One of the reputed and premier medical colleges of Pokhara is Manipal College of Medical Sciences (MCOMS). It is the first private medical college of Nepal associated with Manipal Teaching Hospital that was established in 1994 AD. It is affiliated to Kathmandu University. It is driven by the motto “Inspired by life”. There are two locations of Manipal Medical College in Pokhara each with their own functions. One is in the Deep Heights where the 1st and 2nd-year courses are taught and contains the administrative block. The next location is in Phulbari where there is a clinical campus for the practical education of the students along with the teaching hospital. The campuses are named according to their locations. So, MCOMS comprises of the Deep Campus and the Phulbari Campus.
Manipal Medical College on short MCOMS on brief
MCOMS is rated one of the best medical colleges in Nepal. It is a modern campus where all amenities related to education are provided to the students. The well-equipped laboratories, hospitals for the clinical and practical education, conducive environment for teaching and learning makes it an ideal centre for the medical education. MCOMS has students not only from Nepal but from different other countries like India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, etc. MCOMS is accorded recognition by Medical Councils of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is listed in the 7th edition of WHO directory of medical schools and recognised by the British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP) and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Canada.
Manipal Medical College MBBS PCL BSC and MMC courses
The programs provided in MCOMS are MBBS, B.Sc. Nursing and Post Graduate programs. Approximately 150 students are admitted each year for the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Sciences) program. 20% of scholarship seats are available and there are more than 145 experienced faculties as well. MBBS program in MCOMS is four and a half years course along with one year of compulsory residential rotating internship. MBBS takes 5 and half years in total. The 4 and half years course is divided into 9 semesters of 6 months each. The medium of instruction is English. About 1700 students have passed from MCOMS until now and have proven to be qualified resources. The first 4 semesters in the MBBS program covers preclinical sciences which set the foundation for the students to practice in a clinical setting. A student should pass all the preclinical subjects before he can continue to the clinical sciences (Semester V to IX). The evaluation of students are done continuously through different exams, seminars and problem-based learning sessions.
Manipal Medical college post-graduate courses
MCOMS started Post Graduate Programs and the School of Nursing & Allied Health programmes in the year 2000. These courses are recognised by the Nepal Medical Council, Nepal Nursing Council and Nepal Health Professional Council, respectively. B.Sc. Nursing course in MCOMS was started from August 2009. The program is 4 years and 20 seats are available for the admission each year. Scholarships are also available in B.Sc. Nursing course. For the selection, one must go through the entrance examination of KU. Nursing students are provided with a good foundation of the theoretical knowledge. They are also exposed to the clinical settings and provide direct care to the patients. Nursing students also conduct the survey, home visits, physical examination, nutritional assessment, health action presentation, formal and informal health teaching, mass health exhibition and referral services, School health programme, home delivery, sanitation programmes etc in community settings which will help the rural people there to be aware of their health.
Manipal Teaching Hospital where the clinical teaching is conducted is 700 bedded. It includes a big and spacious library, student’s classroom, canteen and auditorium along with the inpatient and outpatient departments. Treatment is provided at a very reasonable cost to the patients as it has set on the mission of “Health for all”. There is also a Poor Patients Fund (PPF) which is managed by the students and provides free treatment to the patients who cannot afford for themselves.