Faridpur Medical College

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Faridpur Medical College
ফরিদপুর মেডিকেল কলেজ
Faridpur Medical College logo.png
Logo of Faridpur Medical College
Type Public medical school
Established 1992 (1992)
Academic affiliation
University of Dhaka
Principal Dr. S.M. Khabirul Islam
Students 900
Location Faridpur, Faridpur District, Bangladesh
23°36′29″N 89°50′28″E / 23.6080°N 89.8410°E / 23.6080; 89.8410Coordinates: 23°36′29″N 89°50′28″E / 23.6080°N 89.8410°E / 23.6080; 89.8410
Campus Urban
Language English

Faridpur Medical College (FMC) (Bengali: ফরিদপুর মেডিকেল কলেজ) is a government medical school in Bangladesh, established in 1992. It is located in Faridpur town, headquarters of Faridpur District. It is affiliated with University of Dhaka as a constituent college.

It offers a five-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. A one-year internship after graduation is compulsory for all graduates. The degree is recognised by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council.

The college is associated with 500-bed Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH). Faridpur Medical College Journal (FMCJ) is the official journal of FMC.

History[edit]

The government of Bangladesh established Faridpur Medical College in 1992 by upgrading an existing Medical Assistant Training School (MATS).[1]

In 2011, the management of the college resolved to rename it Sheikh Hasina Medical College. In 2014, it was reported that Sheikh Hasina vetoed the name change.[2]

Students at the college demonstrated in 2015, calling for the reinstatement of the "carry on" examination system.[3] The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree programme is divided into three parts by the first, second, and third professional examinations. If a student fails one of these exams, they may sit it again six months later. Under the 2002 "carry on" system, students could continue taking classes in the next academic session while preparing to retake an exam. This system was strongly favoured by medical students, but strongly opposed by their teachers. The Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council eliminated "carry on" in 2013, after which students who failed a professional exam were not allowed to continue classes until they had passed it, causing them to lose up to a year in the process.[4][5][6]

Campus[edit]

Faridpur Medical College Boys Hostel (Temporary)

The college is located in Faridpur town, the headquarters of Faridpur District, 600 metres (2,000 ft) south of Faridpur Railway Station. The associated 500-bed FMCH lies about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) southwest, in the West Khabaspur neighbourhood.[1][7]

FMC has no permanent hostel for boys. It leases one from the MATS. It is a four-story building behind which a new five-story building has been built to house the increasing number of the students. Still many newcomers have to stay outside the campus in accommodation arranged by the college committee. One permanent girls hostel is situated along with the hospital compound.[citation needed]

There is a nursing college affiliated with the hospital. It provides training for young nurses. There are also hostels for nurses near the hospital.[8]

Organization and administration[edit]

The college is affiliated with Dhaka University as a constituent college.[9][10] The principal of the college is A. S. M. Jahangir Chowdhury.[11] The director of the hospital is Gonopati Biswas.[12]

Academics[edit]

The college offers a five-year course of study, approved by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC), leading to a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Dhaka University. After passing the final professional examination, there is a compulsory one-year internship. The internship is a prerequisite for obtaining registration from the BMDC to practice medicine.[9][13]

Admission for Bangladeshis to the MBBS programme at all medical colleges in Bangladesh (government and private) is conducted centrally by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). It administers a written multiple choice question exam simultaneously throughout the country. Candidates are admitted based primarily on their score on this test, although grades at Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) level also play a part. Admission for foreign students is based on their SSC and HSC grades. As of July 2014, the college is allowed to admit 114 students annually.[14]

Faridpur Medical College Journal (FMCJ) is the official journal of the college.[15] It is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, published semi-annually in January and July. It accepts original research articles, review articles on topics of current interest, and interesting case reports. Submissions should not have been published previously, and should not be submitted to multiple publications concurrently.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Choudhury, MKI Quayyum (2012). "Faridpur Medical College". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Sheikh Hasina's wise decision". The Daily Star. 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Medical students demand restoring carry-on system". Dhaka Tribune. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Mosaddek, Abu Syed Md.; Nargis, Waheeda; Ahamed, Borhan Uddin; et al. (2012). "Views of Medical Educators and Intern Doctors on the Existing MBBS Curriculum". Bangladesh Journal of Medical Education. Dhaka: Association for Medical Education. 3 (1): 8–11. doi:10.3329/bjme.v3i1.18589. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Clamour for 'carry on' system". Daily Sun. Dhaka. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Demo for restoring 'carry on' system in medical colleges". The Independent. Dhaka. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Health Bulletin 2014" (PDF). Bureau of Health Education (2nd ed.). Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. December 2014. p. 140. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Health Bulletin 2014" (PDF). Bureau of Health Education (2nd ed.). Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. December 2014. p. 230. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Faridpur Medical College". World Directory of Medical Schools. 
  10. ^ "List of Constituent Colleges/Institutes under the University of Dhaka". University of Dhaka. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Principal (Faridpur Medical College)". Directorate General of Health Services. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Health Bulletin 2015: Faridpur Medical College Hospital" (PDF). Directorate General of Health Services. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "List of Recognized medical and dental colleges". Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council. 
  14. ^ "Health Bulletin 2014" (PDF). Bureau of Health Education (2nd ed.). Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. December 2014. p. 225. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "List of medical and dental journals". Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Submissions". Bangladesh Journals Online. Retrieved 9 September 2015.