Government Medical College, Kozhikode

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Calicut Medical College
Calicut medical college view from inside.jpg
TypeGovernment funded
PrincipalM.P Sasi
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 1.1 km2 (0.42 sq mi)

Government Medical College, Kozhikode[1] also known as Calicut medical College or C.M.C is a premier school of medicine in Kozhikode (formerly Calicut) in the Indian state of Kerala. It was established in 1957 as the second medical college in Kerala. Since then the institution has grown into a premier Centre of medical education in the state. The vast and sprawling Medical College campus is spread over an extensive area of 230 acres and is located about 8 km east of the heart of Kozhikode city. It was formerly affiliated to the University of Calicut and now to the Kerala University for Health Sciences (KUHS). This college and allied institutions serve 40% of the population of Kerala.

The foundation stone of the college was laid on 29 May 1957 by the then Governor of Kerala, Dr. B. Ramakrishna Rao. The college was formally inaugurated on 5 August 1957 by the then minister of Health, Kerala state Dr. A. R. Menon, whose initiative and zeal were responsible for the establishment of the institution. Dr. K. N. Pisharoty, the first principal, was responsible for the task of organizing the college.

The main hospital was commissioned in 1966 with 1183 beds. It was later supplemented by the Institute of Maternal and Child Health in 1975 (610 beds), The Savithri Devi Saboo Memorial Cancer Institute (101 beds), and the Chest Hospital (100 beds). A super-specialty complex, a new Block for the Institute of Maternal and Child Health(IMCH), an artificial limb centre, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, Casualty (Emergency Services) complex, Samrakshana Kendram, and Vishrama Kendram were later added to the main institution. The present bed strength is 3025( MCH 1510, IMCH-1100, SSB-240,ICD-100, sports Medicine-15, New Psychiatry Block-20 and Hemato-oncology-40). However, the patient load is beyond the commissioned number of total beds. Because of the patient overload, the floors and corridors are usually occupied. The Dental College was inaugurated on 16 April 1984, Nursing College was started in 1989 and are at present functioning as independent colleges.

From its modest beginning, the institution has grown steadily for more than 60 years. The annual intake of undergraduate students has been increased from 50 to 250. The consolidation of undergraduate medical education was achieved in the 1960s. The 1970s witnessed the establishment and expansion of postgraduate medical education in various branches. Now the college provides PG in 28 disciplines. With the establishment of training programs in the super specialties, the institution further widened its academic horizon. Now, this college has Super Speciality courses in 10 departments. During the last decade, almost all modern specialty services in medical care have been developed in the institution including kidney transplantation. A well equipped Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Tele Cobalt Therapy are already there in the hospital. A well-equipped MCI recognized Centre for Medical Education technology is functioning and it caters to 12 medical colleges. The college also conducts degree and PG courses in Nursing and Pharmacy and degree and diploma courses in paramedical sciences. The Medical library, almost all of the departments and offices of the college and hospitals are provided with computer facilities. Action is being taken for networking among the hospitals, departments, and offices.

The latest additions to the collegiate hospital are the Multistoried Super Specialty Complex (SSB), New Block for Institute of Maternal and Child Health, and the Institute of Sports Medicine. The super-specialty Complex for MCH was inaugurated on 23 September 2006. The modern hospital unit was started with outpatient clinics of the super specialties exclusively. Later the inpatient wards also started functioning. It has the state of the art cardiac cath lab, MRI Scan, Doppler ultrasound, and digital radiography system. Efforts are on to establish a super specialty surgical block along with an emergency and critical care facility are undergoing.

The renovated IMCH building constructed under the NRHM Scheme was inaugurated by the Hon. Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy Teacher in the year of 2010. Hon. Health Minister also inaugurated the State Institute of Sports Medicine in Medical College Campus on 2010. The new golden jubilee block for IMCH built with the aid of NRHM was inaugurated by The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs for state Sri. Mullapppally Ramachandran in 2011.

Institute of Mental Health and neurosciences under the central scheme was built in the campus. It is envisaged as a mutually beneficial unit for community psychiatry under IMHANS and the medical college psychiatry department. Another project under central grant –Tertiary cancer Care Centre iwas also allotted to this college in 2015.

Three new departments were added to the feather of this college which will have long-lasting percussions in the day-to-day functioning of this college. These are the Department of Neonatology, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, and Department of Family Medicine. Family Medicine is started for the first time in Govt Medical Colleges in the country and the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine is started for the first time in Govt. Medical Colleges in the state.

A new ward for Hemato-oncology patients, a new multi-disciplinary ICU, and casualty with triage are the next area under development. The multidisciplinary research unit and Reproductive Medicine unit are under the final stages of implementation. New projects under consideration are a lecture theatre complex, Geriatric block, women's’ hostel, Flats for junior residents, and apartment blocks for faculties. Administrative sanction from the Govt and necessary funds is provided and is waiting for civil construction.

Affiliated University – Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS)

Institute of Maternal & Child Health
Indian Coffee House inside the Medical College campus

Government Medical College, Kozhikode, also known as Calicut Medical College It publishes the Calicut Medical Journal.[2][3] The Institute of Palliative Medicine of Kozhikode is part of it.[4]


Institute of Maternal and Child Health[edit]

The Institute of Maternal and Child Health (IMCH) is a 1100 bed[5] tertiary care center dedicated to maternal and child health. With over 30,000 deliveries per year, it is one of the largest hospitals in Asia.[6] The Institute of Maternal and Child Health of Medical College is a regional diagnostic centre for Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders.[7] This collaborative centre provides clinical care[8] as well as genetic diagnosis for patients suffering from Primary immunodeficiency disorders.[9] This collaborative centre is part of the Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN) Initiative.[10]

Institute of Palliative Medicine[edit]

Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) is a WHO collaborative centre for Community participation in Palliative Care and Long term Care[11]

Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences[edit]

The Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) is an autonomous institute under the government of Kerala.[12]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Kerala / Kozhikode News : Innovative research programme draws acclaim". The Hindu. 13 February 2005. Archived from the original on 16 February 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Cheaper drugs once again found effective for typhoid: study". The Hindu. 23 February 2004. Archived from the original on 5 June 2004. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  4. ^ Manoj, Rohan (14 March 2020). "Palliative care in Kerala: a success story". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
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  6. ^ Mukhopadhyay, Kabita. "Kozhikode Medical College as a shining contrast to Gorakhpur". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  7. ^ Staff Reporter (25 March 2019). "Diagnostic centre for primary immune deficiency disorders". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  8. ^ Jayanth, A. s (17 July 2017). "An anomaly that could kill". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Pediatric Immune Disorders / Govt. Medical College Kozhikode - Rare Disease Genomics India - GUaRDIAN | Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases - India Alliance Network". Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  10. ^ Bajaj, Anjali; Mathew, Samatha; Vellarikkal, Shamsudheen Karuthedath; Sivadas, Ambily; Bhoyar, Rahul C.; Joshi, Kandarp; Jain, Abhinav; Mishra, Anushree; Verma, Ankit; Jayarajan, Rijith; Nalini, A. (25 September 2019). "Genomics of rare genetic diseases—experiences from India". Human Genomics. 13 (1): 52. doi:10.1186/s40246-019-0215-5. ISSN 1479-7364. PMC 6760067. PMID 31554517.
  11. ^ "Institute of Palliative Medicine". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  13. ^ "After human genome sequence, scientist duo looks ahead". The Indian Express. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010.