Maulana Azad Medical College
|Maulana Azad Medical College|
|Dean||Dr. Deepak K. Tempe|
|Undergraduates||250 per year|
|Location||New Delhi, India|
|Nickname||MAMC (pronounced as "ma'am-see")|
|Affiliations||Lok Nayak Hospital, G.B. Pant Hospital, Guru Nanak Eye Center, Sushruta Trauma Centre|
The Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) is a government medical college in Delhi affiliated to University of Delhi. It is named after Indian freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
The hospitals have a combined bed strength of more than 5000 beds (with further expansion underway) and cater to a population of more than 10 million people in Delhi alone and many more from the surrounding states in north India. The college is a tertiary care referral center and has teaching programs for graduation/medical school, post graduation/residency and subspecialities/fellowships (referred to as superspecialities in India). Synapse is the inter college literary, cultural and sports festival which is held every year under the aegis of AMA (Azad Medicos Association). Awaited by hundreds, it attracts Medical fraternity from all over India. Usually held in the latter half of the year, this week-long festival is the epitome of camaraderie and bonhomie among medical students and provides them with the perfect platform to showcase their creative pursuits. On the final day, performances by eminent musicians conclude the festival perfectly leaving a sense of euphoria which ultimately blends with the anticipation of next year’s Synapse.
History of the college
The history of Maulana Azad Medical College, could be traced to 1936, when India was being ruled by the British. Indian Medical Service at that time was heavily manned by the British. In 1940, Col. Martin Melvin Curickshank of the Indian Medical Service (IMS) [a British national], was appointed Medical Superintendent Irwin Hospital and Chief Medical Officer of New Delhi. He was appointed specifically to establish a medical college complex near Ramlila Ground.
But before his plans could come to fruition, the Second world war started in 1939, and the plan of a new medical college had to be dropped. During Second World War some barracks were rapidly constructed near Safdarjung's tomb to establish a medical center for American Troops fighting in this region. This hospital was well equipped with x-ray machine, laboratory and other facilities for various emergency procedures. After the Second World War was over America handed over this place to Government of India. This place, where the present Safdarjung Hospital exists was to be taken over as an extension of Irwin Hospital. Later CGHS took over this place directly to be run by Central Health Ministry.
The medical school offers the degrees of MBBS (medical school degree, equivalent to Doctor of Medicine or MD in some countries), post graduate/residency degrees of MS, MD and superspeciality/subspecialty fellowship degrees of MCh and DM. It has attached schools offering degrees in nursing and pharmacy. The attached hospitals are renowned for the training programs across specialties and subspecialties.
The medical college entrance examination for MAMC was through a common pre-medical test (Delhi University Medical Entrance Test, DUMET)till 2012, conducted by the University of Delhi for all its affiliated medical schools.From 2013 onwards,admission will be based on ranks secured by meritorius students in AIPMT and thus 250 students will be admitted from 2013, as compared to 180 till 2010. Reservation for the backward and underprivileged class exist (to the extent of 33%). In-state residents have a preference towards almost 75% of the seats. Students who have graduated from high school can appear for the admission test.
Notable faculty and alumni
- Dr. S. I. Padmavati, former Director MAMC, Padma Vibhushan.
- Dr. Pankaj Sadaphal, graduate (1989), Prevntive and Social Medicine post-graduate (1994). Received prestigious NIH-funded Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program fellowship grant to pursue Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. He developed an innovative computational algorithm to recognize TB bacilli in Ziehl-Neelsen stained sputum smears to reduce lab-related delays in TB diagnosis. He is an invited Member of the New Diagnostics Working Group for the Stop TB Partnership / World Health Organization (2009–present). He is a reviewer for WHO Bulletin, AJE, BMJ, and IJTLD.
- Dr. Raj Goyal, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Founder President of the American Motility Society, Former Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He joined Maulana Azad Medical College in 1964 as a post-graduate student in Internal Medicine after completing his undergraduate training in Punjab.
- Dr. Ravi Vij, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Reviewer for several journals, including Blood, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Experimental Hematology. He completed his undergraduate training at Maulana Azad Medical College in 1989.
- Dr. Vijendra (Vijay) Swarup, Director, Arizona Heart Rhythm Center in Phoenix, AZ. Cardiac Electrophysiologist and active researcher of new cardiac arrhythmia ablation techniques, he has authored numerous manuscripts and is a thought leader for treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and other Heart Arrhythmias. He completed his undergraduate training at Maulana Azad Medical College in 1989.
- Dr. Vandana Jain, noted ophthalmologist and cornea specialist; trained at MAMC and LV Prasad Eye Institute, she is currently the academic dean and head of cornea, cataract and refractive services at Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital Pvt. Ltd, one of India's leading eye hospitals. She is currently a reviewer of many ophthalmology journals like Ophthalmology, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. She is also a visiting faculty member at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, CA, USA. She also holds MBA from Stanford University.
- Dr. Charu Taneja. She is a Surgical Oncologist and Director of the Breast Health Program at Roger Williams Medical Center at Boston University. She graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1989.
- Dr. Tajinder Singh, Pediatric Cardiologist and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1984.
- Dr Amit Banerjee Director-Professor Ex-Vice Chancellor West Bengal University of Health Sciences, First ever Alumnus to become MS, Lok Nayak Hospital and a University VC, Noted Cardiothoracic Surgeon Graduated in !971, He is a Dr BC Roy Awardee, Delhi State Doctor and MAMC Distinguished Alumnus Awardee. Unique Contributions: Founder Editor of SPANDAN: the MAMC Magazine; First alumnus to do MBBS, MS and MCh from MAMC and Associated Hospitals; Created the logo of Lok Nayak Hospital and Janakpuri Superspeciality Hospital; Figures in Limca Book of Records for first Maze Operation for Atrial Fibrillation in India.
- Dr. Himanshu Tyagi, Psychiatrist and noted Internet psychology researcher, UK. He was attributed to as a leading psychiatrist in UK by BBC in July 2008. He is also a co-founder of RxPG, a popular professional networking portal for medical students and doctors. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College in 2000.
- Dr. I. D. Bajaj. First reader of anatomy department. He later rose to the position of Director General of Health Services.
- Dr. P.C. Dhanda. Padma Bhushan, 1962.
- Dr. Narottam Puri. Primarily an otorhinolaryngologist, but also a musician, singer, encyclopaedist and a quiz master. His sports quiz on TV during the 1970s and 1980s was a much watched show. He currently heads The National accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) 
- Dr. Anil Aggrawal, Forensic Pathologist, and editor of Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology.
Dr Pawanindra Lal, Professor of Surgery, Chairman, Division of Minimal Access Surgery & Head Clinical Skills Centre, is graduate of 1989. He joined his alma mater in 1999 after completing his surgical training from India and UK. He set up the first Clinical Skills Centre in any medical college here and developed the Division of Minimal Access Surgery, running FNB(MAS) two year fellowship programme. A pioneering surgeon, besides setting up the bariatric programme in 2010, he is the first Indian Surgeon to contribute a chapter in Bailey & Love's Short Practice of Surgery in the 25th and 26th editions with more than 50 papers in international journals.
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