History of CME:
A project for Strengthening Health Manpower development program was undertaken and completed in early 1980s with the following objectives –
1. Restructuring of the existing curricula and examination system
2. Exposure and orientation of teachers to teaching methods, developed in other countries by means of short and long term fellowships
3. Establishing a properly functioning teachers training unit to prepare teachers in all aspects of medical education including modern technology and curriculum design
4. Establishing a properly functioning central and peripheral audiovisual units, laboratories and libraries.
In view of evaluation the project was closed, and a new project named “Development of Centre for Medical Education” was commissioned on 3 September 1981. As a result the Centre for Medical Education (CME) was established in 1983 to meet the national needs for strengthening the medical education system to ensure an integrated and community oriented health services.
Functions of CME
• Conducting Masters in Medical Education (MMEd) Course and short courses in Health professions education.
• Curriculum Development for undergraduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS), nursing course, medical assistants’ course (MATS), health technologists’ course (IHT) etc.
• Implementation, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of undergraduate course curriculum of different medical and related health institutes and recommends for their accreditation.
• Training of teachers of Postgraduate Medical Institutes, Medical Colleges, Nursing Colleges, and Institute of health technologies and Medical Assistant Training Schools (MATS).
• Developing Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) for educational and training institutes and facilitating its implementation.
• Provide technical support to Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BM&DC) ,Bangladesh Nursing Council (BNC), State Medical Faculty (SMF) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) regarding health personnel education.
• Training of trainers (TOT) for health personnel training.
• Organizing educational management training.
• Developing instructional materials and training on use of instructional materials.
• Organizing continuing education programs for health professional development.
• Providing technical assistance to Human Resource Development (HRD) institutes and other training institutes as and when required.
• Working in collaboration and establishing linkage with HRD units within the country, development partners and abroad.
• Conducting educational research.
The CME is situated at the 3rd floor of a 4 storied building (approx. 7500 sqft) at Mohakhali, Dhaka. The building accommodates the office of the Director, Faculty Members, Library, Class rooms, conference room, Audio-visual unit and a state-of-the-art IT corner etc.