The establishment of a College of Medicine was part of the University’s Comprehensive Development Plan 2004-13. There was support for this undertaking from outside of the University thru the Regional Development Council, in its 2009 and 2012 Resolutions, and from some political leaders. On July 27, 2010, the Academic Council approved the curriculum of the Doctor of Medicine Program that was crafted by an Ad hoc team composed of CN faculty/experts. The Board of Regents approved the proposal to open a College of Medicine in Bicol University on September 3, 2012. A week later, a three-person team from the CHED Technical Panel for Health Professional Education and Technical Committee for Medical Education went to the BU. The team recommended that BU “reviews its proposal in the light of the world wide call for transformative medical education, inter- and trans-professional education in order to produce the transformative doctors in the region for the next century.” The CHED technical panel also wanted the BU to have an innovative and non-traditional medical program.
In response to these recommendations, the BU administration hired a team of consultants who initially formulated the seeds of the BU medical curriculum. The team also spearheaded several meetings with medical academics, specialists and allied health professionals where a transformative and integrative curriculum was created and finalized. The transformative philosophy was adopted by the College where instruction is learner centered, teachers act as facilitators and co-learners, learning is adaptive and relevant and emphasizes on wellness and holistic approach to health care. The inter- and trans-professional education refers to the development of doctors who will work well with other health professionals (e.g., nurses, dentists) and those outside the health profession (e.g., community health workers, agriculturists, engineers, ) in a collaborative and non-hierarchical manner.