Calicut Medical College

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The Calicut Medical College was established in 1957 as the second medical college in Kerala, India. Since then the institution has grown into a premiere center of medical education in the state. The vast and sprawling Medical College complex is spread over an extensive area of 270 acres (1.1 km²) located in picturesque surroundings about 10 km from the heart of Calicut. It is affiliated to the University of Calicut and serves 2/5 of the population of Kerala.

The foundation stone of the college was laid on May 29 1957 by the then Governor of Kerala Dr.B.Ramakrishna Rao. The College was formally inaugurated on the August 5 1957 by the then minister of Health, Dr.A.R.Menon whose initiative and zeal were responsible for the establishment of the institution. The task of organising the college was in the capable hands of Dr. K.N. Pisharady, the first principal. With the completion of the college building in 1959 the preclinical section was shifted from the temporary location to the campus. The main collegiate hospital with 1183 beds was commissioned in 1966 and the Institute of Maternal and Child Health with 610 beds was commissioned in 1975.

The Savithri Devi Saboo Memorial Cancer Institute with 101 beds, an artificial limb centre and casualty complex are additions to the institution. Later on the Chest Hospital, Samraksha Kendram and Vishrama Kendram were added. New blocks for the College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy are the recent additions. A superspeciality complex is under construction.

From its modest beginning the institution has grown steadily for more than 40 years. The annual intake of undergraduate students was increased from 50 to 200. The consolidation of undergraduate medical education was achieved in the 1960s and the 1970s witnessed the establishment and expansion of postgraduate medical education in the various branches of medical science. With the establishment of training programmes in the superspecialities, the institution further widened its academic horizon. During the last decade almost all modern specialty services in medical care have been developed in the institution facilities for Kidney Transplant and Whole Body Scan. A well equipped Cath Lab and Tele Cobalt Therapy are recent additions to the hospital complex. . A well equipped Medical Education Unit was also started . The Dental College which was earlier attached to Medical College has been separated and is functioning independently. The college also conducts in Nursing, Pharmacy, Lab technician training, training of Radiological Assistants and Ophthalmic Assistants. MSc.Nursing was started in the College of Nursing during 1997. The Medical library and most of the departments of the college have been provided with a computer facility.

CMC Alumni Association

The Calicut Medical College also has a strong alumni Association. The Calicut Medical College Alumni Association takes an active role in the academic and co-curricular advancements. The Alumni association supports the Calicut Medical Journal. In addition, the association contributes to the Institute in a number of ways, including conducting regular academic programmes and organising coaching classes for Postgraduate Entrance Examinations. The association also maintains the Alumni Wards and the computer, xerox and audio-visual facilities at the college.

The Association office functions at the College premises, on the ground floor of the college building near the academic section office.

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See also: History of Medical Education in Calicut

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