The Calicut Medical College also known as Government Medical College was established in 1957 as the 2nd medical college in Kerala. Since then the institution has grown into a premier center of medical education in the state. The vast and sprawling Medical College complex is spread over an extensive area of 270 acres located in picturesque surroundings about 10km from the heart of Calicut. It is affiliated to the University of Calicut and serves 2/5 of the population of Kerala.
The foundation stone of the college was laid on 29th May 1957 by the Governor of Kerala Dr.B.Ramakrishna Rao and inaugurated by Dr.A.R. Menon M.B.Ch.B, Minister for Health,Kerla State on August 5th 1957. The College was opened by Sri.E.M.S, Chief Minister,Kerala state on 15th March,1959. The task of organising the college was in the capable hands of Dr.K.N.Pisharady, the first Principal. With the completion of the college building in 1959 the preclinical section was shifted from the temporary location to the campus. The main collegiate hospital with 1183 beds was commissioned in 1966 and the Institute of Maternal and Child Health with 610 beds was commissioned in 1975.