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Rangpur Medical College

Coordinates: 25°46′00″N 89°14′03″E / 25.7667°N 89.2342°E / 25.7667; 89.2342
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Rangpur Medical College
রংপুর মেডিকেল কলেজ
Rangpur Medical College Logo
TypePublic medical school
Established18 March 1970 (1970-03-18)
Academic affiliation
Rajshahi Medical University
PrincipalDr. Shah Md. Sarwer Jahan[1]
DirectorDr. Mohammad Eunus Ali

25°46′00″N 89°14′03″E / 25.7667°N 89.2342°E / 25.7667; 89.2342

Rangpur Medical College (RpMC) (Bengali: রংপুর মেডিকেল কলেজ) is a government medical school in Bangladesh, established in 1970. It is located in the northern city of Rangpur. It is affiliated with Rajshahi Medical University.

It offers a five-year medical education course leading to an MBBS degree. A one-year internship after graduation is compulsory for all graduates. The degree is recognized by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council.

The college is associated with 1000-bed Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH). Journal of Rangpur Medical College is the official journal of the college.


The government of Pakistan established Rangpur Medical College on 18 March 1970.[2] The first batch of 50 students were admitted in 1971.[3]

In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Commission charged college principal Md Nur Islam and five others with embezzling 45 million taka ($530,000 in 2019) by buying unnecessary and poor quality medical equipment.[4][5][6]


Rangpur Medical College Hospital main building

The college is located in the northwestern part of Rangpur, on the east side of the Rangpur–India–Nepal highway. It is adjacent to the five storied, 1000-bed Rangpur Medical College Hospital.[7]

Organization and administration[edit]

The college has been affiliated with Rajshahi Medical University since 2017. Before that it was affiliated with University of Rajshahi.[8][9] The principal of the college is Prof. Dr. Shah Md. Sarwer Jahan.[10] The director of the hospital is Mohammad Yunus Ali.[11]


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 Rajshahi Medical 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.[8][9]

Admission for Bangladeshis to the MBBS course at all medical colleges in Bangladesh is controlled centrally by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). It administers an annual, written, multiple choice question admission exam simultaneously across the country. It sets prerequisites for who can take the exam, and sets a minimum pass level. DGHS has varied the admission rules over the years, but historically candidates have been admitted based primarily on their score on this test. Grades at the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) level have also been a factor, as part of a combined score or as a prerequisite for taking the exam.[12][13] DGHS also admits candidates to fill quotas: freedom fighters' descendants, tribal, foreign, and others.[14][15][16] Admission for foreign students is based on their SSC and HSC grades. As of 2021, the college is allowed to admit 230 students annually.[7]

The medical college also offers a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course which admits 50 students annually.[2]

Since 2014, the college has also offered five-year postgraduate residency courses (M.D. and M.S.) under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).[2][17]

Journal of Rangpur Medical College (JRMC) is the official journal of the college.[18] It is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, published semi-annually in March and September. It accepts original research articles, review articles, case reports, and short communications.[19]


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  2. ^ a b c "History". Rangpur Medical College.
  3. ^ রংপুর মেডিকেল কলেজকে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় করার দাবি [Demand to make Rangpur Medical College a university]. banglanews24.com (in Bengali). 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ "RMC principal 'embezzled' around Tk 4.5cr". The Daily Star. 12 September 2019.
  5. ^ Hossain, Imran (12 September 2019). "RMC principal, 5 others sued for embezzling over Tk4cr". Dhaka Tribune.
  6. ^ "ACC files case against six, including principal". The Financial Express. 13 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Health Bulletin 2021". Directorate General of Health Services. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 2023. pp. 194, 243. Retrieved 13 February 2024.
  8. ^ a b "Rangpur Medical College". World Directory of Medical Schools.
  9. ^ a b "Updated list of Recognized Medical & Dental Colleges and Dental Units (Govt. & Non-Govt.)". Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council.
  10. ^ "New Principals of 7 Medical Colleges" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Information Commission orders disciplinary action against RMCH director". Financial Express. 22 January 2024.
  12. ^ Uzzal, Moniruzzaman (2 July 2014). "Pass mark for MBBS, BDS written test set at 40". Dhaka Tribune.
  13. ^ "Medical, dental college admission test brought forward to Sept 18". bdnews24. 16 August 2015.
  14. ^ Uzzal, Moniruzzaman (20 October 2013). "Admission in public medical and dental colleges starts Sunday". Dhaka Tribune.
  15. ^ Uzzal, Moniruzzaman (26 October 2013). "Private medical colleges want foreign students' quota raised". Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  16. ^ Uzzal, Moniruzzaman (31 October 2013). "Fake freedom fighter certificates feared in medical admission test". Dhaka Tribune.
  17. ^ Uzzal, Moniruzzaman (17 March 2014). "Postgraduate residency courses introduced". Dhaka Tribune.
  18. ^ "List of Medical and Dental Journals". Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council. Retrieved 13 February 2024.
  19. ^ "About the Journal". Bangladesh Journals Online. Retrieved 13 February 2024.

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