The birth of
Bangladesh Medical Society of NSW
Dr. Shareef ud Dowla
Founding President, BMS NSW
The BMS history is a rich narrative of tradition, culture, brotherhood professionalism and camaraderie, Very few doctors migrated to Australia before 1980s. A regular migration of doctors of Bangladeshi origin really started from 1985 when very few doctors and myself migrated, In fact we all passed AMC exam by 1986-87 giving the AMC book a 100% pass rate for doctors from Bangladesh. “This is tradition continued even today with overall pass rate of 60-70% surpassing many other countries. Since late 90’s when a large group of doctors migrated from New Zealand our desire to form an Association got ignited. Tutorials of Bangladeshi doctors in Westmead Hospital lecture theatre was a regular occurrence. We always had a strong desire to practice our culture and pass it to our next generation. All medical colleges had strong cultural tradition. We again got together in Parramatta Park, Westmead in 2002. Due to various reasons we could not form an Association. In June, 2010 Dr Sadeque Ahmed took a bold initiative with few motivated doctors to meet me at my home in West Pennant Hills for an informal meeting to start a process to form an Association, Following this another meeting took place on the following week in Dr Ayaz and Jessie Chowdhury’s house in Castle Hill. We formed an Ad hoc Committee.
Dr Zakir Parvez then send email invitation to all Bangladeshi doctors to attend a meeting in Rouse Hill Community Centre, presided by Dr Kamal
Ahmed where a convening committee was formed. I was elected as the Convener and Dr Motiur Rahman as the Co-Convener. The Convening Committee then proceeded quickly to call an election, write a constitution with the new name of Bangladesh Medical Society of NSW which was proposed by Dr Moinul Islam. This culminated in a major breakthrough and resulted in a larger formal annual meeting and
election of BMS of NSW in August 2010 in Waterfront restaurant, Olympic Park. Dr Shafiqur Rahman was the election Commissioner. The meeting was attended by close to 150 doctors, many of them were studying to pass AMC exams. I can now say with great pleasure that most of those AMC candidates of 2010 are now registered medical practitioners in Australia imbued with pride and dignity of Bangladeshi heritage. The BMS history is a rich narrative or tradition, culture, brotherhood professionalism and camaraderie. The tradition of helping doctors to pass AMC examination continued with great enthusiasm when the first or rounding executive committee was formed.
The aim and objective of the Society was followed with great enthusiasm and interest. Of particular interest Dr Moliur Rahman worked tirelessly for the first four years as General Secretary Dr Najmunnahar successfully took the responsibility of the Education Subcommittee. Dr Moinul Islam, Dr Zakir Parvez and Dr Shaila ISIam took great care in the organizational infrastructure and membership. Dr Jesrnin Shalique took great care in the treasury in the subsequent years and Dr Sabbir Siddique took great interest in reflecting our cultural heritage just to name a few. In our first annual meeting we also gave life time honorary membership to Dr M R
Chowdhury, Late DrM Mufamil Ali, Late Dr Aminul Islam,
Our future lies in uniting all Bangladeshi doctors under one banner of Federated union that is inspired in our constitution. Our essential objective is to help new migrant Bangladeshi doctors to pass the AMC exam and to get registration and a job, to get united with the doctors of Bangladeshi parents who graduated from Australian Universities and continue to put emphasis on our culture and tradition in a professional way.
With best regards to all