Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
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Medical College Golden jubilee Gate
|Principal||Dr. Thomas Mathew|
|Location||Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Campus||Urban, 139 acres|
|Registration||Indian Medical Council|
|Affiliations||Kerala University of Health Sciences|
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram (also known as is Thiruvananthapuram Medical College) in Thiruvananthapuram city, the capital of Kerala state, India. It was founded in 1951 and was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. This is the oldest and most prestigious medical college in Kerala. In official records, it was named simply Medical College (of Thiruvananthapuram) since it was the only medical institute in the state at its inception.
The Medical College campus houses several hospitals and institutions, other than the Medical College Hospital (MCH), including the College of Nursing, College of Pharmaceutical sciences, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram Dental College, Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Priyadarshini Institute of Paramedical Sciences and Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital for Women and Children (SAT Hospital). Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO) is a part of medical college and is being upgraded to the status of national level independent institute. The School of Optometry is located inside RIO campus.
- 1 Location
- 2 History
- 3 Constituent Institutions
- 3.1 Medical college
- 3.2 Medical College Hospital
- 3.3 Regional Institute of Ophthalmology
- 3.4 School Of Optometry
- 3.5 Medical College Health Units
- 3.6 Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital
- 3.7 Superspecialty block
- 3.8 Department of Biomedical Engineering
- 3.9 Child Development Center
- 3.10 Mental Health Center
- 3.11 Chest Diseases Hospital
- 3.12 Dental College
- 3.13 College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- 3.14 Priyadarsini Institute of Para Medical Sciences
- 3.15 College of Nursing
- 3.16 Regional Artificial Limb Fitting Centre
- 3.17 Central Library
- 3.18 Hospital Information Center
- 3.19 IT Division
- 4 Academics
- 5 Milestones
- 6 Achievements
- 7 Erudite Conclave
- 8 Student life and activities
- 9 Notable alumni and faculty
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram is in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, 6 km from the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and KSRTC Central Bus Station. The college campus and the hospital spread across an area of 32,4680 sq. meter and lies to the west of Kumarapuram-Ulloor Road which has been renamed Dr. C.O. Karunakaran Avenue. Across the hospital is the Chalakuzhi road which meets the National Highway NH 47 near Pattom. The college is about 5 km from the Trivandrum International Airport.
The Government of Travancore in 1948 appointed a committee to formulate proposals for starting a Medical College at Thiruvananthapuram. The committee submitted its report and the scheme was sanctioned in October 1948. Dr. C. O. Karunakaran was appointed Special Officer for the implementation of the scheme and he went on to become the first principal of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
The campus was selected on 139 acres (0.56 km2) of picturesque land with hillocks surrounded by evergreen coconut groves and paddy fields, facing the sea which lies at a distance of 4 km on the northwest border of the Thiruvananthapuram city. The topographical layout and the architectural designs were prepared by J.A. Ritchie from Bombay. The college and the hospital buildings were separated by playgrounds for football, hockey, a cricket pitch, courts for tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball and a 400-meter track.
The foundation stone was laid by His Highness the Raja Pramukh of Travancore – Cochin at 11:45 am on 26 January 1950. The first batch of students was admitted in August 1951. The college was formally inaugurated by Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru at 8:00 am on 27 November 1951. In January 1952, the Sri. Avittom Thirunal Hospital (SATH) was inaugurated by Smt. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. In 1952, Men's Hostel and one year later Women's Hostel was inaugurated. The Medical College Hospital was inaugurated by Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru on 1954.
The School of Nursing was inaugurated by Her Highness Sethu Lakshmi Bai in 1954 and was upgraded to College of Nursing in 1963. The cancer block was inaugurated in 1958 and after two decades, the Regional Cancer Centre, one of the premier cancer care center catering the needs of South India was established. The dentistry course and the first post-graduate course commenced in 1959.
The 1960s saw the establishment of the library. The limb center, mental hospital and ophthalmic hospital were brought under Medical College administration. Later in 1990s the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology came into existence. Over the years, the campus saw establishment of Sree Chitra Thirunal Centre, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Priya Darshini Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Silver Jubilee Auditorium and the hostels.
A super-specialty block exclusively housing all the medical and surgical super-specialties of the college, has been completed and has started functioning as the OP block of the super-specialties from 1 July 2010. It was funded under the Prime Minister's Swasthya Suraksha Yojna scheme and by the State government. The 253-bed super specialty block, spread over 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) houses the outpatient clinics and inpatient wards of the six super specialties, eight operation theatres, 29-bed six intensive care units, haemo dialysis unit and renal transplant unit, apart from administrative blocks.
It is financed and administrated by Health and Family welfare Department, Government of Kerala. The Medical College was initially affiliated to the University of Kerala, but the establishment of Kerala University of Health Sciences made the later batches from 2010, being inducted into the new Medical University.
Establishment of departments
Initially the hospital started with departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Bacteriology. These departments were headed by Dr. V. Mathew, Dr. C. Vareed, Dr. Narayana Rao and Dr. C. O. Karunakaran respectively. Department of Bacteriology consisted of Microbiology, Pathology and Hygiene initially. During the Asian flu epidemic, the department was in the forefront in isolating the influenza virus under Prof. R. Ananthanarayanan. In 1981, an AIDS surveillance center was established under the department. The Department of Community Medicine established in 1953 was the first of its kind in India. For field training, a Primary Health Centre was established in July 1953 at Cheruvikkal, which was shifted to Pangappara in 1964. Initially interns training were conducted at Indo Norwegian MCH unit at Neendakara. A Regional Cell for Prevention of Epidemic and Infectious Diseases is functioning in the Department. Forensic Medicine which was attached to Community medicine became a separate entity in 1966 under Dr. V. Kanthasamy. Medicolegal autopsies were undertaken since 1955 and the department was raised to the status of State Medico-legal Institute in 1986. The department of Pharmacology which initially catered pharmacy practicals later established an experimental pharmacology wing under Dr. Tyler.
The clinical departments of Medicine and Surgery were started along with the Medical College hospital in 1952. Initially the students had training at the General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. A separate department of Infectious Diseases was established in 1983. Dr.R.Kesavan Nair FRCS who was then the chief surgeon at General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram was appointed as Prof. Of Surgery thus establishing the Department of Surgery. Recognizing the importance of the new specialty of orthopaedic surgery the then Government of Travancore sent Dr. K.I George from the health service Dept. to U.K on deputation for higher training. After acquiring requisite training he joined in the medical college in 1956 and founded the first Department of Orthopedics in Kerala.
The Department of Paediatrics, which was initially under General Medicine, has the highest number of patients in Kerala. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments were started in 1954 and later added to the Family Planning Clinic contraception testing unit, WHO training center and Infertility Clinic. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation established in 1968 was a pioneering institution in the country for disability management and occupational diseases.
The superspecialty departments were established in 1965 with neurosurgery under Prof. M. Sambasivan, former President of WFNS. The Department of Cardiology was established in 1972 and nephrology in 1981. Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology units were established in 1972 and 1975 respectively.
The college is headed by the Principal and Dean Dr.Thomas Mathew.
Major institutions and units under the Medical College, at Thiruvananthapuram are:
In addition to MBBS course, PG degree and diploma courses in 22 specialities, super specialty courses in 10 specialties etc. are offered. The institute was originally under the University of Kerala and have now been shifted under Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS).
Medical College Hospital
The Medical College Hospital is the premiere institution for the provision of comprehensive tertiary health care irrespective of economic or social status and disabilities. It is the largest multi-specialty hospital in South Kerala serving the major portion of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam Districts and adjacent districts of Tamil Nadu. It is administered by a Superintendent. The hospital consists of the main hospital block, Trauma care, Casualty, Out Patient Department Block, Super Specialty block, KHRWS Pay wards and Administrative block. This 3000 bed hospital admits 80,000 patients a year and provides over 7,500,000 OP consultation. The newly constructed OP block houses out-patient wings of medical and surgical specialties, pharmacy, Office of the Superintendent of the hospital, quarters of the house surgeons and post graduates. On average, the hospital manages 55 major operations, 125 minor operations, 35 normal deliveries and 15 Caesarean Sections per day. The bed occupancy remains at 90-95% throughout the year.
Regional Institute of Ophthalmology
Located around 4 km away from the main campus, RIO is housed near the General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. It was originated as a government ophthalmic hospital in 1905 and brought into the National Programme for Control of Blindness in 1995 as the autonomous Regional Institute of Ophthalmology although its location is other than at the Government Medical College. The institution is directed by Dr. P. S. Girija Devi. Post graduate courses in ophthalmology are offered, a four-year bachelor's degree course in Optometry is available with an annual intake of 20 students. The BSc.Optometry course was started in 2010.
RIO is India's second government controlled institute offering bachelor's degree in optometry. It hosts a well established optical outlet (in collaboration with HLL Life Care) with dispensing facility which is a first in Kerala. Specialized services including a retina clinic, paediatric ophthalmology clinic, low vision clinic, cornea clinic, glaucoma clinic, eye bank, tele ophthalmology, Uvea clinic, Dispensing Lab, Contact Lens clinic and a Cataract clinic. The first mobile eye hospital in Kerala, 'Sunayanam,' operates from RIO. A new super specialty building is being constructed opposite to the current building.
School Of Optometry
School of Optometry is located inside RIO campus. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in optometry is affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences. GMC Thiruvananthapuram is India's second Govt. institute offering 4-year professional degree course in Optometry (First is AIIMS New Delhi). Annual Intake is 20. The course was started in 2010.
Medical College Health Units
The first health unit was established at Neendakara as an Indo-Norwegian collaboration project. A Primary Health Centre was established in July 1953 at Cheruvikkal as a field practice area, which was shifted to Pangappara in 1964. Two Rural health centers is working under the Medical College in Pangappara and at Vakkom. These centers are aimed at field practice for medical students and interns.
Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital
Inaugurated in 1952, the hospital services are confined to women, mothers and children under 12 years of age. It was built by the Royal family in memory of Prince Sree Avittom Thirunal who died at the age of eight years of rheumatic heart disease. The hospital houses the Departments of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Pediatrics. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology runs the Post Partum, family welfare counseling, Infertility, Trophoblastic, PPTCT, Adolescent, Vesicular mole clinics and a WHO and ICMR collaborative study centers. Super specialty care in Pediatrics including Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Genetics, Surgery and Psychiatry are under the wings of SAT Hospital. It has one of the highest rates of deliveries in Kerala. Its a highest medical department in kerala government sector
The Superspecialty block inaugurated in 2011 houses 6 super-specialties including Nephrology, Urology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Medical and Surgical gastroenterology and their Out-patient and In-patient wings with 40 ICU beds, 25 high-care beds, 6 modular theaters. A liver transplant theater is to be constituted soon which would be first-of-its-kind in the government sector. Cadaver organ retrieval and transplant was initiated in 2012, making it the first government hospital in Kerala to offer the services affordable to the common man.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
A skilled team of biomedical engineer’s and technician’s service is available at the hospital. The team provides an efficient support in maintaining the equipment in the hospital in a good working condition. The department functions 9 am to 5 pm to render emergency service support on breakdown/failure of equipment. The department ensures quality functioning of all category of equipment in the multi specialities of the hospital. The biomedical engineering department plays an important role in aiding smooth and complete patient care. Biomedical Engineering staff of GMCT to support the provision of exemplary patient care and enhance the effective use of healthcare technology through engineering, consultation, evaluation, operation, education and development.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Centre, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram is an autonomous centre established by the Government of Kerala with the intention of bringing up the centre as an autonomous centre of excellence in Early Child Care & Education, Adolescent Care & Education, Pre-marital Counselling, Women’s Welfare and other related fields. It has given significant contributions in reducing childhood disabilities and has devised the Thiruvananthapuram Development Chart which is widely used to assess child development in community settings.
Mental Health Center
The Mental Health Center is in Oolampara, Peroorkada and is under the administration of the college. With more than 150 inmates it is the second largest mental health center in India. In addition to treatment facilities, a rehabilitation center has been established by the aid of Hindustan Latex Limited.
Chest Diseases Hospital
The previously known Government TB Sanatorium has been taken over by the Department of Respiratory Medicine. Located in Pulayanarkottah it was initially constructed for isolation of tuberculosis patients. The Respiratory Medicine department functions are here except for the Out Patient Department and Intensive Care unit which is in the Medical College block itself. Government TB Sanatorium has been renamed to Chest Diseases Hospital and now homes two departments in collaboration, the Department of Respiratory medicine of Medical College, and Department of Respiratory medicine of the Health Services.
Thiruvananthapuram Dental College was established in 1959 in an attempt to provide avenues for formal dental education. Four dental colleges were started in the four southern states of India. Dr. M. Thangavelu, the then Principal of the Medical College was instrumental in organizing the institution. Dr. A.M. Clement, Dental Surgeon in the Medical College was appointed as the first Director of the college. It admits 50 students a year for the B.D.S course. Post graduate courses were started in 1966. There are six departments working under this autonomous institution under the head of principal Dr. N.O Varghese.
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Established in 1967, it is the first Pharmaceutical college in Kerala and offers Bachelor, Master's degree and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Departments of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Microbiology works under the college. Medical College toxicology lab, Animal lab, Drug information center, Morphine tablet manufacturing and Medicinal garden are the other facilities.
Priyadarsini Institute of Para Medical Sciences
Priyadarsini Institute of Para Medical Sciences is in the Medical College campus offering para medical courses Conducting Diploma level courses - DMLT, Dpharm, DRT, DMC etc. - 2 year courses
College of Nursing
The College of Nursing, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, founded in 1972, is attached to the University of Kerala medical school. It was a pioneer institute for nursing education in Kerala and one of the earliest in South East Asia. The school has been offering post graduate programmes in nursing since 1987. The college has five areas of speciality training, namely mental health nursing, medical surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, obstetrical and gynaecological nursing and community health nursing. Originally the number of male students permitted to enroll in the school was restricted to 12.5% of applicants. The college admits male students with no restriction as to numbers. A nursing superspecialty block was constituted in 2011.
Regional Artificial Limb Fitting Centre
The functioning of center is mainly for the provision of rehabilitation services for amputees and was established in 1975.
The Central Library is housed at the block containing administrative offices including the principal's office. It is equipped with books, journals and periodicals of academic nature relating to medicine and allied sciences. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is located within the library and contains internet-enabled computers that students and staff can use for a nominal fee. The LRC also subscribes to online medical journals. The Learning Resource Center was established by the Alumni Association of the college.
Hospital Information Center
With the contributions from the alumni of the college, an information center was established in the hospital which provides all information regarding the facilities available in the hospital as well as clears any doubts regarding prescriptions or drugs.
The courses offered by the institute are:
- M.B.B.S. (Annual intake of 200 students)
- M.D ./M.S. (Annual intake of around 89 students in 23 disciplines)
- D.M./M.Ch. (18 seats in 4 and 6 disciplines respectively)
- Diploma Course (71 seats in 13 specialties)
- B.Sc. (Hons.) in Optometry (Annual intake of 20 students)
- Bachelor of Pharmacy. (Annual intake of 60 students)
- B.Sc. (Hons.) in Nursing (Annual intake of 60 students in BSc Nursing)
- B.Sc. (Hons.) in Medical Lab Technology (Annual intake of 28 students)
- B. Sc. in Perfusion Technology (Annual intake of 4 students)
- B. Sc. in Cardio vascular technology(Annual intake of 5 students)
- B.Sc. in Nursing (post-certificate)
- M.Sc. in Nursing(Annual intake of 28 students)
- Master of Pharmacy (Annual intake of 26 students in Five branches)
- Master of Science M.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology (Annual intake of 12 studemts)
- Master of Science in Medical Physics and Epidemiology (16 seats)
- M.Phil in Clinical Epidemiology (10 Seats)
- Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (40 seats in Medical College and 20 in PIPMS)
- Diploma in Radiological Technology (10 seats in Medical College and 30 in PIPMS)
- Diploma in Dialysis Technology (Annual intake of 6 students)
- Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (Annual intake of 30 students)
- Diploma in Clinical Child Development (Annual intake of 12 students)
- Diploma in Pharmacy (20 seats in Medical College and 40 in PIPMS)
- Dental Mechanics Certificate Course (Annual intake of 6 students)
- Diploma in Operation theatre & Anaesthesia Technology (Annual intake of 15 students in Medical college)
- Diploma in Endoscopy technology (Annual intake of 4 students in Medical college)
- Diploma in Nuro technology
- Diploma in Optometry
- 1905 - Inauguration of Ophthalmic Hospital
- 1950 - Foundation stone for Medical College
- 1951 - First batch of MBBS students admitted
- 1952 - Inauguration of S.A.T Hospital, Inauguration of Men's Hostel
- 1954 - Inauguration of Medical College Hospital with 450 Beds
- 1958 - Cancer Block
- 1959 - B.D.S Course and Dental College, 1st Post Graduate Course, New Nurses Hostel
- 1964 - Artificial Limb Centre started
- 1967 - B. Pharm Course, Comprehensive Rehabiliatation Research & Training Project started
- 1970 - Mental Hospital and Ophthalmic hospital becomes part of Medical College
- 1972 - 4 Year B.Sc. Nursing Course, Inauguration of S.C.T.M.C, Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation commissioned
- 1973 - New Block of College of Nursing
- 1975 - Inauguration of College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Foundation Stone for Regional Limb Fitting Centre
- 1976 - Teachers Training Programme started
- 1978 - New Building for Regional Limb Fitting Centre
- 1982 - PEID cell started
- 1995 - Clinical Epidemiology Resource and Training Center
- 1996 - Inauguration of Dr. C.O. Karunakaran Auditorium
- 2002 - Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
- 2010 - BSc Optometry Course (India's second govt. controlled Optometry school)
- 2011 - Inauguration of Super specialty Block and OPD Block
- 2011 - M.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology course with 3 specialization 1.Pathology 2. Microbiology 3.Bio-Chemistry
- 2012 - Cadaver organ transplant for the first time in a government hospital in Kerala
- 2013 - Test tube baby for the first time in a government hospital in South India
- 2015- Inauguration of the Skywalk connecting New OPD block and Ward block
The Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram is the principal agency in emanating the Kerala Model of health care. The establishment of the college and hospital was a fulfillment of popular ambitions and paved way for the rise of Kerala in the health sector. Kerala since then has maintained health indices at par with the developed nations, well above the national averages. This achievement has been researched and studied by multiple agencies for copying in other states of India as well as under-developed nations. During the Asian flu pandemic in 1950s it emerged as the principal institute in isolation and surveillance of the virus.
The institution has been upgraded to the status of All India Institute of Medical Sciences due to its unique achievements and as an important tertiary care-provider to the southern parts of India.
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram has been one among the two breakthrough colleges and has found a place among the top 25 colleges in the country; ranked 21 in the India Today survey. The college and hospital has been consistently able to maintain its high quality standards despite the enormous number of patient admissions and low-cost treatment facilities. Expertise of the faculty and able administration with aids from the Central and State governments have helped maintain this status. Though academically well acknowledged, it has been lagging behind in the research field perhaps due to the lack of awareness and increased importance given to clinical sector.
SAT Mix which was devised by the doctors and nutritionists of SAT hospital is used throughout India for the management of childhood malnutrition. It is a cost effective measure in reducing infant mortality rates.
Thiruvananthapuram Development Chart is a scale for the assessment of child development based on 17 characters. It was devised by the Child Development Center and is recommended for use in community developmental assessment.
The institution is among the 15 prestigious ones selected across the country to be connected through the National Knowledge Network under the National Knowledge Commission for integration of its knowledge database with global scientific community.
The Institution is the India's second and Kerala's first govt controlled institute offering 4 year bachelor's degree course in optometry (RIO Thiruvananthapuram)
The institution conducts the international conclave, Erudite Conclave, the first of its kind in this part of the world, in November 2011 to provide momentum to medical research fields. Speakers included Nobel laureate in Medicine, Dr. Rolf M. Zinkernagel; Ophthalmologist and inventor of inexpensive intraocular lenses, Dr. Sanduk Ruit; founder of the SRISTI and techpedia.in, Anil K Gupta and several other distinguished speakers.
The second edition of the conclave in 2012 was attended by eminent public figures including Just. R. Basant, Padmasree Dr. G. Vijayaraghavan, Dr. S Murti (IISER, Thiruvananthapuram), Prof. Dr. RVG Menon, T.P. Sreenivasan (former Indian ambassador) and Sri Pooyam Tirunal Gowry Parvati Bhai (Princess of Travancore).
Student life and activities
The student life in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is much active and intertwined with the challenge the profession presents them. Students are given liberty in organizing their own study pattern. As a matter of fact, there is no "spoon-feeding" of the subject. Meritorius students are a consequence of their own sheer hardwork. The MBBS Students, who form the major bulk of the MC Studenthood, are the heralds of quality health care wherever they go and practice. A degree from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is much sought after, especially because of the experience the students gets from the numerous and varied cases presented to them while at the Hospital. Though the class size is 200 students, there is ample opportunity for interaction between students and with teachers. The number of male and female students in the college is almost equal. Apart from the students of the state, students from Lakshadweep, northeast India and other parts of the country gain admission through nominations and under the All India quota. Exchange students from Karolinska Institute and other public health and medical schools from around the globe mix with this.
From the initial years itself students were given ample opportunity for international scholarly interactions. The famed visitor include Sr. Alexander Fleming, E. Lundsgaard, Karl Evang, Julian Huxley, Wharton Young[permanent dead link], Aicardi, David Morley, Lt. Col. Dr. Sir A. Lakshmana Swamy Mudaliar. The Erudite Conclave which was organized in 2011 was a major breakthrough in reviving this tradition with lectures of personalities like Dr. Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Prof. Anil K. Gupta etc.
The campus life centers around the Common Rooms, Eden garden, Legends' Garden, Smrithi and Maithri parks, canteens and the Central Garden on the campus. It's not uncommon to see a gang of medicos hanging about in the Common Room to have a game of cards. Most of the gardens were idealized and tended by former Principal Dr. M. Thangavelu. The six canteens in the college, in and near the hospitals, also form the hot-spots of student interaction. The Men's Hostel is on the periphery of the campus, on the Ullur-Kumarapuram Road. Delicacies of the Men's Hostel canteen is much adored among the light-hearted medicos. The Ladies' Hostel is near the SAT Casualty Block.
College buses, run by the Parent Teachers Association, ply between the hospital, the college building and the Hostels, though the favorite medium of transport remains motorcycles or cars.
The College Union was inaugurated in 1952 by Sir Alexander Fleming. There was politicization and depoliticization of the Union through the decades as it was in the state capital under the direct influence of the political leadership. It is in the form of a Students Council where each batch select a representative to the Council which selects the Union. This was in accordance with the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.
Athletic Association Day and College Union Inauguration were the major events celebrated in the campus since its inception. The college has also hosted the Kerala University Youth Festival and Intermedicos Festival multiple times. Medex public exhibitions were organised in 1974 as a part of Silver Jubilee Celebrations and followed in 2000, 2001, 2012 and 2017. Annual cultural events are organised by batches and sports and games competitions take place in the campus. Academic programs like the Erudite Conclave and Student Medical Research Conference are prestigious events. Intermedicos Genesis'14 was held here from December 2 to 8. Interbatch Euphoria is also held every year in the college. In it, students of various batches compete against each other in the fields of Arts, Cultural Activities, Quiz and Sports.
After completion of the courses, medical, dental, optometry and nursing colleges separately organize the graduation ceremonies. There has been no separate graduation ceremonies after the post graduation courses. The University do not have a part in these ceremonies since the legal ban on convocation ceremonies in the Universities by the government.
Notable alumni and faculty
- R. Kesavan Nair, the first civil surgeon of Kerala and the first from Kerala with an FRCS. One of the chief architect of Medical College Hospital as its first Superintendent. He was fondly called 'Valia' Kesavan Nair by the public.
- M. S. Valiathan, former director of SCTIMST and vice-chancellor, Manipal University, Karnataka is recipient of Padmabhushan and Shree Dhanwantari Prize of Indian National Science Academy. The famous cardio-thoracic surgeon is the author of 'The legacy of Caraka' and 'The Legacy of Susruta' and has published a number of papers on endomyocardial fibrosis.
- Axel J Hojer, the second Principal of the college was a Swedish physician from Karolinska Institute and the Director General of Swedish Medical Board. With numerous books and cited articles to his credit he revolutionised community medicine in Europe through implementation of education on maternal assistance, infant disease control, sexual hygiene courses among the Swedish community.
- Jimmy George (1955–1987), the legendary Indian volleyball player was a medical student here and helped University of Kerala bag the Inter-University Championships from 1973 to 1976. He later left medical studies to join Kerala Police.
- M. Krishnan Nair, eminent oncologist and founding member of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. He is the only member from India on the Advisory Committee of the Director General, WHO and Cancer Technical Group (CTG) of WHO.
- P. K. R. Warrier, renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon, writer and freedom fighter, established the Department of Cardio-thoracic surgery in Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram in 1964.
- C. K. Gopi, eminent cardiologist brought to the notice of the world a rare disease named endomyocardial fibrosis.
- C. O. Karunakaran is called the father of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. He has developed smallpox and rabies vaccine indigenously in the Public Health Laboratory of Thiruvananthapuram. He is a recipient of Rockfeller Foundation Scholarship.
- G. Vijayaraghavan, recipient of prestigious Padmashri title he is an eminent cardiologist. He is the founder director of Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences. He popularized 2D Echocardiography n India way back in 1980s.
- K. R. Pandalai is one of the most reputed anatomist of the country and was an original researcher in the field of neurosecretory cells.
- C. R. Soman, professor in biochemistry and prominent public health expert and nutritionist. Organized Health Action by People for study of lifestyle diseases in Kerala.
- K V Krishna das, Eminent physician
- K. N. Pai is a notable cardiologist and academician. A heart foundation was initiated in his honor to extend cardiology care to the poor. He is a recipient of Padmashri title.
- K. Sreekumaran Nair is a recipient of Henry Christian Award of ESPEN in 1998 and Stockholm Honorary Lecture. He is the David Murdock Dole Professor and a Distinguished Mayo Clinic Investigator.
- Benjamin Pulimood, pioneer in the field of gastroenterology was the former Principal and Director of Christian Medical College, Vellore. He has represented Kerala in the prestigious Santosh Trophy Football Tournament.
- M A Akbar, one of the prominent surgeons, and former head of the department of surgery, author of book "surgery"
- R. Sankaranarayanan, renowned clinical oncologist is the Head of Screening and Prevention, International Agency for Research on Cancer. His contributions for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer is notable.
- Ninan T. Mathew, established the Dallas Headache Clinic and is a renowned clinician and researcher in the field of headache management. He has received awards including Harold G. Wolff Lecture Award and the 1994 John R. Graham Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Headache Society.
- K.S. Manoj, a former lecturer at the college was the Member of Parliament from the Alappuzha Lok Sabha constituency. He has quit from active politics.
- K.N. Raghavan, former international cricket umpire and civil servant, worked as First Secretary and Indian High Commission at Singapore. Works in the Indian Revenue Service.
- M. Subhadra Nair, eminent gynecologist and previous head of the department of Obstetrics and gynecology at Thiruvananthapuram is a Padma Sri recipient in 2014
- Mohammed Illias Sahadulla is the founder Chairman and Managing Director of KIMS Healthcare Management Limited. He is an Indian physician and a developer of healthcare facilities in Kerala.
- Sriram Venkitaraman, the second rank holder at the civil service examination held in 2012 and one of the most respected IAS officers in the state of kerala, belongs to 2004 batch MBBS. He was pursuing his masters in internal medicine when civil service beckoned. He continues to inspire the young and the daring.
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