Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons Font Side.
Master plan of BCPS.
Old Building(Block A)
Academic Building(Block B)
New Building(Block C)
Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons
Excellence is the Only Mark
Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS)
has been the pioneer in developing postgraduate medical
education and training in this country. The College has
played a unique role in producing specialists in various
disciplines of medical science who are working as medical
teachers, consultants and specialists. Fellows and Members
of the College still constitute the majority of the specialist
manpower in the country. Fellows of the College are also
performing as specialist abroad. The College bears a
heritage to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Pakistan (CPSP). The Eastern wing of the then Pakistan,
which is now Bangladesh, had an office of the CPSP, but
most activity was being conducted from the western wing.
Following the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, on the
initiative of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman, who was the Prime Minister of the
People's Republic of Bangladesh at that time, BCPS was
established by a Presidential Order in June 1972. A key role
was played at that time by National Professor Nurul Islam.
Professor Kazi Shamsul Haque was the first President of
the College. All Fellows of CPSP who hailed from
Bangladesh (erstwhile East Pakistan) were admitted as
founder Fellows of the College.
With tremendous effort from the Fellows, the BCPS was
able to hold the first examination in July 1972. Later on
National Professor Md. Ibrahim, who was at that time the
President of BCPS and was an adviser in charge of the
Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Government of the
People's Republic of Bangladesh, helped to procure a
temporary premises for the BCPS in a house in Dhanmondi,
Dhaka. Historic first convocation of BCPS was held in that
premises in 1980. Professor M. A. Matin, at that time the
President of the BCPS and also the Minister of Health and
Family planning was instrumental in procuring fund for the
construction of the College building at Mohakhali in 1980.
The College was shifted to its own premises at Mohakhali in
January 1982. In the following years, on the initiative of the
Fellows of the College under the dynamic leadership of the
College Council and the Executive Committee, the College
has proceeded further. The examination system has been
continuously updated to keep at par with the development of
medical education and training in developed countries.
Training and examination in many more subjects have been
introduced. Fellowship in sub-specialties was started in
The College is constituted by its founder Fellows, Fellows
without examination, Honorary Fellows and Fellows
admitted on passing the prescribed examination. The
College Council comprises of 20 Councilors of whom 16 are
elected by the Fellows and 4 are nominated by the
Government from amongst the Fellows. The election of the
council held every two years, after one-half of the members
of the council have finished their tenure of office. Annual
General Meeting (AGM) of the college held on last working
day of February each year. The Council is responsible for
the general direction of the general affairs of the College.
The Council have the following committees to help: a)
Executive committee consisting of President, Senior Vice
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two
elected Members. b) Finance and Tender Committee
consisting of the President, the Treasurer and two Members
elected by the council and other members. C) The
examination committee consisting of senior Vice-President
in the chair and other members. D) The Reference
committee consisting of President and other members.
Secretary of the college is the Chief executive of the council
and ex-officio members of all the committees and convener
of all the committee meetings.
There are different subcommittees for smooth functioning of
the college activities. They are Disciplinary committee,
Museum committee, Library committee, Journal committee,
Students advisory committee, Continuing professional
development (CPD) committee, Fellows welfare committee,
Planning and development committee, Research and
training monitoring committee, Ethical committee.
Academic activities of the College are carried out under
fourteen faculties: 1) faculty of Basic Sciences, 2) faculty of
Medicine, 3) faculty of Family Medicine, 4) faculty of
Surgery including Dentistry, 5) faculty of Gynaecology and
Obstetrics, 6) faculty of Paediatrics, 7) faculty of Psychiatry,
8) faculty of Radiology-Imaging and Radiotherapy, 9) faculty
of Ophthalmology, 10) faculty of Anaesthsiology, 11) faculty
of Hematology, 12) faculty of Otolaryngology, 13) faculty of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and 14) faculty of
Dermatology and Venereology. Their main functions are to
make recommendations on academic activities within their
jurisdiction and conduct teaching and training program.
Premise and Accommodation
The campus of the College is situated over three acres of
land at Mohakhali, Dhaka. Presently the offices are housed
in three buildings:
The Old building, now designated as Block "A": The ground
floor of the three-storied building accommodates a
decorated lobby, President's room, Vice-President's room,
one meeting room, one examination hall and general store.
The first floor houses the auditorium, Department of Medical
Education, Old Council room, a multipurpose class room.
Two examination halls are situated on the second floor.
The Academic Building, now designated as Block "B" : The
academic building accommodates department of
Examinations, Examination halls, Class rooms, Council
room, Department of Press and Publications, Department of
Skill development, Department of Information technology,
Library and Archives with Electronic Library, Museum,
Department of Research and Training Monitoring, Cafeteria,
Prayer room, Faculty office, Dormitory and examiner's suite.
The New Building, now designated as Block "C" : The new
building accommodates the College lobby with reception
desk, Department of Administration, Department of Finance,
Examination Halls, Multipurpose Class room, Secretary's
Office and Treasurer's Office. It is yet to complete vertical
extension of this building from 5th to 9th floor.
College library is equipped with recent books and journals
having internet facilities can accommodate about 150
students. There is a fellow's corner where fellows can sit
separately. There is also a separate bookshelf where books
are displayed which are written and published by fellows.
The library of BCPS aims at remaining dynamic and
responsive to serve all Members, Fellows and students, to
reflect good professional practice and foster quality,
creativity with its collection and services.
College museum situated near the library on the 6th floor of
the building of Block B. There is an office, a specimen
preparing room and a museum room. All the specimens
have already been arranged in a modern design in this
BCPS has two modern cafeterias- one for examiners and
another common one for students and staff. The BCPS
cafeteria is working full swing. The snack and lunch is
served during examinations, meetings, seminars,
workshops from the cafeteria. Fellows and Members and
other doctors coming to the College for different purposes
use the cafeteria for snacks and lunch.
The College has 48 suits on the 9th and 10th floor of the
building of Block B for accommodating Fellows who are
coming to BCPS for examinations or other purposes. At
present 4 double bedded and 8 single bedded suits with aircondition
are ready for use. Gradually other suits will be
Weekend courses are conducted for FCPS part-I
examinees for different subjects. The weekend courses
continue throughout the year except in the months of
January, June, July and December.
Continuing Professional Development Program: Regular
program aims at updating Fellows' knowledge and capacity
building are undertaken under CPD program. Besides,
workshop, seminar and meetings are also held on different
matters of interest and contemporary issues.
Training program on "Research Methodology" is conducted
for FCPS part-I qualified doctors regularly by the Research
and Training Monitoring Department (RTMD) of the college.
Training of the Trainers (TOT) programs on "How to Guide
Dissertation and Monitor Training" are also being conducted
by the RTMD simultaneously for the guides and
supervisors. The College has gone beyond the campus for
giving training for the supervisors working far away from
Dhaka. The RTMD has done TOT program on "How to
Guide Dissertation and Training Monitoring" in Chittagong
Medical College, Sylhet M.A.G. Osmani Medical College,
Rangpur & Rajshahi Medical College for the trainers and
supervisors. Subsequent TOT programs will be held in other
parts of the country. There will be refresher courses for the
trainers. In this way trainers so produced will be able to
conduct training program locally for the FCPS part I trainees
on "Research Methodology". The RTMD has also taken
initiative to form institutional training monitoring cell in
different institutes to look after the progress of training. One
of such kind has already been formed in different medical
Colleges. The cells have already started and functioning.
Hands on training on Basic Surgical Skills and Temporal
Bone Dissection are regularly conducted for trainers and
trainees in the Skill Development Lab of BCPS. Training
program for Emergency Obstetric Care (EOC) and Neonatal
Care (NC) for the FCPS part-II students and also for the
senior fellows is being regularly held at Skill Development
Lab of the college in collaboration with Liverpool School of
Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. Basic Computer training is
provided to the trainees and Fellows of the College in IT
Lab of BCPS. BCPS has been recognized by the American
Heart Association (AHA) as their training center for Basic
Life Support (BLS) & Advanced Cardiac Life Support
(ACLS). BCPS is going to start the training program on
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) soon.
Medical Education department on regular basis organizes
workshop on capacity building on assessment system for
various faculty members.
The College has unique system of accreditation of various
medical colleges and institute as training center through
inspection by a group of faculty members. Responsibility of
a training institute recognized by the college is to impart
training to the prospective candidate of the college
examinations. BCPS has to inspect and authorize a clinical
department to train a candidate for BCPS examinations.
College inspection team visits a department in order to
evaluate its availability of trainers, teaching facilities and
other factors. Initially the medical institutes is required to
filled up a prescribed form and submit the same to BCPS
including a forwarding letter. After Preliminary selection
BCPS forms an inspection team and fixes the date and time
and informs the respective institutes for inspection. Every
report of inspection team must have to submit to the
Reference committee as well as Executive committee and
College council for final approval to recognize the institutes.
Examinations: The main activities of the college run around
the examination. Each year examination starts 1st working
day of January for January session and 1st working day of
July for July session. Fellowship is offered in the following
General subjects: (22)
1) Medicine, 2) Surgery, 3) Paediatrics, 4) Obstetrics &
Gynaecology, 5) Ophthalmology, 6) Otolaryngology, 7)
Psychiatry, 8) Anaesthesiology, 9) Radiology & Imaging, 10)
Radiotherapy, 11) Dermatology & Venereology, 12) Physical
Medicine & Rehabilitation, 13) Haematology, 14)
Biochemistry, 15) Histopathology, 16) Microbiology, 17)
Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, 18) Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery, 19) Prosthodontics, 20) Orthodontics
& Dentofacial Orthopaedics, 21) Transfusion Medicine and
22) Family Medicine.
Specialized subjects: (26)
1) Gastroenterology, 2) Neurology, 3) Nephrology, 4)
Endocrinology & Metabolism, 5) Cardiology, 6)
Pulmonology, 7) Hepatology, 8) Rheumatology, 9) Infectious
Disease & Tropical Medicine, 10) Urology, 11) Neurosurgery,
12) Cardiovascular Surgery, 13) Thoracic Surgery,
14) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,15) Orthopaedic
Surgery, 16) Paediatric Surgery, 17) Neonatology, 18)
Paediatric Haematology & Oncology, 19) Paediatric
Nephrology, 20) Paediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 21)
Paediatric Pulmonology, 22) Paediatric Neurology &
Development, 23) Feto-Maternal Medicine, 24)
Gynaecological Oncology, 25) Reproductive Endocrinology
& Infertility, 26) Paediatric Cardiology. FCPS part-II examinations are being conducted
for FCPS in various specialized subjects.
Membership is offered in the subject of 1) Medicine, 2)
Surgery, 3) Paediatrics, 4) Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 5)
Ophthalmology, 6) Otolaryngology, 7) Psychiatry, 8)
Anaesthesiology, 9) Radiology & Imaging, 10)
Radiotherapy, 11) Dermatology & Venereology, 12) Dental
Surgery, 13) Forensic Medicine, 14) Family Medicine, 15)
Transfusion Medicine and 16) Clinical Pathology.
Examinations follow delicate evaluation and scoring system
that are very unique to this College. This helps to produce
Fellows and Members with high levels of proficiency to
match the needs of medical profession. The final Fellowship
examination also requires acceptance/ defence of a
dissertation/thesis undertaken by the candidates. In order to
optimize assessment the College has introduced OSPE in
part-II preliminary and final examinations in partial
replacement of conventional oral and practical examination.
The Viva Voce has been made more structured. The college
is going to introduce e-logbook for monitoring of the
competencies. The college is moving towards Single best
answer (SBA) type of question from multiple True False
(MCQ) Type in Part I examination.
Exchange of examiners in different specialties exists
between the BCPS and the Royal Colleges of UK, Ireland
and also with regional countries like Pakistan, India,
Srilanka, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi
Arabia and Nepal.
The College confers Fellowship and Membership awards.
Fellowship is awarded in three ways: Fellowship through
regular examinations, Fellowship without examinations and
Honorary Fellowship. Fellowship without examination is no
Memberships are awarded on passing a prescribed
examination. By now, 111 persons have been awarded
Fellowships without examination while 228 others have
received Honorary Fellowships. So far 142 foreign nationals
have received such Fellowships. The total number of
Fellowships and Memberships awarded through regular
examinations until now are 5621 and 2650 respectively.
The College has built a rich heritage in academic and
service spheres. The country largely owes its specialist
medical practice to the College. Most of the medical
teachers and consultants are the Fellows and Members of
this College. Besides working in major specialties of medical
sciences, Fellows and Members of this College have
pioneered in the development of subspecialties in this
country. Today, there is hardly any corner of the country
where a product of this College is not engaged in
humanitarian medical services and its development. There
are also Fellows and Members working all over the globe
having carried with them the fervor and fame of this College.
It is expected that in the years to come the riches in heritage
shall continue to grow.