Goa Medical College

Goa Medical College (GMC) is a government medical college and hospital in Goa, India. It is one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia.

Goa Medical College
Colégio Médico de Goa
Image of Caduceus with background of a beach
Seal of Goa Medical College
Other names
Motto in English
Truth is Eternal and Beautiful
TypeHealth Services, Medical Education and Research Institution
Established1691 (Portuguese Goa)
Parent institution
Goa University
DeanS. M. Bandekar[1]
Administrative staff
Postgraduates31 (MD students)
13 (MS students)
30 (Diploma students)[3]
Location, ,
CampusUrban 1,134,798 m2[4]
Websitewww.gmc.goa.gov.in, www.gmcmec.gov.in

It is currently an organic institution of the Goa University (GU), being its oldest unit.


GMC building in Goa.

Since the last decades of the sixteenth century Goa was known as the "cemetery of the Portuguese", in the expression of the Viceroy Francisco de Távora, 1st Count of Alvor. The unhealthiness of the Old Goa was manifest, given the density of the population, which was accompanied by a lack of hygiene and medical care. Until then, doctors in Portuguese India were rare.

The course of medical education in Goa, therefore, began in 1691,[5] when the "chief physicist" (a name given to doctors appointed as head of public health of a given territory) Manoel Roiz de Sousa began a "Medicine Class of Nova Goa", coming from the request made by the Vice-King of India Rodrigo da Costa,[6] functioning intermittently in the eighteenth century;[5] in 1801, the Portuguese crown decided to establish the "Medicine and Surgery Class", to the care of the chief physicist António José de Miranda e Almeida, graduated in Coimbra. This course worked until 1815, when the doctor left Goa.[7][8]

However, it was only on 5 November 1842 that the "Medical-Surgical School of Goa" got its definitive start. The institution remained in operation even after 11 December 1851,[9] when, through a ministerial report and annexed decree, the colonial government extinguished some medical schools surviving only that of Goa.[10] During that period, it produced some 1,327 doctors and 469 pharmacists.[11][self-published source][12][13][14]

When the military annexation of Goa, undertaken by India in 1961, the School was administered by the University of Bombay.

In 1986, it became under the administration of the Goa University (GU), changing the denomination history "Medical-Surgical School" to "Medical College".

Originally located in the center of Panjim, in a structure of Portuguese origin, it was transferred to the most remote neighborhood of Alto-Bambolim in 1993, being part of the medical-hospital teaching complex of GU.


The Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (Bambolim), the T.B. Cunha and Chest disease hospital (St. Inez), the Rural Health and Training Centre (Mandur-Old Goa) and the Urban Health Centre (St. Cruz) form parts of the Establishment. The college is affiliated to the Goa University and offers the MBBS course alongside several MS and MD courses. Some courses with some super-specializations are also awarded.

Goa Medical College (GMC) and Goa Dental College are located opposite each other on the highway connecting Goa's capital Panjim with its commercial capital, Margao. A pedestrian subway has been constructed to connect both institutes.

As a part of their compulsory rotational intership in the department of preventive and social medicine, the MBBS interns are also posted in the Sankhle Community Health Centre for 15 days along with the Junior Residents of the same department.

The current acting Dean of Goa Medical College is Dr. S. M. Banderkar, an orthopedic surgeon.

The former building is now used as the offices for the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).


180 MBBS and 60 paramedical seats filled through NEET UG

Post GraduateEdit

It has an intake of 86 seats for PG courses in which 50% is by All India Quota.

Courses offeredEdit


UG CourseEdit

M.B.B.S. - extending for at least a period of 4 1/2 years followed by 1 year of compulsory rotational internship.

PG CoursesEdit


  • Anesthesiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Preventive & Social Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • radio diagnosis


  • Anatomy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology

P. G. Diploma CoursesEdit

  • Anesthesia
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Forensic Medicine (Not yet recognized by MCI)
  • Dermatology & VD (Not yet recognized by MCI)

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Goa Medical College". Goa Medical College- Staff Details. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Goa Medical College". Goa Medical College- Admissions for the Post Graduate seats. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Goa Medical College". Goa Medical College- Particulars of the Organization, Function and Duties. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b Prôa, Miguel Pires. "Escolas Superiores" Portuguesas Antes de 1950 (esboço). Blog Gavetas Com Saber. 2008
  6. ^ Digby, Anne; Ernst, Waltraud. Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines In Transnational Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2010
  7. ^ Bastos, Cristiana.Hospitais e sociedade colonial: Esplendor, ruína, memória e mudança em Goa Archived 24 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Revista Ler História, 2010
  8. ^ Rodrigues, Eugénia. Moçambique e o Índico: a circulação de saberes e práticas de cura. Universidade de Lisboa, 2012
  9. ^ Taimo, Jamisse Uilson. Ensino Superior em Moçambique: História, Política e Gestão Archived 30 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Piracicaba: Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, 2010
  10. ^ Os Portugueses no Congo: Lição 6 - Cultura, educação e ensino em Angola Archived 4 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ReoCities Athens - 28 de abril de 2016
  11. ^ Faridah Abdul Rashid (2012). Research on the Early Malay Doctors 1900–1957 Malaya and Singapore. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-1-4691-7243-9. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  12. ^ Narendra K. Wagle; George Coehlo (1995). Goa: Continuity and Change. University of Toronto, Centre for South Asian Studies. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-895214-12-3. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  13. ^ The Hindu Weekly Review. K. Gopalan. January 1968. p. 19. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Home". GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE. Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  15. ^ "List of Colleges Teaching MBBS". Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  16. ^ http://www.gmc.goa.gov.in/images/Site_Images/PDF/GMC_MCI_website_2014_28_03_2014.pdf[bare URL PDF]

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 15°27′47″N 73°51′28″E / 15.46306°N 73.85778°E / 15.46306; 73.85778