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The Gullas College of Medicine (GCM) opened its doors in 1977, in Banilad, Mandaue City. It was established by the family of Don Vicente Gullas and Lady Josefina R. Gullas to respond to the call for more physicians to serve the medical and health needs of the country, competent physicians imbued with love, leadership and service to humanity. The Gullas family desired to give students from Visayas and Mindanao better opportunities for excellent medical education near their localities. GCM is part of the educational system of the University of the Visayas, founded in 1919 as the Visayan Institute by Don Vicente Gullas and his wife, Lady Josefina R. Gullas. The second world war razed its physical facilities, reopened in Argao, Cebu in 1946 and returned to its original and present location at Colon St., Cebu City. In 1948, it was conferred University status, to become the first University in Cebu. From an initial enrollment of 37 students in 1919, it has produced distinguished alumni in government service, public administration, and in the professions of law, engineering and architecture, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, accountancy, business, liberal arts, education, criminology maritime and nautical, computer studies as well as in sports and the arts. GCM perpetuates the memory of Don Vicente Gullas, lawyer, writer and educator and founder of the University of the Visayas. Of the first 78 students in 1977 who enrolled in the first year, 35 graduated in 1981. GCM has produced over the years topnotchers in the medical board examinations and outstanding medical practitioners both in government and private practice. Dr. Renato Espinosa, a UP graduate and a former PMA President was its first Dean, who served for 18 years. The second Dean was Dr. Pek Eng Lim who was succeeded about 1 and a half year later by Dr. Samuel D. Trocio, Sr. of UP class 1953, who was a National President of the Philippines Society of Anatomists (PSA) and the first National President of the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS). In June 2007, Dr. Leonard Raymund C. Cimafranca, FPPS became the Dean, followed by Dr. Ray Perez. After 1 year, Dr. Leopold G. Lucero, was named Officer-in-Charge of the College. Dr. Niño Ismael S. Pastor, is now the current Dean of the College. After years of nurturing its growth, GCM’s administration was passed on to the Gullas children – Hon. Eduardo R. Gullas, President; Dr. Jose R. Gullas, Executive Vice-President and Madame Gliceria Gullas-Lucero, Comptroller. And now to the grandchildren led by Dr. Gerald Anthony S. Gullas as President, Mr. Joselito F. Gullas as Executive Vice-President and Dr. Leopold G. Lucero, Senior Vice-President/Comptroller. The Gullas College of Medicine is multi-racial. It has opened its doors to students from foreign countries, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia, Iran and the United States. In 2018, the Memorandum of Agreement GCM entered into with Dr. David K. Pillai, an Indian educator and businessman saw a large influx of Indian students enrolling in its medical courses and the enhancement and upgrading of its school facilities. GCM expects under Dr. David K. Pillai’s guidance, direction and initiatives, it will rise to be one of the exemplary pillars of medical education, a center of excellence in the Philippines and hopefully in Asia and the world. The nature and purpose of the College was motivated by the moral, spiritual, and religious inspiration imbued with the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of UV’s founder Don Vicente Gullas. GCM in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes, teaching, research, and community service, is dedicated to the education of men and women, to render medical and public health services for the greater glory of God, to the eternal well-being of the people of the Philippines and the temporal glorification of Central Visayas, especially the province and cities of Cebu. Its historical philosophy states that, “With God’s inspiration as my guiding light, someday among thousands of VI and University of the Visayas students and alumni, I hope to produce Kings and Queens who will never wear crowns but shall be royals just the same; And when I shall be dead, I wish that my life will not be a tale that is told – a dream empty and forgotten, I wish it to be a prayer, or a song of love and usefulness, even if only to kindle the heart of fire in the soul of some weakling or some unfortunate being who have still the spark and image of God in them.” Don Vicente R. Gullas. “The Art of Living Well”. GCM is anchored on the philosophy of “Amor, Servitum Leadersip et Humanitas”. It puts Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity first above all. It believes in shaping a student’s career to broaden his perspective to prepare him for a medical career in the place of his/her choice. The founding philosophy is, “Through our medical academic training, we will instill the essence of the medical profession in our students to make him/her a life-long learner and help him/her achieve his/her full potentials”.


GCM envisions to become a top medical school and home of globally competent and compassionate physicians dedicated to excellence and service to communities worldwide.


Functional Strategy: RESEARCH Establish and sustain a culture of ethical and scientifically sound research among students, faculty and non-teaching personnel. Functional Strategy: INSTRUCTION Engage students in dynamic and effective instruction through conducive, collaborative, and innovative learning environment that is responsive to the health needs of the society. Functional Strategy: EXTENSION Promote social responsibility among students, faculty, and non-teaching personnel through implementation of relevant health development programs geared towards community empowerment. Functional Strategy: VALUES Inculcate altruistic principles driven by the desire to serve others.


Humaneness Excellence Accountability Leadership Empathy Resilience Service


To develop students to be highly motivated to continuously learn, passionate towards improving the medical service and practice through evidence-based researches that are responsive to the current medical needs, both locally and globally.

General Objective

To produce quality, relevant, and responsive medical education oriented towards the health and social needs of the country in general and the local communities in particular.

Specific Objectives

1. To produce well-trained graduates who are globally – competitive, possesses ethical, moral, and high standard of medical care and research. 2. To conduct research together with the students especially on medical conditions indigenous to the Philippines, keeping with the government’s policy of improving medical service through research. 3. To work towards the advancement of medical education through innovative approaches in learning and utilizing state of the art teaching tools. 4. To nurture graduates who are committed to provide excellent healthcare to the society. 5. To produce graduates who are innovative and can be goal–oriented leader committed in providing excellent healthcare in the country.


Circular emblem: the boundary of this shape is equally spaced away from a central point and represents wholeness, perfection, and completeness in formal GCM education. Amor, Servitium, Humanitas: It believes in shaping a student’s career to broaden his perspective to prepare him for a medical career in the place of his/her choice. The founding philosophy is, “Through our medical academic training, we will instill the essence of the medical profession in our students to make him/her a life-long learner and help him/her achieve his/her full potentials”. U.V. at background: GCM is part of the University of the Visayas system. Caduceus : The rod of “Asclepius” the Greek god of Medicine. Healer who walked with a staff . The presence of the snake entwined around his staff started when a serpent twined round the staff, which he killed. Later, another snake crawled near him carrying in its mouth a herb with which he used to revive the one that had been killed. Aesculapius henceforth made use of the same herb with the same effect upon men. The rod of Asclepius represents the skills of GCM graduates to heal their patients and effectively provide quality services in the health care system. This ability is acquired inside the excellent institution of GCM. Laurel leaves: Represents success, fame, and prosperity in medical education and practice. Green color: The color green represents life that is upheld and maintained by GCM White color: The color white in the logo represents a new beginning for GCM graduates who will freshly start their career as physicians

Academics (Teaching)

Niño Ismael S. Pastor, MD

Jasmin U. Friberg, MD
Associate Dean

Leticia F. Abinuman, MD
Chief of Clinics / School Physician

Rizza Antoinette So, MD
Vice Chair - Medical Education Unit

Victoria G. Bael, MD
Section Head - Neurology

Glenda C. Basubas, MD
Section Head - Psychiatry

Rodolfo Roman T. Bigornia, MD
Department Chair - Internal Medicine

Albert Christian Borbon, MD
Department Chair - Gross Anatomy

Shawn Euclid Gandhi P. Espina, MD
Department Chair - Surgery

Loida Cheryl G. Faelnar, MD
Section Head - Histology and Neuroanatomy

Ian L. Genaldo, MD
Department Chair - Microbiology and Parasitology

Marvie P. Hamel Darbandhi, MD
Department Chair - Physiology

Meysam Hamel Darbandhi, MD
Department Chair - Biochemistry & Nutrition

Maria Lucila E. Ilano, MD
Department Chair - Pediatrics

Celia M. Mabalatan, MD
Section Head - Physical Diagnosis

Maita F. Mojado, MD
Department Chair - Pathology

Michelle Marie K. Villegas, MD
Department Chair - OBGyne


Academics (Non - Teaching)

Dr. Mila O. Maruya, RSW
Director, Student Affairs and Services Center & International Student Unit

Dr. Marsha H. Malbas, LPT

Mr. Lordson Gonido, MAED
Pre-med Coordinator

Ms. Josette B. Ecarma, RMT
Laboratory Supervisor

Ms. Ma. Theresa Manatad, RL




Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC)

is a general tertiary medical center teaching training medical facility owned by the Philippine Government. It aims to provide health care services that are available, affordable, accessible and acceptable to all regardless of social status.

Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)

is a hospital in Cebu City. It is currently operates inside the Bureau of Fire Protection’s Region 7 compound after the hospital’s previous building was significantly damaged due to the 2013 Central Visayas earthquake. The city officials also announced that starting 8AM of December 29, 2020 the hospital’s Out-Patient Department (OPD) will be operational.

Cebu Puericulture Center & Maternity House, Inc. (CPCMHI)

The Cebu Maternity House was founded in 1923 beside Fort San Pedro and was transferred to its present location at B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City (near Fuente Osmena) in 1924.


A government owned, non-profit, designated regional hospital of Central Visayas on July 01, 1973 and as Teaching/Training Hospital under Regional Health Office VII, Ministry of Health per A.O. 83 series of 1980.


World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”

Association of Philippine Medical Colleges – Student Network (APMC-SN)

is an assembly of Philippine medical students represented by their respective Medicine Student Council working in partnership with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation to promote an active role for students in the development of medical education.

Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation Inc. (APMCFI)

Prior to the establishment of the Association, there already existed a Council of Medical School Deans which was formed in 1957. This was organized at the behest of Dr. Elpidio Valencia, who was then the Secretary of Health.

Department of Health (DOH)

The Department of Health (DOH) is the principal health agency in the Philippines. It is responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services to all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and regulation of providers of health goods and services.

World Directory of Medical School (WDMS)

The World Directory of Medical Schools is a public database of institutions that provide medical education. There are over 3,300 operational medical schools listed in the directory.

Medical Council of India (MCI)

The Medical Council of India was a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India till 25 September 2020. On 25 September 2020 it was replaced by National Medical Commission.

Medical Board of California (MBC)

The Medical Board of California is a state government agency which licenses and disciplines physicians, surgeons and certain allied healthcare professionals in California.

Thai Medical Council (TMC)

The Medical Council of Thailand is the country’s professional regulatory body of the medical profession. It operates under the provisions of the Medical Profession Act, B.E. 2525 (1982 CE), which replaced series of earlier legislation dating to the council’s foundation in 1923.

World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)

World Federation for Medical Education is a non-governmental organization concerned with education and training of medical doctors worldwide. WFME’s main objective is to “enhance the quality of medical education worldwide, with promotion of the highest scientific and ethical standards in medical education”.

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “support the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates as it promotes international health professions education through programmatic and research activities.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Through its program of certification, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Philippine Embassy

An embassy is the base for a country’s diplomatic mission abroad – meaning all of the political, cultural and social relationships between the states. There will only be one embassy for one nation in another country, as it is where the country’s ambassador works (and sometimes resides).

Embassy of India

The functions of the Embassy are (i) political and economic cooperation, (ii) trade and investment promotion, (iii) cultural interaction, (iv) rendering of passport and consular services to the Indian community (v) promoting the welfare of Non-resident Indians, Overseas citizens of India, Indian workers and helping Indians in distress.

Bureau of Immigration

The Bureau of Immigration started as a division of the Bureau of Customs during the American regime in 1899. This was pursuant to Act No. 702 of the Philippine Commission. It was appropriate because ship travel and ship cargo were interlinked and hence, the office was at the Bureau of Customs.

Commission of Higher Education (CHED)

was created on May 18, 1994 through the passage of Republic Act No. 7722, or the Higher Education Act of 1994. CHED, an attached agency to the Office of the President for administrative purposes, is headed by a chairperson and four commissioners, each having a term of office of four years.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

The Department of Labor and Employment is one of the executive departments of the Philippine government mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and services, and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment.

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)

The Professional Regulation Commission, otherwise known as the PRC, is a three-man commission attached to Department of Labor and Employment. Its mandate is to regulate and supervise the practice of the professionals who constitute the highly skilled manpower of the country.

Partner Agencies (National)

The Philippine Academic Society of Community Medicine (PASCOM)

The Philippine Academic Society of Community Medicine is a non-profit Academic Medical Organization committed to the pursuit of the advancement of the discipline and practice of Preventive and Community Medicine among faculty and students.

Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB)

Our goals are to promote advancement of knowledge in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and to use such knowledge for the improvement of the country.

Physiology Society of the Philippines (PSP)

established on October 2009, SciGate Technology Corp. has a long and proud history and emerged as the preferred partner of different colleges and universities in developing their science laboratory from furniture’s to apparatus & equipment.

Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET)

The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET, Inc) is a non-stock, non-profit organization. PAMET shall be the constant prime mover in advancing the Medical Laboratory Science profession for the continuous growth and development of its members

Partner Agencies (International)

Atmia Education

Atmia Education is founded and managed by Dr. Hasmukh Vaghela for more than a decade now. Atmia as an institution has established a culture of excellence and quality. Its exemplary performances resulted in the achievements of prestigious recognitions and certifications making it as an organization compliant with international standards.


We are legitimate company. And is an official representative of leading medical universities to recruit students to the university’s medical faculties. Which we have carefully selected Top University and effective in producing excellent doctors able to apply knowledge that can treat patients well and is accepted from all over the world.

Visayas Education

 Visayas Education is one of the popular Overseas Education Consultants in India. We are the pioneer in providing quality guidance for Indian students to study Medicine in MCI approved medical colleges in Philippines.

Neolife International Education

is Exclusive authorized Global representative for UV Gullas College of Medicine. Neolife International education is most trusted abroad education consultants for getting admission in top medical colleges in Philippines.

Campus Facilities

The Gullas College of Medicine features high-tech facilities, libraries, and the latest simulation labs. It also has an in-campus hostel with round-the-clock Wi-Fi connectivity, steady power supply, and drinking water with Reverse Osmosis technology. Whole-day security services ensure student safety.

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Message from Dean

Gullas College of Medicine – University of the Visayas is a prestigious school that offers a medical course that is very much engaged in preparing local and international medical professionals. GCM over the years consistently has a high reputation in the medical industry and is known to be the top medical college in the Philippines. The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) recognizes GCM as the college who provides the best education and facilities for local and international medical students. Over four decades of service, GCM already produced renowned physicians and cultivated thousands of aspiring physicians including international students, particularly Indians. We are very much proud and dignified that our graduates became totally competent and efficient medical professionals in the industry. We will assure everyone that we will continue to exert our best efforts and to commit producing the best doctors. We will make use even more of our time just to fulfil that they become competent enough to meet the needs of the modern world. My sincerest gratitude to everyone. NIÑO ISMAEL S. PASTOR, MD, PHSAE, DRDM, FPSMID, PASCOM Dean Gullas College of Medicine – University of the Visayas

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