Bhutan is a beautiful, landlocked Kingdom bordered with China and India. This small country has population of 770000 (2015 est.) and is rated as one of the happiest country in Asia. Buddhism is main religion while Thimphu is largest and capital city. Bhutanese is national language while English is used officially and widely understood.
Health care system is being modernized and overseen by Ministry of Health of Bhutan. There are 31 hospitals in the country. Apart from western medicine, traditional and Tibetan medicine is also popular in the country.
Medical and Health Council of Bhutan is certification and regulation authority for medical professionals in the country.
More health statistics about Bhutan can be seen here
Life expectancy statistics in Bhutan are
Undergraduate Medical Education
Modern Medical education in Bhutan is not much developed. So doctors from foreign neighbouring countries work there. Bhutan’s only Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences has two National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Royal Institute of Health Sciences offering Bachelor of Traditional Medicine (Drungtsho) and Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Public Health respectively. Though these institutes are not enough to meet the needs for health services in the country. So Bhutanese doctors come from neighboring countries i.e. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Srilanka etc
Recently postgraduate medical education center of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences has started residency training program in
- MD General Practice
- MS General Surgery
- MS Ophthalmology
- MD Pediatrics
- MD Anesthesiology
- MS Gynecology & Obstetrics
There are two types of registration of medical doctors in Bhutan:
Initially temporary/provisional registration certificate is given for one year which upon expiration doctors can apply for full registration.
Foreign medical graduates with required documents mentioned in documentation section below, can apply for registration/license to practice medicine in Bhutan.
Graduates will be issued with temporary registration at first and later they can apply for permanent/full registration once temporary registration expires.
For list of documents to be submitted check below documentation section.
For renewal of registration doctors have to complete just 30 credit hours of CME (Continuous Medical Education) within last 5 years. Registration shall be renewed only after 5 years.
There is no examination currently for residency or registration for doctors in Bhutan. Residency training depends upon availability of place and acceptance of relevant department at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.
Detailed Fee structure for registration can be seen here
All foreign medical graduates need to submit mentioned documents (below in documentation section) with fee to Medical and Health Council of Bhutan.
- Duly filled and signed temporary registration application form
- Original and certified copy (notarize) of Secondary School Certificate, Basic medical qualification and transcript/mark sheet.
- Two passport size photographs.
- A copy of Passport.
- Original registration certificate from home country or country of employment with its health/medical registration authority and with good standing certificate (if issued by that authority).
- Character Certificate (if applicable).
- Medical fitness certificate from hospital.
- Registration fee.
- Specialists have to submit additional qualification registration form with all above documents.
Postgraduate Medical Education
Apart from residency training by postgraduate medical education center of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences .
Postgraduate training options are limited in Bhutan. Foreign medical graduates can earn CME credit points in Bhutan which are necessary for maintaining full registration in the country. These CME courses, health workshops, seminars etc are conducted, supervised and monitored by Medical and Health Council of Bhutan and Ministry of Health of Bhutan.