The government of Bangladesh established Patuakhali Medical College in 2014, along with new medical colleges at Rangamati, Jamalpur, Manikganj, Tangail, and Sirajganj. Instruction began in 2015.
Students at the college demonstrated in 2015, calling for the reinstatement of the “carry on” examination system. The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree programme is divided into four parts by the first, second, and third professional examinations. If a student fails one of these exams, they may sit it again six months later. Under the 2002 “carry on” system, students could continue taking classes in the next academic session while preparing to retake an exam. This system was strongly favoured by medical students, but strongly opposed by their teachers. The Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council eliminated “carry on” in 2013, after which students who failed a professional exam were not allowed to continue classes until they had passed it, causing them to lose up to a year in the process.