Medical Assistants/ Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officer: The Physician Assistant Comparable in Bangladesh
Keywords:Medical Assistants, Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officer, Physician Assistant, Bangladesh
The Medical Assistant Training (MAT) course began in 1976 after the partition of Bengal in 1947 resulted in the development of both the State Medical Faculty of East Pakistan and State Medical Faculty of Bangladesh. These faculties have been holding examinations and awarding diplomas and certificates to candidates who have completed their course requirements.
The State Medical Faculty of Bangladesh was established in 1972 from the continuation of The Bengal Act-1914 for the purpose of holding examinations and awarding diplomas to L.M.F. and M.M.F doctors. After partition of Bengal in 1947, The State Medical Faculty of East Pakistan was created for the same purpose. Subsequently Compoundership, Dressership, Para-medical Technicians, Medical Assistant and Village Doctor (Palli Chikitshak) courses have been introduced and this Faculty has been holding examinations and awarding diplomas and certificates to the successful candidates. To prescribe syllabi for Medical Assistants, Palli Chikitshaks and all kinds of Technicians namely, Community Health Workers, Mid-Level Ophthalmic Assistant, Health and Sanitary, Laboratory Medicine, Radiology & Imaging, Dentistry, Sanitary Inspectorship, Physiotherapy, Radiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Operation Theatre Assistant, Intensive Care Assistant, Cardiac Perfusion, Cardiology and Prosthetic & Orthotics.
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