The department established in 1979. At that time, the curriculum was presented through a group of physician who belonged to the Directorate of Health in Sulymania. After the College was transferred to Arbil, physicians from Mousil took upon themselves the task of teaching Internal Medicine to the medical students. Later on, an Iraqi physician who had MSc degree became the head of the department together with one lecturer from India.
In 1983, the department of Community Medicine merged with the Department of Internal Medicine (The Department of Community Medicine at that time consisted of an Iraqi Head department and a lecturer from India).
In 1984, the department consisted of 4 Lecturers with PhD degree and 2 with MSc degree, in addition to lecturers that weren’t college faculty (physicians from the Directorate of Health in Arbil and from the University of Mousil).
1. Enabling the students to gain the skill of taking medical history from patients and analysing the symptoms to have differential diagnosis of the presenting complaint
2. Enabling the students to have essential skills of performing general examination and systemic examination of patients to detect physical signs of medical conditions to integrate it with symptom analysis for making the most probable clinical diagnosis.
3. Enabling the students to have insight of requesting essential investigations to reach the diagnosis of patient’s diseases.
4. Enabling the students to manage medical emergencies and manage common medical diseases through admissions to appropriate places, consulting appropriate medical personal, prescribing medications and performing appropriate medical procedures.
5. Teaching the students essential information regarding medical conditions and diseases to enable them performing the above mentioned objectives.
Head of the Department throughout the history of the college:
Hashim Mahdi Hashim
Hama Najm Hama Faraj Al Jaff
Mariwan Najat Omer
Nazar Mohammad Amin
Dashti Biyiz Dzai
Omer Kadir Surchi
Abdulaziz Yousif Mansour
Dashti Abas Bustani