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Accredited Training Institutions

Southern Philippines Medical Center

Accredited Training Institutions

Southern Philippines Medical Center



The center was established in 1917 as the Davao Public Hospital. It was a 25-bed capacity hospital in San Pedro St., Davao City. In 1946, the hospital was renamed as the Davao General Hospital increasing its capacity to 200 beds. In 1957, the hospital transferred to its current location at JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada Davao City. It was renamed Davao Regional Medical and Training Center by virtue of the Republic Act. 1859. In 1966, the hospital was transferred to the 12.8-hectare site. Because of its importance in health care delivery, the Department of Health issued Administrative Order 157 designating it as the medical Center for Mindanao and Sulu. During the martial law years and the conflict between the MNLF/MILF/NPA and the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the hospital was the major trauma center.

In 1986, the Davao Mental Hospital, which previously was an extension of the National Center for Mental Health was transferred to the hospital. At that time, the hospital was renamed the Davao Medical Center and the bed capacity was increased to 600. The name Davao Regional Hospital and Training Center was then transferred to the then Davao del Norte Provincial Hospital. The hospital, then under the supervision of Gerardo Cunanan, MD, completed a renovation of the facilities and upgraded the number of operating theaters. In 2007, The Mindanao Heart Center was established.

In November 2009, RA 9792 was enacted, changing the name of the Davao Medical Center to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and increasing its bed capacity from 600 to 1,200, thereby upgrading its service facilities and increasing its medical personnel. Currently, the Department of Health has approved the increase in bed capacity from 1,200 to 1,500.

The Davao Medical Center Section of Urology was established in 1998 through the Philippine Urology Manpower Program (PUMP) with Dr. Oscar Escudero, Jr as the founding chairman. In 2005, Dr. Herman Sorongon, Jr took over as chairman followed by Dr. Victor Espino in 2012. In 2018, the section branched out from the Department of Surgery to become the Department of Urology Southern Philippines Medical Center. The six year residency training program is accredited by the Philippine Urologic Association. Residency training consists of a total of six (6) years: 2 years in general surgery and 4 years in urology. Urology is directly supervised by board certified urologists with modern facilities for open, endourologic and minimally invasive procedures.


We a team of highly competent medical specialists, commit to deliver compassionate urologic care to all patients with the highest ethical standards


To be a premier Urology treatment and training center in the Philippines


  • Excellence in everything we do 
  • Unwavering Commitment
  • High level of competence
  • Reasonable Compassion
  • Fairness and Equity
  • Highest Ethical Practices
  • Cohesive Teamwork

Residency Opening

Southern Philippines Medical Center is now accepting new applicants for straight program urology residency training. Residency training consists of a total of six (6) years: 2 years in general surgery and 4 years in urology. Urology training in the largest Department of Health hospital is directly supervised by board-certified urologists with modern facilities for open, endourologic, and minimally invasive procedures.

Residency Requirement

  1. Curriculum Vitae with recent 2×2 photo
  2. PRC Medical Board Rating
  3. Original Transcript of Records from Medical School
  4. Certified True Copy of Medical School Diploma
  5. Certificate of Class Standing
  6. Certificate of Internship
  7. PRC Board Certification
  8. Photocopy of PRC License
  9. Certificate of Good Moral Character
  10. At least two (2) letters of recommendation, preferrably from a Urologist and/or a former supervisor
  11. Letter of Intent addressed to:
    Victor D. Espino, MD, FPUA, FPCS
    Department of Urology

Services Offered

  • General Urology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Uro-Oncology
  • Male Infertility and Erectile Dysfunction
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery and Endourology
  • Female Urology and Incontinence
  • Kidney Transplant

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