit, affiliated with, but independent of the University of the East-Manila. The Board of Trustees of the University has set as its purpose “complete dedication to the medical education, research and alleviation of human sufferings” thus making the University of the East (UE), College of Medicine the first philanthropic institution in the country.
In 1957, the UE College of Medicine was renamed “the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center” or UERMMMCI as a tribute to the late President Ramon Magsaysay who died in a plane crash in Cebu City. The first doctors from the Medical School graduated in 1961.
The vision of the Board of Trustees to expand its courses and services was realized when the College of Nursing was organized in 1959 with the late Dr. Purita F. Asperilla as the founding Dean. The course was a 5-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing whose graduates become health care professionals who are competent caring, compassionate and more qualified to pursue higher education courses. When Dr. Asperilla resigned, Mrs. Evangelina M. Dumlao, a senior faculty of the College, took over the deanship in 1971 and was concurrently appointed Chief Nurse of the UERM Hospital. She was conferred the title Dean Emeritus by the Medical Center University in 1999. The first alumna Dean was Dr. Carmelita C. Divinagracia, a member of the Pioneer Class (1962) of the College, who succeeded Dean Emeritus Dumlao.
In 1960, the UERM Memorial Hospital was established to serve as the clinical laboratory for the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, and, later on, the College of Physical Therapy. Two new buildings, now the Jose M. Cuyegkeng Building and the New Administration Building, were completed in 1965.
The plan to establish the College of Physical Therapy started in 1987, largely due to the initiative of then University President Isidro D. Cariño. The feasibility study and preparations were diligently made by Dr. Juan A. Alcazaren, then the Head of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UERM Memorial Hospital and Dr. Arnel V. Malaya (UERM Medicine ’82).
Subsequently, the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) granted provisional permit to initially offer the 5-year Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and thus, the College opened its doors on June 15, 1988 with 202 freshmen students and 52 second year students. Dr. Alcazaren acted as Officer-In-Charge, with Dr. Malaya as College Secretary, until 1989, when the former retired from UERMMMCI.
Dr. Malaya took over as OIC until January 1991, when he was officially appointed as Dean by Chairman Panfilo O. Domingo. At about the same time, Dr. Josephine R. Bundoc (UERM Medicine ’85), became associated with the College, first as a lecturer and later as College Secretary until 2001. In 2001, Dr. Raquel S. Cabazor (UERM Medicine ’92) was appointed to the position of College Secretary.
It was also in 1991, when the College was finally granted full recognition by the Department of Education Culture and Sports to offer all levels of the 5-year Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy program.
In 2005, the College of Physical Therapy was granted Level I Accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and in 2006 by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).
In 2009, Dr. Raquel S. Cabazor was appointed as the Dean of College of Physical Therapy with Dr. Carmina Ann J. Cortez (UERM Medicine ’97) as the College Secretary.
Under the new administration, the college underwent PAASCU Level II Accreditation in 2010. The College of Physical Therapy was granted a Level II Accreditation Status for 5 years from both PAASCU and FAAP in May and June 2010.
In 2010, the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc., in cooperation with Nippon Foundation and Cambodia Trust, with their common advocacy of academic excellence towards delivery of quality medical and allied health service for the underserved, established the Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics under the College of Physical Therapy. In partnership with the world’s largest Prosthetics and Orthotics educators, UERMMMCI is offering the first such program in the Philippines, adhering to the highest standards of education, ensured through the implementation of guidelines endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO) and International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).
In 2011, the name of the college was changed to the College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences to correctly reflect the two programs under it: BS Physical Therapy and BS Prosthetics & Orthotics. This was a time of many firsts for the college. The Philippine School of Prosthetics & Orthotics formally opened with three batches of students| 26 first year, 8 second year and 11 third year students after provisional permit was granted by CHED. The new Tan Yan Kee Building was constructed to house the CAReS offices, classrooms and the laboratories and workshop areas of the BSPT and BSPO program. It was also in December 2011, when the Physical Therapy program was granted PAASCU Level III accreditation, becoming the first and only physical therapy program in the country to achieve such a distinction.
In 2013, the College celebrated its 25th silver Anniversary celebration. Year-long activities included the "25 Hakbang, 25 Taon" and the "Protect a Hectare" Tree Planting Activity at La Mesa Eco Park. The culmination activity on June 21, 2013 was the Recognition Night for Outstanding Alumni Awardees in Community Service, Career Achievement, Education & Research, and Clinical Practice.
In 2014, the Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics was awarded a Category 1 accreditation status by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. The Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree was also conferred to its first batch of eight graduates. It was also in the same year that UERMMMCI was awarded as a Top Performing School in the 2014 PT-OT Licensure Examination having garnered a 100% passing rate which was duplicated in the succeeding 2015 February Licensure Examination
At present, the Medical Center is composed of the following major units namely: The Memorial Hospital,(pay and teaching/clinical divisions) which is the base hospital of the academic units ; the five academic units: Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Rehabilitation Sciences, Allied Health Professions and Graduate School ; and the Research Institute for Health Sciences.
The Graduate School started in 2001, with the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (ISDFI) as the 1st unit of the Graduate School. In 2003, Dean Carmelita Divinagracia of the College of Nursing serving as its concurrent Dean. Currently, Dr. Milagros B. Rabe is the Dean of the Graduate School. It offers the following programs: Master in Health Care Management, Master of Science in Asian Health Practices, Master in Health Science Education, Master of Science in Public Health, Master of Science in Internal Medicine Major in Diabetology, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Nursing, Master of Science in Tropical Medicine.
Another unit is the Research Institute for Health Sciences which was established in 2004, as an expansion of the Research Development Office, to serve the entire Medical Center including the hospital. Dr. Georgina T. Paredes, served as the first Director of the unit. Dr. Fernando S. Sanchez, Jr. was appointed as the Director from 2004 - 2011. Currently, Dr. Jennifer M. Nailes is the Vice President for Research.
To maintain academic excellence, the Medical Center has sought voluntary accreditation for the majority of its academic units with PAASCU. The College of Medicine is Level IV accredited while the College of Nursing and College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy program are Level III accredited.