Doctors are considered next to God when it comes to life-saving purposes. They are the real friends of someone during the critical time.Presence of a good physician can heal the patient even before medication. In a country like Bangladesh, where we don’t have adequate number of doctors to provide health services in the rural areas, a doctor really can make a difference in the lives of the mass people. He/she can serve the poor people. Though there are some exceptions, but maximum doctors have been working hard to meet the medical necessities of the people in our country. That is the reason why good doctors have respect and reputation in the society. Besides, as a profession, it offers a secured life considering the economic aspects. These are the chief causes why parents in our country dream to see their children as physicians. Most of the medical students are considered as meritorious and they like innovation. Brilliant doctors can also pursue the job of teaching in the medical colleges and universities. They can research on different aspects of medical science and publish their findings in local and international journals. Estimable doctors can achieve international recognition and can work all around the world. So, if you are preparing to participate in the upcoming medical admission test, you have taken the right decision. Quality of medical education, performance of medical students, doctors and provision of effective health care are interrelated. To help you out ahead of the medical admission test, we want to give you an idea about the public, semi-public and private medical and dental colleges of Bangladesh.
The process of medical education in Bangladesh began with the establishment of the Sir Salimullah Medical College at Mitford Road, Babubazar, Dhaka, in 1875. It is one of the finest institutions for medical education in the country. Then Mymensingh Medical College was built in 1924 and Dhaka Medical College started its journey in Bakshibazar, Dhaka in 1946. Dhaka Medical College is known as the best medical college of the country. Mymensingh Medical College has kept its old reputation intact. Among other leading medical colleges of the country, Chittagong Medical College was founded in 1957, Rajshahi Medical College in 1958, Dhaka Dental College in 1961, Sylhet Medical College (later Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College) in 1962, Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Barisal in 1968, Rangpur Medical College in 1970, Khulna Medical College in 1990, Comilla Medical College, Dinajpur Medical College, Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Bogra, Faridpur Medical College in 1992 and Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College was established in 2006 at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. All these medical colleges are known for their quality education at home and abroad.
Meanwhile respective governments have thought about the increasing numbers of population and realized the shortage of expert doctors for providing medical services to them. That’s why successive governments allowed entrepreneurs to establish private medical and dental colleges. Bangladesh Medical College, the first private medical college of the country, was established in 1986. The largest private medical college of Bangladesh Jahurul Islam Medical College began its journey in 1992 in Bajitpur, Kishoregonj. Dhaka National Medical College was built in 1994. Maintaining that continuity, the numbers of public medical colleges are now 30, semi-public medical colleges 6 and there are 58 private medical colleges in Bangladesh.
Pabna Medical College, Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College in Noakhali, Jessore Medical College, Satkhira Medical College, Kushtia Medical College, Sheikh Sayera Khatun Medical College in Gopalganj, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College in Gazipur, Tangail Medical College, Jamalpur Medical College, Patuakhali Medical College, Rangamati Medical College, Shaheed M. Monsur Ali Medical College in Sirajganj, Cox’s Bazar Medical College, Armed Forced Medical College in Dhaka Cantonment, Army Medical College in Chittagong, Army Medical College in Jessore, Army Medical College in Rangpur, Ibrahim Medical College, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, MH Samorita Medical College and Z. H. Sikder Women’s Medical College in Dhaka, Kumudini Women’s Medical College in Tangail, Gonoshasthaya Samaj Vittik Medical College and Enam Medical College in Savar, T.M.S.S. Medical College Bogra, City Dental College, Pioneer Dental College and Marks Dental College in Dhaka are some of the medical and dental colleges with good reputation. To get more details and clear idea about these medical colleges, you may visit the websites of medical and dental colleges.
There was a time when medical admission test was only limited to the public medical colleges. Private medical colleges took admission test independently. As a result, some of the private medical colleges used to take additional donation from the students. This unethical practice ultimately opened the opportunity for well-off families’ students to study in the private medical colleges. Still the overall tuition fee structure of private medical colleges is expensive. Many lower middle and middle class families aren’t able to admit their children in the private medical colleges. But, the government has established some sort of control to monitor the activities of private medical colleges’ education. Government has banned all medical and dental coaching centers and started to arrange a combined medical college admission test for public, semi-public and private medical and dental colleges. Now, medical college admission seekers need to sit for a joint medical college admission test and they get chance in medical colleges according to the results of admission test. Students achieving highest marks are selected for public and semi-public medical and dental colleges. From the rest of the candidates, students performing comparatively better are selected for taking admission in the private medical colleges.
As a result, the whole process of medical admission test has become more challenging. Medical education is always expensive throughout the world, as medical colleges need to provide necessary equipments, laboratories for research and rich library containing expensive books. Ministry of health has been providing subsidies to make medical education easier in the public medical and dental colleges of our country. As a result, a meritorious student with a poor economic background can afford his/her study expenses in public medical and dental colleges of Bangladesh. These subsidies are provided by the tax collected from the mass people. So, the students studying at the private medical colleges have some responsibilities to provide quality medical services to make a healthy nation.
The result of this year’s HSC examination has recently been published. Hopefully the candidates have taken all the preparations for upcoming medical admission test. We expect that many students will pursue this noble profession with a view to serving the people. Good luck for the admission test.