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Kabul Medical University (Pashto د کابل طبي پوهنتون / Dari: پوهنتون طبي کابل) formerly known as Kabul Medical Institute) is located in Kabul, Afghanistan on the campus of Kabul University. The medical institution was initially maintained by collaboration with the Turkish and French sponsors. KMF developed into a single autonomous University in 2005. It currently graduates professionals in fields of Curative Medicine, Pediatric, Stomatology, Dental and Nursing. All subjects are taught in Dari and Pashto but most medical terms are in English.

Kabul Medical University
(Pashto) دکابل طبی پوهنتون Da Kābul Tebbi Pohantūn
(Dari) پوهنتون طبي کابل -Pohantūn e Tebbi Kābul
Kabul Medical University in 2006.jpg
TypeMedical school
Established1932 (self-autonomous) University in 2008)
PresidentShirin Aqa Zarif [1]
Nicknameپوهنتون طبي کابل

Currently, more than 25 medical schools are known to exist in Afghanistan but KMU is known to be the top leading medical school in the country.


Entrance of the Faculty of Medicine, 1970s

Up to the beginning of the 1980s, Afghan Medical Schools were under Kabul University and the Ministry of Education; however, after Russian occupation, all Medical Schools came under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Health and later on the Ministry of Higher Education.

During the days of the Taliban, women were not allowed to study medicine at Kabul Medical University, not even under the cover of the burka.[1]

The University of Manitoba's medical school along with University of Nebraska Medical Center helped the Kabul Medical University rebuild its library after the war. University of Nebraska Medical Center provided KMU with scholarships for KMU lectures and students as well as provided it with up-to-date medical technology and research based institutions like Cardiac Research Center. Manitoba put together a basic collection of 672 medical textbooks.[2]

In 2007 Kabul Medical University cooperated with the King Edward Medical University of Lahore Pakistan in training students.[3]


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Coordinates: 34°31′0″N 69°7′47″E / 34.51667°N 69.12972°E / 34.51667; 69.12972