Peshawar, a city of over 2.6 million citizens, is situated in the Western part of the Country and close to historical and famous Khyber Pass. The City is an old settlement and has maintained a historical atmosphere. Khyber Medical College, which is situated at the doorstep of university of Peshawar, occupies in the site of ancient Buddhist academy. In 1954, the foundation stone of Khyber Medical College, as faculty of Medicine, of Peshawar University, was laid by the then Governor General of Pakistan, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad. The College started functioning in 1955 with enrolment of fifty students with meager facilities. From 1955 to present the college has undergone tremendous development. It remained under the administrative control of health department after parting way from Peshawar University in 1975. Presently, the college and hospital has been given administrative and financial autonomy by the Government of K.P.K and is working under the institutional management committee, headed by Chief Executive. This will certainly overcome the problems faced by the faculty members, students and general Public.
Khyber Medical College is a pioneer institution in KPK in medical education and has created name for itself at national and international level by dedicated work of its staff and students. In fact, it can be proudly called as the mother institution for rest of the medical and dental colleges and other allied medical institution established in KPK over the past twenty five years.
Today, Khyber Medical College enrolls 287 students yearly, and our graduates, numbering over 8000, are providing health care, not only in K.P.K and FATA, but also in rest of the country. In addition, our graduates are holding key positions both at home and abroad. Beside undergraduate medical education, the college offers teaching and research facilities to the postgraduate students, i.e. M.Phil, in all basic Medical Sciences, FCPS in Clinical as well as basic medical sciences, and minor diplomas in many specialties. The college is affiliated with Peshawar University and is recognized by PMDC. General Medical Council of UK, Ireland and licensing authority of USA. Khyber Teaching Hospital, established in 1976, in attached to the college for teaching/training purposes. It is a 1200-bedded hospital, which maintains high standards with competent medical staff and sophisticated equipments.
Adjacent to the college are Khyber College of Dentistry and Institute of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine (IRNUM), providing training facilities to the students of Khyber Medical College in these disciplines. The Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) has established a research centre within the college premises. It is a well-equipped centre where research facilities are provided in all disciplines of medical sciences. The college has a well-established Medical Education Dept. where courses on various subjects are organized periodically. In addition, workshop, symposium and seminars are organized by the Department for the faculty members. An IT based Learning Resource Centre has been setup with in college which also offers facilities of internet to the undergraduate students.
The college has well-established library consisting of three portions, i.e. a lending part for students, a reference part for teachers and a part containing periodicals. The library is well furnished, air-conditioned and offers large collections of books and periodicals to meet the teachers and students requirements. Separate hostels for boys and girls are situated within the premises of Peshawar University. The students of Khyber Medical College over the year distinguished their Alma Mater not only by extending self-less services to ailing humanity with devotion and dedication, acquiring higher and specialized knowledge in various disciplines of medicine, but also by actively participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. In this regard, the literary society of college is indeed playing a vital role for the student to keep them closer to each other and to project their talents through this forum. CENNA, the official annual magazine of Khyber Medical College is highly regarded as an outstanding magazine of its kind.