Southwestern University Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc. (SWU-MHAM CM, Inc.) was established as Southwestern Colleges in the summer of 1946, when the entire country was in the process of rehabilitation from the destruction of World War II. The Founders were Don Matias Hipolito Aznar II and his wife Doña Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar, who were pharmacists by profession. Their vision was to establish a school of medicine that is within the reach of the common people.
In the school year 1946-1947, the Doctor of Medicine Program was opened with fourteen pioneering students and six faculty members. Full government recognition of the Doctor of Medicine Program was granted by the Department of Education in 1952. The enactment of the Medical Act of 1965 by the Philippine Congress required all medical colleges in the country to be converted into a non-profit educational institution. Thus, the Doctor of Medicine Program of the Southwestern University was converted and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in May 26, 1970, under the corporate name Southwestern University- Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine Inc. (SWU-MHAM CM, Inc.) and was given a unique institutional identifier number 7071 by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED). The Medical College is so named to honor and perpetuate the memory of its late founder, Don Matias Hipolito Aznar II.
Since its conversion in 1970 into a non-profit medical institution, SWU-MHAM CM, INC., has acquired a separate juridical personality as a corporate being, distinct and apart from SWU -INC. It has its own governing body known as the SWU-MHAM CM INC. Board of Trustees.
For several decades, SWU–Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc., fulfills the vision of its founder DON MATIAS HIPOLITO AZNAR II, the commitment to provide quality education within the reach of the common people. It offers one of the most affordable Doctor of Medicine Program all over the country and provides a continuing academic scholarship also to deserving students by subsidizing their tuition fee.
Today, MHAM CM pursues the values of professionalism, integrity, excellence and social responsibility and strive to inculcate these values into its academic and administrative employees. This is in line with the vision of the founder which is upheld and advanced by his successor, MRS. ELMA AZNAR-SIERRA, his daughter, who is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustee and President.
Realizing our institutions’ three pronged thrusts of instruction, research and community extension/outreach, SWU–MHAM CM, Inc., has fostered excellence in medical education through its curriculum, research, community service and development. Its strength lies in keeping a roster of dedicated faculty who are experts in their field of specialization and professional health education. Because of this, since its inception and until today, we are proud to say, the Doctor of Medicine Program of SWU-MHAM CM, Inc., has produced many board topnotchers and physicians who are experts in their different field of specialty and who had gained distinction in the field of medicine not only in our country but also all over the globe.