Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC) & Sion Hospital
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC), Sion is widely regarded as the second most preferred option to do medical in Mumbai, right behind KEM (Seth GS Medical College).
In a word, convenient. All of Sion (central), GTB Nagar (harbour) and Kings Circle (harbour) railway stations are within walking distance of Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, although none of them are extremely close. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to each of them. Sion hospital is located right off the eastern express highway, so the connectivity by buses is fantastic.
MBBS : 100
LTMMC is a government college, so it would be silly to expect out-of-the-world amenities and whatnot. But the infrastructure is certainly improving. Most classes are conducted in the new building. The laboratories are quite clean and well maintained, and the equipment in them actually works. The air conditioned library is quite big, and has enough books for the students. The college also has a tiny ground for sports, but you’ll hardly ever find anyone there.
As far as the hostels are concerned, the previously abject situation is getting better. There’s still no hostel facility for first year students, who have to make their own arrangements. After this, the girls hostel is in TB Hospital in Sewri, while the boys hostel is near the Urban Health Centre in Dharavi. However, the new senior hostel is in the campus itself. The rooms are quite tiny and are on a twin sharing basis.
The fees for all Government medical colleges is standard, which means at LTMMC it is roughly Rs.30,000 per year.
In spite of being doctors and not teachers by vocation, the professors are quite good, and actually interested in teaching. They share a good rapport with the students. Communication in the class is mainly in English, though professors are willing to explain in Marathi/Hindi if the students need them to.
LTMMC is also really good for MD, and one specialisation that it’s very popular for is burns.
Students are sent to the following hospitals:
- Sion Hospital
- Urban Health Centre, Dharavi
- Kasturba Hospital
Since all of these are government hospitals, you’ll likely get more patients than you could ever have bargained for.
The crowd is like what you’ll find in any other government medical college. Most of these are students who’ve done extremely well in their CET, and some who have come through reservations (who have also done pretty well in their CET, of course). All in all, they’re quite friendly and very approachable. As put by one of the students, “KEM (rank1) is all about studying, JJ Medical (rank3) is all about fun. Sion (rank2) is a mix of both”.
The canteen is really, really good. It’s cheap (even cheaper if you’re a student) and hygienic, and the food is tasty as well. Normally it’s not too crowded, but between 12.30 and 1.00, it becomes impossible to even stand here in peace.
There really isn’t much around Sion Hospital, except for Cinemax and Sion Fort, where you can go once in your life and decide never to go back again. Apart from these, students are forced to go all the way to Bandra or Phoenix Mills.
The college is really strict about attendance. As per the university rule, you’re expected to maintain a minimum of 75% attendance in theory lectures and 80% in practicals. At LTMMC, they pretty much ensure that you do it, because if you don’t, then there’s a very real possibility that they’ll stop you from writing the exams. Which isn’t a good thing, by the way.
LTMMC hosts its cultural festival, Ashvamedh in March. They also have a medical symposium called Trinity.
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC)
Tel : 91-22-24076381
Website : www.ltmgh.com
Quite certainly the second best medical college in Mumbai, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College is a place where any MBBS student would likely enjoy studying at.