Armed Forces Medical College


The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is a medical college in Pune, India, located in the state of Maharashtra. The college is managed by the Indian Armed Forces. Set up in May 1948 after World War II on the recommendation of the BC Roy Committee, remnants of various Indian Army Medical Corps units were amalgamated to create the Armed Forces Medical Services. The AFMC undergraduate wing was set up on 4 August 1962, which is also celebrated annually as AFMC Day by its alumni across the globe.

The institution majorly imparts training to medical undergraduates and postgraduates, dental postgraduates, nursing cadets and paramedical staff. Patient care makes an integral part of its training curriculum and the attached hospitals benefit from the expertise available at AFMC. The institution is responsible for granting the entire pool of specialists and super specialists to the Armed Forces. The college is also involved in organizing research in several medical subjects as well as those aspects which would affect the morale and performance of the Armed Forces both in war and peace.

The AFMC was established in 1948 in the immediate post-world war period. On the recommendations of the BC Roy Committee, remnants of the Indian Army Medical Corps units were amalgamated into one unit to make the Armed Forces Medical College. Over the past 50 years, it has increased in its functions. The “Graduate Wing” of AFMC was set up on 4 August 1962. The goal of starting this wing was to increase the intake of medical graduates into the Armed Forces. The graduate wing was affiliated to the University of Pune till 1999 but currently affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. The college is recognized by the Medical Council of India for organizing a 5-year and 6-month teaching programme leading to MBBS degree. The pioneer batch passed out in Oct 1966. It also organizes postgraduate courses in many disciplines.

One of the pioneering plastic surgery departments in India was established at the college in the early 1950s.

A total of 150 students are admitted for undergraduate MBBS course, 117 boys and 28 girls and 5 NRI. Admission is on the criteria of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (formerly through the AIPMT exam), followed by an interview.10 seats are reserved for ST/SC candidates. Students are not permitted to be married or to marry during the course and are liable to help in the medical services of the Armed Forces, on successful completion of MBBS, for at least seven years.

Several departments take up research projects either under the departmental sponsorship or under the auspices of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC). Apart from service-oriented projects, research in clinical and laboratory subjects is also carried out. AFMC has the facility for the animal house, hatcheries for disease-producing insects, and a virology and bacteriology bank for this reason. AFMC is a research and referral center for confirmation of disease, identification of pathogens (viral and bacterial) and classification of blood disorders. AFMC works as a referral center, designated by WHO for certain diseases i.e. HIV-regional laboratory and center for rickettsial diseases.

Affiliated hospitals cover Command Hospital (Southern Command), Military Hospital (Cardio Thoracic Centre), Artificial Limb Centre and Military Hospital (Khadki). The college is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

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