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.

 

- Whom should our applicants contact in order for them to be issued a medical registration/license?

Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Upon completion of medical school and successfully submitting dissertation in Iran, MD is awarded to medical doctors. (For foreign graduates, it is needed their primary medical qualification to be approved by Iranian Ministry of Health (MOH)). However in order to practice medicine in Iran, registration with IRIMC and license to practice is needed. IRIMC registers medical doctors and gives them membership/license number and License to Practice that makes them eligible to practice medicine in Iran. After registration with IRIMC, medical doctors receive their own membership card.

 

- We have seen Licenses issued by the Medical Council of Iran and the Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education, can you please let me know what each document stands for? And if both are needed to be able to practice medicine in Iran?

MOH used to issue two certificates named:”Temporary & Permanent License to Practice”. Iranian medical graduates who aim to work in Iran are subject to enrolling Government Service: military service (for male doctors) and working in MOH rural clinics and hospitals (for male and female doctors) for certain months.
MOH Temporary License to Practice showed the holder had successfully finished his/her medical school and received MD and showed the holder was
subject to enrolling Government Service. The mentioned certificate should have been submitted to IRIMC for registration and obtaining License to Practice for a certain district where the enrollee had to serve in Government Service.
Permanent License to Practice however showed the holder had fulfilled his/her government service and was eligible to obtain License to Practice Medicine by IRIMC.

According to IRIMC Constitution & Bylaws and Article 36 & 62 of Law for the Fifth Development Plan of Iran, MOH officially announced on 21 August 2013 that MOH Temporary & Permanent License to Practice Certificates would not be issued anymore.

 

- What credentials do they issue as evidence of this registration?

 IRIMC Membership Card

 

- Can a medical practitioner be registered in two different provinces or cities at the same time?

All medical practitioners are registered and licensed by IRIMC. IRIMC registration/license number is valid nationwide. Therefore, the registered medical practitioner is recognized as medical physician across the country. However, for practicing medicine, IRIMC registered members must apply for License to Practice which is issued based on certain terms and conditions and just for a specific city.  The licensee can practice in his/her private office and hospital/health institutions. As a matter of fact, generally, medical practitioners are not licensed to practice medicine in two different cities at the same time. 
There is one exception to this rule: The country faces specialty physicians shortage in some specific specialties & in some specific areas. In this case, under certain terms and conditions, IRIMC issues the second License to Practice:
-It must be proven that, one particular city is in need for a specific specialty/subspecialty
-It must be proven that the number of physicians who completed residency training in a specific postgraduate study is not enough to cover all cities
-The cities must be at the same province or nearby provinces
-The License to Practice medicine for the second city is only for working in one specific hospital or treatment center.

  

- Can a medical practitioner be registered in two different specialties simultaneously (for example, as a pediatrician and a general practitioner)?

  

A candidate for specialty certification must have achieved initial certification as general practitioner/physician. IRIMC recognizes the previous certifications of specialists and they are eligible to practice medicine as general practitioners/physicians as well.

 

- Are medical practitioners required to work in remote areas for three years following graduation from medical school?

Iranian medical practitioners who aim to work in Iran are subject to enrolling Government Service following graduation: military service (for male doctors) and working in remote areas (for male and female doctors) for certain months.

It is maximum 2 years for general practitioners/physicians and 4-12 years for specialists. The latter is based on certain terms and conditions set by Iranian Ministry of Health.

 

- Are medical practitioners prohibited from working outside their universities during their specialist training?

Yes.

 

 

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

-Approved MD degree which is awarded upon completion of medical school and successfully submitting dissertation;
-Registration with IRIMC and receiving IRIMC Registration/License Number;
-Submitting requested certified CME Credits