Curriculum of The Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine offers a course leading to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. The MBBS curriculum is of the traditional, discipline-based type. The degree programme consists of 14 academic terms. In the first two years, students receive instruction in the pre-clinical subjects of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology, and have to pass examinations in these three subjects at the end of 5 terms to proceed to the next phase of study. The recently introduced Foundation Module during the first term offers English, Information technology t Medical Humanities and Communication Skills.

The students commence their clinical training (which continues through the 3rd, 4th and 5th years) after successfully completing the 2nd MBBS examination. In the 3rd and 4th years students study Para-clinical subjects. At the end of the 3rd year the students sit the 3rd MB Part 1 Examination (Microbiology and Parasitology), and at the end of the 4th year 3rd MB Part 11 examination (Pharmacology, Pathology, Community Medicine and Forensic Medicine). During this period, students are expected to attend clinical clerkships in all the main clinical disciplines and in several medical and surgical specialties.

The Final year examination subjects include Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Psychiatry. Since 2005, the students are offered an AIMS (Administrative, Interpersonal and Managerial Skills) module after the final MBBS examination. In the final year, students focus entirely on the clinical subjects of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics (with 4 clinical rotations of 2 months each in the Professorial. Units of the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya), and are assessed in these subjects at the Final MBBS examination. Psychiatry is assessed with Medicine in this examination. There are no opportunities for formal elective appointments.

The total course is conducted in 14 terms. There is a stand alone Neuroscience course offered in the pre-clinical stage based on the modular concept. Although no major changes have been made in the curriculum design, several new content areas have been added in the recent past. For example, the Foundation Module introduces several areas that are of importance to new entrants: English as a medium of effective communication; information technology as a tool for enhancing learning; communication skills; management and entrepreneurial skills; medical ethics.

The Foundation Module is conducted over a period of 4 weeks in the 1st term of the 1st year. A 4 week rural health program has also been introduced and a multidisciplinary 4 week clinical attachment at Akuressa District General Hospital. Administrative, Interpersonal and Management Skills module (AIMS), focusing on Administrative, Interpersonal and Management Skills has been introduced recently for the qualifying graduates.

Faculty of Medicine, PO Box 70, Galle, Sri Lanka.