SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital

Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala has immensely contributed to the spiritual, economic and social development of Karnataka.  It is imparting education to thousands of students all over Karnataka through its “SDM Educational Society” wing. SDM College of Medical sciences & Hospital in Dharwad, apart from providing quality medical education, is creating a revolution in health care scenario of Northern Karnataka.  It is a brain child of Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Rev. President of SDM Educational Society. Way back in year 2001, a group of people from Dharwad approached Dr. Heggade and requested him to start a Hospital.  Dr. Heggade, understanding the health care needs of this part of Karnataka decided to start a Hospital with a Medical College attached to it. On March 3rd, 2002, Mr. S. M. Krishna, the then Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the Hospital building.

SDM Hospital is located on the highway connecting Hubli and Dharwad.  It is spread over 65 acres of land, in a serene atmosphere. This campus, apart from Medical College and Hospital, houses Nursing Institute, Physiotherapy College, Students Hostels, Staff Quarters and abodes for patient’s relatives.
“Royal treatment for common man” has been the mission statement of SDM Hospital. Every person who has taken treatment in this Hospital would certainly feel this.  The clean environment and humble services of staff have been making plenty of people recover their health every day. Hospital is also fostering quality research in medical field.  Regular workshops and conferences are being conducted to enhance the knowledge of doctors working within the Hospital and also those within twin cities. For the community, Hospital conducts regular free health camps, family planning camps, cataract camps, spirometry camps etc.  Within very short span since its inception, under the able leadership of Dr. Niranjan Kumar, Medical Director, this Hospital has made a prominent name in the medical map of India.

Vision & Mission

To provide the highest quality of comprehensive healthcare at an affordable cost to the people of Northern Karnataka and to provide good clinical support for the medical education and research; guided by sound ethical values.

To build an Educational Centre of Excellence in Teaching as well as Training, to render treatment at an affordable cost and to maintain standards, ethics and morale at a level the countrymaybe proud of.


Undergraduate Course

 The course leads to the degree of M.B.B.S from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka to which the college is affiliated.

Duration of Course

The duration of the course is 4 ½ years study and 1 year internship after passing final year examination.


The course is divided into three phases.  Broad outline of each is given below and detailed syllabus can be obtained from University/ College Office

Phase I

  • 1 year duration consisting of two terms of six months.  Subjects covered are Human Anatomy, Physiology including Biophysics, Biochemistry and an introduction to Community Medicine
  • Examination is at the end of 1 year in three subjects (namely Human Anatomy, Physiology & Biochemistry)

Phase II

  • 1 ½ years duration consisting of three terms of six months each
  • To get into Phase II the student should have passed all three subjects of Phase I
  • Subjects covered in Phase II are Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine including toxicology and Community Medicine teaching is continued.  Also clinical subjects of Medicine & Surgery with allied specialities and Obstetrics & Gynaecology are taught concurrently along with hospital postings.  Examination is at the end of 1 ½ years of joining second phase and is in the subjects of Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Forensic Medicine

Phase III

  • Continues after the second phase and the duration is further two years consisting of four semesters of six months each
  • The subjects covered are Medicine and Surgery with allied sub specialities, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Community Medicine
  • Even those, who fail in one or all subjects of Phase II can continue in Phase III carrying over the backlog but the candidates should pass in all the Phase II subjects before appearing for the examination in final year subjects (Part II of Phase III)
  • Examination in Phase III is in two parts – The first part examination is 1 year after Phase II examinations and is given in three subjects namely Community Medicine, ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) and Ophthalmology.  However, those who fail in any of these subject/ subjects can continue their Phase III studies and take further examination to clear the backlog.  Final year examination is taken at the end of Phase III in the subjects of Medicine, Surgery and the allied specialities and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  One has to pass in all subjects before proceeding to do internship of 1 year, at the end of which one is eligible to register as graduate with M.B.B.S degree
  • The details of the syllabus and regulations are decided by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka to which the college is affiliated

Language classes in KANNADA the local lingua and ENGLISH are regularly conducted to enable students to improve their communication skills.


Student Facilities


The SDM Medical College Hostel situated in the college campus consists of well-designed blocks, which house the Boys’ and Girls’ separately.  Each hostel has three floors including a combination of twin sharing & triple sharing rooms. Each room has been provided with wardrobes, wooden cots, computer tables, book shelves and chairs for the inmates.  Common room with Television and Newspapers and common Gymnasium are provided in each block.

Guest room facilities are provided for visiting parents & relatives for short stay.
A well designed common dining hall, capable of accommodating over 500 students at a time has been constructed keeping all the needs of the students.  Food served on the campus is exclusively vegetarian.  An efficient and hygienic mess has been possible by dedicated staff & the student representatives.  To create a relaxed ambience, music has been provided in the mess.



Mess Facility

The students have expressed a great satisfaction with the new “Annapoorna” Mess which was inaugurated by our Rev. President Dr. D. Veerendra Heggadeji.  In addition to the common mess facility there are coffee and snack bars within the campus to provide beverages and snacks outside the mess hours.




The Department of Physical Education & Sports conducts the Sports events under two main categories,

  • Outdoor Sports Activities
  • Indoor Sports Activities

Following Indoor sports activities are being conducted in accordance with the interest of students:

  • Shuttle Badminton
  • Carom
  • Chess
  • Table Tennis

To keep students physically fit, the following outdoor sports activities are being conducted:

  • Foot Ball
  • Throw Ball
  • Cricket
  • Yoga
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Tennikoit

Keeping in the over all development of students these activities are regularly conducted and selection of various team game events are done under individual sports experts.
Talented sports persons represent the College under Zonal, Inter Zonal, single Zone & state level tournaments which are conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
Those sports personalities representing in the above mentioned tournaments are honored with prizes and certificates.




There is a branch of Syndicate Bank in the hospital building. ATM service is provided by the Syndicate Bank and the State Bank ofIndiawithin the campus.


Health of students is taken care by medical check up, vaccination regimes and all students have to take SDM HEALTH CARE cover at the time of admission.

Student Welfare Office

A Student Welfare Department is formed by the Management so as to know the students aptitude and problems.  Two Student Welfare Officers are designated from the staff and they function from an office in the first floor of the College.  Apart from being teaching faculty they act as a close link between students, parents and the Management.