Overview of International Medical College (IMC) Gazipur
International Medical College (IMC) was established in the year 2000 after completing all formal procedures and after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It started with 20 students in the academic session 1999-2000. Since then the number of students progressively has been increasing every year.
The International Medical College & Hospital is located on the outskirts of the commercial township of Tongi and is about 22 km away from the city center of Dhaka. The major bus stands/terminals, railway station, and Shahjalal International Airport are within a maximum distance of 30 minutes.
The campus stands in a solitary environment amidst green vegetation, spaced villages and large water bodies. One takes a walk around the campus to take a fresh breath while enjoying the panorama and picturesque that the site offers. Everything combines and converges here to make it a perfect place for learning.
The present campus of the College has an area of about 9 acres of land. The college and all preclinical and para-clinical departments are located in the academic building. The Classrooms, Dissection hall, Laboratories, Museum, Library, and other facilities are appropriately arranged on various floors of the Academic Building.
International Medical College Hospital (IMCH) is the academic hospital of the College. It is a 650 bedded multidisciplinary Hospital Complex that is located in proximity to the College building.
IMC always gives preference to students’ affairs on priority basis. Since we believe that a tranquil, soothing lodging is an inevitable necessity, especially for medical students, we have arranged well-furnished accommodations for male and female students in two separate hostels. Three-storied Boys' Hostel is located on the bank of the lake inside the campus. The newly built three-storied Girls' Hostel is situated beside the College building. There are separate blocks for foreign male and female students. Both the hostels are adequately furnished with articles needed for everyday living and entertainment. Well trained cooks for both local and foreign students are provided by the College for both the hostels.
Students not residing in the hostels are provided with pick-up and drop-off facilities from certain points in the city. A special transport facility is provided twice a month to the students residing in the hostels to go to the city for shopping or other related activities.
Beautification of the Campus
The sprawling College campus is situated at a place having scenic beauty. Recently a lake has been excavated within the campus which has added greater beauty to the picturesque view of the campus. Further beautification of the campus is going on and a massive landscaping program has been undertaken by following the architectural design prepared by renowned architects of the country.
College regularly arranges sports, cultural functions, annual picnic and other entertainment events for the students. Debating competitions are also held periodically.
The academic Faculty of the college consists of about 104 members comprising distinguished academicians with proven teaching and research excellence. Each department and discipline is headed by a professor/associate professor who leads his team to conduct the courses and prepare the students to become future doctors.
There is a carefully drawn master plan to develop this college as multi-dimensional teaching and training institute for medical education. Initially the college started with only MBBS course and gradually following programs are being initiated:
1. The B. Sc. Nursing Course started its journey in the year 2007.
2. Post-Basic B.Sc. Nursing has been introduced in 2014
2. International Health Technology Unit, started B. Sc. in Health Technology (Laboratory) since 2013
- To produce young, energetic community-oriented five-star medical graduates.
- To motivate students to a spiritual awakening of the expectations desired of them by the society.
- To turn IMC into a place for medical research, and adequately train the students so that they find it easy to get jobs both at home and abroad.
Course and Curriculum
The course offered (MBBS) is of 5 years duration. The curriculum is approved by the University of Dhaka and BMDC, and it is strictly followed in the college.
Pre-clinical subjects: Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry.
Para-clinical subjects: Community Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Pharmacology, Pathology and Microbiology.
Clinical subjects: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medicine, Surgery, and their allied subjects.
Overhead projector, Epidiascope, Multimedia projector, and other audiovisual equipment, VCR, and VCD are used to make assimilation easy. Seminars and symposiums are organized on regular basis to ensure the acquaintances of students with the latest development in medical science. A student can get access to information highway through the internet facilities of the college. The departments extensively utilize the facilities for making instruction more useful and effective. The teachers make learning easy for the students with the help of audio-visual equipment and multimedia setup.
English Language Courses
A special English language course will have to be undertaken by all the students who are admitted into the college. This course will be conducted by the faculty members from Kean University, New Jersy, USA, who specialize in teaching English to Health Professionals. The fee for this course is included in the admission fees and other charges.
The students are generally taught by lectures, clinical demonstrations, tutorials and practical ward demonstrations, seminars, symposiums, workshops, field visits, and residential field site training (RFST),demonstration and autopsy. Students’ results depend on their performance on each item. Regular Assessment of the student is done as per University, BMDC & Govt. criteria. Academic progress reports of students are sent to their guardians time to time.
International Medical College pursues excellence by implementing BMDC-approved new MBBS curricula utilizing effective instructional methods and media, providing a motivational environment, and continuously monitoring and rigorously evaluating all teaching-learning activities. To keep students abreast with updated knowledge, there are arrangements of seminars/workshops on different Medical topics from time to time.
We arrange field visits for students in different institutes of public health importance to acquire practical knowledge about health problems. Residential Field Site Trainings (RFST) are also included in the programme. Students in the 3rd and 4th years are sent to Dhaka Medical College for 10 consecutive days for autopsy training.
Students of first batch (IMC-1) started their clinical course and training at IMCH from the year 2002 and all the following batches are completing their 40 weeks of ward duties (16 weeks in Medicine, 16 weeks in General Surgery and 4 weeks each in Pediatrics and Orthopedics & Traumatology) as per BMDC rules.
Students are placed in ward duties as per roaster suggested in the BM&DC Curriculum. More than 500 patients are attending the outpatient departments (OPD) daily on payment of a nominal amount and on weekly free treatment days.
Outpatient services are in-built with the in-patient services of other departments like medicine, gastroenterology, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, obstetrics & gynecology, physiotherapy, and dentistry, The in-patient departments have a total of 500 beds of which about 20 (the number is flexible) are free.
The library is located in the College Building and has a collection of a sufficient number of text and reference books, monographs, and journals on various subjects. This is a fully automated/computerized library & customized software has been used. It provides update information to students and teachers. It has a user-friendly open stack easy access system. The Library has a reading room, which can accommodate about 81 students. There is a separate reading room for teachers adjacent to the library.
Library remains open from 8 am to 9 pm. The librarian is well-experienced with Masters Degree in library science who is assisted by assistant librarians. There is a modern library facility with enough computers for teachers and students. There is access to WIFI Internet.
The students successfully passing the final MBBS examination will have to undergo one-year log-book-based rotatory internship training. Within this 1 year, 11 months and 15 days of training will be at International Medical College Hospital (IMCH) and 15 days at Upazilla Health Complex. During internship training subsistence allowances are given to the interns.