The Institute of Medicine (IoM), established in 1972 at Tribhuvan University, was entrusted with the responsibility of training health care workers at all levels for the health care needs of Nepal. Within the first decade of its establishment, the IoM developed 12 campuses scattered over the country: three campuses in Kathmandu and nine outside the Kathmandu Valley.
Initially, the emphasis of IoM was on the training of middle-level health workers. Programs serving this purpose include ANM, CMA, Proficiency Certificate Course in General Medicine, Pharmacy, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Health Laboratory and Traditional Medicine.
The institutional goals of IoM have continued to change. The mission of the IoM expanded into training tertiary-level health professionals. By 1977 it had at the graduate level two-year Bachelor programmes in Community Nursing, Paediatric Nursing and Adult Nursing.
In 1978, a community-oriented integrated MBBS programme was started with intake of 22 students. Subsequently, the class size was increased to 60, and in 2013 it was further increased to 76.
Established with a very modest beginning of producing basic level healthcare manpower in the country in 2029 BS, it has taken this long time to reach this milestone where it is today. We must take this opportunity to thank and felicitate our founding members to bring this institute into being. Their foresightedness has to a certain extent created an environment for producing the healthcare manpower in the country thus decreasing dependence on foreign training. The very existence of this institute is a testimony of the vision, dedication and commitment our founding members had.
Our graduates around the world have bought accolades and laurels to the institute. Institute of Medicine has been the temple of learning and a perennial fountain of knowledge. Those who have graduated and graduating will always revere this institute lifelong for what they have gained during their training period in this sacred place.
Now for more than a decade the institute has been producing super specialty manpower in the country to suit our needs.
It’s a daunting task for IOM to manage seven constituent campuses, 15 affiliate campuses and six hospitals under the belt. The present leadership is very able to create harmony, conducive environment and cooperation among all the campuses and hospitals.
We would like to express our congratulations to all our members of IoM for this Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Let us pledge to carry this I