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FEU-NRMF : Meeting the Challenges of the Changing Times

Committed to the highest level of academic and clinical standards, with leaders who respond to the needs and challenges of the changing times.

Nicanor C. Reyes III

Linda Dec-Tamesis, MD
Institute of Medicine

Polly T. Chua-Chan, MD
VP Academic Affairs

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.

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.


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. In 1952, the Institute of Medicine was established, a medical school staffed by some of the most prominent names in Philippine medicine.

The members of the Medical Committee became the Institute's first administrators with Dr. Lauro H. Panganiban as Dean, Dr. Aureo F. Gutierrez as Director of the FEU Medical Clinic and Dr. Ricardo L. Alfonso as Director of the Far Eastern University Hospital. To formulate policies and to supervise the operation of the hospital, they were joined by Mr. Teodoro Evangelista, President of the Far Eastern University; Dr. Nicanor Reyes, Jr., Executive Vice President; Don Angel Palanca, and Mr. Hector del Rosario.

The Institute of Medicine occupied the 3rd to the 7th floor of the Science Building of the university from 1952 to 1983. The hospital construction was completed and became operational on October 22, 1955. In 1962, the Institute started another branch of training in health science when it admitted the first batch of students in the School of Medical Technology.

On August 7, 1970 the Board of Trustees, 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 1983, the FEU-NRMF transferred into two buildings purchased from the university. To address the exigency for a more comprehensive and relevant health care system, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution on March 21, 1994 for the approval of a course leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Due to a need for expansion, the Board of Trustees approved the relocation of FEU-NRMF to a 1.5 hectare lot in Quezon City in 1995. The Institute of Medicine and the hospital presently known as the FEU-NRMF Medical Center, transferred in 1999 to a healthy, safe and peaceful environment for education and medical care in West Fairview, Quezon City. The latest addition to the FEU-NRMF family is the School of Nursing which began admitting students in May 2003.

FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine Building

From the first batch of graduates, FEU-NRMF has consistently maintained a percentage passing rate well above the national passing level and has placed in the top ten positions of the government licensure examinations in all courses. In addition, graduates of the Foundation have worked their way to important staff, research and teaching positions, not only in the Institute, but also in other medical establishments in the country and abroad.



The Institute of Medicine is a six-storey building. All rooms are fully air-conditioned with audio-visual equipment available.

The Dr. Ricardo L. Alfonso Hall, a 600 seating capacity multi purpose area is located on the fifth floor. Foundation activities are regularly held at this site.

The office and laboratories of the Department of Human Structural Biology are located on the fourth floor. Microscopes, microsections, cadavers, models, and charts are provided. Physics, Nutrition, Chemistry and Nursing Skills Laboratory occupy the 5th floor of the Institute of Medicine.

A multi-purpose conference hall, fully equipped with audio-visual facilities is located on the third floor. Offices of the Student Councils, Alumni Societies and the faculty lounge are similarly located.

The offices and laboratories of the Departments of Microbiology and Parasitology, Physiology and Pharmacology are situated on the 2nd floor. A microbiology laboratory for the proper and safe preparation of culture media and diagnostic purposes is available. The Parasitology laboratory is stocked with gross and microscopic specimen of the majority of parasites for instructional purposes. The Physiology laboratory is equipped with all the facilities required for experiments concerning the function of the different organ systems. The Pharmacology laboratory is capable of handling animal experimentation on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The Research Development Office that oversees all the research related activities of the institution is located in the same floor.

The offices and laboratories of the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Biochemistry & Nutrition are on the Upper Ground Floor. An ample amount of histopathologic gross and microscopic specimen is available for student instruction. There is a student clinical laboratory for "hands on" training in tissue preparation and diagnostic techniques. The Biochemistry laboratory has a wide assortment of chemical instruments including a refrigerated semi-ultracentrifuge available for academic and research purposes. Also housed on the upper ground floor are the offices of the Schools of Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Nursing and Physical Therapy, Faculty Room and the Registrars Office.

On the Lower Ground floor is located the Department of Community & Family Medicine, Guidance & Counseling Office, Cybermed, Student Lounge and the Library.


Administrative offices of both the Medical Center and the Institute of Medicine are in a central position forming a bridge between each wing.


The Medical Center is a 300-bed capacity hospital located in a five-storey building directly connected to the Institute of Medicine. The hospital is directed towards caring for patients both private and service, and serves as teaching facility for medical and paramedical courses. A "state of the art" diagnostic center is located on the lower ground floor.


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 social 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; and

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