The Top Five Medical Institutions In Pakistan


The Top Five Medical Institutions In Pakistan

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edical sciences is one of the most sought-after academic disciplines and one of the most popular career choices across the globe. Medical science is more than medicine and offers countless academic as well as professional prospects. In Pakistan, thousands of students aspire to study medicine to become successful doctors and serve the humanity, naturally making the competition for a limited number of seats extremely high.\But as the competition grows, so does the number of medical colleges in both the private and public sector. But while the new ones may offer their own unique set of services, it is always good to know who the top players in the field are. Here we have compiled a list of top medical colleges/universities in Pakistan that are set to give you a knee-up in your medical career.


Aga Khan University

The Aga Khan University is an autonomous medical research university based in Karachi. It was established as a medical college and teaching hospital and over time expanded its operations in other countries as well, such as establishing a teaching hospital in Nairobi, and establishing a sub-campus in London in 2003. It is ranked among the top 200 universities in Asia and top 300 in the world for medicine by the world-renowned Quacquarelli Symonds. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan ranks AKU as the number one medical college in the country. AKU also runs the largest chains of teaching hospitals, with 14 hospitals in Pakistan as well as in Afghanistan and East Africa, treating millions of patients across the globe. AKU also conducts 75 percent of research in biomedical in Pakistan, while the remaining percentage is shared by all medical colleges of the country. It publishes the highest number of research articles in peer-reviewed, indexed and internationally recognised journals than any other medical university in Pakistan. 


King Edward Medical College

Established in 1860, and named after King Edward VII, KEMU is the fourth oldest medical college in South Asia. KEMU added Mayo Hospital as its affiliated hospital in 1871 and later added Lady Aitchison Hospital as second affiliated teaching hospital in 1887. After independence, it was the only medical college in the country and was awarded charter to award degrees in 2005. It was ranked as the sixth-best medical college of the country by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, but has commanded the highest merit in Punjab for years. KEMU offers undergraduate degree programmes, including bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, bachelor of science, doctor of physical therapy and postgraduate degree programmes like doctor of philosophy, master in community eye health, doctor of medicine, master of surgery, and master of philosophy. The college is currently home to 1,300 undergraduate and 800 postgraduate students. Admission to King Edward Medical University is awarded to meritorious students only, who have to pass through a rigorous process to secure admission in the college. 

Dow University of Health Sciences

Dow University of Health Sciences is a public category medical school located in Karachi. It was named after civil servant Sir Hugh Dow and later became a constituent college of the newly formed Dow University of Health Sciences in 2003. It is also one of the oldest public sector universities of the country and encompasses two leading undergrad research institutes: Dow International Medical College and Dow Medical College. The university is known for its postgraduate studies department which also administers basic medical sciences and clinical sciences programmes at the varsity. It was ranked among the top tier medical institutes of the country by HEC in years 2010-2014 and offers undergrad, postgrad and doctoral degree programmes in a wide array of courses relating to medical sciences.  It also publishes Journal of the Dow University of Health Science on a quarterly basis and indexed in IMEMR, Pakmedinet and Global Health. It is also planning to launch a web-based Continuing Medical Education Program titled “e-CME Program for the Family Physicians”.


CMH Lahore Medical College

Founded in 2006, CMH Lahore Medical College is attached to the Combined Military Hospital Lahore. The college is affiliated with National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) and is recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. It also included in the AVICENNA Directory for medicine and International Medical Education Directory of FAIMER and ECFMG. The college is under the direct administration of the Pakistan Army. It is also recognised by the Medical Board of California and hence its graduates are eligible to apply for a California Post Graduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) or a Physicians and Surgeons Certificate. The college comprises of School of Health Professionals’ Education (SHaPE), Institute of Dentistry, Institute of Nursing, Allied Health Sciences and Medical Department. 


Shifa College of Medicine

Founded in 1998 under Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Shifa College of Medicine is a private category medical college situated in Islamabad. Its affiliated teaching hospital, Shifa International Hospital is the only teaching hospital in the country other than AKU that holds Joint Commission International accreditation. The college follows the competency framework modelled by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada that focuses on producing medical practitioners that are medical expert, communicator, scholar, advocate, manager, professional and collaborator. The college is registered with the World Health Organisation and is also included in the list of FAIMER International Medical Education Directory.