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Christian Medical College

Christian Medical College

Established : 1918
Type : Co-Education
Director : Dr. Sunil Thomas Chandy
Dean : Dr. Alfred Job Daniel
Former Name : CMC Vellore
Location : Vellore
Affiliation(s) : Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Category : Undergraduate & Postgraduate
Accreditation / Recognition : Medical Council of India (MCI)
Department(s) : M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S., M.Ch. & D.M.


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)


Subjects Course Name Duration (Year) No. of Seats*
Anaesthesia M.D. 3 11
D.A. 2 8
Anatomy M.D. 3 4
Biochemistry M.D. 3 2
Clinical Pathology D.C.P. 2 2
Community Med M.D. 3 6
Dermatology Venerol & Lep. M.D. 3 3
D.D.V.L. 2 1
ENT M.S. 3 6
D.L.O. 2 2
Geriatric Medicine M.D. 3 1
General Medicine M.D. 3 16
General Surgery M.S. 3 10
Microbiology M.D. 3 4
Obstetrics & Gynaecology M.S. 3 6
D.G.O. 2 6
Opthalmology M.S. 3 7
D.O. 2 2
Orthopaedics M.S. 3 8
D.Orth. 2 4
Paediatrics M.D. 3 8
D.C.H. 2 8
Pathology M.D. 3 8
Pharmacology M.D. 3 2
Physiology M.D. 3 4
Physical Medicine & Rehabilition M.D. 3 4
Psychiatry M.D. 3 6
D.P.M. 2 6
Radiodiagnosis M.D. 3 6
D.M.R.D. 2 3
Radiotherapy M.D. 3 5
D.M.R.T. 2 3
Respiratory Medicine M.D. 3 2
Transfusion Medicine M.D. 3 3
Nuclear Medicine # M.D. 3 2
Palliative Medicine # M.D. 3 2

* Subject to change as per University / MCI regulation
# Subject to MCI approval


Subject Course Eligibility Duration (Year) No. of Seats*
Cardiology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed./ Resp. Med. 3 6
Clinical Haematology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed./ Path./ Biochem. 3 4
Endocrinology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed. 3 2
Gastroenterology D.M. MD Gen. Med. 3 5
Hepatology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed. 3 1
Neonatology D.M. MD Paediatrics 3 2
Nephrology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed. 3 4
Neurology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed. 3 2
Rheumatology D.M. MD Gen. Med./ Paed. 3 1
Cardio Thoracic Surgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 4
Endocrine Surgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 1
Neurosurgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 1
Neurosurgery M.Ch. MBBS 6 3
Paediatric Surgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 4
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 3
Urology M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 5
Vascular Surgery M.Ch. MS Gen. Surgery 3 1

* Subject to change as per University / MCI regulation


  • Candidates should have passed the qualifying exam equivalent to 10+2 Higher Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years of study, the last two years of study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology with English. A candidate for admission to ‚Äúmedical course‚ÄĚ ‚Äúmust have 60%* marks at +2 level in each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Botany and Zoology taken together) and have an aggregate of 140/200 in these subjects, both at qualifying and competitive examinations and should have passed in English‚ÄĚ. (*60% in each and 130/200 aggregate for BC, 55% in each and 120/200 aggregate for MBC, and 40% in each and 80/200 aggregate for SC/ST candidates). (BC, MBC, SC/ST as defined by the TN Government; all rules subject to change as per State & University guidelines) Candidates should have passed in all subjects of the qualifying examination of the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (Academic) conducted by the Tamil Nadu State Board or any other equivalent examination in one and the same attempt in the subjects.
  • Candidates should have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or should complete the said age on or before 31st December of the said year.


Applications are invited in September for post-graduate courses and in March for Higher Specialty (HS) courses.

Selection to Christian Medical College Vellore is based on performance in an entrance examination, clinical test and interview. The examination consists of a variety of multiple choice questions, distributed in all disciplines of Medicine.

All foreign students require a "No Objection Certificate" from the Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi 110 021.


MBBS + 1 year internship + Medical Council Registration.
Duration of courses: Two years for Diploma, three years for M.D. & M.S. courses.


MBBS + 1 year internship + Medical Council Registration in the case of M.Ch. Neurosurgery 6 year course.
MBBS + 1 year internship + MD/MS + Medical Council Registration, for all other higher specialty courses.
Duration of D.M./M.Ch. courses: 3 years (except Neurosurgery 6 year course directly after MBBS)

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Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore (CMC Vellore) began in 1918 is an educational and research institute and a tertiary care hospital located at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the prominent and well known medical destinations in India, having reputations nationally and internationally. It is also one of the top-ranked medical colleges in India. Founded in 1900 by an American missionary, Dr Ida S. Scudder, the institute has made significant achievements in the past like starting the first college of nursing in India (1978), performing the first reconstructive surgery for leprosy in the World (1948), performing the first successful open heart surgery in India (1961), performing the first kidney transplant in India (1971), performing first bone marrow transplantation (1986) in India and performing the first successful ABO incompatible kidney transplant in India (2009).

The hospital was founded by Ida Sophia Scudder in 1900. Ida Scudder was the daughter of an American missionary couple who were living in India. She was born in 1870 in Tindivanam, which was about 60 miles from the then Madras. As a young girl, she was not interested in pursuing her parents' footsteps into missionary works. The Scudder family went back to the United States of America (USA) in 1878 and then returned to India after a few years. But Ida Scudder had stayed in the USA. In 1890, she had to return to India to take care of her ailing mother.

It was at that time that she witnessed the pathetic condition of medical services in India, and felt the desperate need for women doctors in India. One evening, an Indian man came to their home requesting medical help for his wife who was in labour. But he rejected Dr John Scudder, the father of Ida Scudder's offer to help, as Indian social customs had anathematized male doctors' conducting of labour. Two more men came with similar requests, seeking medical help for their wives in labour, but again turning down John Scudder's offer. The three women died in labour that night. The incident rocked Ida Scudder to the core.

She changed her attitude towards India and made her mind to get a medical degree so she could be of some help to Indian women. She went back to USA and in 1895, she enrolled in the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her course in 1899 at Cornell University Weill Medical College. She came back to India with a "fiery passion to change things."

She started a small dispensary in Vellore in 1900. In 1902, she built a 40-bed hospital. Her father died soon after she arrived in India. She continued her work in the dispensary and also started training women as compounders in 1903. She began setting up "roadside" dispensaries, the first one, in 1906. The average life expectancy of an Indian then was 25 years. She started a training program for nurses, which expanded into a nursing school in 1909. She also began training women physicians with the Union Mission Medical School for Women that she started in 1918. In the 1938 the government changed its policy declaring that medical degrees could be granted only by universities and medical diplomas granted otherwise would soon be invalid. Scudder decided to upgrade her medical school to a medical college, the Christian Medical College. The college was affiliated to the Madras University, and in 1942 it began offering MBBS courses.

In 1945, a laboratory technician training course was started. In 1946 a college of nursing, India's first, was started. In 1947, first batch of men medical students were admitted. Medical Postgraduate Courses (MD and MS) were started in 1950. In 1969 Postgraduate degree courses in nursing were started.

A number of other people also played an important role in the development of the college including Dr Theodore Howard Somervell, a British surgeon, Dr Paul Brand, another British surgeon, Dr Edward Gault, an Australian surgeon and pathologist, and Dr Mary Verghese, an Indian Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist.

The hospital has been visited at various times by many prominent personalities including Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Alexander Fleming, Dr Jonas Salk, Mahatma Gandhi, President Radhakrishnan, President Rajendra Prasad, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Abdul Kalam.

The college now offers nearly 150 different post graduate courses in the medical, nursing and allied health disciplines, including PhD courses. A total of nearly 2000 students are enrolled every year. The hospital serves over 2000 inpatients and 5000 outpatients daily, with 67 wards, 92 clinics each day and 121 departments/units. Each year 100 students are admitted for the undergraduate medical course MBBS. The MBBS course is recognised by the Medical Council of India.

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