The University of Karachi has 7 medical and dental colleges affiliated with it. The only public sector college is Karachi Medical & Dental College and the Dean, Faculty of Medicine is the senior most professor of Karachi Medical & Dental College. The colleges running both MBBS & BDS programmes are Karachi Medical & Dental College, Jinnah Medical Dental College and Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry. Those running BDS programs alone are Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine and Fatima Jinnah Dental College and those having MBBS programme alone are Liaquat National Medical College and Sir Syed College of Medicine. Admissions in this college are as per PMDC regulations.
Over the past years, there have been vast changes in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes of the University in the fields of Medicine and Dentistry. The teaching methodology and the examination system of the University has changed from MCQ system to the internationally acclaimed Short Essay Questions and Best Choice Questions few years ago. In this regard, training workshops for all faculty are held twice a year under the supervision of the Dean. The Board of Studies has constituted 2 committees, a Coordination Committee and a Quality Assurance Committee for examinations. The Semester system is being studied for possible implementation within the next year.
The Postgraduate programmes in clinical fields are the M.S. and M.D. programmes and in Basic Sciences, the MPhil, PhD. Details of these are available on the website.
The MS, MD programmes has changed from a 2 year programmes to a full 4 year, structured programme with 1 year course work at the University and 3 years clinical work in the supervisors department. For Admission, clearing the University of Karachi Entry Test is mandatory. Subsequently, candidates are chosen on the basis of merit. The synopsis of each candidate is reviewed by the supervisor and the Dean before submission to the Board of Advanced Studies & Research, University of Karachi for final approval. Standardization of the Masters examination is ensured by having external examiners only, a change which has been implemented recently. The curriculum of each specialty is being reviewed by a M.S, M.D Curriculum Committee headed by the Dean.