1. Established in 1948, managed by the Indian armed forces, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is a premier medical institution of India.
2. It is the first medical college set up by the Armed Forces of any country in Asia.
3. AFMC is a unique institution which combines medical education with training specific to the health care needs of the armed forces.
4. The institution conducts training of medical undergraduates and post-graduates, nursing undergraduates and post-graduates, dental post-graduates and paramedical staff.
5. It is responsible for providing the entire pool of specialists and super specialists to armed forces.
6. The institution has a total of 29 departments of medical fields at present.
7. AFMC has been constantly rated among the top medical colleges in India by surveys published by reputed news magazines for over the past decade.
8. The college is fully residential with separate hostels for boys and girls.
Residential is mandatory for all cadets for the entire duration of the course.
9. The campus has a swimming pool, cinema theatre, cafeteria, unit-run canteen and shopping centre crèche, places of religious worship, gymnasium and facilities for all outdoor as well as indoor sports.
10. AFMC is the only medical college except Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in Asia where all expenses are paid by the government.
Medical cadets receive free tuition, free lodging and boarding, uniforms, book subsidies and an allowance for upkeep of the uniforms.
11. Armed Forces Medical College provides broad based non-academic exposure, too.
There are a large number of societies and clubs like the Student Scientific Society, Computer Club, Hobbies Club, Debating Club, Adventure Club, Musimatics etc. where students can pursue extra-curricular interests.
12. The college is famed for its Graduate Wing, established in 1962 and was inaugurated by the then Defence Minister of India Shri V K Krishna Menon.
The aim of this wing was to provide a sustainable and steady intake of medical officers for the Indian Armed Forces.
13. Since 1966, when the first batch passed out, AFMC has produced more than 6500 doctors
The 46 batches, which have stepped out of the portals of this institution, are rendering yeoman service to the nation.
14. Medical cadet Shikha Awasthi became the first woman doctor to receive the sword of honour at the passing out parade of the 45th course of the AFMC.
15. AFMC’s College of Nursing, which was established in 1964, has produced more than 1000 nursing officers for the military nursing services in India.
16. AFMC also acts as a referral centre, designated by WHO, for certain diseases i.e. HIV- regional laboratory and centre for rickettsial diseases.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Clement
17. It also involved in conducting research in various medical subjects as well as those aspects which would affect the morale and performance of the armed forces both in war and peace.
18. Graduates of AFMC have distinguished themselves through dedicated service in India as well as abroad in UN Peacekeeping Mission.
19. AFMC is presently affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.
20. Among many illustrious AFMC almuni is Major (Dr) Surendra Poonia, a Limca book record holder and former Special Forces officer of the Indian Army.
He is the first Indian athlete with the rare distinction of having won medals in power-lifting and athletic events in four consecutive world championships.
21. Former DG of AFMC Lt Gen. Punita Arora (Retd) PVSM, VSM, SM, was the first lady army officer to reach the rank of lieutenant general and was also the first woman Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy. Let us salute these brave men and women who ensure that our forces stay fit and healthy to answer the call of duty.