Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla is commonly known as IG Medical College or IGMC Shimla. The college is one of the premier institutions, imparting medical education since 1966.The college was initially named as Himachal Pradesh Medical College (HPMC) and was renamed in 1984. The courses offered by Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla are recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).The college is affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University. The college offers medical education at various levels.
Over the years, Indira Gandhi Medical College is expanding itself in terms of its infrastructure, facilities provided, courses offered and the number of students enrolled in various courses. In 2005, the college started the facility of open heart surgery. In 2006, MRI facility was started by IGMC. Government of India has given Indira Gandhi Medical College the status of a reputed regional center for treating cancer patients.
To offer better facilities, Indira Gandhi Medical College has collaborated with many institutions, including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Open Heart Surgical Operations, Post Graduate Institute (PGI) for teaching and Research Activities, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for District Cancer Project and Directorate Health Services for Cancer project. In addition to this, the college has coordinated with Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTCP) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well
Following are some of the facilities provided by the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.
The hospitals attached to IGMC have total bed strength of 872. Expansion plans are going on despite the constraint of land in hilly terrain of Shimla. New OPD block in IGMC has been made operational and now the patients has better sitting place in sanitized environment. The new OPD block which is named as E block was dedicated to the people of the Pradesh by Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh Ji on 19th November 2005. The Kamla Nehru Hospital has now been named as State Hospital for women and Children providing facilities in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Neonatology. New indoor block in main complex has been completed and a separate examination hall has also been provided. The hostel facility has been provided and rooms have been alloted to students at Blessington and more blocks are to be added in very near future.The college now provides the facilities of "Open Heart Surgery" for the benefit the poor patients requiring this facility, thus saving money and time.
The state of the art MRI facility has been started this year with the dedicatication of this facility to the people of the Pradesh by Hon'ble Chief Minister on 26th January 2006.The computerization of IGMC is on and soon most of the departments will be fully computerized. A six bedded ICU is also under construction.
This college is also imparting training to Nurses, Radiographers, O.T. Asst., Para Medical Ophthalmic Assistants and Laboratory Technicians. Indira Gandhi Medical college is one of the few colleges in India to have fiber optic endoscopy and C.T. Scan equipment.Closed heart surgery including pace maker (insertion is also available).