FAQ

 

- Who accredit medical schools in Iran?
-Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education

- Undergraduate medical programs are managed by the Secretariat of the Council for Undergraduate Medical Education, is that correct? The Secretariat of the Council for Undergraduate Medical Education is located in Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education. The training curriculum of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry devised uniformly for all universities of medical sciences by Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

- Does this organization also recognize new medical schools and programs? Yes.


- How often do schools/programs have to be re-evaluated? The re-evaluation is done based on certain terms and conditions set by Iranian Ministry of Health.

- Who accredits undergrad medical education programs in Iran? Is that the Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Boards or the Office of Deputy Minister for Education? The training curriculum of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry devised uniformly for all universities of medical sciences by Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.


- When can a student starts medical study? The Students can apply for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy academic program after achieving acceptable scores in the nationwide university entrance exam.

Admission to universities of medical sciences in Iran is competitive and restrictive and the main admission requirements are high school diploma and acceptance in nationwide official university entrance exam which is given once yearly by National Organization for Education Evaluation. The exam is a comprehensive, four and half hours multiple-choice exam that covers all subjects taught in Iranian high schools—from math and science to literature and foreign language. The Students can apply for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy academic program after achieving acceptable scores in the nationwide university entrance exam. Public universities, which are the only free educational institutes for higher education in the country, are at the top of Iran’s higher-education hierarchy. The students who score at the top of the nationwide university entrance exam can be accepted to public universities. Admission to the Islamic Azad University (a private university) and international branches of public universities is quite easier and the enrollees are subject to pay the tuition fees.

- What is the curriculum duration? Undergraduate medical training in Iran takes 7 years which will lead to the award of MD.

- Are there any other requirements such a one year internship?

Undergraduate medical training in Iran takes 7 years which will lead to the award of MD and consists of the following:
1- Two years of Basic Science Training followed by basic science exam which is a requirement to proceed to the next stage.
2- Three and half years of clinical training (theoretical training and hospital placements) followed by "Pre-Internship Examination" which is a requirement to proceed to internship.
3- Eighteen months of Internship during which a research dissertation should be submitted.
Medical students are assigned to specialized hospital wards where they care for patients and are supervised by board-certified faculty specialists who provide role modeling and expertise in providing patient care.

Upon completion of medical school and successfully submitting dissertation, MD is awarded.

- Is the final wall diploma and final transcript issued before or after the internship? After eighteen months of Internship and successfully submitting dissertation, MD is awarded.

- Can you please provide the curriculum breakdown/courses? The Curriculum is set by Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

- What is the final diploma degree title? Doctor of Medicine.

- What is the abbreviated title of the medical degree? MD

- Does the final diploma allows its holder to apply for a license to practice medicine as a General Practitioner? Yes. Upon completion of medical school and successfully submitting dissertation, MD is awarded. However in order to practice medicine in Iran, registration within Iranian Medical Council and License to Practice is required

- What are the requirements to be able to obtain a specialty medical license in Iran?

Iranian medical graduates can apply for a residency program after achieving adequate scores in the residency entrance exam, which is given once yearly by the National Center for Evaluation of Medical Education. The training curriculum of each residency program is devised uniformly for all universities of medical sciences by Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education and is consisted of a 4-6year training of major and collateral rotations in specialized hospital wards and divisions as well as continuity clinics where they care for patients and are supervised by board-certified faculty specialists who provide role modeling and expertise in providing care.

There are specified learning goals and objectives in the Iranian curriculum for each residency program. These objectives are stipulated as specific competencies and skills in the curriculum and correspond to activities expected of residents on each clinical rotation.

 

Upon completion of postgraduate program and successfully submitting dissertation, the graduates become eligible for National Board Exam. Board Certification is granted to the specialists who achieve adequate scores in this exam.

By submitting the Specialty Certification to IRIMC, doctors can receive License to Practice as specialist in the chosen field. However, IRIMC recognizes the previous certifications of specialists and they are eligible to practice medicine as general practitioners/physicians as well.

 

-  Is there any specific titles for postgraduate certificate in dentistry?
The graduates of dentistry receive Doctorate Degree who are entitled with the title of “Doctor”. They can legally use the title of “Dr. “and write it before their names.
Undergraduate training in dentistry in Iran takes 6 years which will lead to the award of DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

In addition to general dentistry, there are recognized dental specialties in Iran. To become a specialist requires one to train in a residency or advanced graduate training program

 

-  Is there any difference between Iranian board and Iranian specialty certificate?

Yes. Upon completion of postgraduate program and successfully submitting dissertation, Specialty certificate is awarded and the graduate becomes eligible for National Board Exam.
Board Certification is granted to the specialists who achieve adequate scores in this exam.