The Iranian University of Medical Sciences (formerly named the Imperial Medical Center of Iran) is one of the largest medical schools in Iran. Located in Tehran, it was founded in 1974 under the name The Imperial Medical Center, and designed by William Pereira and Associates. The school was state operated, and its current reincarnation trains 7,000 students in the medical field. Its students rank among the very top 1% of Iran's students in the national ranking entrance exams for universities. The University operates six schools, two centers, two institutes, twenty nine research centers, thirteen teaching and fifteen non-teaching hospitals in Tehran.
Its educational components include graduate and undergraduate schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health sciences, health planning and management and an institute of continuing health sciences education. There is also a center for basic biomedical and clinical research with laboratory facilities, a 600-bed hospital, out patient and ancillary facilities. The comprehensive Biomedical Information Center housing the Pahlavi Medical Library include direct computerized participation in the international Medical Literature analysis and Retrieval System, allowing a constant exchange with the world scientific community.