History of Sindh Medical College
Sindh Medical College was established in 1973, within the compound of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center. (JPMC). It opened its doors to its first batch of students on April 9th 1973. Dr. Khawaja Moin was the first principal of Sindh Medical College.
Sindh Medical College was among the new medical colleges established in the early seventies by the Government of the Late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. It was the second medical college in the city of Karachi, after Dow medical college and was the third medical college in the province of Sindh after Dow and Liaquat Medical College.
The first batch of students started attending their classes, in a building that was at one time, the Ob/Gyn ward of JPMC. This was actually an army barrack constructed in the year 1865, and was later handed over to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in 1959. It became popularly known as the “Old Block” of the college. It had three departments i.e. Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry. Later on, new academic block was constructed which housed Department of Pathology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine and Community Medicine with all the latest Audio Visual Teaching facilities. Laboratories, Museums and the administrative Offices, including Principal’s office was also in this new building. A Boys Hostel has been provided near the College and the Girls Hostel has been in P.E.C.H.S. Society since the commencement of the College in 1973.
Sindh Medical College was initially affiliated with the University of Karachi. Lately, it has been associated with Dow University of Health Sciences. Dr. Masood Hameed Khan is the Vice-Chancellor of DUHS. Dr. Umer Farooq is the current Principal of Sindh Medical College.
Sindh Medical College held the distinction that it had students from all over the country and also overseas. This provided its students with the unique opportunity to mingle with and develop relationships with a diverse group of young people. Unlike DOW Medical College, Sindh Medical College was surrounded with old trees and Lawns that provided for serene place for the Students, and faculty alike.
Since its existence in 1973, 32 batches of Young Doctors have graduated from this College. This College does not have attached Teaching Hospital like the other public Medical Colleges of Sindh Province. The students at SMC receive their Clinical Training in three most prestigious institutions of this country i.e. Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute of Child Health and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi.
According to Sindh Medical College Alumni Association of North America (SMCAANA), there are about 1100 graduates of Sindh Medical College presently in North America. The Alumni of Sindh medical College got together in 1989 and formed an Alumni Association which is one of the largest Alumni of APPNA. The graduates of Sindh Medical College have excelled in all fields of medicine all across the globe.