King Edward Medical University

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King Edward Medical University
کنگ ایڈورڈ میڈیکل یونیورسٹی
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Motto Altapete
Motto in English
Aim high
Established 1860
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Faisal Masud
Location Lahore, Pakistan

King Edward Medical University(Urdu: کنگ ایڈورڈ میڈیکل یونیورسٹی‎) formerly known as King Edward Medical College is the oldest medical school in Pakistan. Mayo Hospital is the attached hospital, which was built in 1872 and was named after Lord Mak Mayo. King Edward Medical University is the oldest educational institute in Pakistan. King Edward Medical University is supervising Seven Tertiary care hospitals in Lahore as its teaching Hospitals. It is the highest Merit Medical college in Punjab and the top students in the MCAT Examination get admission here.


King Edward Medical University was established in 1860 as the Lahore Medical College. It is the fourth oldest medical school in South Asia, after Medical College Kolkata (January 28, 1835), Madras Medical College, Chennai (February 2, 1835) and Grant Medical College, Bombay (1845)

The first academic building was completed in 1883.

On December 21, 1911, Lahore Medical College was renamed King Edward Medical College in Honor of the late King and Emperor and was elevated to the status of an independent, degree-granting university on May 12, 2005, when it became King Edward Medical University.[1]

Campus and departments[edit]

The famous Patiala Block
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Administrative block

The university has the following departments.

Basic science departments[edit]

Medicine and allied departments[edit]

The psychiatry department of KEMU has been designated status of Psychotrauma Centre for province of Punjab by Prime Ministers National Advisory Council in the aftermath of killings at Army Public School, Peshawar killings in 2014. This centre is created to conduct workshops on trauma, identify and train team of mental health professionals and develop modules for training. [2] The department is being headed by Prof. Aftab Asif. The chief coordinator is Dr Ali Madeeh Hashmi. A technical expert committee has been made with prominent psychiatrists and psychologists from Punjab. The centre held its first workshop for First responders team and trained professionals from 1122 rescue service, traffic police, and Punjab police officers in 'Psychological First Aid' on Jan 17, 2015. Next workshop was carried out on Feb 07, 2015. Media professionals from different genre were included and topics such as responsible reporting of terrorist activities, mental health problems faced by media personnels and the dynamics between government , media and terrorism highlighted the programme. [3]

Surgery and allied departments[edit]

Attached hospitals[edit]

  • Mayo Hospital Lahore
  • Lady Willingdon Hospital
  • Lady Aitchison Hospital
  • Kot Khawja Saeed Hospital
  • Shahdra Hospital

Institutes, schools and centres[edit]

  • Centre For Nuclear Medicine (CENUM)
  • Convalescent Centre
  • College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences(COAVS)
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Orthopaedic Technology
  • School of Paramedical
  • School of Physiotherapy

Auxiliary services[edit]

C-Block, Boys Hostel KEMU


  • Computer labs
  • Wi-Fi internet

Attached hostel facilities[edit]

  • Boys Hostel
  • Girls Hostel

Academic degrees offered[edit]




King Edward Medical University is headed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Faisal Masud. At any time of year the university has over 1300 undergraduate and over 800 postgraduate students. Among the postgraduate doctors, 500 are doing residencies under the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.

Admission to King Edward Medical University is awarded to the students who have the highest merit in the province of Punjab and after primary selection the list of selected candidates is sent to Dr.Muhammad Awais (Chairman Pakistan Medical Board) for approval. The merit for admission is calculated from marks obtained in Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) exam plus the marks obtained in the entry test plus marks obtained in Secondary School Certificate (SSC). The percentage of each of these exams contributing to the final merit is different each year. The entry test takes place in September. Criteria for selection, for undergraduate seats, of foreign students and students with foreign examination is based on equivalents tables present for foreign examinations to that of local HSSC examination.[4]

The graduation time period is five years. After graduation one year internship (House Job) is done in Mayo Hospital or any Government Hospital. The interns are given rotations in departments based on merit. This merit is made from marks obtained in final professional examination and all the other professional examination, with deductions for any failures in the exams. Of all the specialties on offer, the Medicine and Surgery ones are the most competitive and allow only the best of each graduating class.[5] After completion of internship the full registration status to a Doctor is awarded by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Which means that he/she can practice anywhere in Pakistan only.

Student societies[edit]

King Edward Medical University societies include:

  • King Edward Literary Society urdu "KELS URDU" (started in 1882 as "Bazm e Adab")
  • Kemcolians Arts & Photography Society (KAPS)
  • International Federation for Medical Students' Associations - Lahore (IFMSA-Lahore)
  • Students' Patients Welfare Society. (SPWS)
  • King Edward Debating Society (Since 1887) (KEDS)
  • Kemcolians Sports Club
  • Kemcolians Dramatic Society (KDS)
  • Kemcolians Akhuwat Club ( A society for social welfare among students and patients)
  • Kemcolians United - KemUnited - The King Edward Medical University Blog (

The members of these societies compete at the national and international level, and have won numerous competitions.

King Edward Medical University Magazine, KEMCOL, is maintained by the students.

No student union is allowed in the university.

The previous and current students of KEMU are referred to as Kemcolians. The official student forum of the university is the blog KemUnited- Kemcolians United : . It serves as a brilliant guide, containing first-hand information from the students themselves about various aspects of life at the university.


The Pakistan Medical Tuberculosis Research Center (PMRC) conducts research on improving the management of tuberculosis. Its objective include "Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis" and "Eradication of Tuberculosis" in Pakistan[6]


Notable alumni[edit]

The following alumni[8] appear on the official website:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The King Edward Medical University, Lahore Act 2005". Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary): 5393–5410. 12 May 2005. 
  2. ^
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  4. ^ "Prospectus OF King Edward Medical University and Government Medical Colleges in the Punjab, Pakistan. Session 2007-2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  5. ^ Rahman, Dr. Atif. "After Passing Final Year (M.B.;B.S.)". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  6. ^ King Edward Medical University Website. "Pakistan Medical Research Center (PMRC)". Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  7. ^ Jafarey, NA. "Why Pakistan lags behind in research". SciDev.Net. Retrieved 2005-06-20. 
  8. ^ King Edward Medical University Website. "Alumni Associations of King Edward Medical University". Retrieved August 16, 2007. 

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