In its early days, the Hospital was housed at the Fort St. George and in the next 25 years, it grew into a formal medical facility. Governor Sir. Elihu Yale was instrumental in the development of the Hospital and gave it new premises within the Fort in 1690.
The Hospital moved out of the Fort after the Anglo-French War and it took 20 long years before it could settle in the present permanent place in 1772. By the year 1772, the Hospital was training Europeans, Eurasians and natives in Western methods of diagnosis and treatment and methods of preparing medicines. These trained personnel were posted to various dispensaries in the district head-quarters of the then Madras Presidency to assist the qualified doctors. By 1820, the institution had the recognition as the model hospital of the East India Company. In 1827, Dr. D.Mortimar was appointed as the Superintendent of the Hospital.
The college started off as a private medical hall run by Dr. Mortimar, and was regularised into a medical school in 1835, which was opened by the then Governor Sir Frederick Adams. The Governor then promulgated an ordinance and hence the school was attached to the Government General Hospital and was sponsored by the state. It is currently the oldest medical school in India as per the Government record dates.
Indians were admitted into the school in 1842, and since then the school started expanding. In the next two decades, the teaching staff had increased, the duration of the course extended and the curriculum was made comprehensive.
In the early part of 1850, the school council submitted proposals to the Government to accord the status of a College. On October 1st, 1850, it was accorded this status, and was christened Madras Medical College.
Since 1857, the college was affiliated to the University of Madras and all degrees of Health Sciences were awarded by the same until 1988 when the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Act, 1987 received the assent of the President of India. This affiliating University started functioning from July 1988 and is governed by the said Act.
The college was accorded as a separate individual University for a brief stint of a couple of years called the Madras Medical College & Research Institute or in short as MMC & RI. Later, the status as an individual university was withdrawn and the college was affiliated back to the Tamil Nadu Dr.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.
Now it is completely within the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.
The Government General Hospital has a reputation of being one of the best in the state and ranks among the top ten in the Indian subcontinent. The entire hospital block has been remodelled with the reconstruction of the massive twin towers in lieu of the original hospital block which represented buildings which were more than a century old.
The institution has a strong academic base awarding 80 medals and prizes to candidates every year. The Johnstone medal is the most prestigious medal awarded to the medical student of highest academic excellence at the completion of their medical education.Currently Dr Raja Rajan Gopaldas and Dr J.S Rajkumar hold the top records for winning 36 and 32 medals/awards respectively.
Oh! Glorious Alma mater!
Oh, Gracious mother supreme
Oh, We, your grateful alumni
Of the past, present and future
Over here and across the seas
And Hail thee proudly
March on MMC.
Many have been our achievements
Many have been our accomplishments
Many have been our attainments
Many sadly too have been our losses
Many miseries have been our crosses
Many sorrows silently felt:
Regardless of all - march on MMC.
"Care for the sick" is thy duty
"Learn to heal" is thy motto
"Cure the illness" is thy aim
"Learn to help" is thy object.
May God bless this, our effort
May Goodwill, goodness prevail to
Conquer disease MMC.
March... March on... March on MMC.
|M.B.B.S.||Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery|
|B.Pharm||Bachelor of Pharmacy|
|B.Sc (Nurs)||Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing|
|B.Sc (Nurs)||Post Bachelor of Science in Nursing|
|D.G.O||Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology|
|D.C.H||Diploma in Child Health|
|D.L.O||Diploma in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology|
|D.M.R.D||Diploma in Medicine & Radio-Diagnosis|
|D.M.R.T||Diploma in Medicine & Radiation Therapy|
|D.A||Diploma in Anaesthesiology|
|D.Ortho||Diploma in Orthopaedics|
|D.V||Diploma in Venereology|
|D.D||Diploma in Dermatology|
|D.O||Diploma in Ophthalmology|
|D.T.R.D||Diploma in Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases|
|D.P.M||Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine|
|D.C.P||Diploma in Clinical Pathology|
|D.P.H||Diploma in Public Health|
|D.Lep||Diploma in Leprosy|
|D.Diab||Diploma in Diabetology|
|D.Phy.M||Diploma in Physical Medicine|
|M.D||Radio - Diagnosis|
|M.D||Radio - Therapy|
|M.D||Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases|
|M.D||Obstetrics & Gynaecology|
|M.S||E.N.T. or Oto-Rhino-Laryngology|
|M.Pharm||Master of Pharmacy|
|M.Sc (Nurs)||Master of Science in Nursing|
The State-level entrance exam was the TNPCEE (the Tamil Nadu Professional Course Entrance Examination) which has been discontinued by the Government of Tamil Nadu from the academic year 2007. Earlier, the admissions to the MBBS program were based on a weighted aggregate of the Entrance exam and the High school final exam scores. Now, the admission is entirely based on the High School final exam scores and the seats are filled on the basis of inter-se merit ranking.
The National level entrance exam is the All India PreMedical PreDental Examination (AI PM/ PD test) which is conducted by CBSE. The seats under the Central quota are filled on the basis of the scores and ranking by the AI PM/ PD test alone and do not take into consideration the High school final exam scores.
Several seats (about 50% of the state quota seats) are also reserved for the Physicians in the Tamil Nadu Government service.
The Recent batches are: