The idea of going to another country and start a life as a doctor there from scratch sounds daunting, but it’s not impossible. We, as doctors, have to jump through a lot of hoops in our own country in terms of career progression and job satisfaction. And it’s not as though it’s bed of roses outside the country. You won’t just pass a few exams and be consultant. In the end, the decision is yours, as you are the one who will have the last say. I can only input what I have done to get to where I am now.

In this post I would specifically talk about the required papers a Bangladeshi doctor needs to obtain, and also the ways to obtain them.

What are the papers?

I assume you have passed your MBBS and either completed or are currently doing your internship.

Papers you may obtain before internship finishes:

  1. Your main MBBS certificate.
  2. Your academic transcript. (provided you’ve already collected all the marksheets of the professional exams)

Papers you obtain after your internship is done:

  1. Internship completion certificate from your hospital.
  2. BMDC full registration.

Papers you need to obtain after you pass PLAB 1:

  1. Certificate of Good Standing from BMDC.
  2. Letter from BMDC stating internship was accepted.
  3. Police Clearance Certificate.

All the papers that you need from the BM&DC for your GMC registration  and the process to obtain them are discussed in this post how to obtain papers from BM&DC for GMC registration : Part 2 (Bangladeshi Doctors).

The other required papers like passport, IELTS test report form I shouldn’t need to elaborate further.

Also the uniqueness of everyone’s case for UK Visa application demands further elaboration and detail about the documents it may need. Here’s the post about UK Visa Guidance : Supporting Documents (Part 2 of 3).

About the Police Clearance Certificate, it is better if you take one with you to the UK as it is sometimes required by your trust to issue you a Certificate of Sponsorship for your TIER 2 Visa. Please check this page to get detailed instructions about how to get one.

Back to our main discussion. In this post I will talk about obtaining main MBBS Certificate and academic transcript. The BMDC papers will be discussed in another post.

Main MBBS Certificate

(The discussed steps here are for Dhaka university. Other universities may differ slightly)

Why the “main” MBBS Certificate?

Because there is a provisional one too, which you can obtain anytime after your results are out. But as a rule of most of the universities our medical colleges are affiliated with is that they can’t provide you with a main certificate before convocation happens. Don’t worry, you won’t have to attend convocation to obtain that. It is just that you will have to apply for it AFTER convocation.

How to apply for MBBS certificate (main/provisional)?

The university your medical college is affiliated with will provide you one. There is an application process which involves:

  1. A filled application form (which is obtainable from the university’s registrar’s office 2nd floor or your medical college’s students’ section). The form also requires a copy of passport sized photo. The form should be signed and sealed by the principal of your medical college.
  2. A photocopy of your final prof exam admit card, attested by the principal also. (If you have lost it, you can also provide your final prof’s marksheet attested copy)

Dhaka University Registrar’s Building

Your next moves step by step are as follows:

  • Firstly, you take these papers to the Registrar’s office, DU to a room where they charge ?15 for the form (if you obtained that from your college, not from there) and attach a number to the form and staple everything together.
  • Then you take it to another room where they approve it and signs an amount to pay. (you’ll see the amount at the back of that application form.)
  • Now with that that form you take it the Janata Bank, TSC Branch. Inside the bank you will find a yellow form, three same sections – fill it up… deposit the money, the banker will keep two and return you one portion of the yellow paper.
  • KEEP THAT YELLOW PAPER SAFE. This is the proof you applied for one and when you receive it you’ll have to show it.
  • Take the form back where they approved it in the DU Registrar’s office.
  • They will write the date you will have to come to pick up behind your valuable yellow paper.

As far I remember it costs ?300 for the main certificate, and takes about 7 days. Urgent pay can make it happen in 2 days.

Main MBBS Certificate done.

Academic Transcript

(Again, the process described here is for Dhaka University)

This is basically an accumulation of your marksheets. Our medical college also provided an academic transcript with the same info, but as your decorated certificate of MBBS is titled with the affiliated university, it’s always better to have it.

No, you won’t need it anywhere in the PLAB process per se, but it holds vital information like the exact date of your passing MBBS (which is not stated in your decorated certificate).

What do you need?

  1. Photocopies of all your marksheets.
  2. A filled application form (?50) available in the transcript branch on the first floor of the DU registrar’s office.
  3. Copy of your MBBS Certificate.

Janata bank, TSC Branch, Dhaka

Exact same process of certificate withdrawal.

  • Checked and signed with an amount written.
  • Bank deposit. Return with yellow slip.
  • Submit and wait.

It costs ?1000 for the transcript, which takes a month. Urgent service costs either double or more which provides it in 7 days.

An important reminder here, you DO NOT need either your MBBS certificate or transcript to appear for PLABs. You will need these AFTER you pass the PLABs and apply for GMC registration. But it’s wise to keep the papers collected before even you go for PLAB 2 so that it makes your life easy and saves your valuable time after PLAB 2.

If you had given PLAB 1 during your internship, which is highly recommended, and already obtained the mentioned papers the only remaining paper connected to your institution is Internship Completion Certificate. There should be a logbook which has to be completed and signed from all the specialties and units you’ve rotated. I will suggest you start working on that one month before your internship finishes. Keep the logbook as it contains a lot of information about your internship.

To summarize, the timeline for collecting the papers can be as follows.

May 2018Passed Final Professional Exam
May-June 2018Your hospital and college should collaborate and arrange for your provisional registration with BMDC to commence your Internship.
During InternshipGet your MBBS Certificate (If they can’t provide you with main before 2020, keep a provisional at hand).

 

Get your final prof marksheet.

Apply to get academic transcript.

May-June 2019Internship ends and you obtain the internship completion certificate.

These papers involve a amount of running around from one place to another and then back again, but now that you have at least an idea of what to do, it shouldn’t be so bad. Good luck!

27 thoughts on “MBBS certificate & transcript (Bangladeshi Doctors)”

  1. For new medical colleges do gmc need any recognition or anything?? My medical is not listed in world medical dictionary..

  2. Thank you Dr. Ivan for your informative post.I have done a mistake when
    created my gmc account,I gave wrong mbbs passing date which is not matching with my final prof mark sheet’s date.How can I change my gmc account date(mbbs passing date)?

  3. In my mbbs certificate, my mother’s name saleha akter and in my passport mother’s name saleha , will it be a problem in future for getting gmc registration /plab-2 visa?
    I’m going to book for OET xm soon,InSha Allah.
    Thanks in advance?

    1. If your university does not issue a main certificate for some reason (convocation etc) get a provisional one and try EPIC verification with that. The verification papers go to your medical college, not university, so that won’t be an issue.

  4. FATEMA MOHAMMAD ALAM

    Hi there…….I wanted to find out regarding ….the “result publication date” in the M.B.B.S Academic Transcript from Dhaka University……..is it supposed to be the same as the date given on the M.B.B.S Final Professional Mark Sheet?
    Another matter I wanted to ask about is….that GMC says they will verify our degree “passed date”…..do they look at the academic transcript or final professional exam mark sheet dates to verify or do we have to give another document or do they contact Dhaka University?
    THANKS IN ADVANCE ….AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

    1. The date passed mentioned in your DU academic transcript will the the most correct one. If GMC asks for any paper, then just provide them with that. Otherwise have you got your PMQ EPIC verified?

      1. FATEMA MOHAMMAD ALAM

        I got my M.B.B.S academic transcript from Dhaka University last year, but they did not mention the “result publication date” on it……so will it be better if i ask them to grant me a new transcript with the “result publication date” on it? Also, I did not get my PMQ EPIC verified yet, I planned to open a GMC account first then move on to the verification process.

        1. It is not necessary to have a documented proof of that. Your final prof marksheet has a date on it. You can use that as passed date.

  5. Actually, i joined my medical college in 2007 in a medical college..i passed first prof from there with one deferred. However, from DG health in 2010,we all been transferred to different medical college. After tgat,i studied and completed my Pmq.now, problem is i m the 1st person from my college to sit for plab..they want to verify pmq.when i started to make online gmc account, i asks for starting date which i cannot remember and there is no way to contact with them.and they asks of i studied in two medical college?what should i do?

    1. Start date doesn’t need any proof in my experience. A guessed date will do as long as it is close to the original.
      And about studying your PMQ from different medical schools- Nobody can help you other than GMC. The process and paperwork is very individual application based, a third party like me can only speculate and further confuse you.
      SO, my advise, email GMC about it asking what will be your steps after passing PLABs so that you can stay prepared.

  6. Hi sir, i have an enquiry..problem is i forst admitted one medical college. However,after my completion of 1st prof DG health transferred us to some medical college..when they transferred, i again admitted into another medical college and passed from there.. i am the 1st person from my latest medical college to sit for plab.therefore,when i wanted to create an account on gmc,it asks for my start date(i dont have any documents for this as well as the medical is now stopped admitting students..)what to do now,when they ask that did you studied in seperate medical school? And i dont know the start date ,what to do now?
    Please guide me..i am really worried..will it be possible to become dr in the UK(as i dont hv other option but to continue my career in the UK)
    Can yoh please let me know..i am really worried..
    Thanks
    Kind regard
    rajia

    1. Start date doesn’t need any proof in my experience. A guessed date will do as long as it is close to the original.
      And about studying your PMQ from different medical schools- Nobody can help you other than GMC. The process and paperwork is very individual application based, a third party like me can only speculate and further confuse you.
      SO, my advise, email GMC about it asking what will be your steps after passing PLABs so that you can stay prepared.

  7. Hi Ibrahim, Assalam. Does Marksheet mean of all prof. exam or only of Final prof. Does it make any issue if there any reffered.?

    1. To get the transcript you need the mark-sheets of ALL the professional exams you have taken, 1st to final, regular and referred, ALL. And It will say on your transcript that you were referred. But being referred doesn’t stop or matters to you in any where in your road to the UK.

    1. GMC says your internship should be done immediately after your graduation. It needs to be completed within two years time since you graduate/take the final the final exam.

  8. Hey man, really appreciate all the effort you’ve put in to guide us through the journey. I graduated under DU and I wanted to clarify about certain aspects of EPIC registration.
    1. As they are asking for a PMQ, is it our MBBS certificate issued by DU or the final proff marksheet?
    2. If its the DU certificate, do i need to upload our final proff mark sheet as well as it has the results publication date that we provide for our PMQ.
    3. I didn’t yet apply for my transcript as i was under the impression that we don’t need it anymore as our passing date is mentioned in the marksheet. Do we still need it at any point of time during EPIC registration, GMC registration or elsewhere?
    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work brother. cheers!

    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      1. PMQ is only the MBBS Certificate.
      2. No only the MBBS Certificate is enough.
      3. Academic transcript will not be needed anywhere in the process but it adds to your portfolio which you might need later on in your career.

  9. Dr. Fatema Mohammad Alam

    Hi Ibrahim…..thanks for all the valuable help and guidance….recently i got my MBBS transcript of academic records from dhaka university registrar’s building ….. in my transcript they did not mention point no 14. Result publication date instead they mentioned …… Number of students in the class….so my concern is …..is the Result publication date important at any stage of the plab journey?……..thanks a lot in advance.

    1. Well, that date is basically the date you can say your passed date of MBBS. But if your transcript doesn’t mention that I’m sure your final professional exam’s marksheet states that. So yeah you need the PMQ passed date.

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