MBBS Curriculum Update- 2012
To produce competent, compassionate, reflective and dedicated health care, professionals
consider the care and safety of their patients their first concern
establish and maintain a good relationship with patients, their attendants and
are honest, trustworthy and act with integrity
are capable of dealing with common diseases and health problems of the country
and are willing to serve the community particularly the rural community;
but at the same time acquire a firm basis for future training, service, and research at
both national and international level.
are committed to keeping their knowledge and skill up-to-date through „Continuous
Professional Development‟ all through their professional life.
Objectives of MBBS Course:
At the end of the MBBS Course students shall:
1. Acquire knowledge and understanding of
a) the sciences upon which Medicine depends and the scientific and experimental
b) the structure, function and normal growth and development of the human body and
the workings of the mind and their interaction, the factors which may disturb these,
and the disorders of structure and function which may result;
c) the etiology, natural history and prognosis of the common mental and physical
ailments. Students must have experience of emergencies and a good knowledge of the
common diseases of the community and of aging processes;
d) normal pregnancy and childbirth, the common obstetric emergencies, the principles of
ante-natal and postnatal care, and medical aspects of family planning and psycho-
e) the principles of prevention and of therapy, including health education, the
amelioration of suffering and disability, rehabilitation, the maintenance of health in
old age, and the care of the dying;
f) human relationships, both personal and social and the interaction between man and
his physical, biological and social environment;
g) the organization and provision of health care in the community and in hospital, the
identification of the need for it, and the economic, ethical and practical constraints
within which it operates; and
h) the ethical standards and legal responsibilities of the medical profession.
2. Develop the professional skills necessary to
a) elicit, record and interpret the relevant medical history, symptoms and physical signs,
and to identify the problems and how these may be managed;
b) carry out simple practical clinical procedures;
c) deal with common medical emergencies;
d) communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and their relatives;
e) communicate clinical information accurately and concisely, both by word of mouth
and in writing, to medical colleagues and to other professionals involved in the care of
the patient; and
f) use laboratory and other diagnostic and therapeutic services effectively and
economically, and in the best interests of his patients.
3. Develop appropriate attitudes to the practice of medicine, which include
a) recognition that a blend of scientific and humanitarian approaches is needed in
b) a capacity for self education, so that he may continue to develop and extend his
knowledge and skills throughout his professional life, and recognize his obligation to
contribute if he can to the progress of medicine and to new knowledge;
c) the ability to assess the reliability of evidence and the relevance of scientific
knowledge, to reach conclusions by logical deduction or by experiment, and to
evaluate critically methods and standards of medical practice;
d) a continuing concern for the interests and dignity of his patients;
e) an ability to appreciate the limitations of his own knowledge, combined with a
willingness, when necessary, to seek further help; and
f) the achievement of good working relationships with members of the other health care
Learning Outcomes of MBBS course :
To achieve the National goal and course objectives, a set of “Essential learning outcomes /
competences” which students of the medical colleges / institutes on completion of MBBS
course and at the point of graduation must be able to demonstrate has been defined.
These “essential learning outcomes / competences” are grouped under three board headings:
I The graduate with knowledge of scientific basis of Medical Practice
II The graduate as a practitioner
III The graduate as a professional
I. The graduate with knowledge of scientific basis of Medical Practice:
The graduate will understand and be able to apply basic bio-medical (anatomy, cell biology,
genetics, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, pathology, molecular biology, immunology,
microbiology, pharmacology and community medicine) principles, methods and knowledge
1.1 understand the normal processes governing homeostasis, and the mechanisms
underlying the common diseases and health problems of the country.
1.2 understand the psychological and sociological concepts of health, illness and disease
and explain psychological and sociological factors that contribute to illness, course of
disease and success of treatment.
1.3 select appropriate investigations necessary for diagnosis of common clinical cases and
explain the fundamental principles underlying such investigative procedures.
1.4 select appropriate treatment (including rational prescribing of drugs), management
and referral (if in the patient‟s best interest) plan for common clinical cases, acute
medical emergencies and minor surgical procedures.
1.5 understand biochemical, pharmacological, surgical, psychological, social and other
interventions in acute and chronic illness, in rehabilitation, and end-of-life care.
1.6 understand disease surveillance and prevention, health promotion including wider
determinants of health, health inequalities, health risks.
1.7 understand communicable disease control in health care facility and community
1.8 understand international health status, including global trends in morbidity and
mortality of chronic diseases of social significance, the impact of trade and migration
on health and the role of international health organizations.
1.9 undertake critical appraisal of diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic trials and other
quantitative and qualitative studies as reported in medical and scientific literature.
1.10 understand simple research questions in biomedical and population science and the
design of relevant studies.
Subjects and course structure details:
Five years Course:
MBBS Course and curriculum in Bangladesh are in accordance with the curriculum of Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council Act 2002 and the rules & regulations followed by Rajshahi University, the duration of which is five years & one year’s internship training at the hospital associated with Medical College. Guidelines & norms set by the Ministry of Health; Government of Bangladesh is strictly following by the medical colleges.
First Professional MBBS Course: First professional MBBS Course will be offered during the first 1.5 years of 5 years MBBS Course. It is divided into 3 terms, each of 6 months duration. The departments of anatomy (650 hours), Physiology (380 hours), Biochemistry (270 hours) and Community Medicine (70 hours) provide a total of 1370 hours of instructions which include Lectures, Dissections, Practical’s, Demonstrations and Tutorials.
Second Professional MBBS Course [Duration 3.5 year]:
Second Professional MBBS course will be offered after the first professional Exam and extends up to 3.5 years of the 5 years MBBS course. The departments of Community Medicine (220 hours), Pharmacology (210 hours), Pathology (270 hours), Microbiology (220 hours) and Forensic Medicine (180 hours) provide a total of 1100 hours of instructions which include lectures, tutorials, practical’s, demonstrations and field visits.
Final professional MBBS Course [Duration: 1.5 years]
Final Professional MBBS Course and will be offered by the Department of Medicine (1500 hrs), Surgery (1585 hrs) and Gynaecology & Obstetrics (500 hrs) including Lectures, Practical’s, Demonstration. Ward duties.
In-Course Examination: Students are expected to keep a high standard in their academic performance. In- Course evaluations will be made through regular periodic class tests, assignments, card final and term examinations conducted by individual departments. The term examinations shall include written (Combinations of MCQs & Short answer questions), orals, practical’s/clinical including OSPEs (Objective Structured Practical Examinations) and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). The results shall be recorded in students progress Report Cards/ log book. 10% of marks written of each paper of each subject in the University Professional Examinations shall come from scores obtained in In-Course formative evaluations. No students shall be allowed to sit for Professional MBBS Examinations of the University, unless he/she attends a minimum of 75% of classes held, secures at least 60% marks in class assignments & periodic in-course examinations and expresses a satisfactory attitude, behavior, and conduct.
End-Course Examination: The Rajshahi university shall conduct three Professional examinations for 5 years’ MBBS Course as follows. There will be two Professional examinations in the first week of January and July each year. Pass mark will be 60% in each of written, oral and practical/clinical examinations separately.
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