Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1972 under Tribhuvan University, with the following goals:
- Production of human resources for health services
- Provide health services through its health institutions
- Conduct research in health sciences
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1972 under Tribhuvan University with the mandate and the responsibility of training all the categories 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 were outside the Kathmandu Valley.
In the beginning, the importance was given to training of middle level health workers. The programs run for this purpose were;
· Proficiency Certificate Course in General Medicine
· Health Laboratory
· Traditional Medicine
With the passage of time , institutional goals of IOM changed according to the need of health personnel in the country. The new responsibility was to train the human resources for health of tertiary level health professionals. By 1977, it had started a graduate level of 2-year Bachelor of Nursing Programme in;
· Community Nursing
· Pediatric Nursing
· 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 is under consideration to increase the number. The intake of MBBS students now is 61 in one year.
Under construction At present
A three hundred-beded TU Teaching Hospital was completed in 1984 with support from JICA. This hospital is center for the teaching/learning and research activities of different programs run by IOM.
At post-graduate level in 1982, three year Postgraduate Generalist (Family Physician, MD General Practice) Training was started with the collaboration with Calgary University.
An one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Anesthesiology was started in 1984 with the support from the University of Calgary, Canada.
M Ch program started in Surgery
· Cardiothoracic and Vascular
Today the IOM is running 29 different programs 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.
To maintain the quality of the programs and academic atmosphere, the IOM has established linkage programs with various well recognized institutions and universities all over the world.