Karnataka has a number of top medical colleges where students from all parts of India seek admission. SDM Medical College Dharwad is one of the top colleges in Karnataka and is located at Manjushreenagar, between Hubli and Dharwad, about 6 km from Dharwad. The college is close to Navalur Railway station and there are public transports as well as private buses connecting the college to various parts in Karnataka. The college was founded in 2003 under SDM Educational Society and is affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore and recognized by MCI. SDM Medical College admission is available for those students who have passed PUC or 10+2 examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology together and 50% marks in English. There is a concession for SC/ST. Candidates are selected based on their performance in KCET or COMEDK examination, which is the entrance examination for engineering and medicine. It is also necessary that the student should complete 17 years of age on or before 31 st of December in the year in which he/she gets admission. There are General seats as well as seats for NRI candidates. A small percentage of the seats are reserved under the management quota. The duration of the course for MBBS is for five and a half years, of which last one year is for internship. SDM Medical College Dharwad is spread over an area of 52 acres and is set in a peaceful and serene surroundings. The campus is lush green with grass, gardens and tall trees which make the place cool and airy. Various departments found here are departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology, Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, ENT, Ophthalmology and Community Medicine. Other than MBBS degree, other courses offered here are Master of Surgery in Anatomy, Doctor of Medicine in Physiology, Doctor of Medicine in Pathology and Doctor of Medicine in Microbiology. All these are three year courses. The faculty here consists of a team of highly qualified and dedicated professors and they are always ready to help the students with any problem. Those who get SDM Medical College admission are offered hostel facilities within the campus. There are separate hostels for girls and boys, provided with all facilities. The laboratories are well equipped with all modern equipments and are well maintained and neat. The college has a central library which is open from 8.00 am to 12.00 midnight from Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm on Saturdays and 9.00 am to 12.00 midnight on Sundays and public holidays. It has a fine collection of books related to medicine and other associated branches. The hospital here provides extra training to the MBBS students and offers them a lot of practical knowledge other than theoretical knowledge.