The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo is the second oldest Medical School in South Asia and the forerunner of university education in Sri Lanka. Established in 1870 as the Ceylon Medical College, its status was elevated to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ceylon by 1942. Until 1995, the MBBS course was on traditional lines. Subsequently, it widened its horizons to spearhead the new medical curriculum that provides a more student-centered learning environment. One of the key features of this curriculum was an Undergraduate Electives Programme.
The Colombo Medical Faculty was the first medical school in Sri Lanka to have introduced an Electives Programme in its undergraduate curriculum. It was done in recognition of medicine as a highly complex and diverse field leading to varied needs and interests of medical students.
With the Global Health initiative and the university objective of developing strategic international links with centres of academic excellence, the Colombo Medical Faculty has extended the Electives Programme to overseas undergraduates in medical and allied health sciences.
We invite you to experience the Sri Lankan perspective of health in an atmosphere of academic excellence and international goodwill.
The Medical Faculty consists of;
over 1500 student population
academic staff of 150
seventeen academic departments which include department of Medical Education, Department of Medical Humanities and Department of Allied Health Science
other special units such as human genetics unit, research promotion and facilitation centre, skills laboratory, audio-visual unit and virtual learning center.
National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, De Soysa Hospital for Women and Castle Street Hospital for Women;
function as the apex tertiary care hospitals in Sri Lanka for adult, maternal and child health care services,
serve as the main teaching hospitals for the medical students,
provide teaching for final year undergraduates and postgraduates through the Professorial Units located within them which also provide in-ward and clinic care.
Provide specialized services such as kidney transplant programme, vascular surgical unit and mammography in some of the wards.
The clinical experience in Professorial Units (University Units) is vast with a multitude of clinical material as in-ward and clinic patients.
Referral laboratories such as renal research laboratory, cytogenetic diagnostic laboratories, malaria research unit and immune-histo chemistry laboratories are located in the Faculty. Judicial work within the Colombo JMO area, genetic counseling and drug information service are some of the special services performed by the Faculty.
There is a University Health Project area for field based teaching on preventive medicine to give an exposure to students on the provision of maternal and child health care, disease surveillance and other public health services.
A wide range of clinical, para-clinical and laboratory services are delivered to the patients by the staff of the academic departments.
The Faculty has acclaimed world-wide recognition for medical research.
Some are conducted in collaboration with other research institutes/universities such as OX-COL project with the University of Oxford.
Some departments are centers of excellence for training in research for undergraduates as well as postgraduates.
A wide range of basic and applied researches conducted by the Faculty contribute towards the improvement of health status of the country.
Most projects are funded by national research agencies or UN agencies.
Some departments serve as WHO collaborating centres
The Elective Programme for overseas undergraduates at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is administered by the International Unit.
The International Unit is managed by a Committee which consists of a Chairperson, Convenor and members representing all departments and Units of the Faculty.
The International Unit has an office in the Administrative Building of the Faculty which is manned by a coordinator
The chairperson, convenor and members of the committee are academic staff of the Faculty with their own expertise and carry out the Elective programme work on honorary basis.
Elective programme comprises appointments on a variety of disciplines offered by all fourteen academic departments of the Faculty. These are conducted in different settings: hospital, field and within the Faculty.
Maximum duration in one department = 6 weeks
Minimum duration in one department = 2 weeks
Maximum duration for the entire elective attachment = 3 months
Clinical departments (clinical medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics, psychological medicine) usually offer electives in the Professorial (University) Units based on ward rounds, hospital clinics, ward teaching, etc.
Electives on preventive medicine are conducted as field-based work during clinic and field visits.
Laboratory based electives on medical specialties are offered by many departments.
Some departments are centers of excellence in certain fields such as Malaria research laboratory, renal transplant programme, and vascular surgery programme.
There are two types of elective appointments:
Structured elective programmes offered by many departments are pre-designed to be carried out in a specified time period with already identified activities to achieve a set of objectives; nevertheless they too are modifiable according to the requirements of the students.
Elective appointments in the clinical departments are kept unspecified to give more opportunities for the student to decide on the clinical areas to be studied once they are familiar with the setting. Activities are laid out during the appointment with the relevant department heads in an on-going process.
Professorial Units will integrate the activities with the teaching programme of final year students as much as possible, but also accept elective students during times they have no final year medical students.
Majority of the departments do not take elective students in the last week of December, first week of January, second and third weeks of April. Check with us before hand if you intend to do electives during the above periods.
Students are expected to possess basic knowledge and exposure in the discipline for which they are applying for. You will be requested to submit evidence confirming the above.
Prior to your arrival you should send us the confirmed arrival date to facilitate your elective appointment in the department.
Please note that you should bring true copies of payment slip, Dean's letter and two photographs.
You should report to the Electives Unit located at the Faculty on your arrival (The map of the faculty)
Postal Address: The Chairperson, International Unit, 25, Faculty of Medicine, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka E-mail Address: email@example.com Fax: +94112691581 Telephone: +94112695300 ext. 259 Committee Chairperson: Dr Maduka de Lanerolle Dias (Department of Biochemistry) Convenor: Dr Santushi Amarasuriya (Behavioral Science Stream) International Unit Coordinator: Ms. Kalani Kumasaru Dr. Asela Mendis (Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology)Dr. Ruwangi Dissanayake (Department of Paediatrics)Dr. Sudarshi Seneviratne (Department of Psychiatry)Dr. Nirmala Sirisena (Department of Anatomy)Dr. Sanath Senanayake (Department of Parasitology)Dr. Eranga Wijewickrama (Department of Clinical Medicine)Dr. S. Sivaganesh (Department of Surgery)Dr. M.R.M. Rishard (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology )Dr. A.A.H. Priyani (Department of Pathology )Dr. Dinithi Fernando (Department of Physiology )Dr. Sharmila Jayasena (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)Prof. Shalini Sri Ranganathan (Department of Pharmacology )Dr. Erandie Ediriweera (Department of Family Medicine)Ms. Chamali Wickramasinghe (Allied Health Sciences Unit)Dr. Aruni Gallage (Department of Community Medicine)Dr. ADA Fernando (Department of Physiology)Dr.Asela Olupiliyawa (Department of Medical Education)
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