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North Bengal Medical College

North Bengal Medical College

Established : 1968
Type : Co-Education
President : --
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : Dr. Prof. Samir Ghosh Roy
Former Name : NBMC
Location : Silliguri
Affiliation(s) : West Bengal University of Health Sciences
Category : Undergraduate & Postgraduate
Accreditation / Recognition : MIC
Department(s) : Medical Science

Undergraduate (MBBS) level :

Overall planning of the MBBS course and rationality

As per the guidelines of the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, the entire tenure of training of a medical graduate student is divided in four Professional MBBS examinations (university terminal examinations) with one year of compulsory rotatory internship.

»  1st Professional MBBS examination (Pre-clinics)

To be appeared after first two semesters (one year). It encroaches three basic subjects of medical science (Pre-clinical) i.e. Anatomy, where one should know every detail structures of human body; Physiology, where a student will come to know that how all the parts of our body serves its normal function; and Biochemistry, where one can learn the structural and functional harmony in very molecular level.

»  2nd Professional MBBS examination (Para-clinics)

To be appeared after the end of fifth semester (one and half year). In this tenure one should learn the Para-clinical subjects i.e. Microbiology, which teaches about different micro-organisms culminating different human diseases; Pathology, where the mechanism of diseases is being taught; Pharmacology, where one should learn about the details of the drugs and their uses and fourthly the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology is been taught, which deals different legal aspects of the medical crimes.

»  3rd Professional MBBS examination (Clinics)

This is the vastest tenure of the entire MBBS curriculum involving four semesters (two years), which deals with all the clinical subjects, trained in hospital at bedside of the patient. A student is desired to learn the bedside diagnosis and possible management of a particular disease. He/ she also directed to attend different emergency-managements under guidance. For feasibility the entire tenure is subdivided in two-

Part = 1 :

This is a course of two semesters (one year), dealing with three subjects as, Ophthalmology (Eye), Otolaryngology (ENT), where all the diseases and managements of the eye and ear-nose-throat are done respectively. Community Medicine, another subject in this part is taught to the students (from the very first year), which actually trains a students about different public health problems and its preventions.

Part = 2 :

This is a course of two semesters (one year), here a student undergoes the training in bedside clinics (i.e. diagnosis and management of a particular disease) in General Medicine, General Surgery including Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Paediatrics.

»  Compulsory rotatory internship

An obvious part of the MBBS training, where a student learns the diagnosis and managements of different diseases with his/her rotatory duties in different disciplines of Clinical subjects. After completion of this he/she is to be considered for award of the MBBS degree.

Post-graduate (MD/MS) level :

Courses of three years' duration in 12 disciplines like, Anatomy (4), Physiology (4), Pathology (7), Forensic Medicine & Toxicology (2), Community Medicine (3), General Medicine (4), General Surgery (4), Gynaecology & Obstetrics (2), Ophthalmology (2), ENT diseases (2), Anaesthesiology (4), Orthopaedics (2), Paediatrics (4), Radiodiagnosis (2) under the WB Univ. of Health sciences, Kolkata.

Post-Graduate Courses :

  •   MD Pathology
  •   MD Anaesthesiology
  •   MS Anatomy
  •   MD Physiology
  •   MD Community Medicine
  •   MD Paediatrics
  •   MD Medicine
  •   MS Surgery
  •   MS Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  •   MS Orthopaedics
  •   MD Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
  •   MS Ophthalmology
  •   MS Oto-rhino-laryngology
  •   MD Radiodiagnosis
  •   MD Psychiatry
  •   MD Biochemistry
  •   MD Microbiology

Research Level (Super-Specialization) :

  •   Nephrology
  •   Cardiology
  •   Neurology

Paramedical and Technician :

  •   D.M.L.T - Diploma in Medical Lab Technology
  •   D.P.T - Diploma in Physical Medicine
  •   D.Dial - Diploma in Dialysis
  •   D.R.D - Diploma in Radiology

Admission Criteria of North Bengal Medical College :

Admission to this government medical college for undergraduate course(MBBS) is through competitive entrance exams.

15% of the seats are filled through the All India Pre-Medical Test. The rest are admitted through the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (Medical).

For postgraduate courses one has to clear the West Bengal Postgraduate Medical Entrance or All India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination. From the year 2013 post graduate students are going to be selected from single All India entrance, National Eligibility and Entrance Test.

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North Bengal Medical College is located in Siliguri, India. It is the largest healthcare facility in the North Bengal region of West Bengal serving as a tertiary referral institute and has teaching programs for graduation and postgraduation. It is one of the twelve government medical colleges in West Bengal. The hospital has a bed strength of 862 and caters to a large population of 15 million in North Bengal and many more from the surrounding states of north east India and the neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

It was established in 1968 as the first medical college of North Bengal. Originally envisioned by Dr. B. C. Roy, the planning was executed by Ajit Kumar Panja, the then state health minister. Prof. Ajit Kr. Duttagupta joined as the first official principal of the college which was then known as North Bengal University Medical College. NBUMC was rechristened in August 1978 to North Bengal Medical College & Hospital and the administrative control went from North Bengal University to Govt. of West Bengal.

In 2004, the institute achieved the milestone to be reckoned as the Post-graduate institute with introduction of MD/MS courses in five specialised disciplines like Anatomy, Physiology, Community Medicine, Pathology and Anesthesiology, which were recognized by the Medical Council of India in 2007. Since then more postgraduate courses were added in the fields of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, General Medicine, Surgery, Gynae & Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology and ENT Diseases. Postgraduate seats in the fields of Radiodiagnosis (already sanctioned), Psychiatry, Microbiology, Biochemistry (in process) will be added in near future.

From 2013 onwards Undergraduate seats has been increased by 50, which makes the annual undergraduate students intake to 150.

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