Stanley Medical College

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Stanley Medical College
ஸ்டான்லி மருத்துவக் கல்லூரி
Type Public; Medical College and Hospitals
Established 1938[1]
Address Royapuram, Chennai, 600 001
TN, India
, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
13°06′22″N 80°17′12″E / 13.106225°N 80.286745°E / 13.106225; 80.286745Coordinates: 13°06′22″N 80°17′12″E / 13.106225°N 80.286745°E / 13.106225; 80.286745
Campus Urban
Nickname Stanleans
Affiliations The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Surgery Block

Stanley Medical College (SMC) is a government medical college with hospitals located in Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Though the original hospital is more than 200 years old, the medical college was formally established on July 2, 1938. Stanley Medical College was ranked 22nd in the India Today 2014 survey.[2]

The medical college and the hospital include a Centre of Excellence for Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery and a separate cadaver maintenance unit, the first in the country.[citation needed] By legacy, the hospital's anatomy department receives corpses for scientific study from the Monegar Choultry from which the hospital historically descended.[3]


Hand Rehabilitation / Plastic Surgery Institute

Stanley Medical College and Hospitals is one of the oldest centers in India in the field of medical education.[4] The seed for this institution was sown as early as 1740 when the East India Company first created the medical department. The Stanley Hospital now stands on the old site of the Monegar Choultry established in 1782.[5] In 1799, the Madras Native Infirmary was established with Monegar Choultry and leper asylum[5] providing medical services.

In 1830, philanthropist Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar endowed a hospital and dispensary in the Native Infirmary. In 1836, Madras University established M.B. & G.M. and L.M & S Medical Courses in the Native Infirmary. In 1903, a hospital assistant course was introduced with the help of the East India Company. In 1911, the first graduating class was awarded their Licensed Medical Practitioner (LMP) diplomas.[citation needed]

In 1933, a five-year D.M. & S (Diploma in Medicine & Surgery) course was inaugurated by Lt. Colonel Sir George Fredrick Stanley, a British parliamentarian.[citation needed] The school was named after him by the Governor of Madras Presidency on July 2, 1938. In 1941, three medical and surgical units were created. This was expanded to seven medical and surgical units in 1964. In 1938, 72 students studied, and then from 1963, 150 students were admitted each year. In 1964, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the President of India, laid the foundation stone for College Auditorium to mark Silver Jubilee Celebration.[citation needed]

In 1990, the Institute of Social Paediatrics was established. Initially established as a centre for children and for improving research programmes. The institute houses several departments of the hospital including nephrology, dermatology, and neurology and provides treatment for adult patients from Stanley.[6]


The College is associated with the Government Stanley Hospital which has 1280 beds for in-patient treatment.[7] The hospital has an out-patient attendance of around 5000 patients per day.[8] It has an 8-story surgical complex equipped to perform up to 40 surgeries simultaneously, and a separate pediatrics block with all specialities under one roof.[citation needed]

The three departments of the Stanley Medical Hospitals are Surgical Gastroenterology, Urology and the Institute of Hand Rehabilitation and Plastic Surgery.


Admissions to Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and post-graduate (MD, MS, other diplomas and higher specialties) are through state (85% seats) and national (15%) entrance examinations. Reservations of seats and reduced tuition are available to underserved communities. Admissions are open only to Indian citizens, and are highly competitive. Admissions to the MBBS program (about 250 seats per year) are based on a weighted aggregate of the entrance exam and high-school final exam scores. About 1 in 40 applicants are accepted to the MBBS program statewide (about 1500 seats in 15 medical colleges), and only the top-rankers among those accepted to the MBBS program statewide are admitted to Stanley Medical College bringing the effective admission rate to less than 1 in 200. Several seats in post-graduate programs are reserved for physicians in Government service.[citation needed]


University and college rankings
Medical - India
Careers360[9] 21
Business – India

It has been ranked 21 by Careers360.[9]


An undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) is offered as a basic (first professional) medical degree in India, of five-and-a-half years duration (4.5 years course work followed by one year compulsory rotational internship).[citation needed]

Masters programs offered include Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Masters in Surgery (M.S.) degrees which consist of a three-year residency.[citation needed] Post graduate diploma programs consist of a two-year clinical residency.[citation needed] Stanley Medical College also offers several higher specialty fellowship training programs.[citation needed]

Attached hospitals[edit]

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Stanley Radiology Retrieved 15 August 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "INDIA'S BEST MEDICINE COLLEGES 2011 RANK 25 Stanley Medical College", India Today 2011
  3. ^ Peter, Petlee (12 May 2012). "Old Jail Road, a link with the past". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 23 Mar 2014. 
  4. ^ "From R'puram Medical School to Stanley Medical College". Madras Musings. March 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ Madhavan, D. (28 January 2013). "It's a long walk for Stanley patients". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 28 Jan 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stanley Medical College, Chennai". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 3 November 2004. 
  8. ^ "Marginal fall in patient turnout in hospitals". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 April 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "Top Medical Colleges in India 2016". Careers360. 

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