Message from President

A specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation known as Physiatrist treats patients with physical and/or cognitive impairments and disabilities that result from musculoskeletal, neurological or other medical conditions. Physiatrists have expertise in medications, therapeutic exercise and interventions for management of pain and spasticity, electro diagnosis, prostheses, orthoses and other equipment to assist daily activities and coordinate treatment to help patients improve their physical, psychological, social and vocational function.

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Message from General Secretary

A Physiatrist or PMR physician is a medical specialist in pain, paralysis, musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatological diseases, diseases of nerve and brain, injury and illness related to disability. Physiatrist approaches to patient with a look at the person as a whole not just the disease or condition. BAPMR is the national medical specialty organization in Bangladesh that represents about 260 Physiatrists nationwide. The association started its journey in 1995 under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Md. Quamrul Islam the father of Physical Medicine in Bangladesh. Since the beginning the association has been sincerely working to raise the awareness regarding the specialty among physicians and general people. Our members are actively participating in scientific meeting at national, regional and international level with exchange of new ideas in the field of Physiatry. BAPMR has been organizing scientific seminars, symposium, workshops and international days related to disability regularly.

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The history of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation dates back to 1931 when it was established as a separate specialty by the Royal Society of Medicine in UK. Dr. Frank Krusen the Father of PM&R first drew the importance of this specialty in the rehabilitation of thousands of wounded disable soldiers of 2nd World War. In 1947, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was formed through Dr. Krusen’s concept of “Rehabilitation is better than convalescence”.

In Bangladesh, the pioneer of PM&R is Prof. Dr. Quamrul Islam. This specialty has started its journey in 1969 when Prof. Quamrul Islam established the department in Dhaka Medical College Hospital after completing his post graduation on Physical Medicine from UK. Through his dynamic leadership PM&R has gained the momentum with the introduction of FCPS and MD courses in 1989 and 1998 respectively in Bangladesh. From January 2010 the MD course also started in Dhaka Medical College Hospital. So far about 88 Physiatrists have completed their post graduation in PM&R and are serving for the betterment of people with disability and their rehabilitation in home and abroad.

BAPMR the only national society for Physiatrists in Bangladesh was formed in 1995. Since then it has been working to create awareness of this specialty, upholding the importance of PM&R and promoting the Physiatrists in national and international arena.