List of medical schools in Pakistan

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In Pakistan, a medical school is more often referred to as a medical college. A medical college is affiliated with a university as a department which usually has a separate campus. As of January 2019, there are a total of 114 medical colleges in Pakistan, 44 of which are public and 70 private.[1] All but two colleges are listed in International Medical Education Directory. As per Pakistan Medical Commission 2021 database, there are 176 medical colleges in Pakistan ( Medical and Dental Colleges). About 45 medical colleges are public sector medical colleges, and 72 are private sector medical colleges. In addition, there are 17 Public Dental Colleges and 42 Private Dental Colleges. [2]

All medical colleges and universities are regulated by the respective provincial department of health. They however have to be recognized after meeting a set criteria by a central regulatory authority called Pakistan Medical Commission and by Higher Education Commission (Pakistan). Entrance into the medical colleges is based on merit under the guidelines of PMC. Both the academic performance at the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) (grades 11–12) and an entrance test like NMDCAT determine eligibility to enter most of the medical colleges.

Admission process[edit]

To get admission into any government medical college, the weightage is determined by the provincial or federal government. A minimum weightage of 50% should be given to the NMDCAT. [3] In order to get admission into any private medical college, the following weightage is used:[3][4][5]

The minimum requirements are:[4]

  • 65% or above in F-SC /HSSC or A-Levels equivalent IBCC certificate.
  • 60% or above in NMDCAT.

The Pakistani government exerts tight control over the available number of open medical school seats in both private and public colleges. The regulation forbids all colleges from admitting any student over the allocated maximum seats for the college under any circumstances. [3]

Medical seats[edit]

Number of registered medical Seats Allocation (PK)[6] [7]
Province Public Private Total
Azad Kashmir 330 100 430
Balochistan 320 100 420
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1435 1050 2485
Punjab and Islamabad 3780 4900 8680
Sindh 2400 1850 4250
Total 8265 8000 16265
Number of registered medical colleges (PK)[6] [7]
Province/Territory Public Private Total
Azad Kashmir 3 1 4
Balochistan 1 1 2
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 10 20
Punjab and Islamabad 19 43 62
Sindh 12 17 29
Total 45 72 117

Curriculum[edit]

After successfully completing five years of theoretical and practical (clinical) training in the medical college and affiliated teaching hospitals the graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. The graduates are then eligible to apply for a medical license from the PMC. The curriculum for all colleges, irrespective of their regional location and university affiliation, is designed by PMC. The curriculum spans a term of five years or seasons (four professional years).[citation needed]

  • First year (first professional year – part 1)
  • Second year (first professional year – part 2)
  • Third year (second professional year)
  • Fourth year (third professional year)
  • Fifth/final year (fourth professional year)

Main courses of the curriculum, respective of the academic year they are examined in, are as follows:

* includes Nutrition, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methods, Health education, Family Planning, Occupational, Environmental, Preventive and Tropical Medicine.

Assessment methods[edit]

Theoretical, practical and clinical knowledge is assessed by one or more of the following methods; multiple choice questions (MCQs), short essay questions (SEQs), short answer questions (SAQs), laboratory skills, viva voce, and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Required laboratory training is provided in biochemistry, histology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, pathology including hematology, immunology and microbiology. Teaching in gross anatomy is assisted by exploratory dissection of cadavers. A mandatory group research project is also to be submitted by the students before the fourth professional examination in the community medicine department. Students are also taught diagnostic imaging and technical report writing in the radiology department.

Clinical training and evaluation sessions (or clerkship) at the affiliated teaching hospitals is also compulsory for all medical students, especially in their second, third and fourth (final) professional years. These include observation, assisting and practice in various emergency, outpatient, inpatient and operative settings in the following rotating disciplines: anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, gynaecology, internal medicine, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthoptics, orthopedics, otorhinolaryngology, acoustics, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology and urology.

Visits to various locations for the purposes of training and understanding of social, legal, communal and preventive aspects of health are also conducted if possible, such as:

Foundation year[edit]

Once the student has graduated after passing his or her final (fourth professional) examination, he or she is eligible to apply for a seat as a house officer in either the attached hospital of the college (usually as a paid employee) or in any other tertiary health care hospital (usually as an unpaid employee or "honorary"). The graduate has to first register (provisional) with and acquire a certificate from PMDC. The house officer has to serve for 12 months (foundation year) at one or more hospitals in four modules; 3 months in internal medicine, 3 months in general surgery, 3 months in medicine allied and 3 months in surgery allied in any order.[8] The graduate can then apply for a medical practice license from PMDC which will allow the medical graduate to work as a registered medical professional anywhere in the country and study for higher specialties/qualifications.

List of medical college[edit]

Punjab

Public[edit]

[6]

No. Name of medical college Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 King Edward Medical University Public 1860 350 HEC, PMDC Lahore Punjab F0000151 1979–current
3 Fatima Jinnah Medical College Public 1948 300 UoP Lahore Punjab F0000199 1953–current
4 Sargodha Medical College Public 2007 120 UHS Sargodha Punjab F0002456 2007–current
5 Allama Iqbal Medical College Public 1975 325 UHS Lahore Punjab F0000203 1975–current
6 Faisalabad Medical University also known as Punjab Medical College Public 1973 300 UHS Faisalabad Punjab F0000863 1979–current
7 Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Public 1970 325 UHS Bahawalpur Punjab F0001859 1971–current
8 Nishtar Medical College Public 1951 300 NMU Multan Punjab F0001535 1953–current
9 Services Institute of Medical Sciences Public 2003 220 UHS Lahore Punjab F0001998 2004–current
10 Army Medical College Public 1977 204 NUMS Rawalpindi Punjab F0000204 1981–current
11 Nawaz Sharif Medical College Public 2008 61 UHS Gujrat Punjab F0002566 2009–current
12 Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College Public 2009 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002567 2010–current
13 Federal Medical and Dental College Public 2012 100 SZAMBU Islamabad ICT F0002675 2012–current
14 Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Public 2011 110 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002677 2011–current
15 Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College Public 2010 120 UHS Sialkot Punjab F0002678 2011–current
16 Gujranwala Medical College Public 2010 120 UHS Gujranwala Punjab F0002679 2011–current
17 Sahiwal Medical College Public 2010 120 UHS Sahiwal Punjab F0002680 2011–current
18 Ghazi Khan Medical College Public 2010 120 UHS Dera Ghazi Khan Punjab F0004047 2016–current
19 Sheikh Zayed Medical College Public 2003 160 UHS Rahim Yar Khan Punjab F0002063 2005–current


Private[edit]

[7]

No. Name of medical College Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Fazaia Medical College Private 2015 100 AU Islamabad ICT F0004048 2020–current
2 F.M.H. College of Medicine and Dentistry Private 2000 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0000582 2001–current
3 Foundation University Medical College Private 2001 150 FUI Rawalpindi Punjab F0000583 2002–current
4 Rai Medical College Private 2014 100 UHS Sargodha Punjab F0003100 2015–current
5 Islamic International Medical College Private 1996 100 RIU Rawalpindi Punjab F0000183 1998–current
6 Lahore Medical and Dental College Private 1997 150 UHS Lahore Punjab F0000584 2002–current
7 Shifa College of Medicine Private 1999 100 STMU Islamabad ICT F0000585 2002–current
8 Wah Medical College Private 2002 100 UHS Wah Punjab F0002030 2007–current
9 University Medical and Dental College Faisalabad Private 2003 150 UHS Faisalabad Punjab F0002111 2003–current
10 University College of Medicine and Dentistry Private 2001 150 UoL Lahore Punjab F0001969 2001-current
11 Islamabad Medical and Dental College Private 1997 100 SZABMU Islamabad ICT F0002054 1997–current
12 Independent Medical College, Faisalabad Private 2008 100 UHS Faisalabad Punjab F0002457 2008-current
13 Sharif Medical and Dental College Private 2008 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002568 2008–current
14 Continental Medical College Private 2008 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002569 2008–current
15 Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College Private 2009 150 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002570 2009–current
16 Central Park Medical College Private 2008 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002571 2009–current
17 Multan Medical and Dental College Private 2008 150 UHS Multan Punjab F0002572 2009–current
18 Shalamar Medical and Dental College Private 2010 150 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002454 2010–current
19 Avicenna Medical College, Lahore Private 2010 150 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002453 2010–current
20 Shahida Islam Medical College Private 2016 100 Lodhran Punjab F0005086 not eligible
21 Rashid Latif Medical College Private 2010 150 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002392 2010–current
22 Islam Medical College Private 2010 150 UHS Sialkot Punjab F0002573 2010–current
23 Amna Inayat Medical College Private 2011 100 UHS Sheikhupura Punjab F0002574 2011–current
24 Azra Naheed Medical College Private 2011 150 SU-L Lahore Punjab F0002575 2011–current
25 Al-Nafees Medical College Private 2012 100 IU-H Islamabad ICT F0002682 2012–current
26 Pak Red Crescent Medical and Dental College Private 2012 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0002676 2017–2018
27 Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College Faisalabad Private 2012 100 UHS Faisalabad Punjab F0002684 2012–current
28 Hashmat Medical and Dental College (Admission Stopped and Recommended to Ministry of Health for Closure) Private 2011 100 UHS Jalalpure Jattan Punjab F0002683 2011–2014
29 Rawal Institute of Health Sciences Private 2012 100 SZABMU Islamabad ICT F0002681 2012–current
30 Rahbar Medical and Dental College Private 2014 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0003099 2020–current
31 HBS Medical and Dental College Private 2015 100 SZABMU Islamabad ICT F0004050 2020–current
32 HITEC-Institute of Medical Sciences Private 2016 100 NUMS Taxila Punjab F0005931 not eligible
33 M. Islam Medical and Dental College Private 2016 100 UHS Gujranwala Punjab F0005933 not eligible
34 Sahara Medical College Private 2016 100 UHS Narowal Punjab F0005936 not eligible
35 Al Aleem Medical College Private 2017 100 UHS Lahore Punjab F0005928 not eligible
36 ABWA Medical College Private 2017 100 UHS Faisalabad Punjab F0007213 not eligible
37 Niazi Medical and Dental College Private 2018 100 UHS Sargodha Punjab not listed not eligible
38 Bakhtawar Amin Medical and Dental College Private 2012 100 Multan Punjab F0005929 2021–current
39 Sialkot Medical College Private 2015 100 Sialkot Punjab F0004052 2020 - Current
40 CMH Kharian Medical College Private 2018 100 Kharian Cantt Punjab F0005930 not eligible
41 CMH Institute of Medical Sciences Private 100 Bahawalpur Punjab F0007211 not eligible
42 CMH Lahore Medical College Private 2006 150 Lahore Cantt Punjab F0002055 not eligible
43 CMH Multan Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) Private 2015 150 Multan Cantt Punjab F0004046 2020 - Current
44 Watim Medical College Private 100 Rawalpindi Punjab not listed not eligible

Sindh[edit]

Public[edit]

[6]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Chandka Medical College Public 1973 250 SMBBMU Larkana Sindh F0000200 1979–current
2 Dow Medical College Public 1945 350 DUHS Karachi Sindh F0001288 1953–current
3 Sindh Medical College Public 1973 350 JSMU Karachi Sindh F0001289 1979–current
4 Karachi Medical and Dental College Public 1991 250 UoK Karachi Sindh F0001000 1997–current
5 Khairpur Medical College Public 2012 100 PUMHS Khairpur Sindh not listed not eligible
6 Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Public 1881 350 LUMHS Jamshoro Sindh F0001893 1953–current
7 Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women Public 1974 250 PUMHSW Nawabshah Sindh F0001291 1979–current
8 Dow International Medical College Public 2007 150 DUHS Karachi Sindh F0002369 2007–current
9 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College Lyari Public 2011 50 DUHS Karachi Sindh F0002685 2011–current
10 Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Sukkur Public 2003 100 SMBBMU Sukkur Sindh F0002391 2008–current
11 Bilawal Medical College Public 2019 100 BMC Hyderabad Sindh not listed not eligible
12 Gambat Medical College Public 100 Gambat-Khairpur Mirs Sindh not listed not eligible

Private[edit]

[7]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Aga Khan University Medical College Private 1983 100 AKU Karachi Sindh F0000152 1985–current
2 Suleman Roshan Medical College Private 100 Tando Adam Sindh not listed not eligible
3 Baqai Medical College Private 1988 100 BMU Karachi Sindh F0001292 1993–current
4 Faculty of Medicine and Allied Medical Sciences (Isra University) Private 1997 150 IU-H Hyderabad Sindh F0000586 2002–current
5 Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry Private 1994 100 HU-K Karachi Sindh F0001085 1999–current
6 Jinnah Medical & Dental College Private 1998 100 UoK Karachi Sindh F0000587 2002–current
7 Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for Girls Private 1998 100 UoK Karachi Sindh F0000588 2002–current
8 Ziauddin Medical College Private 1996 150 ZU Karachi Sindh F0001371 1996–current
9 Muhammad Medical College Private 1999 100 UoS Mirpurkhas Sindh F0000589 2003–current
10 Liaquat National Medical College Private 2007 100 UoK Karachi Sindh F0002162 2007–current
11 Bahria University Medical and Dental College Private 2008 150 BU-I Karachi Sindh F0002576 2009–current
12 Al-Tibri Medical College Private 2010 100 IU-H Karachi Sindh F0002577 2010–current
13 Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry Private 2006 100 UoK Karachi Sindh F0002418 2006–current
14 United Medical and Dental College Private 2013 100 JSMU Karachi Sindh F0003101 2013–current
15 Indus Medical College Private 2014 100 UoS T.M. Khan Sindh F0004051 not eligible
16 Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences Army 2016 100 NUMS Karachi Sindh F0005932 not eligible
17 Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College Private 2019 100 Air University (Pakistan Air Force) Karachi Sindh F0007215 not eligible

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)[edit]

Public[edit]

[6]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Ayub Medical College Public 1979 270 KMU Abbottabad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0000206 1982–current
2 Khyber Medical College Public 1954 275 KMU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0001083 1957–current
3 Saidu Medical College Public 1998 115 KMU Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002245 2004–current
4 Gomal Medical College Public 1998 115 KMU D. I. Khan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002274 1998–current
5 KMU Institute Of Medical Sciences, Kohat Public 2006 115 KMU Kohat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002458 2009–current
6 Khyber Girls Medical College Public 2004 150 KMU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002112 2004–current
7 Bacha Khan Medical College Public 2010 100 KMU Mardan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002578 2011–current
8 Bannu Medical College Public 2007 110 KMU Bannu Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002686 2011–current
9 Nowshera Medical College Public 2017 115 KMU Nowshera Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0005935 not eligible
10 Gajju Khan Medical College Swabi Public 70 KMU Swabi Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002245 2004–current

Private[edit]

[7]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Frontier Medical College Private 1995 100 BU-I Abbottabad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0001644 1998–current
2 Kabir Medical College Private 1995 100 GU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0001154 1997–current
3 Women Medical College Private 2000 100 KMU Abbottabad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0000590 2003–current
4 Peshawar Medical College Private 2005 150 RIU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002070 2005–current
5 Abbottabad International Medical College Private 2008 100 KMU Abbottabad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002459 2008–2018
6 Swat Medical College Private 100 KMU Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not listed not eligible
7 Pak International Medical College Private 2010 100 KMU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002580 2010–current
8 Rehman Medical College Private 2010 100 KMU Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0002581 2010–current
9 Muhammad College of Medicine (Former Al-Razi Medical College) Private 2012 100 none Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not listed not eligible
10 North West School Of Medicine Private 2017 100 KMU - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa F0005934 2022–current

Balochistan[edit]

Public[edit]

[6]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligibility
1 Bolan Medical College Public 1972 320 UoB Quetta Balochistan F0000202 1978–current
2 Loralai Medical College Public 2016 Not accredited by PMC UoB Loralai Balochistan not listed not eligible
3 Makran Medical College Public 2016 Not accredited by PMC UoB Turbat Balochistan not listed not eligible
4 Jhalawan Medical College Public 2016 Not accredited by PMC UoB Khuzdar Balochistan F0002526 2013–current

Private[edit]

[7]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences Private 2011 100 NUMS Quetta Balochistan F0002687 2011 — Current

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)[edit]

Public[edit]

[6]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligible graduates
1 Azad Jammu Kashmir Medical College Public 2012 110 UHS Muzaffarabad AJK F0002928 not eligible
2 Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College Public 2012 110 UHS Lahore Mirpur AJK F0002929 2012–current
3 Poonch Medical College Public 2013 110 UHS Rawalakot AJK F0003102 not eligible

Private[edit]

[7]

No. Name of medical school Funding Established Enrollment University City Province WDOMS profile ECFMG eligibility
1 Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College Private 2009 100 MIU Mirpur AJK F0002582 2009–current

Public health education[edit]

All medical students are taught various aspects of public health such as:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recognized Medical Colleges in Pakistan".
  2. ^ "List of Medical Colleges in Pakistan 2021".
  3. ^ a b c "Admission Regulations 2020-2021" (PDF). 28 December 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b Cecilia Capuzzi Simon (22 December 2020). "PMC details admission criteria for private medical, dental colleges". Geo News. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  5. ^ "PMC Announces Admission Criteria for Private Medical & Dental Colleges". propakistani.pk. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Public Medical Colleges". Pakistani Medical Commission. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Private Medical Colleges". Pakistan Medical Commission. 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Medical training: New structure for house job introduced - The Express Tribune". 18 June 2011.

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