The Government Erode Medical College (formerly IRT Perundurai Medical College) is one of the Premier Government Medical institutions in the state affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai. It is located off National Highway 544 near Perundurai, Erode. The school includes a medical college and a hospital. Originally, the college was established under Institute of Road and Transport by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation.
On the suggestion of Lord Willington (then Viceroy of India) in 1930 a district committee to combat tuberculosis was formed in Coimbatore and the decision to start a tuberculosis sanatorium in Perundurai was made. The foundation stone was laid by Sir K.V.Reddy Naidu on 1 July 1936. The sanatorium was declared open by Sri.C.Rajagopalachari. It was renamed Ramalingam Tuberculosis sanatorium in 1952. In 1986 the government of Tamil Nadu attached a medical college with the sanatorium. The college has 600 beds and started functioning in 1992. In 2004, doctors’ quarters were added. In 2017, the strength of the Medical College was increased from 60 students to 100 students. A school of nursing was started in 2008. Graduation day ceremony (VIDAI 2018) for 2012 batch students (Dravagonz) was conducted in the newly built auditorium on 25 April 2018. The chief guests were 1. The Honourable Vice-chancellor of Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University, Dr. S.Geethalakshmi MD PHD; and 2. The Honourable Erode district collector, Dr. S.Prabakar IAS. Other notable guests include Dr. T.Ramaprasad MD, Thiru Thoppu N.D.Venkatachalam MLA, Thiru V.Shanmugam Chairman of Nanda educational trust.
Government took over the College in 2019 and named it as Government IRT Perundurai Medical College. During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tamil Nadu, the Government has renamed the college as Erode Medical College and notified this facility as a designated facility for treating COVID-19 cases in Erode district.
To train medical students through a primary health care approach with special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, early detection, diagnosis and management of diseases including rehabilitation and social integration of transport workers, their families and rural population.