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Why an elective appointment at the Colombo Medical Faculty?

  • The Medical Faculty consists of;
    • over 1500 student population
    • academic staff of 150
    • fourteen academic departments
    • other special units such as the Medical Education and Research Centre (MEDARC), human genetics unit, 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 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.

About overseas elective appointments at the Faculty of Medicine

  • The Electives Unit consists of a Chairperson and committee members representing all departments and Units of the Faculty. The Unit is mainly responsible for coordinating the local and overseas elective appointments of undergraduates.

  • Elective appointments on a variety of disciplines are offered by all fourteen academic departments of the Faculty. These are conducted in different settings: hospital, field and within the Faculty.

    • Clinical departments (clinical medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics, psychological medicine) usually offer electives in the Professorial 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 and Non-structured

  • 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 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 (refer the year calendar to get an idea about the academic programme of final year), but also accept elective students during times they have no final year medical students.

  • All departments offer elective appointments tailor-made according to each student’s requirements.