Institute of Medicine

The Instutite of Medicine has been entrusted with :

  • Developing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level of Human Resources for Health;
  • Undertaking Scientific Research in the field of Health Sciences;
  • Providing Curative, Rehabilitative, Promotional and Preventive Health Care Services;
  • Activating Continuing Educationfor Health Professionals;
  • Providing Training to Certificate-level Health Personnel.


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1972 under Tribhuvan University and had the mandate and the responsibility of training all the catagories of health manpower needed in the country. Within the first decade of its establishment it developed a total of 12 campuses scattered over the country out of which 3 campuses were in Kathmandu and 9 campuses outside the Kathmandu Valley.

In the begining the stress was on training of middle level health workers. The programmes run for this purpose were ANM, CMA, Proficiency Certificate Course in General Medicine, Pharmacy, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Health Laboratory and Traditional Medicine.

With the passage of time , institutional goals of IOM have kept on changing. With the demand of time, instutional goals to IOM has been entrusted with a new responsiblity of training the human resources for health of tertiary level health professionals. By 1977 it had at graduate level, a 2-year Bachelor of Nursing Programme in Community Nursing, Paediatric Nursing and Adult Nursing.

In 1978, a community-oriented integrated MBBS programmes was started with intake of 22 students. Later on it was made 30 and it was subsequently increased to 40 and plans for future are under consideration to increase the number.

A three hundred-beded TU Teaching Hospital was completed in 1984 with support from JICA and another 100 beds were added in 1993. Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is a 426 bedded hospital, the biggest hospital in country at this time, to provide a new tertiaryhealth service to the Nepalese people. This hospital is being used for the teaching/learning activities of different programmes run by IOM, it also carries out the research work.

At post-graduate level, a three year Postgraduate Generalist (Family Physicain) Training in 1982 and one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthesiology in 1984 were started with the support from the University of Calgary, Canada. Today the IOM is running 29 different programmes from proficiency certificate level to the highest postgraduate degree in medicine, public health, paramedical, nursing and traditional medicine (ayurved Science) through 9 campuses scattered all over the country, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, and various academic programmes in the near future.

To maintain the quality of the programmes and academic atmosphere, the IOM has established linkage programmes with various well recognised institutions and universities all over the world.