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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.

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To whom this may concern, I am just messaging to check that my application has been received as I have not received email confirmation of this. Kind Regards Joe


Hi, i have already submitted my elective application under no 1651 3 weeks ago. However, there is no reply until now.My deadline is reaching soon, so i hope that I can get a favourable reply as soon as possible. thanks.


Hi, I have transferred the elective fees and emailed you the confirmation slip and other documents, as I can't find where to upload it on here. My application number is 1243. Thanks!


Dear Sir/Madam, I applied together with two classmates, Chung Wai Kei Vicky, and Tsui Ka Man Carmen, who are also applying for elective appointments from 4 April to 6 May, 2016. Both of them have received offer letters with a deadline of reply approaching soon. However, I have not received an offer letter, which made our situation very difficult. As we have already formed a group within our medical school, we can either coming as a group or not coming at all. Hope you can appreciate our difficult situation and grant me the offer letter as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your kind attention. I look forward to your prompt reply and having the opportunities to learn medicine in your University. Yours faithfully, Gloria Hiu Yan, TANG Year 4 Medical Student of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

~Gloria Hiu Yan, TANG~

Application 1151 MTCS receipt number 452542 Lodgement number (for enquiries) 1130713445 (ANZ bank Australia)

~Justine Turnbull~

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