King Edward Medical University


King Edward Medical University (KEMU) is the oldest medical school in Pakistan. Mayo Hospital is the attached hospital, which was built at the same time. It is one of the leading institutions of medicine in Pakistan and South Asia.


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Established 1860
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Asad Aslam
Location Lahore, Pakistan



King Edward Medical University was established in 1860 as the Lahore Medical School. It is one of the oldest government medical institutions in South Asia, after Medical College Kolkata (1835) in India. Both the college and the attached hospital (Lahore Dispensary) were far smaller than they are today.

The first academic building was completed in 1883. The university and the attached hospital were built with the funding and efforts of several dedicated people in the coming years.

On December 21, 1911, Lahore Medical College was renamed King Edward Medical College, and it was elevated to the status of an independent, degree-granting university on May 12, 2005, when it became King Edward Medical University.

Campus and departments

Administrative block


The university has following departments:

Basic science departments

Community Medicine
Forensic Medicine

Medicine and allied departments

Chest Medicine
Dermatology Unit I & II
General Medicine Unit I, II, III & IV
Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences
Social and Preventive Medicine

Surgery and allied departments

Anesthesiology unit I & II
Cardiac Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit I, II, III & IV
Ophthalmology unit I, II & III
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthopedics Unit I & II
Otorhinolaryngology Unit I & II
Pediatric Surgery
Plastic Surgery
General Surgery Unit I, II, III & IV
Thoracic Surgery

Attached hospitals

Mayo Hospital
Lady Willingdon Hospital
Lady Aitchison Hospital

Institutes, schools and centres

Centre For Nuclear Medicine (CENUM)
Convalescent Centre
College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences(COAVS)
School of Nursing
School of Orthopaedic Technology
School of Paramedical
School of Physiotherapy

Auxiliary services

Computer labs
Wifi internet

Attached hostel facilities

Boys Hostel
Girls Hostel

Academic degrees offered


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Diploma (D)
Master of Science (MSc)
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Master of Surgery (MS)
Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


King Edward Medical University is headed by Vice Chancellor (Asad Aslam), who is also the Chairman of Admission Board for Govt. Medical Colleges of the Punjab. At any time of year the university has over 1300 undergraduate and over 800 postgraduate students. Among the postgraduate doctors, 500 are doing residencies under the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.

Admission to King Edward Medical University is awarded to the students who have the highest merit in the province of Punjab. The merit for admission is calculated from marks obtained in Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) exam plus the marks obtained in the entry test. The percentage of each of these exams contributing to the final merit is different each year. The entry test takes place in the month of July. Criteria for selection, for undergraduate seats, of foreign students and students with foreign examination is based on equivalents tables present for foreign examinations to that of local HSSC examination.

The graduation time period lasts 5 years. After graduation one year compulsory internship (House Job) has to be done in Mayo Hospital or any Government Hospital. The interns are given rotations in departments based on merit. This merit is made from marks obtained in Final professional examination and all the other professional examination, with deductions for any failures in the exams. Of all the specialties on offer, the Medicine and Surgery ones are the most competitive and allow only the best of each graduating class. After completion of internship the full registration status to a Doctor is awarded by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Which means that the he/she can practice anywhere in Pakistan only.

Students, unions and sports

King Edward Medical University has many societies for the students to take part in, such as:

  • International Federation for Medical Students’ Associations – Lahore (IFMSA-Lahore)
  • Students’ Patients Welfare Society. This society is currently being headed by Muhammad Ubaid Hafeez (President) and Muhammad Qasim Khan (Vice President) and continuously strives to play an instrumental rule in offering free medicines to patients, arranging donations for medical instruments, and promoting awareness on a variety of health-related issues. Some projects include arranging donations and purchase of instruments for the clinical Lab of Outdoorpatients’ department and a research project on Hepatitis B & C. SPWS has also established a research wing and the first student medical journal in Pakistan.
  • Kemcolians Arts & Photography Society (KAPS)(Currently presided by Tauseef Omar)
  • Literary Society
  • Debating Society (Currently presided by Qasim Khan)
  • Sports Department
  • Kemcolians Dramatic Society ( currently presided by Rizwan Khan)

The members of these societies compete at both the national and international level, and have won numerous competitions.

King Edward Medical University has its own magazine, KEMCOL, maintained by the Students of King Edward Medical University.

Currently no student union is allowed in the university.

The previous and current students of KEMU are referred to as Kemcolians. The name of the official forum is also based on the same word, its


Pakistan Medical Tuberculosis Research Center (PMRC) is conducting research on improving management of tuberculosis. Its objective include “Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis” and “Eradication of Tuberculosis” in Pakistan

King Edward Medical University provides funding for research themselves.

Almost all the departments in Mayo Hospital conduct studies at different levels. However, Pakistan lags behind in research. Mainly because of lack of funding, facilities and to some extent due to the present culture which discourages independent and critical thinking.

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