Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Medical Sciences is the first modern medicine Medical College established under the aegis of the SDM Educational Society. Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade has many maiden ventures to his credit, which have become legendary achievements under his gamut of social reforms. His visionary conceptualisation of an ideal Medical College has taken shape at Dharwad.
The first batch of one hundred students commenced their I MBBS course in September 2004. Under the stewardship of Medical Director Dr. Niranjan Kumar and Principal Dr. S. K. Joshi, the students have been cared for in an ideal atmosphere. Located 6 kms from Dharwad on the Pune-Bangalore road in a spacious 52-acre land of serene surroundings, the SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital complex can boast of an ideal atmosphere for best medical education. No attempt has been spared in providing the best infrastructure facilities needed for an ideal professional in the making. Spacious location away from the noise of buzzing cities, pollution free environment and comfortable natural ambient temperature range of this part of Karnataka state can be an ideal dream of many parents drawn from various locations of India and abroad.
Hostels for boys and girls in the vicinity of the hospital and college, suitable timings for library, well tailored timings for classes and studies, facilities for outdoor and indoor games, museum facilities, outlets for extra curricular activities which are allowed at an austere level, all enable the student to take on the burden of the medical curriculum in a balanced manner.
The campus restricts to a fully vegetarian menu and offers freedom from the need to keep motorcycles/cars thereby obviating the anxieties of parents.
Above all, the cream of medical professionals are chosen as the teaching staff. Individual mentoring of the students by the teacher guides, the Associate Deans and the Student Welfare Officer ensures personal care of every student of SDM Medical College.