The department of medicine was founded in 1970 . The head of department at that time was Dr. Mustafa R. Al – Naama & the teaching faculty were composed of several local academics & physicians . The department was responsible for teaching the internal medicine for undergraduate students only . Now the department had 28 members who are qualified with highest degree in internal medicine & other medical subspecialities as cardiology ,dermatology ,nephrology ,neurology ,oncology ,infectious diseases,psychiatry and they participate in post graduate teaching programme for Iraqi &Arabic board in internal medicine ,dermatology &psychiatry .Also the teaching staff of the department are actively involve in providing medical health care services in the four main hospitals in Basrah province.
From structure point of view , the department occupies an assigned section in the second floor of the new building of the College of Medicine , with sufficient offices and small group teaching and seminar rooms. In addition, the department makes use of all common lecture halls at the disposal of the college .