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Patna Medical College

Patna Medical College Hospital
Location Patna, Bihar, India India

25°22′17″N 85°55′59″E / 25.3714°N 85.933°E / 25.3714; 85.933

Care system
Funding Government hospital
Affiliated university Aryabhatta Knowledge University
Beds 1700
Founded 1925

Patna Medical College and Hospital (abbreviated PMCH) established in 1925 and originally known as Prince of Wales Medical College, is a medical college located in Patna, the state capital of Bihar, India.[1][2] It is located on the southern bank of the river Ganges and is now affiliated to Aryabhatta Knowledge University (previously: Patna University). The exact location is on Ashok Rajpath which is home to many other notable colleges of Patna University. The college was a premier center for imparting medial education in pre-independence era, producing doctors such as Dr. Banerjee, Dr. Dukhan Ram etc. The college saw a drastic decline in its stature during the period of 1988-1998 due to the misrule in Bihar. However now it is on its way to recovery under an efficient leadership. Even now the college handles one of the biggest patient loads across the globe and the variety of Patients you get to see here is unparalleled across India. Many interns of different medical colleges prefer to do their internship from the hospital here. It boasts of 1700 beds which is at par with AIIMS. The college has many firsts to its credit, and the ever-expanding website of the Department of Community Medicine here is one such venture in the new era of the technology revolution.[3]


Patna Medical College, Patna was established as Temple Medical School in 1874 with the admission of 30 student with fees of INR2 only per students for whole course. This trend continued till 1925. After than Temple Medical School was shifted to Darbhanga and it was replaced by Medical College known as Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. Formal inauguration of this medical college was done on 25 February 1925. Various building were constructed by the donations from Princely states of Bihar. The first batch of 35 students were transferred from Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta to Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. This medical college can rightly claim to be the torch bearer of medical education in Bihar. Post graduate course was started in 1932. Postgraduate teaching in Orthopaedics, Physiology, Gynaecology and Radiotherapy was first starts in this institution in whole undivided India. Vertical and Horizontal integrated teaching and weekly seminar are the regular feature in this institution.

This college is the mainstay for medical education and treatment to the masses, not only to this State, but the adjoining area of the neighboring States. Patna Medical College, Patna has glorious past and bright future. It was started in the year 1874 as Temple Medical School with total admission of 35 students per year. This trend continued up to 1925. After that, it was turned into the medical college named as Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. The first batch of MBBS students were trained clinically at Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta. The Postgraduate teaching in Medicine, Surgery, Physiology, Obst. & Gynaecology was first started in this Institution in undivided India.[4]


The MBBS courses at the College is recognized by Medical Council of India. its intake capacity is 150 student. It also offers degree in MS, MD, MCh, Diploma and PhD courses. The undergraduate aspirants are admitted on the basis of their scores in the Combined Medical Education Entrance Test which is conducted by the Medical Council of India. The duration of the course is four and half year, divided into 9 semester. In postgraduate courses, 247 doctors are admitted annually. The library of the college is well equipped with books and computers and is connected to the National Medical Library through internet.[5]

There are 5 hostel for undergraduate courses (4 boys hostel and 1 girls hostel), and 4 hostel for postgraduate courses (3 boys hostel and 1 girls hostel). All hostels are situated in the campus except Charak Chatrawas which is situated 300 m away. The Hospital of the college, PMCH, is one of the premier hospital of the State. It has 177 beds for patient under various departments.

Patna Medical College is a well known medical college in Eastern India. It has provided valuable service to the society since its establishment.[6]

How to reach

Patna Medical college is situated in Ashok Rajpath. It can be reached from East Gandhi Maidan Marg by autos easily. The hospital, PMCH is a famous landmark.

Distance :

  • Patna Junction : 5 km
  • Patna Airport : 10–11 km
  • Mithapur Bus Stand : 9–10 km

Notable Alumni

  • Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
  • Dr. Devantala Singh (Batch of ?)
  • Dr. Dukhan Ram (Padma Bhushan)
  • Dr. B Mukhopadhyaya (Padma Bhushan)
  • Dr. R. C. Ram
  • Dr. C. P. Thakur (Ex. Union Minister)

External links

  • PMCH official website

See also

  • Nalanda Medical College Hospital
  • AIIMS Patna


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