Philippine General Hospital

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The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is a state-owned hospital operated by the University of the Philippines, Manila and the University of the Philippines System. It is located at Ermita, Manila in the Philippines. It is next to Robinson's Mall. It is the biggest hospital in the country with 1400 bed capacity. It offers some of the cheapest rates for patients and is generally known as the hospital for indigent patients. However, it is a mixed use hospital--1000 beds for indigent patients and 400 beds for private patients.

The PGH is the laboratory hospital of health science students enrolled in the University of the Philippines. This includes students of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, dentistry and speech pathology. It is also affiliated with the nursing school of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the St. Paul University Manila School of Nursing. It is likewise the biggest training hospital in the country.

There are 14 clinical departments--Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurosciences, Pediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pathology, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology--all of which offer residency and fellowship training. It also offers various training for paramedical specialties such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, radiation technology, nutrition, hospital dentistry, medical technology and EMT training.

On an average year, about 600,000 patients pass through the hospital's halls. Because of this, many organizations help the hospital. Some help the hospital directly, such as the PGH Medical Foundation. Others help patients by financing the cost of medications, operations and therapies. Some of these organizations are based within the University, notably the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority of the College of Medicine, recognized by UP Manila and the City of Manila as its outstanding organizations, LIKAS and Pagsama, both multi-college organizations and the Phi Lambda delta Sorority and Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity, also of the College of Medicine.

PGH is celebrating its centennial this 2007, one hundred years since the US government passed a law establishing it. The hospital has seen the worst of tropical epidemics during its early existence and the worst of the war in the 1940's. It is one of the very few Philippine hospitals that remained open all throughout the war.



To render quality health care through effective teamwork.

To train health care professionals to become competent, humane, and ethical health care providers, educators and leaders.

To undertake relevant biomedical and health systems researches which may serve as basis for health policies.

To develop a system of referral network and serve as center for complex health care problems.

To attain self-sufficiency in resources.

To be the role model for health care delivery in the country.


The Philippine General Hospital, globally competitive, committed to the health of the Filipino people through a system of networking, served by competent, compassionate and ethical health professionals working as a team, shall be the center of excellence and leadership in health care, training and research that creates an impact on health policies.

Shared Vision

We are a community of first-rate, highly-energized, socially-responsible health care professionals and workers collectively enhancing the national and international image of UP-PGH as the Filipino people’s foremost medical center (national university hospital) showcasing excellence and leadership in client service, training, research, and administration.


The Philippine General Hospital recognizes that research is an integral part of being a University Hospital. Furthermore, the PGH realizes that quality training and service are enhanced by quality research.

The PGH research committee was established in 1995 to address the hospital's research needs. In the same year, the first PGH Residents' and Fellows' Forum was held followed shortly by the first PGH Nurses' Research Forum. The first issue of the PGH research journal was also published in 1995. In 1996, several research activities were undertaken, the PGH Ethics Committee was formed and a Hospital Research Week was held. A research fund was also setup to fund commissioned researches and grants.

Today, the PGH continues to focus on research initiatives especially with the dawn of evidence-based medicine. The emergence of new health and medical problems, products of contemporary treatment modalities and current lifestyles further justify the need to undertake more research all geared towards improving the quality of life of every Filipino.


The Philippine General Hospital trains an average of 160 medical students from the UP College of Medicine annually. This same number will usually be accepted as medical interns in their last year at medical school. An additional 80-90 post graduate interns from other medical schools are also accepted from the most qualified of approximately a thousand applicants from all over the country. These medical interns undergo a rigorous course of clinical rotation in all departments and their respective sections for one year. Didactics, ward rounds and preceptorship, emergency room duties, out-patient clinics, operating theater rotations and departmental and interdepartmental conferences are included in the clinical rotation.

The University hospital graduates approximately 150 residents and 60 clinical fellows every year. Annually, about a thousand apply for the residency and fellowship programs of the different clinical departments. Residents' and fellows' training conform to the thrusts of the University hospital (service, training and research) deemed to be crucial armamentarium in training them to be the best in their chosen field, and to be future leaders in the delivery of health care.

The PGH training program is open to Filipino nationals who have passed the Philippine Medical Licensure Examination. Foreign medical graduates are accepted as observers. In the last few years, the University hospital has been the choice of medical students from European countries.