The Goa Medical College was established in 1842 in Panjim and was the first medical school of India. It is also one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia. Goa Medical College was originally built by the Portuguese in Panjim but now it has been relocated to Bambolim, which is about 4km from its initial location. It is the place where for over 400 years medicine was taught in Portuguese. Later the medium of teaching changed to English. Now the syllabus has expanded dramatically and one can study several subjects from fashion technology, information technology, engineering, law, biotechnology and management.
Goa Medical College has still stayed very true to its roots and students from all over India take the entrance exam for a chance to study at this prestigious medical college. With so few seats available in comparison to demand, this really is a case of survival of the fittest. Goa Medical College also has a hospital attached to it which is the largest and the best equipped hospital in Goa. Goa Medical College is run by the state but Goa also houses many private clinics and hospitals.