• "Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians"
  • "Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians"
  • "University Of Science & Technology Chittagong"

USTC(University of Science & Technology Chittagong)

What is a Family physician?
The Family Physicians provide care in the community for people and their families of all ages regardless of their sex or income. As the first port of call for virtually all health related problems, the Family physician is at front line of health service. He or she deals with 90% of all illness, both in the chamber and in patient's homes.

The job definition of the Family Physician agreed by the Leeuwenhorst group in 1974 and accepted by many educational bodies as the best available definition to date: ''The Family Physician is a licensed medical graduate who gives personal, primary and continuing care to individual, families and a practice population, irrespective of age, sex and illness. It is the synthesis of these functions, which is unique.

He will attend his patients in his consulting room and in their homes and sometimes in a clinic or hospital. His aim is to make early diagnoses. He will include and integrate physical, psychological and social factors in his considerations about health and illness. This will be expressed in the care of his patients. He will make an initial decision about every problem, which is presented to him as doctor.

He will undertake the continuing management of his patients with chronic recurrent or terminal illness. Prolonged contact means that he can use repeated opportunities to gather information at a pace appropriate to each patient and build up a relationship of trust, which he can use professionally.

He will practice in co-operation with other colleagues, medical and non-medical. He will know how and when to intervene through treatment, prevention and education to promote the health of his patient and their families. He will recognize that he also has a professional responsibility to the community.

Family Medicine:
The recognition of Family Medicine as a speciality in its own right developed simultaneously in the United Kingdom, in Europe and in whole World. Family Medicine is a specialized discipline of medical practice just as Cardiology, Nephrology Gerontology, etc.

National Prof. N. Islam plays a pioneering key role for the establishment and development of Family Medicine in Bangladesh. Dr. Robert W. Higgins, Former President of WONCA, has recognised his work by saying- ''The Contribution of National Prof. N. Islam in the field of Family Medicine not only will improve the health care in Bangladesh, but also will come to serve as a role model for many other nations who are searching for solutions to their health care problems.''

The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research is an Institute of the University of Science & Technology Chittagong. My vision for the USTC is to consolidate our position as an outstanding regional university with a national and international reputation for quality. We are proud to be at the leading edge of a number of high profile initiatives; Family Medicine Diploma is one of them. The one-year long 'Family Medicine Diploma [FMD]' course, originally run by the USTC Dhaka Campus, is run by the Institute.

Despite the phenomenal advances in the field of medicine, science and technology, the role of Family Physicians remains unchallenged and they constitute an integral component of health care system in any country, both developed and developing, The discipline of Family Medicine has become complex, diffuse and challenging. With the ever-burgeoning phenomenon of specialization in medicine, with its associated complex technology and hospital bias, the need for competent, caring Family Physicians is more important than ever before.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research of the University of Science & Technology Chittagong.

National Prof. N. Islam [1 April 1928 – 24 January 2013] SI, IDA, D.Sc. [Hon], FRCP [Edinburgh], FRCP [London] Founder The University of Science & Technology Chittagong

WELCOME FROM THE INSTITUTE "Family Physician is a member of a family with knowledge & skill in medical science”1. The Family Physicians provide care in the community for people and members of the family irrespective of their age or sex. As the first port of call, virtually all health related problems are tackled by the Family Physicians.

The role of Family Physicians is now a priority issue in the context of Bangladesh. Well-trained Family Physicians at all levels by their active participation can contribute substantially in achieving the goal of ‘Health for All' in Bangladesh. Family Medicine has no frontier, as there is constant adding of new things to it in response to everyday social needs. ‘Family Medicine Diploma [FMD]’ course offers outstanding students the opportunity to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field of Family Medicine in Bangladesh. We are very much confident that, very soon we shall be able to introduce MD course in Family Medicine.

We are keenly aware of the different learning requirements of the students, the importance of maintaining practice of the student undisturbed, and very often family and other obligations. So, we try to address these through high quality learning support, the use of new teaching and learning technologies, and through an increasingly flexible curriculum.

A well reputed Full-time and Part-time Faculty is committed to develop the next generation of Specialists in Family Medicine. We, on behalf of the Institute, are inviting you in the programs of the Institute.

Dr. Almas Begum Prof. Kanu Bala MBBS, FCGP MBBS, Ph.D. [DU], Ph.D. [USTC] Director & Associate Professor Professor & Medical Director Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research

University of Science & Technology Chittagong University of Science & Technology Chittagong

The definition of Family Physician is given by National Prof. N. Islam.

Constituent Institute of USTC
The University of Science & Technology Chittagong in its Syndicate meeting held on 7 June 2003, has established an Institute entitled as: "The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research (BIFMR)”, situated in Dhaka to be administered by a "Board of Governors."

The aims and objectives of the Institute:
· To advance the art and science of Family Medicine.
· To establish and maintain academic and educational activities in Family Medicine.
· To conduct training course and other educational activities designed to enhance the knowledge and practice of Family Medicine.

· To undertake research in Family Medicine.

· To establish, maintain and administer Certificate Courses, Post-graduate Diplomas, Masters, Doctoral, etc.

Board of Governors
The management of the institute shall he vested upon a “Board of Governors”. Vice Chancellor of the University of Science & Technology Chittagong is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute.

Academic Committee
The Institute shall have an ‘Academic Committee’ consisting of all the teachers of the Institute. ‘The Director’, not below the rank of Associate Professor, shall remain in charge of the Institute and shall be responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Institute. The Academic Committee shall deal with (a) Admission of Students, (b) Syllabi, (c) Teaching in the Institute, (d) Examinations, (e) Co-curricular activities of the students in the Institute.

Located at the picturesque site near Foy’s Lake, the USTC has opened up a new horizon for the quality medical, pharmaceutical, business and modern technology education in the country. The primary objective of establishing USTC is to improve the quality and standard of education in science and technology with special emphasis on medical, pharmaceutical and social science. It also aims at developing human resources at home and in the developing countries with special emphasis on the South Asia.

The University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC) was established as a Private University soon after the Private University Act 1992 came into force. National Professor N. Islam was appointed as the President of the USTC by the Chancellor of the University and President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. On 18 January 2000 the Chancellor of the University appointed National Professor N. Islam as Vice Chancellor of USTC for four years with retrospective effect from 13 May 1997.

National Prof. N. Islam is the philosopher and architect of the USTC. It is his dream, which came true after years of labours and cooperation from individuals and organizations. Prof. N. Islam took personal interest in developing the art and science of Family Medicine in Bangladesh.
USTC is now operating through four faculties, which are, 1) Faculty of Medicine 2) Faculty of Basic Medical and Pharmaceutical Science 3) Faculty of Business Administration 4) Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology.

Under these four faculties the USTC offers five graduate and four post-graduate courses. The graduate courses are MBBS, B. Pharm (Hons), BBA, B. Eng, CSE and B.Sc (Hons) in Biotechnology and the post­graduate courses are MD, M. Pharm, MBA and Executive MBA

USTC has two Institutes in Dhaka, which are:
1. Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research (BIFMR)
2. Bangladesh Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine & Research (BIUMR)
At present BIFMR is offering Family Medicine Diploma (FMD) and BIUMR is offering Diploma in Medical Ultrasound Diagnosis (DMUD).

USTC began its academic journey as Institute of Applied Health Science with 42 students, 11 teachers including two professors and nine lecturers.

Now the number of students of USTC is more than 1300 of which more than one third are from abroad including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Palestine, Jordan, KSE, USA, Malaysia, Sudan, Norway, etc.

The number of full-time teachers is now 140. USTC believes in quality education for which the first step is to procure good teachers. USTC procured their teaching staff on the basis of academic background, social activity and relationship, intelligence and smartness.

USTC is approved by the Government of Bangladesh. It is also recognized by
· Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council
· Bangladesh Pharmacy Council
· World Health Organization
· General Medical Council of Great Britain
· Ireland Medical Council
· Nepal Medical Council
· Sri Lanka Medical Council
USTC is a full Member of the International Network of Community-Oriented Health Science, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The USTC Dhaka Campus has started and run this course since 2000. From 2003, this course is run under the management of the Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research, University of Science & Technology Chittagong.

This course is designed in such a way that any doctor already in practice can complete this course without significantly hampering his practice. After completing this course he will continue his practice with better knowledge and training in family medicine. The new doctors will go to the remote area for starting their practice.

The Components of FMD Course:

a. Duration: This is a twelve months long course.
b. Lectures: Every Friday [weekly holiday] of the week from 9 am to 5 pm.
· Paper-I:
(i) Basics of Family Medicine,

(ii) Emergency Medicine & Techniques,

(iii) Men’s and Women’s health,

(iv) Continuing Management Problems.

· Paper-II:

Common Presenting Problems in Family Medicine Practice

c. Family Medicine Practice attachment: The students are attached to any Family Medicine Practice [selected or approved by the institute of his locality].

d. Logbook: The students prepare a logbook of 25 common cases.

e. Hospital attachment: The students are attached to the Hospital of the University for a certain period. This is a residential program.

f. Evaluation: At the end of the course a final evaluation examination evaluates the student’s depth and breadth of knowledge.

g. Certificate: The University of Science & Technology Chittagong issues certificate to those who are qualified in the examination.

h. Recognition: University Grant Commission of the Government of Bangladesh has approved the FMD course & curriculum.


Pre-Requisites for entering the course of FMD

(a) The candidate must have obtained the degree of M.B.B.S or its equivalent and must be recognized by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC).

(b) Registered with BMDC.

(c) At least two years experience in Family Medicine Practice. The Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians shall certify on the experience in Family Medicine Practice.

(d) Paid course fee (Amount to be fixed by the Institute).

(e) Submitted duly filled in Application Form.

(f) The Institute shall have the final authority to accept or reject any candidate into the FMD course.

Criteria for appearing at the FMD examination

Candidates will be admitted to the FMD Examination provided they:

(a) Have obtained the degree of M.B.B.S recognized by the Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council (BMDC).

(b) Have registered with BMDC.

(c) Have at least two years experience in Family Medicine Practice.

(d) Have enrolled in the course of FMD of BIFMR and have attended 75% of the lectures, demonstrations and clinical classes as prescribed for FMD course.

(e) Have not been convicted for immoral character.

(f) Have submitted three copies of Log Book.

(g) Have paid examination fees (Amount fixed by the University and BIFMR).

(h) The head of the Institute will duly sign all necessary papers. The Institute may modify or exempt any prerequisites for admission into the Examination of FMD.

(i) The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research shall have the power to exclude any candidate from the examination if it considers that such candidate is not eligible for appearing in the examination.


1. Components of the FMD Examination:

The candidates shall be examined in the following parts of examination:

Examination Component Allotted Marks Pass marks

i) Log Book 200 120

ii) Written Examination: Paper-I 100 60

Paper-II 100 60

iii) Clinical Examination: Long Case 100 60

Short Case 100 60

iv) Practical Examination 200 120

v) Oral Examination 200 120 Total = 1000 600

2. Log-Book:

Each candidate should submit his Log-Book in triplicate before Examination form filling up. The Log-Book will be separately evaluated by two Examiners.

3. Written Examination:

The Written examinations shall consist of

i) Paper-I:

a) Basic Principles of Family Medicine,

b) Men's & Women's Health,

c) Continuing Management Problems,

d) Emergency Medicine & Techniques.

Short Essay Type questions and Clinical Problems questions are to be answered. Duration- 3 hours.

ii) Paper-II:

The Modified Essay type questions and Problem-solving exercises, where the history is interspersed with questions will be given on Common Presenting Problems in Family Medicine Practice. Duration- 3 hours.

4. The Clinical examinations will consist of two parts: (i) One "Long Case" for which 20 minutes are allowed for consultation and 10 minutes for discussions. Two Examiners will observe the consultation.

(ii) Four "Short Case" for each of which 5 minutes are allowed for examination of an anatomical area or system pointed to by two examiners and 5 minutes for discussion.

5. Practical examination: Questions on 20 exhibits are to be asked. These will include items such as clinical photographs, slides, instruments, X-rays, Ultrasonograms, ECG tracings, Laboratory reports, Pathological specimens. Duration- 40 minutes.

6. Oral Examinations:

Two Examiners will question the candidate on different aspects of Family Medicine, diagnosis management entries made in Log-Book and also their involvement in community based activities. Duration- 20 minutes.

7. Examiners: The examination shall be conducted by Examiners appointed by University on the recommendation of the Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research.

Two of the Examiners shall be from Family Medicine.
8. Examination Procedures:

The Director of the Institute in consultation with the Examiners shall determine all details of the examination.

9. Result Publication:

As soon as possible after the examination, the Examiners shall report to the Controller of examinations for publication of the result. Successful candidates shall be declared to have passed the examination and the result shall be published putting the names of the successful candidates in order of merit. Each successful candidate shall be granted a Diploma



Family Physicians without proper training and experiences lead to improper diagnosis and management. The need for adequate education and training in Family Medicine exists both in developed countries and in developing countries like Bangladesh. The challenge of providing adequate training in Family Medicine is made more difficult by the diversity of the subject.

The situation of Family Medicine Practitioners in Bangladesh is a bit different from that of other countries. The Family Physicians of Bangladesh need education and training, but it is very much difficult for a practitioner to spare his practice. So, considering the situation, the Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research, the University of Science & Technology Chittagong has chalked out a 2-Step education programme for the Family Physicians in Bangladesh.


This programme is for the doctors who are already in the practice of Family Medicine without proper education and training in Family Medicine or willing to come in this subject. This is a Diploma course. This is designated as 'Family Medicine Diploma' (FMD).

Objectives of this course are
a. To help a qualified doctor to start the family medicine practice.

b. To help in providing minimum basic health care services to the people of Bangladesh irrespective of age, sex, location or economic status.


This is a 3 years long advanced course in Family Medicine. Like any other Postgraduate long course in Bangladesh, a limited number of doctors are expected to complete this course. Most of the qualified doctors will engage themselves in the teaching areas. The course is designated as Medical Doctorate [MD] in Family Medicine.


In conclusion the University of Science & Technology thinks that:

A. A minimum basic health care service should be available to the common people irrespective of their economic ability.

B. Family Medicine should develop as an independent subject in Bangladesh.


Family Medicine has no frontier, as there is constant adding of new things to it in response to everyday social needs, The Family Physicians provide care in the community for people and members of the family irrespective of their age or sex. As the first port of call for virtually all health related problems, the Family Physicians are at the front line of health service.

In Bangladesh, for decades, many medical graduates with the basic qualification started their own practice and they become known as General Practitioners (GP). For all practical purposes, Family Physicians (FP) and GP are same.

The FP of Bangladesh could no longer continue their studies in this particular field of medicine for the bulk of these professionals have no access to any continuing Medical Education (CME) programme in the Government as well as Private sector. Practically there is no facility for training and educating those FP who are already in practice.

On 7 & 28 April 1995, a group of physicians, realizing the need of the time, decided to form an organization for the Family Physicians of Bangladesh, which is known as Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians. The First National Conference and Annual General Meeting was held on 8 November 1996.

From the very beginning the Academy tried to arrange Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs for its members as well as non-member FP. To update their knowledge, these CME programs are offered on last Friday of every month.

Academy Members felt the necessity of offering organized courses for the Family Physicians. On 17 July 1998 The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research (BIFMR) is established for this purpose. In the initial phase the institute will offer ‘Family Medicine Diploma [FMD]’ course. Gradually, BIFMR is expected to introduce Master and Doctoral programmes in Family Medicine.


The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research is a non-profit organisation. The students of the FMD course should pay the following types of fees:

a) Admission Fee

b) Course Fee

c) Examination Fee

d) Any other Fee decided by the Institute

The Course fee includes lecture fees, practical fees, etc. The amount is fixed by the Institute and is payable directly into the Bank account of the Institute as decided by the Institute, The amount has to be deposited in full during admission into the course or in installments as decided by the Institute.


The Institute has a library in its premises, which contains up-to-date Books and journals. It remains open on all weekdays during office time. Library and its attached reading rooms can be used by the students. At present borrowing facilities are not available.

The Library has education audiovisual aids. The students can see the same after paying required fees during office hour. The library has previous Log­book of FMD examinations. Students can read the dissertations in office hour.

Copying of Books, journals, Dissertations or Videos are not allowed. The Institute has rules and regulations for proper utilization of the Library.


Question papers of previous years may be obtained from the Institute on payment of small fee. Course Curriculum and Prospectus of the FMD course are also available from the Institute on payment of fee. Inquiries should be made to the office of the Institute.


The Institute is in a process of introducing MD course. The course will continue for three years consisting of Part I Basic, Part II Thesis and Part III Clinical.

The BIFMR is in a dialogue with some Internationally reputed Institute for introducing Ph.D. programmes jointly. Co-guide may be selected from collaborating Institute and a part of the research work may be done there. We are very much hopeful about our future programmes.


All communications regarding FMD Course and Examination should be addressed to:

The Director,

The Bangladesh Institute of Family Medicine & Research,
7/BA, Eastern Plaza, 6th Floor, Hatirpool,
Dhaka-1205, Tel: 9668739


Academic Calendar year of FMD Course begins from the 1st of July and continues until the 30th June of the following year.

01. Date of advertisement : 15th April
02. Last date of distribution of the Application Form : 30th May
03. Last date of submission of the Application Form : 30th May
04. Last date of Admission & Registration of BIFMR : 30th June
05. Last date of Registration of USTC : 31st July
06. Delivery of ID Card & Course Schedule : Last Friday of July
07. Classes of FMD Course shall begin : Last Friday of July
08. Last date of submission of all dues & fees : 31st March
09. Last date of submission of Dissertation : 31st March
10. Last date of filling up of Examination Form : 15th April
11. The examination of FMD shall start on : 2 Friday of June
12. The results to be published by the University within : 30th June

NB: If the Institute remains closed in any of the above mentioned days the work will be done in the following working day.

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