Madras Medical College MBBS
(affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University), Chennai
Address: Periyar EVR Salai, Park Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600 003
About the College
Founded in 1664, The Madras General Hospital was set up as a formal medical facility to treat soldiers of the East India Company. By 1772 it was training Europeans, Eurasians and Indians in the allopathic system of medicine and sending them to various dispensaries to assist doctors. It was regularised as a medical school in 1820 and became a state-sponsored Institution in 1835.
It was in 1842 that the Hospital finally opened its gates to Indian students and 1st October 1850 was a landmark year for the Institute as the government green signalled the rechristening of the medical school as Madras Medical College. The first batch of students graduated in 1852 and were granted the Diploma of Graduate from the Madras Medical College. In 1857, it gained affiliation to the University of Madras.
For a few years the College was accorded the status of an individual University and came to be known as the Madras Medical College and Research Institute. Later, this status was withdrawn and the College was affiliated back to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, dropping the suffix, “Research Institute” in 2000.
Along with being one of the oldest medical institutions in the country, MMCians can proudly boast that the first lady doctor in the English speaking world and also the first Indian lady doctor graduated from this prestigious institution.
Ranked among the top ten medical colleges in the country MMC is renowned for the quality of its students and the camaraderie among them. Interestingly, every class of MBBS students has assigned to itself an (unofficial) name denoting the year of their entry into MMC. The Recent batches are: Exoticans batch of ’94, Cohorts ’95, Zealots ’96, Adroits ’97, Gallants ’98, Triumphants ‘99, “the Trendsetters”, Genezens 2000 or Genezens 2k, “Born to Heal,” Valiants 2001, Xanthrons 2002 or the more recent and zany Krenoviantz 2006, “Defenders of mankind”.
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