Monday, September 11, 2023

Isabela State University will now officially offer the Doctor of Medicine Program after securing the approval of the CHED Commission en banc (CEB) this Monday (September 11).

The Doctor of Medicine Program will be offered under the newly established ISU College of Medicine and Allied Health Professions and will officially open this first semester of the academic year 2023-2024.

 Since the 2020 COVID pandemic, the University has worked on the establishment of the College and vigorously complied with the curricular requirements of the Program towards its eventual offering in support of the national development plan for the Doktor Para sa Bayan Act, reinforcing the education of professional doctors and medical experts for rural and countryside areas.

In an official statement, University President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino expressed his gratitude to Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Hon. J. Prospero “Popoy” E. De Vera for “urging and encouraging” the University to offer the program to provide access to quality medical education in the Cagayan Valley Region.

Now that the permit to offer Doctor of Medicine has been approved, ISU can now submit its request for additional funding support from CHED.

The ISU Doctor of Medicine is a four-year post-baccalaureate program designed to provide the academic requirements for physicians comparable to Level 7 of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) and the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCHED).


Full Statement of Gratitude of University President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino


As we are now formally approved to provide the Doctor of Medicine Program, it’s a new milestone for the Isabela State University to be supporting the nation in growing medical education and health professionals.

Sincere thanks to the Commission on Higher Education, led by the Honorable J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, for urging and encouraging us to offer Doctor of Medicine program and continuously guiding and providing the College of Medicine and Allied Health Professions with unwavering support, direction, and encouragement from the start. As a result, the Doctor of Medicine Program is now being offered.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the Senate and House of Representatives for helping us improve access to appropriate healthcare in rural areas. With this chance, Isabela State University accepts this academic breakthrough as a means of constructing a future characterized by good and easily available health services provided by talented medical professionals.


Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino

University President

Isabela State University