History of Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi

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Rawalpindi Medical College was established in Faisalabad on 18th March 1974 and later shifted to Rawalpindi on 5th November 1974 in an incomplete building at Tipu Road (Science block of Gordon College Rawalpindi), that was later handed over to Rawalpindi Medical College.

The founder principal of RMC, Prof. Abdul Latif, worked hard to establish the institution. (Picture on the right side of the page) The student hostels, staff colony and auditorium were built. Apart from his own speciality of anatomy he completed all the faculty. He also managed to acquire the Holy family hospital from missionary church and central Government Hospital from central Government that later became Rawalpindi General Hospital and now Benazir Bhutto Hospital. The District headquarter Hospital was also affiliated to the college as 1st teaching hospital.

Prof. Mohammad Nawaz the 2nd Principal and Prof. Mohammad Iqbal as Professor of surgery and later on Principal played pivotal as pioneer team to establish all components of RMC. Prof. Iqbal, Prof. Saad Rana worked hard to establish New Teaching Block in Holy Family Hospital with help of Islamic Development Bank.

The Legacy was taken forward by respective forthcoming Principals, worth mentioning is Prof. Mubashir Malik who established department of Psychiatry and worked hard to develop its international collaborations.

The Department of Medical Education and the institute of Allied health sciences established in 2007 was the vision of Prof. Musadiq Khan, he also started the new teaching block holy family hospital Rawalpindi as well as ICU and CCU.

First Rawalian Principal, Prof. Mohammad Umar after taking over the office in 2013, started working on multi-dimensional approach to further develop the institution. He restructured the undergraduate training program by establishing purpose built Department of Medical Education (DME), upgraded student libraries, Cafeteria, student section, Hostels. The beautiful RMC park was also dedicated to Rawalians. The Rawalians facilitation centre is another addition in the college to facilitate the students, parents and relatives of Rawalians working nationally and internationally. Arranging historical meeting to develop consensus on national guidelines for the undergraduate training headed by chairman HEC, President PMDC, Vice chancellor UHS and all the principals of medical colleges is another credit to RMC in his tenure.

Regarding patient care projects, worth mentioning are, State of the art centre for Liver and Digestive diseases(CLD), Multi Organ Failure Centre(MOF), Medical ICU, Department of Infectious diseases (DID), Department of Emergency and Critical care(DEC) and up gradation of the affiliated hospitals.

To establish recognized postgraduate training in super specialities international conferences, Mentorship program are other important achievements.

Since 1974 more than 8600 students have graduated and are serving nationally and internationally. RMC is privileged to claim top positions in university examination several times. Best of the best graduate in UHS is also a Rawalian.

Academic programs of the college are accredited by UHS, CPSP and PMDC. The College got full recognition by General Medical Council UK, American speciality boards and internship programs with different universities abroad and WHO.

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